The NY Giants are having a frustrating week with now three members of the organization not able to play or coach on Sunday Night Football.
The NY Giants announced Saturday that Offensive Assistant, Stephen Brown, has tested positive for COVID-19. The team said in a written statement,
"“He immediately self-isolated, and we are currently working with the league’s chief medical officer regarding close contacts. Quest Diagnostics Training Center remains open, and the team is following their normal practice and meeting schedule today.”"
Luckily for Big Blue, they have appeared to avoid any high-risk contacts or any more positive cases nor a spread throughout the building. The team headquarters and practice facility at 1925 Giants Drive remains open as the team has appeared to dodge a major bullet for now. This is the team’s second coach to get the virus this week after Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett was diagnosed positive on Thursday.
Both Brown and Garrett will now miss this week’s matchup with the Browns on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The Giants’ coaching staff is now in a state of flux with much realignment all week.
Tight Ends coach Freddie Kitchens will call the plays in Garrett’s absence and act as the team’s offensive coordinator. This is a big game for Freddie as he faces his former team where he was a one-and-done as Head Coach last year in 2019. In his absence with the tight end group, it is expected that Bobby Blick will coach the tight ends this week, expanding his normal offensive quality control duties.
On the other side of the ball, the NY Giants defense is dealing with some more noticeable absences. James Bradberry is out this week, listed as a high-risk contact after his personal chiropractor unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19. Bradberry has not tested positive and can come off the COVID/Reserve list as soon as Monday.
Along with Bradberry, Brett Bielema left the team abruptly Friday. He took on the Head Coaching gig at Illinois where he’s returning to his native Big 10. Kevin Sherrer, the team’s inside linebackers coach is expected to take on Bielema’s role this weekend as Outside Linebackers coach and as a Senior Assistant. Jody Wright will take on an expanded role this week as well.
It’s all hands on deck for the undermanned NY Giants as they take on the Browns Sunday Night as underdogs at home. The team is dealing with injury issues at quarterback, cornerback, and the coaching staff is beginning to get decimated as well.