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The New York Giants announced Tuesday afternoon that they’ve hired Joel Thomas to be their new running backs coach, and Aaron Wellman will be their new Executive Director of Player Performance.
Thomas had previously been the New Orleans Saints running backs coach, a position he’s held since 2015. The Giants requested — and were granted — permission from the Saints to interview Thomas on Sunday (Jan. 13th). So once again they’ve wasted no time in hiring a coach who apparently impressed.
Wellman was originally hired as the teams strength and conditioning coach in 2016 and was charged with updating the team’s S&C program to improve performance and minimize the risk of injury. He served in that role for four years, until he left the Giants to run Indiana University’s S&C program in 2020.
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That has raised some questions about whether Daboll, a former play-caller, intends to take over that aspect next season at the expense of Kafka.
Such a decision would be Daboll’s right as head coach, and it would make total sense if the Giants intend to draft a quarterback for the future whom Daboll would personally sign off on. Daboll, who is coming off a 6-11 season, needs to do his part in getting the team back on an upward trajectory, he would no doubt want to take a full hands-on role with the development of a young quarterback, much in the same way as he worked with Josh Allen of the Bills when he was their offensive coordinator.
Joel Thomas on running back traits he values
Campanile is certainly not short on experience. His time working with Brian Flores and Vic Fangio in Miami with the Dolphins, Greg Schiano at Rutgers and Jim Harbaugh at Michigan has provided valuable intel from respected coaches at the college and pro levels. The Giants might favor a defensive coordinator who has called plays previously, and while Campanile has been involved in creating game plans and on game day, Fangio is currently the play caller with the Dolphins.
“This is all coming at a weird time,” Boomer said. “Bill Belichick is out there interviewing with the Falcons. He wants to coach. He loves the Giants...How does John Mara think about this, especially with Bill Belichick being available? Is this all of a sudden, ‘I gotta get Bill Belichick in here to calm things down’? You never know how the owner will react."
Darius Slayton’s social media troll game is on point
Eagle and cowboys collapse back to back? pic.twitter.com/XqylUG7hkT— Darius Slayton (@Young_Slay2) January 16, 2024
Odell Beckham Jr.: Giants Tried to 'F--k Me over a Little Bit' with Trade to Browns | Bleacher Report
"There's a semi bit of me that feels like the Giants sent me off, I've said it before, sent me off to Cleveland to die," Beckham said. "You can't tell me this was the best trade package we could have got for you...no, your desire was to kind of f--k me over a little bit."
He expressed some remorse over how his immaturity played a part in the team shipping him away.
"You feel like I made a fool of you or the organization and that was never truly my intention ... I'm just that competitive," OBJ said. "I wanted to win, I always wanted to win. I'm tired of being 6-10.”
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