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Danny Langsdorf named Giants new quarterbacks coach

Laurie Cavanaugh sits with Danny Langsdorf in her

Laurie Cavanaugh sits with Danny Langsdorf in her hospital room. Credit: AP, 2007

The Giants named their new quarterbacks coach, and it is someone who has already given a lot to the Giants family.

Seven years ago, Danny Langsdorf donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, whose husband, Mike, is the offensive line coach at Oregon State (where Langsdorf was the offensive coordinator the last nine seasons). Laurie Cavanaugh is the sister of recently retired Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

"That's definitely an ironic twist to the story," said Danny Langsdorf, who worked with new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo on the Saints' staff in 2004. "That's still something that's close to me and close to my family. To get a chance to go there, it's pretty unique, and it's kind of a different twist that we never expected. We're both hanging in there and doing just fine. All is well on both ends."

As far as football is concerned, Langsdorf will be the newest quarterbacks coach for Eli Manning. He'll replace Sean Ryan, who returns to wide receivers coach, the position he held when the Giants won Super Bowl XLVIII. Kevin M. Gilbride, son of the former offensive coordinator, moves from receivers coach to tight ends. The Giants offense finished ranked 28th in 2013.

"I like the makeup of our offensive staff," Tom Coughlin said. "There are some obvious and very good offensive thoughts here. And then you bring in Ben McAdoo...I'm excited about that part of it as well."

Coughlin said he was impressed by the "number of quarterbacks that were highly, highly productive in the Oregon State program, including redshirt freshmen."

He also liked that Langsdorf is a teacher of basic principles.

"The one thing that is very impressive is that Ben and Danny are fundamentalists, first and foremost, in how they teach," Coughlin said. "They both have extensive quarterback film and drill work which they teach off of and which relate to the fundamentals of the game...I'm excited about this spring as we put together our identity as an offensive team again. First and foremost, it's going to be good for our players."

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