Less than a week after being let go by the New York Giants, Mike Pope has found himself a new job coaching tight end and he won't even have to switch division. Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1 reports that Pope has been hired to replace Wes Phillips as tight end coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Perhaps somewhat ironically, the Cowboys job became available after Phillips — son of Wade Phillips — left Dallas to coach tight ends with the Washington Redskins. It's almost like a game of NFC East Tight End Coach Musical Chairs.
Pope, a long-time member of the Giants and their only assistant coach to have his name on all four of their Lombardi Trophies, departed from the Giants after a major (by their standards) offensive shakeup that also saw running back Jerald Ingram get the ax. It also saw the retirement of two-time Super Bowl champion offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, who was replaced by former Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo.
“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” head coach Tom Coughlin said after Pope and Ingram were terminated. “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.”
In Dallas, Pope will reunite with Jason Garrett, who was with the Giants from 2000-2003 as their back-up quarterback.
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