Giants sign defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to contract extension

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The Jets had requested permission to speak to Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham for their head coaching opening. It is unknown whether other teams were interested, but the team cut them off at the pass.

Graham signed a contract extension with the team and will not pursue any head coaching opportunities in 2021, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports.

In 2008, Washington tried to hire Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo as its head coach. The Giants convinced him to stay with a three-year contract worth $2 million per season.

Graham, who directed a unit that finished 12th in yards allowed and ninth in points allowed in 2020, surely also got a nice raise out of the Jets’ interest.

Graham, 41, has spent the past two years as a defensive coordinator. He was with the Dolphins in 2019 before following Joe Judge to the Giants before this year.

Graham also is the Giants’ assistant head coach.

He began his NFL coaching career under Bill Belichick in 2009, and he was there seven years as an assistant. Graham was the Giants’ defensive line coach in 2016-17 and the Packers’ linebackers coach and run game coordinator in 2018.

4 responses to “Giants sign defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to contract extension

  1. Smart move. None of these jobs are that attractive for different reasons. Falcons are going to make you keep most of these players they’ve been failing with. The Spanos family own the Chargers. The Lions are continuously a mess, and the Texans have no picks. Jaguars also have a dummy for an owner, and they already seem fixated on Meyer anyway.

  2. Giants need a top-shelf edge pass rusher, sign Williams, and they can get the job done on that side of the ball in 21 – assuming no critical injuries, of course. Nothing helps a team improve like coordinator stability.

  3. Resign Leonard Williams. He is a monster and has proved to be the second best player on the defense behind Bradberry. Lorenzo Carter will be back from injury. He has always graded well and hopefully he can strive in Graham’s defense. Tomlinson, Fackrell, and Sheard are all gone. Edge rusher is a main priority.

    The offense needs a WR or TE that is “the guy”. Slayton is a good #2. Shepard is a good #3. Tate is a washed up #3. Engram is a waste of space. Saquon being back will help take pressure off Jones, and the o-line played decent down the stretch, so hopefully they continue to ascend.

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