The New York Giants may soon have an unexpected opening on their coaching staff. Ian Rapoport is reporting that Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert is interviewing this week for the offensive coordinator job with the Minnesota Vikings.
Tolbert has been an NFL wide receivers coach since 2003 and has never been a coordinator at the college or pro level. Rapoport says that Tolbert’s connection to Gary Kubiak, whom he worked for with the Denver Broncos in 2015 and 2016, is part of what has drawn Minnesota’s interest. Kubiak was head coach and Tolbert an assistant when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50.
Kubiak was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator last season, but has retired from coaching.
Tolbert has been with the Giants for three seasons. He was first hired to coach receivers in New York by Pat Shurmur, and was then retained by Joe Judge. In addition to the Giants and Broncos, Tolbert has been wide receivers coach for the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers.
Offensive line update
Dan Duggan of The Athletic reported Monday that the Giants will begin interviewing for their vacant offensive line coaching spot later this week. Duggan reports that Giants assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson will not be a candidate. He mentions current Houston Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin as a candidate. Devlin has been with Houston since 2015. Prior to that, he was with the New York Jets from 2006-2014, serving the last two seasons there as offensive line coach.