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Giants promote OC Mike Kafka to assistant head coach

The New York Giants promoted three assistant coaches on Wednesday, including offensive coordinator Mike Kafka to assistant head coach.

The team also promoted secondary coach Jerome Henderson to also be the defensive passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney to offensive passing game coordinator.

In addition, the Giants added two more to the staff, outside linebackers coach Charlie Bullen and defensive assistant Zak Kuhr.

The moves come a day after the Giants hired Shane Bowen as the team’s defensive coordinator and Tim Kelly as tight ends coach.

The Giants began their staff overhaul earlier this offseason with the additions of new special teams coordinator Michael Ghobrial, offensive line coach Carmen Bricollo, and running backs coach Joel Thomas.

Bullen was the outside linebackers coach/pass rush coordinator for Illinois the past two seasons.

Kuhr spent time under Bowen as his inside linebackers assistant in Tennessee the past four seasons.

–Field Level Media

Dec 17, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; A detailed view of a New York Giants helmet before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Giants hire Michael Ghobrial as special teams boss

The New York Giants named Michael Ghobrial as their new special teams coordinator on Thursday.

Ghobrial will have a familiar commute to MetLife Stadium after spending the past three seasons as an assistant special teams coach with the co-tenant New York Jets.

Ghobrial, 35, was a special teams coordinator at the collegiate level for five seasons at Tarleton State (2016-17), Hawaii (2018-19) and Washington State (2020) before joining the Jets.

He replaces Thomas McGaughey, who was fired following a 6-11 season.

in 2023, the Jets led the league in kickoff coverage, allowing 15.3 yards per return. Greg Zuerlein made 35 of 38 field-goal attempts and rookie return specialist Xavier Gipson was second in the league with 23.2 yards per kick return.

–Field Level Media

East Rutherford, NJ     October 22, 2023 -- Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale after a stop on a fourth down play that sealed the game for the Giants. The NY Giants host the Washington Commanders at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on October 22, 2023.

Giants, DC Wink Martindale mutually part ways

The New York Giants and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale have mutually agreed to part ways after two seasons, the team announced Wednesday.

The move comes two days after Giants head coach Brian Daboll announced he expected Martindale to return but fired two of his lieutenants, outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins and defensive assistant Kevin Wilkins, who are brothers.

The New York Post and ESPN reported that Martindale cursed out Daboll on Monday for firing the Wilkins brothers and stormed out of the building. Daboll wanted Drew Wilkins out, specifically, over concerns of a “fiefdom” with Martindale, per the Post report.

The Giants’ defense under Martindale finished 27th overall in 2023 but tied for first in the league in turnovers created.

Martindale, 60, was previously the DC in Baltimore from 2018-21 and in Denver (2010).

He’s expected to have suitors this offseason.

The Giants also split with offensive line coach Bobby Johnson and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey on Monday.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is shown after scoring a touchdown and giving the ball to Harrison Isaacs (background), 6. Harrison traveled with his father Christoper Isaacs (background) to attend his first NFL game, Sunday, January 7, 2024.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley ‘numb’ to tag, skips exit interview

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley said Monday that he’s “numb” to the prospects of being hit with the franchise tag again and added that he’s skipping the team’s open-door policy exit interviews.

“I went through the whole process last year. We talked more than enough last year, to be honest. I’m gonna let my agents handle that,” Barkley said Monday, adding that the team knows where to find him.

Giants head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen held their own season-ending press conference and addressed multiple pressing topics, including Barkley’s future with the team.

Barkley will become an unrestricted free agent in March and he’s staring down another tag from the Giants.

“They did it last year. So I’m numb to it,” Barkley said. “I don’t have any feelings toward that at all. If you’re gonna do it, just don’t wait until March 5. Just get it over with. If not, let me go. Simple.”

Schoen said Monday that he and Barkley will talk.

“That’s a tool we have at our disposal,” Schoen said of applying the franchise tag. “I’m not saying we will or we won’t. A lot of those conversations will be had in the next month or so.”

Barkley started all 14 games he played in, rushing for 962 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 41 passes for 280 yards and 4 scores. Barkley scored two touchdowns in the Giants’ 27-10 win over the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday to finish the season at 6-11.

“If it is my last game playing here — if it is — it was a fun six years,” Barkley said Sunday. “Made a lot of great memories, but it’s not like the last time I’m ever playing football. I can’t control that, so I’m not letting my emotions. If I knew that it was my last game, I probably would feel a little different but like I said, I have no idea.”

Schoen also said the Giants are planning to have four of the top 70 picks in the 2024 draft and ample space to maneuver in free agency.

He didn’t have a precise update on the health of quarterback Daniel Jones, but repeated earlier comments that Jones is not a lock to be ready for the start of the 2024 season. The Giants plan to address the quarterback position in the offseason behind Jones, Schoen said.

–Field Level Media

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) breaks a tackle by Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Cunningham (52) for a rushing touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles move to No. 5 seed with loss to Giants

Saquon Barkley rushed for two touchdowns and the New York Giants dominated the struggling Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams at East Rutherford, N.J.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 297 yards and one touchdown as the Giants (6-11) snapped a five-game losing streak against the Eagles. Xavier McKinney had two interceptions as New York defeated Philadelphia for just the third time in the past 16 meetings.

Jalen Hurts was just 7-of-16 passing for 55 yards and one interception before being pulled in the second quarter for the Eagles (11-6), who lost for the fifth time in sixth games. Philadelphia is an NFC wild-card team, and the No. 5-seeded Eagles will visit the No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week in the playoffs.

Marcos Mariota finished up for Philadelphia and was 13-of-20 passing for 148 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Eagles committed four turnovers.

Taylor completed 23 of 32 passes and was intercepted once for the Giants. Taylor briefly exited with an injury to his throwing thumb before returning when backup Tommy DeVito injured an ankle.

New York snapped a three-game slide, and one of the setbacks was a 33-25 loss to the Eagles on Christmas Day.

Hurts injured the middle finger on his throwing hand in the first minute of the second quarter when New York’s Bobby Okereke rushed in free and hit Hurts’ throwing hand after Hurts got rid of the ball. Hurts immediately grabbed for the hand and later displayed that the middle finger was bent.

The Eagles entered the game needing to beat the Giants and have the Dallas Cowboys lose to the Washington Commanders to win the NFC East. Dallas won its game 38-10 to win the division crown.

Mason Crosby kicked a 24-yard field goal in the opening quarter before the Giants tacked on three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Barkley scored the first two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 3 yards to make the score 17-0 with 5:08 left in the half.

New York later moved 73 yards on four plays to make it a 24-point margin. Taylor hit Darius Slayton from 19 yards out with 1:47 remaining in the half.

Hurts was intercepted on Philadelphia’s next series before departing the contest. Veteran offensive linemen Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson also exited at that point.

The Eagles got on the board when Jake Elliott kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:11 left in the third quarter. Mariota tossed a 16-yard scoring pass to Quez Watkins (eight catches, 93 yards) with 10:15 left in the game.

Crosby kicked a 21-yard field goal to give New York a 17-point lead with 3:39 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) sits on the field after being tackled during the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles embrace road warrior mindset at Giants

Philadelphia hasn’t won on the road since before Thanksgiving, and the Eagles didn’t beat anyone in December except the New York Giants.

The Eagles (11-5) will try to sweep their NFC East rivals and collect their first away win since Nov. 20 when they face the Giants (5-11) again in Sunday’s regular season finale in East Rutherford, N.J.

Despite a 1-4 December, a win still could give Philadelphia its second straight division title if the Dallas Cowboys (11-5) should stumble at Washington (4-12). Otherwise, the Eagles could be looking at the NFC’s No. 5 seed and all road games for the postseason.

Philly’s failures have been on both sides of the ball. That includes a secondary that has surrendered 34 touchdown passes (only Washington has given up more with 35) and an inconsistent offense propped up by the overwhelming red-zone success of the “Brotherly Shove.”

For the first time in franchise history, Philadelphia has lost three games where it held double-digit leads. The Eagles led the New York Jets 14-3 and lost 20-14 (Week 6), led the Seahawks 10-0 and lost 20-17 (Week 15) and built a 21-6 lead against the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday before falling 35-31.

So even though the Eagles went to the Super Bowl last season and started 10-1 this season, there were rumblings this week about an unhappy locker room and rumors that coach Nick Sirianni has “lost” the team.

“No, I’m not concerned about that,” Sirianni told 94 WIP-FM on Tuesday. “We’re just looking to get back on track.”

The third-year head coach, who owns a 34-16 record, said team spirit has not eroded.

“No, I don’t believe so. Again, we’re all committed. We know we have the right people in this building to accomplish everything we want to accomplish,” Sirianni said. “There’s a lot of teams that would love a playoff ticket, right? We got one. And, we know that anything is possible when you get into that moment. Again, our goal right now is to get out of this rut and have a good game against the New York Giants here on Sunday.”

The Giants are on a three-game losing streak, including a 33-25 decision at Philadelphia on Christmas Day. New York has lost its past five meetings with the Eagles, including last season’s divisional playoff game.

Tyrod Taylor will be the Giants’ fourth different starting quarterback in the past four games against the Eagles: Tommy DeVito (Week 16), Daniel Jones (playoffs last season) and Davis Webb (Week 18 last season).

Taylor passed for 319 yards with one touchdown and one interception in last Sunday’s 26-25 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Rams. The Giants were on the brink of an upset after Gunner Olszewski scored on a 94-yard punt return with 3:27 left, but Taylor missed a wide-open Saquon Barkley on the 2-point conversion attempt.

Giants coach Brian Daboll said his team will play hard to the final whistle despite missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years.

“They compete. They’ve had good competitive stamina,” Daboll said Wednesday. “It’s went down to a wire in a few of these games. Obviously haven’t gotten the results we want, but yeah, (I) appreciate how they’re working in the building. They’re pros. They’re doing everything they can do to try to be as good as they can be.”

The Giants are 3-4 at MetLife Stadium, where they have been outscored 139-86 this season.

Center John Michael Schmitz (shin) and safety Jason Pinnock (toe) were the only Giants players who missed practice on Wednesday.

The Eagles are considering resting some starters. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith (ankle), linebacker Haason Reddick (illness) and defensive tackle Jordan Davis (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Tyrod Taylor to start Week 18

Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the starter for New York in the Week 18 season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Wednesday he’s rolling with Taylor with a goal of “winning the game,” not developing players — such as rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito.

Taylor, 34, becomes a free agent in March, whereas DeVito is under contract next season.

Taylor missed the entire month of November with a rib injury that forced him to injured reserve. He was “disappointed” but diplomatic upon his return to the active roster when Daboll decided to keep DeVito in the starting role.

Taylor has completed 93 of 148 passes for 1,044 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He connected with wide receiver Darius Slayton on an 80-yard touchdown in the third quarter last week, easily the longest pass play of the season for the Giants, but New York lost 26-25 to the Los Angeles Rams.

Sunday’s meeting with the Eagles is the second between division rivals since Philadelphia’s 33-25 win on Christmas Day. The Giants have lost three straight games.

Taylor came off the bench to relieve DeVito at halftime and completed 7 of 16 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown and an interception in a near rally for the upset.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) scores a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Nick McCloud (44) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rams score early, hold off Giants

Matthew Stafford passed for 317 yards and a touchdown and Kyren Williams rushed for three scores to help the Los Angeles Rams to a 26-25 win against the host New York Giants on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

Stafford completed 24 of 34 passes with two interceptions, Williams rushed for 87 yards on 20 carries and Puka Nacua caught five passes for 118 yards for the Rams (9-7), who have won six of seven.

The Los Angeles defense contributed six sacks and a turnover.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 319 yards and a touchdown and Darius Slayton caught four passes for 106 yards and a long touchdown for the Giants (5-11), who have lost three in a row.

The Giants cut the lead to 26-25 on a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown by Gunner Olszewski with 3:27 remaining. After an offsides penalty on the Rams, New York elected to try for two points and Taylor missed a wide-open Saquon Barkley out of the backfield, leaving the Giants behind 26-25.

New York quickly got the ball back and Taylor scrambled 31 yards to the Los Angeles 34 with 42 seconds left, but Mason Crosby missed a 54-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining.

Los Angeles marched 72 yards on eight plays on its second drive of the game and took a 7-0 lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Williams.

New York wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson scored on a 24-yard run off an end-around to tie it 7-7 with 13:03 left in the first half.

Los Angeles took a 14-7 lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to Kupp with 1:44 left in the first half.

Crosby kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to cut the lead to 14-10 at the half.

Nacua got tackled at the 2-yard line at the end of an 80-yard reception and WIlliams ran into the end zone on the next play to extend the lead to 20-10 with 10:17 left in the third quarter.

Slayton scored on a long touchdown pass for the second consecutive week, hauling in an 80-yarder to trim the deficit to 20-16 with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

Slayton scored on a 69-yard touchdown pass last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Belton then intercepted Stafford a second time on another overthrow over the middle and he returned it 20 yards to the Los Angeles 34. That turnover led to a 32-yard field goal by Crosby to cut it to 20-19 with 13:24 left.

The Rams quickly answered with a 28-yard touchdown run by Williams with 12:03 left to extend the lead to 26-19 and that score remained after Lucas Havrisik missed his second straight extra-point attempt.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor (2) rolls out the pocket during the third quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Tyrod Taylor to start vs. Rams

New York Giants quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be under center to start Sunday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams, coach Brian Daboll announced Wednesday.

Taylor replaced undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito in the second half of New York’s 33-25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

The Giants (5-10), eliminated from postseason contention, have lost two in a row heading into the game with the Rams (8-7) in East Rutherford, N.J.

DeVito completed 9 of 16 passes for 55 yards, while Taylor finished 7 of 16 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Eagles. Taylor connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton in the fourth quarter.

“I thought Ty did some good things in the second half of Philly so he earned the right to start this game,” Daboll said. “Let’s get ready for the Rams, really have nothing else to add on it. That’s where we’re at.”

Taylor, 34, has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 725 yards with three touchdowns and one pick in nine games (three starts) this season.

DeVito, 25, has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,087 yards with eight TDs and three interceptions in eight games (six starts) this season.

The Giants lost starting quarterback Daniel Jones to a torn right ACL in their Week 9 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

–Field Level Media

Dec 11, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll looks on before the game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Giants coach mum on starting quarterback vs. Rams

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll isn’t ready to name his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

“We’ll talk about that here this week,” Daboll said after the Giants (5-10) dropped a 33-25 road decision to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

New York’s QB carousel took another turn after Daboll attempted to “spark the team” by benching undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito in favor of Tyrod Taylor. DeVito completed 9 of 16 passes for 55 yards, while Taylor finished 7-for-16 for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Eagles.

“It’s tough. It’s just a constant reminder that it’s a business,” DeVito said. “They’re always going to try to find someone to replace you, wherever it is. …We’re going to work, watch the film, and do all that. At the end of the day, it’s not me or Tyrod’s decision, it’s the coaches’ (decision).”

DeVito, 25, has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,087 yards with eight TDs and three interceptions in eight games (six starts) this season.

Taylor, 34, has completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 725 yards with three touchdowns and one pick in nine games (three starts) this season.

The Giants lost starting quarterback Daniel Jones to a torn right ACL in their Week 9 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

–Field Level Media