New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has reportedly completed his assistant coaching staff.
The final piece in the puzzle for McAdoo is the addition of former NFL defensive tackle Jeff Zgonina, whom Fox Sports initially reported will serve as an assistant defensive line coach.
The 45-year-old Zgonina, who held that same job title with the Texans in 2013, is a 17-year NFL veteran, having played with Pittsburgh, Carolina, Atlanta, St. Louis, Miami and Houston. He was a member of the Rams’ Super Bowl XXXIV championship team.
Zgonina played his college ball at Purdue from 1989 to 1992. He was the Steelers’ seventh round pick (185 overall) in 1993, playing two seasons for them before bouncing around the NFL.
During his career, Zgonina accumulated 448 tackles and 26.0 sacks.
Zgonina will join Mike Solari (offensive line), Frank Cignetti (quarterbacks), Adam Henry (receivers), Patrick Graham (defensive line), Bill McGovern (linebackers), Dwayne Stukes (assistant special teams) and Aaron Wellman (strength and conditioning) as first-year Giants assistant coaches.
Steve Spagnuolo (defensive coordinator), Mike Sullivan (offensive coordinator), Kevin M. Gilbride (tight ends), Craig Johnson (running backs), Tim Walton (cornerbacks), David Merritt (safeties), and Tom Quinn (special teams coordinator) are expected to return after having served on ow former head coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.
Of those, Sullivan is the only one to have a change in responsibilities having been promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator, the position previously held by McAdoo prior to his being named the head coach.
The Giants will announce their new coaching staff, which could include some additional names in “assistant to the assistant” type of roles, on Tuesday.