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New York Giants News and Notes: 1.7.09

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The NY Post says the Giants may look across the hall at Giants Stadium for their new defensive coordinator. They are reportedly interested in Jets LB coach Bob Sutton. Sutton and Tom Coughlin have history together, they were on the same staff at Syracuse.

A few nuggets from Mike Garafolo at NJ.com:

Osi Umenyiora said "somebody had to be held accountable" for the defense’s poor play and so far it’s been Waufle and Sheridan. But it might continue – perhaps with linebackers coach Jim Herrmann, who was hired by the Giants last year partly because of his connection with Sheridan. Safeties coach David Merritt, only remaining defensive assistant from Coughlin’s first staff with the Giants in 2004, has done a good job with inferior talent over the past couple of seasons but the safeties didn’t play well this past season.

I am a firm believer that it is time for the Giants to move on from Jeff Feagles, and Mike also had the following:

Jeff Feagles is an unrestricted free agent and has not announced his intentions for next season, but someone who recently spoke with the 43-year-old Feagles said he’s currently planning to return for a 23rd NFL season.

Ralph Vacchiano threw a name out there I hadn't even thought of for defensive coordinator: Number 52

Pepper Johnson, the former Giants linebacker and current Patriots defensive line coach, is not only a possible candidate, he would also be "very interested" in the job, according to two people familiar with his thinking. He has never been a defensive coordinator, but he has won two Super Bowl rings as a player and three as a Patriots assistant.

Pepper would probably be a very good choice, for all the reasons Ralph states in the article.

More after the jump........

The Giants continue to stockpile warm bodies for next season. Ed told you about K Sam Swank being signed yesterday, (love that name by the way). Here is the info on the two other players the Giants picked up yesterday:

The Giants today signed two players to their roster for the 2010 season: defensive back Courtney Brown and fullback Jerome Johnson.

Brown, a 6-1, 205-pound corner/safety, has the most professional experience, having played 17 games with one start for the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and ‘08. He was selected as a cornerback by the Cowboys on the seventh round of the 2007 NFL Draft, the 212th overall pick. The Cowboys moved him to safety at the start of training camp. Brown made his NFL debut on Nov. 11 of that season against the Giants in Giants Stadium and recorded his first tackle on special teams the following week vs. Washington. He played in eight games that season and had two tackles on defense and four on special teams.

In 2008, Brown played in nine games, including a Thanksgiving Day start vs. Seattle. He had six tackles on defense and three on special teams. Brown was waived on Sept. 5.

In 41 games with 31 starts at Cal Poly, Brown posted 111 tackles and intercepted 10 passes. The California native was born on Feb. 10, 1984.

Johnson, 6-feet and 260 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent by the St. Louis Rams on April 30, 2009. He played in all four preseason games and had three receptions for 16 yards, with a long of 16, and a two-yard run. Johnson was waived by the Rams on Sept. 5.

Johnson played linebacker at the University of Nevada-Reno and was converted to a fullback by the Rams. He had 35 tackles as a senior. Johnson played at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He was born on Jan. 19, 1985.