The New York Giants on Wednesday announced that former Giants assistant coach and Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will return to their coaching staff as quarterbacks coach.
Sullivan replaces Danny Langsdorf, who left the team Tuesday after only one season to become offensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska.
Sullivan was the Giants' quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011 before leaving to join Greg Schiano's coaching staff with Tampa Bay. He interviewed for the Giants' then-vacant offensive coordinator position last January, but the team decided to hire Ben McAdoo for that position instead. Now, Sullivan, who has a good working relationship with Giants quarterback Eli Manning, will be one of McAdoo's assistant coaches.
Sullivan first worked for Tom Coughlin in 2002, when Coughlin was head coach in Jacksonville and hired him as a defensive assistant. That was Coughlin's last season in Jacksonville, but he hired Sullivan as wide receivers coach when he took the job as head coach of the Giants in 2004. Sullivan served in that position through 2009.
“Mike worked very well with Eli when he was the quarterbacks coach,” Coughlin said in a Giants news release. “We all wished him well when he went off to be an offensive coordinator, but we were sorry to see him go.”
“I have a great working relationship with Coach Sullivan,” Manning said in the same release. “It will be good to have him back on the staff and back in the quarterback room. When he was here, we did a great job getting the game plan together and communicating. We did good work in the offseason, so it will be good to have him back and get back to work.”
Manning had a strong year under Langsdorf, posting career highs in completion percentage, completions and attempts and reaching the 30-touchdown mark for the second time in his career. He also posted his second-highest single-season passing yardage total and threw only 14 interceptions after throwing 27 the year before.
Coughlin made it clear Tuesday that he would have preferred for Langsdorf to stay more than one year. But with Langsdorf gone, Sullivan makes sense for the Giants in this position if their goal is to keep Manning as comfortable as possible and build on his strong 2014 season.