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Dave Merritt to become Arizona Cardinals’ secondary coach

The Giants will have to replace their longest-tenured assistant

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The New York Giants have lost another long-tenured assistant coach as Dave Merritt is reportedly moving on to become the Arizona Cardinals’ secondary coach.

Merritt joined the Giants as a part of incoming head coach Tom Coughlin’s staff nearly fifteen years ago. In the meantime, he has won a pair of Super Bowls with the Giants and coached some of the league’s best defensive backs, from Jason Sehorn and Corey Webster to Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips, to Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins.

Merritt is highly respected around the league and well liked by his players, so it isn’t surprising in the least that he quickly found a job. Nor is it that surprising that he is going back to a franchise for which he used to play.

There is a bit of irony, however, in that place being Arizona, as it was the last place Giants’ new defensive coordinator James Bettcher coached. Arizona is also the landing spot for Steve Wilks, who was considered a favorite to become the Giants’ new head coach.

Giants reportedly hire wide receivers coach

Tyke Tolbert has been an NFL wide receivers coach since 2003. He has worked with the Cardinals (2203), Buffalo Bills (2004-2009), Carolina Panthers (2010) and with the Denver Broncos since 2011. He will replace Adam Henry on Pat Shurmur’s staff. Henry is now wide receivers coach for the Cleveland Browns.