Dan Graziano | ESPN.com
The hiring of Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator was only the beginning of a shakeup of the New York Giants‘ offensive coaching staff.
In a surprise move, tight ends coach Mike Pope will not return to the Giants’ staff in 2014, the team announced Wednesday.
Running backs coach Jerald Ingram also will not be retained, the Giants said in a release.
“Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers,” head coach Tom Coughlin said in a statement. “I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward.”
Pope has spent a total of 23 years as a Giants assistant coach and is the only coach whose name is inscribed on all four of the franchise’s Super Bowl trophies.
Pope was a member of Bill Parcells’ staff from 1983-91, then spent the rest of the 1990s working for the Bengals, Patriots and Redskins before returning to the Giants in 2000. When Coughlin was hired as coach in 2004, Pope was the only assistant coach he kept from the prior regime.
“Mike and I coached together on the Giants staff back in the 1980s,” Coughlin said. “When I returned as the head coach, I didn’t intend to keep anyone from the previous staff. I visited with Mike and made a decision that I wanted him as a part of our new staff going forward, and it was certainly the right decision.
“He has coached many, many outstanding players in the years that we’ve been here, guys that have made great contributions to our success. Mike has four Super Bowl rings from all four championships the New York Giants have won in the modern era.”
One of Pope’s grandchildren is named Wellington, after the Giants late and legendary owner.
McAdoo himself has a background as a tight ends coach, but that would be an overly simplistic explanation for the move. A new offensive coordinator being brought in to shake things up on offense will naturally want to bring in his own people, and not even a franchise stalwart like Pope is immune to such change.
Ingram also has been with the Giants since 2004.
“He’s an outstanding football coach,” Coughlin said. “He has done a very good job here. I think the record speaks for itself in terms of the guys that have played for him and are very loyal to him.”
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