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Kafka named assistant head coach
The New York Giants today announced the promotions of three current coaches and the addition of two new members to the staff.
Mike Kafka will have assistant head coach duties added to his role as offensive coordinator. Secondary coach Jerome Henderson, meanwhile, will also be the defensive passing game coordinator, and quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney will take on the additional role of offensive passing game coordinator.
The two newcomers are outside linebackers coach Charlie Bullen and defensive assistant Zak Kuhr. Bullen spent the previous two seasons as the Illinois football program’s outside linebackers coach/pass rush coordinator. Kuhr just completed his fourth season coaching in the NFL and was the inside linebackers assistant since 2021 in Tennessee.
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But going through growing pains with a first-time playcaller would have been an unnecessary risk for the Giants, a potentially fatal mistake for Daboll's head-coaching career.
Bowen's experience is part of what makes him attractive to this particular situation in New York. He has already been through that learning curve. Vrabel, the former head coach with the Titans, even brought in veteran coordinator Jim Schwartz to help Bowen in his formative years as a coordinator. It helped.
In 2023, Bowen boasted the No. 1 defense in red zone scoring (allowed touchdowns on 37.7 percent of drives inside the 20), goal-to-go scoring (42.9 percent resulting in touchdowns), and third-down conversation rate in the red zone (23.4). In addition, Tennessee ranked second in inside the 30 touchdown efficiency (34.7 percent) and opponent third-and-short conversions (50.0 percent).
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The Giants desperately need to improve the league’s worst offensive line from 2023, and while much will be made of the right tackle spot, where 2022 top-10 pick Evan Neal has really struggled, adding a top-end pass protector next to the right tackle such as the Rams G Kevin Dotson could go a long way in stabilizing the right side of the offensive line.
The Giants could look to lock down their other guard spot with a good pass-protecting left guard in Minnesota's Dalton Risner who settled in after his late arrival to Minnesota this season.
The veteran center wanted to return to the team after the Giants reached the playoffs in 2023, but when the team delayed negotiations he ended up with the San Francisco 49ers and in his first Super Bowl. Feliciano, who will start at right guard for the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s Super Bowl, said he got that message from more than one of his former teammates.
“I did,” he said. “That whole line got really close that year. A lot of guys definitely reached out to me and guys off the offensive line as well telling me how much they missed me and stuff. Yeah, that felt good.”
Will the Giants tag Barkley once again? They did so during the 2023 offseason to ensure that the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft would be back. Barkley had a good season, but he wasn't as good as in 2022. Barkley will be 27 years old in 2024, which is usually when running backs start to fall off, especially ones with an extensive injury history. It will cost a ton for the Giants to tag him again, but can they really afford to lose their best skill player?
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