The Dave DeGuglielmo era officially begins Sunday against the Bengals, but don’t expect the Giants’ offensive line to look extremely different under their new position coach.
DeGuglielmo was named to coach the unit after Giants coach Joe Judge fired Marc Colombo during the bye week.
"[The firing] was difficult news," center Nick Gates said Friday. He would not go much further when asked about Colombo, deferring to Judge and the coach’s comments earlier in the week.
Gates said he is "excited" to work with DeGuglielmo and doesn’t expect many changes. "We still have the same system, same plays, same agenda we’re going to follow," Gates said. "[Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett] is still going to be calling the same plays and we’re still going to be running them."
The offensive line has been playing a lot better of late. The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards in five straight games and six of their last seven.
Gano a go?
Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said kicker Graham Gano probably will be a game-day decision Sunday. Gano is on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Backup kicker Ryan Santoso, signed to the active roster shortly after Gano’s positive test, also will be available.
The Giants have until 4 p.m. Saturday to add Gano to the active roster. The kicker worked on the side both Thursday and Friday.
"It was good to get him back on the field," McGaughey said. "He was his normal self, no different . . . We’ll monitor Graham, see how he feels and kind of go from there."
Judge is bullish about Gano’s ability to kick Sunday: "I’m very optimistic about his chances this weekend. We’ll see where he is, though.’’