Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants are hiring Andre Patterson as their new defensive line coach.
Former Vikings’ assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Andre Patterson is being hired as the defensive line coach for the New York Giants, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 10, 2022
Patterson became the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive line coach when Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014. He added the title of co-defensive coordinator in 2020, and also added “assistant head coach” to his list of duties in 2021.
In Minnesota, Patterson helped develop Danielle Hunter, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, into one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, and the Vikings frequently had top defensive lines under his tutelage.
Patterson has a reputation as a stickler for technique, and he also helped to fix some persistent issues in former Giant Linval Joseph’s game. Joseph was able to truly unlock the upside he flashed with the Giants and had the best years of his career in Minnesota.
This could be very good news for players like Dexter Lawrence II, Azeez Ojulari, and Elerson Smith.
"I'm a teacher. If you were my math student, and you had a hard time with a problem, I'm not going to get frustrated. I'm going to pull up that chair, I'm going to sit right next to you, and teach you how to handle that problem." - Giants DL coach Andre Patterson #TogetherBlue pic.twitter.com/YuL1puHmhh— WBG84 (@WBG84) February 10, 2022
New York Giants 2022 assistant coaches
[NOTE: These are reported and have not been confirmed by the Giants]
Offensive coordinator — Mike Kafka
Quarterbacks — Shea Tierney
Running backs Offensive line — Bobby Johnson
Assistant offensive line — Tony Sparano Jr.
Tight ends — Andy Bischoff
Wide receivers —
Defensive coordinator — Don ‘Wink’ Martindale
Defensive line — Andre Patterson
Secondary — Jerome Henderson
Assistant defensive backs — Mike Treier
Special teams coordinator — Thomas McGaughey
Assistant special teams coordinator — Anthony Blevins
Director of coaching operations — Laura Young
Rob Ryan, Bryan Cox, Drew Wilkins may also be joining the staff, per @AaronWilson.