Joe Judge is about to fill one of the most important positions on his coaching staff.
That is: quarterbacks coach, a person that will be heavily involved with the development of quarterback Daniel Jones.
His choice is … an interesting one, at least.
Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Giants will hire Dolphins assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski as Judge’s quarterbacks coach.
UPDATE: Per Sirius XM’s Alex Marvez, the Giants hired Ole Miss assistant Freddie Roach as their new defensive line coach, too.
Schuplinski is the latest coach to join the Giants staff both from the Dolphins and with past Patriots ties to Judge, after he plucked Patrick Graham off Miami’s staff to be the team’s new defensive coordinator.
The difference: Graham has NFL experience as both a coordinator and full-time position coach already.
Schuplinski, on the other hand, has never been more than an assistant position coach, most recently as the assistant quarterbacks coach on Brian Flores’ staff for the Dolphins.
News has not yet come out about who Judge plans to hire as his offensive coordinator, but without that news coming yet, this hire seems at least strange on the surface. Judge knows Schuplinski well from their time together in New England, but nothing should be a bigger priority for the Giants organization right now than the development of Jones.
Judge preached how he wants his coaches to be teachers, first and foremost, and in a perfect world, the key roles on a coaching staff — especially at such an important position — would be filled by people with notable NFL coaching or playing experience, of which Schuplinski has neither.
As for Roach, the new defensive line coach: he’s never actually coached in the NFL, though he does have ties to Judge from the year they spent together at Alabama in 2010 when Judge was a special teams assistant and Roach was an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Ultimately, though, if the Giants hire a quarterback-minded offensive coordinator, perhaps the risk of hiring a younger, inexperienced coach like Schuplinski could pay off.
Another note: At some point, it might behoove the Giants to hire a coach that outside of the Belichick coaching tree. Judge did that by, reportedly, retaining special teams coach Thomas McGaughey and wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, but for an inexperienced coach like Judge, it would be smart to bring in an outside, veteran voice to get things working smoothly in Year 1.
Now, the most important news will be whoever Judge hires as offensive coordinator.
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