Following a 7-9 season and missing out on the postseason for the second straight time since winning Super Bowl XLVI, change was expected for the New York Giants' coaching staff.
While Tom Coughlin got to remain the head coach for the team, some of his assistant coaches weren't so fortunate. Kevin Gilbride took the more prideful route to the end of his career as he retired from the NFL as opposed to getting fired as the team's offensive coordinator — something that would have almost certainly have happened.
Taking his place was Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, a 36-year-old disciple of Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and considered one of the best, young coaches on the market and could be a potential head coaching candidate in the future. McAdoo took the Giants offensive coordinator job as opposed to taking the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy.
With McAdoo now in charge of the offense, they will be implementing the West Coast style offense, which meant some of the coaches from Coughlin's old staff got their pink slips on Wednesday as running backs coach Jerald Ingram and tight ends coach Mike Pope were fired by Coughlin; both moves the 67-year-old head coach said were extremely hard to make.
“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” Coughlin said. “I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward.”
While Ingram's dismissal, despite being a long-time Coughlin assistant dating back to when he coached with him at Boston College, could be understood due to the inconsistencies in the running game over the last three years, Pope's dismissal was considered to be a shock to past and present players all around the league; especially since Pope has been with the Giants going back to 1983 and coached with Coughlin under Bill Parcells' staff. After leaving the Giants in 1991, Pope returned to the team in 2000 as part of Jim Fassel's staff.
However, because McAdoo was once a former tight ends coach with the Packers, his philosophies on coaching the position are different from Pope's and thus, with the new offensive system in place, Pope's dismissal from the team is the result.
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