Giants Shake Up: Assistant Coaches Mike Pope, Jerald Ingram Let Go

Less than 24 hours following the hire of Ben McAdoo as the team’s new offensive coordinator, the New York Giants have begun shaking up their assistant coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball.

Tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram will not be retained, according to multiple reports since confirmed by sources. Both Pope and Ingram had been members of head coach Tom Coughlin’s staff since 2004, his first year in charge.

Pope, a long-time NFL assistant coach with more than 30 years of experience, is the only member of the coaching staff to have been with all four Super Bowl championship teams. Coughlin thought enough of Pope, who had been on Jim Fassel’s staff, to retain the veteran coach when he was forming his new staff.

Pope, who served two tours of duty with the Giants—the first coming in 1983-1991—has groomed Mark Bavaro, Howard Cross and Jeremy Shockey into top-notch tight ends during their respective careers.

More recently, Pope has also guided the development of Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, and Martellus Bennett, all of whom became solid starters during their respective stints with the team.

Ingram, whose tenure with Coughlin extends back to their days when both were at Jacksonville, leaves with an impressive resume as well.

He has helped refined the skills of running backs Tiki Barber, Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Derrick Ward, and fullbacks Madison Hedgecock and Henry Hynoski.

In other coaching news, current quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan is expected to be retained on staff, but will reportedly have a new role moving forward. That role has not yet been defined.

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