The New York Giants coaching staff is starting to take shape, with Pat Shurmur as the boss.
Shurmur was officially hired earlier this week as the 18th head coach in franchise history. He then jetted to Alabama for the Senior Bowl, where he has been busy hiring a staff.
So far ...
Note: The Giants staff will be constantly changing and filled out over the next few weeks. This will be one of several updates.
Defensive coordinator: James Bettcher (ESPN confirmed)
He comes from the Arizona Cardinals, where in his three years as defensive coordinator he never had a defense ranked outside the top six in the league. Bettcher is 39 years old and considered a bright, young defensive mind. He replaces Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed for the Giants head coaching job. Spagnuolo was passed over for the second time in two years.
Special teams coordinator: Thomas McGaughey (ESPN confirmed)
McGaughey spent the past two seasons as the Carolina Panthers' special teams coach. He was an assistant beforehand. New Giants general manager Dave Gettleman saw firsthand what McGaughey can do. The Panthers finished 10th in Rick Gosselin's 2017 NFL special teams rankings. The Giants finished 32nd under former longtime special teams coach Tom Quinn.
Special teams assistant: N/A
ESPN’s Field Yates says to keep an eye on former Cardinals assistant special teams coach Anthony Blevins. He just finished his fifth season in Arizona.
Wide receivers coach: Tyke Tolbert (reported by 9News' Mike Klis)
He was most recently the wide receivers coach for the Denver Broncos from 2011-17 before being relieved of his duties after the season. He has previously spent time with the Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Cardinals. Tolbert will be tasked with handling and mentor Odell Beckham Jr. with the Giants. Beckham was extremely close with his previous wide receivers coach Adam Henry, who left to join the Cleveland Browns.
Offensive coordinator: N/A
Shurmur is an offensive coach, so he prioritized the defensive coordinator hire. The former Vikings offensive coordinator is expected to call plays for the Giants. Shurmur's offensive coordinator hire is next. One name to monitor is former Lions quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan. He is a highly regarded offensive mind.