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More changes coming to Giants staff, including Mike Pope


The Giants went outside the family for their new offensive coordinator, but it doesn’t appear the change is stopping there.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, more changes are coming in addition to new coordinator Ben McAdoo.

The first among them is the expected departure of tight ends coach Mike Pope, who has been with the organization more than 20 years, serving on all four of their Super Bowl-winning coaching staffs.

That’s a pretty substantial change, but after last season, it’s hard to argue the Giants couldn’t use some shaking up on that side of the ball.

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21 Responses to “More changes coming to Giants staff, including Mike Pope”
  1. theesquireof212 says: Jan 15, 2014 8:47 AM

    But Mike Pope, though? We’re going to scapegoat a legendary tight ends coach for Myers’ pathetic season? He made Marty B. relevant, never mind all the other guys who have blossomed under his tutelage.

  2. bigjdve says: Jan 15, 2014 8:53 AM

    The interesting thing about that is that the TEs seemed to be one of the only things that worked correctly on that team.

  3. jlavenger says: Jan 15, 2014 9:07 AM

    I’d like an explanation why Pope is gone but Mike Quinn remains. Our special teams was a train wreck this year!

  4. rockyburnette says: Jan 15, 2014 9:10 AM

    Makes no sense.

  5. whatnojets says: Jan 15, 2014 9:21 AM

    The Giants are using the “Jerry Jones Philosophy” of how NOT to run a football organization.

  6. jints77 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:30 AM

    It makes sense that since MeAdow was a TE coach he has his own approach, especially if putting the O on a new path. Thanks to Coach Pope for years of dedicated service.

  7. arwiv says: Jan 15, 2014 9:31 AM

    This is a bit surprising to say the least. This guy is like the king of TE coaches. Thanks Myers (you non-blocking scrub)….and thanks Reese for not finding a way to keep Bennett.

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 15, 2014 9:32 AM

    Hmmm interesting. Not sure he is to blame, Jeremy Shockey was great but he was there for years, the guy after him was good but he went to the Raiders, the position has been a revolving door since then.

  9. jimmyt says: Jan 15, 2014 9:34 AM

    I thought the Pope’s name was Frank.

  10. kev86 says: Jan 15, 2014 9:53 AM

    Thank you Coach Pope. I appreciate what you got out of Boss and Ballard during our SB runs in 07 and 11 as well as many other TE’s.

    A new era on offense is upon us.

    Enjoy retirement and your four NYG rings.


  11. mjzaky says: Jan 15, 2014 9:53 AM

    Mike Pope should be appreciated for 20 years of brilliant coaching and doing the impossible in turning a revolving door of late-round picks, UDFAs, and FAs into solid TEs in our offense. If he wants to work this year a number of teams would love to have him. McAdoo just has a different style. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Jerald Ingram and Flaherty go too.

  12. arwiv says: Jan 15, 2014 10:01 AM

    Pope already said he isn’t retiring and Ingram has been let go too. Flaherty and Gillbride Jr are now on the hot seat.

  13. maurysline says: Jan 15, 2014 10:05 AM

    McAdoo was a hot commodity. He surely made it part of his deal to bring in who he wants. After all, his future as a NFL head coach rides heavily on what he does over the next few years. No way he risks that without making his own position coach decisions. Everyone screamed for Gilbrides head and changes to be made. You are getting what you asked for. Let’s see what the young OC is up too before saying it is a bad move.

  14. bigbluefanuk says: Jan 15, 2014 10:13 AM

    Shocker, thought if one coach was safe it was him. Thanks coach for making silk purses out of sows’ ears for so long….

  15. arwiv says: Jan 15, 2014 10:21 AM


    I don’t think Giants fans are mad, they are just a bit surprised because Pope has been such a good coach for such a long time. But yes, when you make a hire like this, sometimes good men lose their jobs.

    Im kind of feeling that somebody in the Giants organization has already let McAdoo know that if he succeeds in the next 2 years he’ll be the Giants next coach in 2016. He gets that job, he’ll be with the Giants for a decade at least.

  16. dcstinks says: Jan 15, 2014 10:29 AM

    Looks like Philly will be the front runner again in the East. Great Job Mara! Keep using Jones and Snyders system!

    –Eagle Fan

  17. canesgiants says: Jan 15, 2014 10:32 AM

    like one of the posters said the new OC was a te coach for years so hes got his own ways.

    also def agree with the fact that this move was done also with hope this will be your future coach in a few years if he succeeds.

  18. bigbluelou says: Jan 15, 2014 11:55 AM

    Bavaro, Shockey, Boss, Ballard, Bennett (sans Meyers) The guy was one of the best TE coaches. I hate to see him go but you have to understand if a new OC comes in he wants “his guys”. Thank you for all your years of service to Big Blue. You will be missed.

  19. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 15, 2014 12:36 PM

    Good luck on the Hail Mary without Pope around.

  20. dalcow4 says: Jan 15, 2014 12:42 PM

    Changing TE coaches is “a pretty substantial change”?

  21. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 15, 2014 1:07 PM

    From Pope to Poop. It can happen in the bat of an eye and most of us that have been on this planet long enough have been through it.

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