Breaking News: Giants Fans Have Mixed Feelings About Coaching Staff Changes

The 2022 season looked to give everyone a renewed sense of hope that better days were coming for the New York Giants as it finally seemed like the team was out of the nearly ten-year woods, where it struggled to finish with winning records. The season finished with a 9-7-1 record.

Well, but what a sham of a beginning. Despite being plagued by injuries, the Giants managed to finish 6-11 in 2023. It also led to a big reorganization of a coaching staff that, only a season before, seemed to have it all.

In summary, special assistant to the head coach Thomas McGaughey, offensive coordinator Bobby Johnson, outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins, and defensive assistant Kevin Wilkins were fired and replaced by Michael Ghobrial, Carmen Bricillo, Charlie Bullen, who has burned New York Giants fans in the past, and Zak Kuhr.

Craig Fitzgerald took on new responsibilities at the college or professional levels, replacing defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, running backs coach DeAndre Smith, tight ends coach Andy Bischoff, and strength and conditioning coordinator Joel Thomas with Shane Bowen, Aaron Wellman, Tim Kelly, and so on.

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If that wasn’t enough of a shake-up, head coach Brian Daboll “promoted” three returning assistants: offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, defensive coordinator Shea Tierney, and defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson were given the roles of offensive and defensive passing game coordinators and assistant head coach, respectively.

That’s quite the staff shuffle, which makes sense given that 55.7 percent of respondents to our recent survey about these adjustments had varying opinions about the alterations and the new recruits.

Some of the decisions made by Daboll are noteworthy and may offer some insight into what the team may be planning regarding its future personnel, even though it is too soon to tell for sure if the coaching will produce better results out of a team that struggled to stay healthy and may require the coaching staff to make last-minute adjustments.

We are specifically referring to the offensive side of the ball, where there has been a minor change in responsibilities. As Tierney assumes the lead job as passing game coordinator, Kafka may have more time to help assistant head coach Daboll with the day-to-day details that head coaches typically handle during the we.

And that begs the question of whether Daboll took these actions anticipating that the team will eventually choose a rookie quarterback who, should they sign one, will likely require more of Daboll’s attention than a more seasoned player.

Despite its absurdity, the hypothesis has some merit. It makes sense that Daboll would want to accomplish it not just with his quarterback but also with a strong hand in the way that last year’s 29th-ranked offense is headed, since he and his team will be under intense scrutiny this coming season.

Since his year-end news conference the day after the Giants’ season concluded, Daboll has not addressed the media. It is unclear if he will do so during the scouting combine, which gets underway on February 26. So yet, it’s unclear what precisely he wants Kafka to accomplish as part of his “promotion” (or whether the extra title is just decorative, something Daboll is unlikely to acknowledge).

However, once offense and defense may face off in Phase 3 of the off-season program, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for any signs that might emerge after the Giants get back to work in April if there’s any discernible change in the way the coaches engage with the players.

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