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New York Giants Name Craig Johnson New Running Backs Coach

January 22nd, 2014 at 3:35 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants announced today that they have hired former Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson as their next running backs coach.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to join such a great franchise,” Johnson said. “I’ve always admired coach Coughlin during the many years I’ve coached against him. I’ll come here to do my part to help the Giants get to and win a Super Bowl.”

Prior to joining the Vikings as their QB coach, where he had spent the past three seasons, Johnson coached both quarterbacks (2002-2009) and running backs (2009-2010) for the Tennessee Titans. He also began his NFL career with the Titans in 2001, where he acted as their offensive assistant/quality control coach.

During his time with Tennessee, Johnson coached quarterbacks like Vince Young, Kerry Collins and Steve McNair to the Pro Bowl. More recently, he's helped develop Christian Ponder for the Vikings.

“This is a veteran coach that has coached some great players, like Steve McNair,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “He’s been around a while and has experience as a quarterbacks coach, as a running backs coach and he’s been a coordinator in college.”

“I think he is an excellent teacher and his versatility is going to add a lot to our staff and, of course, to the running backs room. He’ll be an excellent contributor for the coordinator with ideas. His interview was very impressive as we put him on the board. He really did an outstanding job with protections. And he’s talked long and hard about ball security. Pass protection and ball security are both very important to me.”

Johnson replaced Jerald Ingram, who was let go last week after being with the team since 2004.


Tags: Craig Johnson, Football, Jerald Ingram, Kerry Collins, Minnesota, Minnesota Vikings, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tennessee, Tennessee Titans, Tom Coughlin, Vince Young

7 Responses to “New York Giants Name Craig Johnson New Running Backs Coach”

  1.  stuh says:

    Now all they need is some running backs for him to coach.

  2.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Lmfao that’s F’ed up Stuh

  3.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Guess Ingram is to blame for Wilson’s inability to pass protect or hold the ball .

  4.  Vearly C. Evans Sr. says:

    Will the Giants give veteran Vince Young an opportunity to compete for the backup role at quarterback….

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