Giants lose Fox, add STs coach

As originally reported on www.giantinsider.net, the Carolina Panthers have finally officially revealed the NFL's worst-kept secret and announced the hiring of former Giants defensive coordinator John Fox as their new head coach Friday afternoon.

Fox, who signed a five-year, $5 million contract, was introduced to the Carolina media at a 4 p.m. press conference. With Fox gone after five seasons of leading New York's defense, the club will look to name a successor as soon as possible. John Pease, Jacksonville's assistant head coach and DL coach, is a candidate, but it's not believed that everyone in the organization favors his hiring. Other candidates under consideration to replace Fox are Wade Phillips and Vince Tobin.

While Fox is headed out of town, the club has hired a new special teams coach. Bruce Read, who turned 40 on Monday, spent the last three seasons as the special teams coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Read succeeds Fred von Appen, who left the Giants after the 2001 season, his only season with the club.

"I'm excited about Bruce joining our staff," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "During my research, I talked to a lot of coaches I respect, and they spoke very highly of Bruce, about his work ethic and his knowledge of the game. He vastly improved San Diego's special teams during the time he was there. I have a firm commitment to doing anything we can to improve our special teams, and Bruce is the starting point for that improvement."

Read is equally excited to be with the Giants. "This is a great organization and a great opportunity for me," Read said. "I'm excited about the Giants, and I'm looking forward to coming in here and working with Jim. He's a super coach and he has a great staff here and they have a good club. It will be fun to go to work with these guys."

Read has spent the last 15 seasons coaching special teams. Prior to his three-year stint in San Diego, he spent two years (1997-98) as the special teams coach at Oregon State, where he worked under Mike Riley, who brought him to San Diego. In his two seasons with the Beavers, Oregon State's special teams blocked 15 kicks, including eight field goal or PAT attempts, and seven punts. Read coached at the University of Montana for 12 seasons (1985-96), including 10 seasons as the school's special teams coach. He also worked with the defensive backs in 1996. During Read's tenure at Montana, the Grizzlies broke 20 special teams records as a team and 11 individual special teams records.

Finally, the Giants have signed three additional players to bring to training camp: OL Tam Hopkins, LB Josh Stamer and DE Matt Layow.


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