Giants announce Ben McAdoo’s first coaching staff


There have been plenty of reports about the makeup of the Giants coaching staff since they announced that Ben McAdoo would be making the move from offensive coordinator to head coach, but the team only formalized the 20-man group with a release on Tuesday.

Twelve of the coaches on the staff were also part of Tom Coughlin’s final staff with the team, including offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn. While that seems like a nod toward continuity after nudging Coughlin out the door following his long run on the sideline, McAdoo insists no one was brought back without going through the hiring process again.

“This is a new staff,” McAdoo said. “Nobody was retained, there were no holdovers; everyone was hired. When I sat down with everybody on the staff, that was one thing I wanted to make clear. No one was retained, no one was a holdover. Everyone was hired here as part of a new staff.”

Running backs coach Craig Johnson, tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride, assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells, offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, secondary/safeties coach David Merritt, defensive assistant Rob Leonard, assistant strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul and performance manager Joe Danos were the other coaches able to convince McAdoo that they were worth hiring for jobs in an organization that previously deemed them worth hiring.

New to the Giants are quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti, wide receivers coach Adam Henry, offensive line coach Mike Solari, defensive line coach Patrick Graham, assistant defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina, linebackers coach Bill McGovern, assistant special teams coach Dwayne Stukes and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman.