After an inauspicious start to filling out his coaching staff, Joe Judge has now brought on numerous proven coaches to join him with the NY Giants. Derek Dooley is the latest, and it caused the official Freddie Kitchens domino to fall.
In another unexpected hire Monday, Joe Judge and the NY Giants added former Tennessee Volunteers head coach Derek Dooley to what is getting to be a crowded offensive coaching room. Dooley has a wealth of experience in both college and the NFL, most recently serving in the NFL as Jason Garrett’s wide receivers coach in Dallas from 2013-2017.
The Jason Garrett connection seems to be the obvious reason for the hire, as the two longtime coaches have worked together in two different stops. Dooley also spent seven years early on in his career coaching under Nick Saban at both LSU and with the Miami Dolphins. Although his time in Tennessee was an abject failure, he is very well respected in the coaching community.
Much like Freddie Kitchens, Dooley is an incredibly well-rounded offensive coach. Most recently the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri (coaching Drew Lock), Dooley has coached tight ends, quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and been both an offensive coordinator and head coach in his career.
Freddie Kitchens was announced as an addition to the Big Blue staff some time ago, and it took until Dooley was hired today for his role as tight ends coach to be officially defined. Kitchens grabbing the last traditional role clouds what position Dooley might hold, although coaches can always make up their own roles such as passing game coordinator or associate head coach, so it’ll be interesting to see what his official title will end up being.
Here’s how the Big Blue offensive coaching staff has shaken out.
Offensive Coordinator: Jason Garrett
Runningbacks: Burton Burns
Wide Receivers: Tyke Tolbert
Tight Ends- Freddie Kitchens
Offensive Line: Marc Colombo
Quarterbacks: Jerry Schuplinski
Unknown: Derek Dooley