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Giants news, 1/17: Joel Thomas named running backs coach, Darren Waller, more headlines

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Giants coaching news: Joel Thomas hired as running backs coach, Aaron Wellman returns

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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Is Change Being Contemplated By Giants at Offensive Coordinator? | Sports Illustrated

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

Anthony Campanile: His NY Giants defensive coordinator candidacy | The Record

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.

Boomer dropping bread crumbs about Bill Belichick, Giants? | WFAN.com

“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

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.”

Around the league

Jason Kelce tells Eagles teammates he's retiring, sources say | ESPN.com

Jalen Hurts on Nick Sirianni's future after Eagles' early playoff exit: 'I didn't know he was going anywhere' | CBSSports.com

Eagles’ Nick Sirianni on job status after late-season collapse, playoff exit: ‘I’m thinking about the guys’ | NFL.com

The Philadelphia Eagles lost their identity, and now they’ve lost their season | FOX Sports

Eagles or Cowboys? A look at who’s in a better position to bounce back from horrible NFL playoff showing | CBSSports.com

Commanders GM Adam Peters discusses upcoming HC search, building team around 'cornerstone' players | NFL.com

Christian McCaffrey (calf) full participant in 49ers practice | ESPN.com

Injuries to test Bills’ limit as another showdown against Chiefs looms | The Athletic

John Harbaugh: Mark Andrews "really took a big step" in Tuesday's practice | Pro Football Talk

Mike Tomlin tells Steelers players he plans on coaching team in 2024 | NFL.com

Falcons interview Bill Belichick, who reportedly met in person with owner Arthur Blank for head coaching job | CBSSports.com

John Schneider: Coaching staff under my umbrella, will have final say on Seahawks personnel | Pro Football Talk

Saints fire offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael | Pro Football Talk

The market for Russell Wilson, and the Broncos' options | ESPN

Buyer Beware: Which NFL Free Agents Should Teams Avoid in 2024? | Bleacher Report

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