WRs coach Sullivan: Winning top priority

Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard put up an astonishing stat of zero touchdowns in '04. Still, Giants receiver coach Mike Sullivan is looking to improve on a more glaring problem.

"The main thing we're looking for is to change that 6-10 record around," said Sullivan, who coached at Jacksonville with Tom Coughlin. Sullivan was the only Coughlin assistant retained in 2003 by new coach Jack Del Rio. "Touchdown receptions and big plays are nice, but as receivers our job is the running game, to block in the perimeter. And in the passing game to get open, catch the ball and be productive after the catch. And when we're doing those things we have a chance to win."

The signing of Plaxico Burress is a step in the right direction. However, the acquisition of Plax presents the coaching staff with a peculiar challenge - since both he and Toomer are split ends, who will play flanker?

"This time of year is our opportunity to experiment with some different ideas - so we can come up with the best possible match-ups and the best possible schemes," Sullivan said. "Right now we're kind of taking the approach that we're going to work everybody at every position so that we can focus in on the details of just some of the fundamentals."

Added offensive coordinator John Hufnagel, "We're learning things about the different receivers, and we've got a long way to go before we decide who's playing what position."

However, at the end of the offseason workout program, Coughlin told the media that Toomer would remain at split end and Burress would man the flanker position.

Before joining Coughlin, Sullivan graduated from West Point and coached at numerous colleges, including Army. The former cadet has the disciplined approach Coughlin covets.

"I just hope that I can bring us a focus and a determination and a work ethic to the wide receiver position to do all I can to help those players be the best that they can be," Sullivan said. "And do what my role is in this offense."

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