The New York Giants announced today that they have filled the quarterback coach vacancy created when Chris Palmer stepped down. Tom Coughlin has simply shuffled the existing staff.
Mike Sullivan, who spent the previous six years tutoring the wide receivers, will now coach the team’s quarterbacks. Sean Ryan is being promoted from offensive quality control coach, a post he held for three seasons, to wide receivers coach.
"The major reason that I felt strongly about Mike Sullivan coaching the quarterbacks here is that Mike has been with us for all six years and he’s been an integral part of the progress of our pass game," Coughlin said. "He was the position coach for the wide receivers last year and worked very closely with the quarterbacks and the offensive coordinator. He has a very good understanding of our passing game. He did the majority of the work in assembling our first and second down pass game. He is an industrious, very hard-working, very intelligent coach who looks forward to each challenge. In the words of Eli, he knows exactly what we can expect from Sully and that Mike is a grinder. Mike is going to work extremely hard in the face of any challenge – and his challenge is to continue the development of Eli."
Sullivan expressed confidence he is up to the task.
"He’s done some great things and shown the ability to be the quarterback that we want him to be," Sullivan said. "My job now is to do everything possible to help him achieve that high level of consistency, to be a guy that is going lead our team and help us be successful - to be that guy that’s going to lead us. I look forward to it and I feel honored, humbled and excited for this opportunity.
"We spent a lot of time just by the nature of the positions, the receivers and the quarterbacks, not just out on the practice field but in the meeting room and many areas. In many cases that transition is one that is a lot easier than someone coming from the outside that doesn’t know the system and doesn’t know how we operate and doesn’t have years of experience in a relationship built up. From that standpoint, it makes it a lot easier."
For more on both coaches, check Giants.com.
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