Giants’ new coach Dave DeGuglielmo has unusual backstory

Dave DeGuglielmo is now with the Giants.

Using his personal historical past as a information, it possible is not going to be an extended keep as offensive line coach.

“You learn the stat line otherwise you learn the resume, it appears to be like like there’s a variety of bouncing round,’’ DeGuglielmo mentioned Tuesday, his first public feedback since he changed Marc Colombo, who was fired two weeks in the past by head coach Joe Judge. “And I agree with that. Believe me, my spouse wouldn’t like me bouncing round this a lot and I wouldn’t prefer it as a lot.’’

This is a novel state of affairs, changing an assistant coach effectively right into a season. It is just not as distinctive for DeGuglielmo – that is the third time he stepped in when an offensive line coach bought the boot. The 52-year previous has been with an NFL group for 16 of the final 17 years – he was not within the league in 2013 – however has by no means caught at anyone cease longer than the 5 years (2004-2008) he spent with Tom Coughlin and the Giants. After that, it was three years with the Dolphins, one with the Jets, two with the Patriots (there’s the Judge connection), and one apiece with the Chargers, Dolphins, Colts and Dolphins (he mentioned he turned down a contract provide to remain in Miami for the 2020 season).

This traces up with a status for being a top-notch offensive line trainer and motivator possessing a character that wears out its welcome earlier than lengthy.

Dave DeGuglielmo
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“It’s not preferrred for me both, belief me,’’ DeGuglielmo mentioned. “When you take a look at it I nonetheless maintain getting employed, so I should have some worth to any individual for some motive. Each state of affairs is completely different and there are completely different circumstances. Some are below my management, some are usually not. I want I may keep someplace for 15 years. But I don’t do the hiring.’’

Judge, with a robust suggestion from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett – they labored along with the Cowboys – introduced in Colombo however the partnership lasted solely 10 video games. Judge was not pleased with the event of the younger offensive linemen – rookie first spherical choose Andrew Thomas stands out right here — and commenced to take a extra hands-on strategy in apply. Judge needed to see extra of a rotation throughout video games and began the method of hiring DeGuglielmo in as an offensive guide, which Colombo seen as a risk to his function with the road. Harsh phrases ensued and Colombo was dismissed.

DeGuglielmo got here aboard and engaged in a crash-course to acquaint himself with the gamers below his route.

“I believe this line is rising,’’ he mentioned. “I don’t have the identical considerations about rotating guys in as different individuals might need. I believe we’ve got some gamers who’re high quality gamers who’re sitting on the bench. I imagine what coach Judge believes in and that’s making an attempt to get guys expertise.’’

As for Thomas, DeGuglielmo mentioned “I believe he’s doing an excellent job of making an attempt to work on the issues he had early within the yr.’’

Arriving so late, DeGuglielmo mentioned, was “the equal of a plumber known as to a distinct firm to do a plumbing job. Generally talking that is what I do.’’ He mentioned he should modify to the Giants’ system and terminology, relatively than set up his personal stuff.

“It’s like taking a job in Spain and I don’t know Spanish,’’ he mentioned. “Well, I nonetheless know the way to do my job, I simply don’t know the language of it, that’s all.’’

An early evaluation: DeGuglielmo desires to enhance how the linemen work double-team blocks.

“We’ve bought to deal with how we’re gonna match it and the way we’re gonna end these guys,’’ he mentioned. “Those are the varieties of issues that I can get carried out within the six-week interval. We’re not gonna reinvent the wheel.’’


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