This should keep NY Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka happy that he's going to be back with the team next season. Not long ago, Kafka was passed up on in Seattle for their head coach opening. Then, the G-Men blocked Seattle's request to interview him for their offensive coordinator gig.
After all that went down, rumors flew that perhaps Kafka was unhappy in East Rutherford. Now, though, he's surely got a smile on his face. On Wednesday afternoon, the Giants announced several promotions on staff, including Kafka now being assistant head coach in addition to OC:
Mike Kafka is now Brian Daboll's assistant head coach for the Giants
Yup, this is one way to make Kafka pleased. All offseason, there's been speculation that Kafka and Daboll don't get along. However, if Daboll was so keen on bringing him back and promoted him to assistant HC, then he's clearly doing something right.
Kafka wasn't the only one to get good news, as defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson was promoted to defensive passing game coordinator, while quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney is now the offensive passing game coordinator.
Henderson was in the mix for the defensive coordinator job, interviewing for the position. In the end, Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen decided to go with former Titans DC Shane Bowen. Just like Kafka, though, this promotion could take Henderson's mind off of it.
Back to Kafka, the offense sure looked average at best last year, but injuries really prevented the unit from being able to perform at its best level. With the 6-11 season recorded, a lot of people thought Kafka could be on his way out of town.
That's not going to happen - the assumption is Kafka will call plays too, but don't forget that Daboll took away those responsibilities more than once in 2023. In order for that not to happen in 2024, Kafka needs to make sure his guys are ready to rock each week. There are no more excuses for him moving forward.