Mike Sullivan is interviewing to be the offensive coordinator of the Giants on Wednesday and he got an endorsement from an important member of the unit.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz said “absolutely” when asked if he wants to see Sullivan, who was on the offensive staff with the team from 2004-2011, get the job and said he would be texting him later in the day to see how things went. Cruz said he’s heard the calls for a new approach after the departure of Kevin Gilbride and understands them, but disagrees with the notion that it is the best route for the Giants to take.
“I could see that,” Cruz said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But, you know, I think it’s just his familiarity with our personnel, with our offense, the one we had. Obviously, he’s running a similar offense with Tampa Bay but I’m sure he’ll have some tweaks here or there. I just think we need a refresher, I think, more so than people needing a whole big name. A refreshing face that we know, one we’re all comfortable with, and we can go from there.”
That’s a similar point of view to the one Cruz’s fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks shared this week, but the Giants are also talking to former Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains on Wednesday so we’ll see what the decision makers think. We’ll also find out what they think about bringing Nicks back to the team, a subject that Cruz also tackled by saying that he’d like to see Nicks return but that the Giants would be fine if things went the other way.
“He’s obviously been a big piece for us in the last years that he’s been with us,” Cruz said, via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News. “But I think we definitely always have the talent in our receiving room to be successful. I think that’s just a testament to how we drafted and how we got players to fit the mold to our offense. I think we can definitely be able to be successful if Hakeem has to move on. It’s something that we’re going to have to look at. And we hope not, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Cruz will be around for the entire offseason this year, which will be a big help to whoever the Giants hire as coordinator whether or not Nicks is there too.