Joe Judge has finally completely filled out his initial NY Giants coaching staff, and this last hire was surely worth the wait.
One of the burning questions surrounding rookie NY Giants head coach was about whether he’d be able to hire a competent coaching staff, as the Patriots made it clear they wouldn’t make it easy to surrender any of his former co-workers.
Joe Judge got the job done, anyway, and his last coaching hire may prove to be one of the best. On Friday, the Giants announced that Sean Spencer of Penn State had been officially hired as the team’s defensive line and (defensive) running game coordinator.
Spencer has been with current Penn State head coach James Franklin since 2011 and had recently been bumped up to associate head coach in addition to his duties as their defensive line coach. Typically, when a coach is made associate head coach it’s a sign of respect and a way for the head coach to offer an extra incentive for said coach to stay on.
That label wasn’t enough to sway Spencer from making the NFL jump, as he’ll now get to work with one of the more capable young defensive line groups in the NFL. Twice, Spencer’s defensive line group led the entire nation in sacks per game, and quarterback pressure has been a staple of Penn State’s impressive defenses for quite some time.
Penn State’s defense totaled 40 or more sacks four straight times from 2015-2018, and numerous Nittany Lion defensive lineman have gone on to play in the NFL. The Hartford, CT native has coached defensive lines in college 18/19 last years (he coached linebackers at Villanova in 2005) and was obviously ready to finally make the jump to the NFL level.
With all of the traditional coaching roles presumably filled on Judge’s staff, here’s how the NY Giants coaching unit will look heading into 2020.
Offensive Coordinator: Jason Garrett
Quarterbacks: Jerry Schuplinski
Runningbacks: Burton Burns
Wide Receivers: Tyke Tolbert
Tight Ends: Freddie Kitchens
Offensive Line: Marc Colombo
Unknown: Derek Dooley
Defensive Coordinator: Patrick Graham (also assistant head coach)
Defensive Line: Sean Spencer
Outside Linebackers: Bret Bielema (also senior assistant)
Inside Linebackers: Kevin Sherrer
Defensive Backs: Jerome Henderson
Defensive Assistant: Jody Wright
Unknown: Mike Treier
Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey
Assistant Special Teams Coach: Tom Quinn
Assistant Special Teams Coach: Anthony Blevins