Giants replace Billy Davis

The Giants have hired long-time collegiate assistant Bill Sheridan as their new linebackers coach.

Sheridan, who is entering his 25th year of coaching, spent the last three seasons at the University of Michigan, the first as linebackers coach and the last two as defensive line coach. He was also the school's recruiting coordinator in 2002-2003 and netted a pair of classes that were rated among the 10 best in the country.

Sheridan replaces Bill Davis, who left the Giants after one season to become the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.

"Bill has a burning desire to coach in the NFL," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "That was very important to me as I evaluated prospective linebacker coaches. He was very sharp in his interview, and even though he coached the defensive line at Michigan, he talked mostly about the secondary and linebacker play.

"He has done it the right way. He started coaching at the high school level and worked his way up. He has coached linebackers, secondary, defensive line and special teams. That says it all."

Sheridan, 46, began his career at Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Mich. from 1981-84. He was then a graduate assistant at Michigan for two seasons before moving on to Maine, Cincinnati, Army, Michigan State, Notre Dame and then back to Michigan. The teams for which he coached participated in seven bowl games, including five with Michigan.

"I'm very excited to work for coach Coughlin and an organization with the storied tradition of the Giants," Sheridan said. "Every coach who wants to coach at the highest level aspires someday to have an opportunity to coach in the NFL. That's why I am so excited about it. These opportunities don't present themselves every year. So when this opportunity did present itself and I was keenly interested and fortunate enough to get a chance to interview."

While in the collegiate ranks, Sheridan coached defensive line, linebackers and the secondary.

"In terms of total number of years I've coached linebackers more than any other position," he said. "I view myself as a linebacker coach. The defensive line is something I coached the last two years. And I did have the opportunity to coach the secondary at two different spots. But linebacker is the position I have coached the majority of my career."

Sheridan's first tasks will be learning the Giants' defensive system and becoming more familiar with the personnel and style of play in the NFL.

"I don't think it will be difficult," he said. "It will definitely be a learning curve for me, if nothing else from a terminology standpoint. I've got to get on board with how they call things, the terminology they use. With NFL zone defenses there are more to them. But that's as exciting as anything. It will be forced growth on my part."

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