The NY Giants made headlines Wednesday, as they brought in Dave DeGuglielmo to replace Marc Colombo. Here are some things to know about Big Blue’s new offensive line coach.
The Giants made a surprising move Wednesday, firing the current offensive line coach, Marc Colombo from his post.
Dave DeGuglielmo will now be tasked with arguably the key position unit of the NY Giants. It’s no secret the team used two of its three first picks in the 2020 draft on two tackles to hopefully lock down the edge for the next 10+ years. They also added Shane Lemieux in the 5th round and he also looks to be a key piece for the line for several years to come. This offensive line must be one of the team’s main identities for the next decade.
DeGuglielmo is a long-time offensive linemen expert and he is highly regarded for his work to develop and improve young linemen. He is a Boston College graduate which is also where he started his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant in 1991 before becoming the team’s offensive line coach in 1993. Dave stayed with his alma mater for four seasons before moving onto to join the UCONN coaching staff.
Coincidentally, DeGuglielmo got his first NFL gig in New York, with the Giants in 2004. Tom Coughlin brought him along and he helped develop the infamously dominant NY Giants’ offensive line of 2007 and 2008. Under his tutelage, NY saw several accolades with numerous All-Pros and Pro Bowls from their linemen along with two 1,000 yard rushers in 2008 in Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward.
DeGuglielmo later worked with the Jets and Dolphins for short stints before joining Bill Belichick in New England. It was there he became familiar with Joe Judge and Judge saw firsthand Dave help lead the unit to a Super Bowl title with the Patriots.
From there, Dave had one-year stints with Miami and the Chargers before revitalizing his career and reputation with the Colts in 2018. That season, DeGuglielmo helped develop the Colts’ struggling offensive line and turn it into a major strength for the team. He is often credited with helping Quentin Nelson in his rookie year and instantly turning him into an All-Pro interior guard.
DeGuglielmo spent 2019 back with the Dolphins, his third stint with the team. It was a struggling, rebuilding season all-around for Miami and DeGuglielmo was replaced after the season.
A well-respected coach, DeGuglielmo has a good standing around the NFL. He is a veteran, seasoned coach who has seen it all and experienced two Super Bowls with NY and also with Joe Judge. NY can only help his veteran experience and winning pedigree will help further inspire and develop the Giants’ promising offensive line and its young key players.