Two longtime assistant coaches became the first concrete example of change to the Giants' offense when they were relieved of their positions Wednesday.
Tight ends coach Mike Pope, with the Giants since 2000, and running backs coach Jerald Ingram, who came to the Giants with Tom Coughlin in 2004, were let go the day after Ben McAdoo was hired as the new offensive coordinator.
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"Both of these men are very good talent evaluators and, in their own way, are very good teachers," Coughlin said. "I decided to make a change in our staff that I believe will be productive going forward. These are very difficult decisions, but I felt they were in the best interests of the Giants moving forward."
No replacements were announced.
Pope recently completed his 31st consecutive season as an NFL assistant coach and his 14th season in his second stint with the Giants. His 23 combined years with the team are longer than any assistant in franchise history and he is the only coach to participate in each of the Giants' five Super Bowls. Among his pupils were Mark Bavaro, Jeremy Shockey and Kevin Boss.
"Mike and I coached together on the Giants staff back in the 1980s," Coughlin said. "When I returned as the head coach, I didn't intend to keep anyone from the previous staff. I visited with Mike and made a decision that I wanted him as a part of our new staff going forward, and it was certainly the right decision."
Ingram may not have such deep roots with the Giants, but he's been at Coughlin's side for more than 20 years, first at Boston College (1991-93), then with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1994-2002) and the Giants (2004-13).
"He's an outstanding football coach," Coughlin said. "He has done a very good job here. I think the record speaks for itself in terms of the guys that have played for him and are very loyal to him. He's a man of principle and has been a very loyal assistant for a lot of years."