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Current and Former New York Giants Players React to Departure of Mike Pope

January 15th, 2014 at 2:56 PM
By Dan Benton

Fans of the New York Giants weren't the only ones surprised when they learned the news of tight ends coach Mike Pope being let ago by the team, as many current and formers players found themselves in disbelief as well. In a display that really epitomizes the respect Pope commands around the league, current and former players alike took to Twitter to share in their surprise and appreciate of both a great coach and a great man.

Kevin Boss:

Martellus Bennett:

Travis Beckum:

Jake Ballard:

Spencer Paysinger:

Terrell Thomas:


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36 Responses to “Current and Former New York Giants Players React to Departure of Mike Pope”

  1.  jerseyrich says:

    Well, that about says it all. He’ll have a job as soon as he wants one. I’d still like to know exactly what the thinking was behind letting him go. I understand the Giants TE philosophy is block first and receive later, and that McAdoo is not quite that sort of guy…..but still, its a little hard to understand.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Everyone around the league respects this guy, and his players love him. But he is dedicated to systems wherein the tight ends are block first-receive later. McAdoo comes from a different mindset and different experiences. If Pope wants to keep working he’ll get offers. But McAdoo shows up a few years too late for Travis Beckum and his ilk. I think we’re going to see a bit different approach to what the tight ends do in our offense, and we might see a somewhat different type of tight end brought into the organization in the future.

  3.  TroyThorne says:


    I was a big fan of Jernigan when he was drafted as I thought he could be that “swiss-army” knife type of weapon (a la Percy Harvin) who could add a wrinkle to our offense and help keep opposing defenses off balance. With his mini-breakout towards the end of this season and McAdoo’s experience with Randall Cobb over in Green Bay, that might finally come to fruition.

    The discussion regarding TEs is an interesting one. Was the obsession with an old school blocking TE part of Gilbride’s system or a requirement laid down by Coughlin? If we want one of the new age receiving TEs, there are some good ones coming out in the draft.

    •  Eric S says:


      Eric S says:
      January 15, 2014 at 3:15 PM
      I think the block first, block second, catch third TE was both Coughlin and Gilbride. Their philosophy was to attack vertically. An approach that requires time for the play to develop. Having a TE in as an extra blocker is a necessity. It’s also why they didn’t know what to do with Wilson. Again, in that offense having a RB staying in to block is necessary to allow plays to develop down field.


  4.  Krow says:

    From a nostalgic perspective it’s sad. But Pope is 71. It’s not like he was cut down in his prime. At some point you have to transition.

  5.  jfunk says:

    It will certainly be interesting to see what we do at TE this off season. Quarless is the obvious move, but if we invest anything substantial at the position it will certainly tell us McAdoo wants somebody he can count on to make plays there.

    I bet he’d like us to have kept Unicorn around.

  6.  Kettles78 says:

    I am unsure of McAdoo right now because I don’t know much about him and he has never called plays before as the Coordinator. Hopefully he is sharp and can rejuvenate this offense

    Pope will be somewhere quickly I would think. He really helped develop some good talent at the TE position although not many did much after they left the Giants outside of the BU

  7.  TrunTruGiantsFan says:

    very suprising about Pope. either they let productive TEs walk every chance they get or players are injured. they sign Myers who was HORRIBLE, now Pope gets the ax? yet the special teams coach stays…..special teams which hasnt produced in ages

    i dont get this one…

    •  Krow says:

      If you’re an asst under the OC then you may be in trouble. Quinn is ST, and therefore not in the line of fire.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      What healthy productive TE have they let walk outside of Bennett who got paid more to leave? Ballard and Boss were never healthy again although Ballard might be getting healthy? Pope did a tremendous job and I am surprised as well. Especially being that no changes for special teams

  8.  stuh says:

    It’s interesting that the long time Coughlin guy’s were let go. You can’t blame Pope for Meyers not being a success.

  9.  jfunk says:

    Pope wasn’t really a “Coughlin guy”. He was the TE coach in the 80′s when Coughlin was the WR coach. That was the only time they were together until Coughlin took over the Giants and Pope was the only coach Coughlin kept.

    •  jfunk says:

      My point of emphasis here is that I think letting Pope go speaks more to the authority being given McAdoo than it does authority being taken away from Coughlin.

      The Giants organization has stronger ties to Pope than Coughlin personally has. He’s a “Giants guy” more than he’s a “Coughlin guy”. There’s no way Mara sent Pope packing without it hurting to do so.

  10.  kujo says:

    Pope helped take bums like Boss, Ballard and Pascoe and turn them into respectable players that function(ed) well within the very limited role for tight ends in Gilbride’s scheme.

    That said, he did/has done diddly-squat with players like Beckum, Robinson and Myers. He also was absolutely part of the architects and mavens of the antiquated approach to utilizing what has become an important feature of a great many of the upper tier vertical passing games in the NFL.

    So, he’s gotta go.

    Ditto for Ingram, who absolutely improved the pitfalls of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Danny “DJ” Ware, Andre Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw, while proving to be utterly ineffective at molding David Wilson into an NFL running back. Now, there is certainly a legitimate question as to whether Wilson will ever BE that sort of player to begin with. But it’s pretty clear that this new OC saw him, and Pope, as “part of the problem.”

    And he’s right.

    •  kujo says:

      When management gives you bums, castoffs and undrafted free agents, and you turn them into gold, that’s awesome.

      But when management gives you upper and middle round draft picks, as well as good players who performed well on their previous teams, and you do NOTHING with them…

      You waste resources, and you get fired.

      (BTW, the above criterion should and ought to be used to justify firing Coach Patrick O’JesusChristsBrotherFlaherty.)

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