New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo’s assistant coaching staff is reportedly nearing completion, pending a remaining hire or two.
The latest name to be linked to the rookie head coach’s staff is Patrick Graham, the linebackers coach for the New England Patriots, whom per Adam Caplan of ESPN will be the Giants’ new defensive line coach.
Graham would join Bill McGovern, formerly with the Eagles, who is expected to be named the team’s new linebackers coach, as the new faces thus far on the defensive side of the ball. David Merritt (safeties), Tim Walton (cornerbacks) and Steve Spagnuolo (defensive coordinator), all of whom were with Tom Coughlin’s staff, will reportedly be retained by McAdoo.
On the offensive side of the ball, McAdoo is reportedly keeping Mike Sullivan, the quarterbacks coach under Coughlin who will be promoted to offensive coordinator; Kevin Gilbride (tight ends), and Craig Johnson (running backs).
New faces on the offensive side of the ball will reportedly include Frank Cignetti (quarterbacks), Adam Henry (receivers) and Mike Solari (offensive line).
Tom Quinn is staying on as the special teams coordinator; however, he’ll have a new assistant to replace Larry Izzo, who was named the special teams coordinator for Houston. Dwayne Stukes will reportedly replace Izzo.
Aaron Wellman, formerly of Notre Dame, will reportedly be named the team’s new strength and conditioning coach, replacing Jerry Palmieri, the latter of whom could be re-assigned.
McAdoo is also reportedly planning to add additional assistant coaches. Per a report by NJ Advance Media, McAdoo could be contemplating hiring an assistant defensive line coach, a position that didn’t exist on Coughlin’s staff.
And presumably, McAdoo will also be naming an assistant offensive line coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach.