Giants name Sullivan new QB coach

Posted Feb. 12, 2010 @ 3:16 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Giants announced today that Mike Sullivan, who previously has coached the team's wide receivers, now will be the quarterbacks coach.

Sullivan had spent the previous six years coaching the wide receivers, and he was commended for his job with the group, including nice seasons from Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks.

He replaces Chris Palmer, who retired from the NFL and has become the head coach of the UFL's Hartford franchise. Sean Ryan is the new wide receivers coach. He was the Giants’ offensive quality control coach the last three seasons.

Sullivan met with QB Eli Manning, who endorsed the move.

“I’m excited about getting to work with Coach Sullivan,” Manning said. “He’s been in the system with the Giants and been working with the receivers for the past six years, so I’ve been working closely with him, trying to get on the same page with the receivers. We have a good relationship and we communicate well, so I’m excited about having him in the quarterback room. I think we’re going to have a great relationship on and off the field. He’s helped me become a better quarterback and I’m looking forward to that opportunity.

“I talked to Coach Coughlin about this. I feel very comfortable with Coach Sullivan. I knew he was in the mix. I feel very good about him moving to the quarterback position. He’s a guy who knows what we do and we can grow as an offense. I think he’ll be good in the meeting room, giving me different ideas and things we can work on and I look forward to that.”

Head coach Tom Coughlin said changing roles within his staff made the most sense.

“The major reason that I felt strongly about Mike Sullivan coaching the quarterbacks here is that Mike has been with us for all six years and he’s been an integral part of the progress of our pass game,” Coughlin said. “He was the position coach for the wide receivers last year and worked very closely with the quarterbacks and the offensive coordinator. He has a very good understanding of our passing game. He did the majority of the work in assembling our first and second down pass game. He is an industrious, very hard-working, very intelligent coach who looks forward to each challenge.

“In the words of Eli, he knows exactly what we can expect from Sully and that Mike is a grinder. Mike is going to work extremely hard in the face of any challenge - and his challenge is to continue the development of Eli.”