Mike Sullivan has returned to the Giants as quarterbacks coach, a position he last held for the team in 2011 before leaving to become the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator in 2012-13. He replaces Danny Langsdorf, who held the position for one season before leaving to become offensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska.
"It's great to be back," Sullivan said. "I can't wait to get started."
Sullivan was a candidate for Giants offensive coordinator last year, but the job went to Ben McAdoo. Now Sullivan will be reunited with Manning, for whom he was the position coach in 2010 and '11, two of Manning's most productive seasons in the NFL. Sullivan was Tom Coughlin's wide receivers coach from 2004-09, so he has a long history with Manning.
"I have a great working relationship with coach Sullivan," Manning said through the team. "It will be good to have him back on the staff and back in the quarterback room. When he was here, we did a great job getting the game plan together and communicating. We did good work in the offseason, so it will be good to have him back and get back to work."
McAdoo and Sullivan have never worked together, but they had a long phone conversation after Tom Coughlin made the hire on Wednesday.
"I know of Ben and I know a lot of folks that speak highly of him, including some other people that I've worked with," Sullivan said. "He had asked around about me and, fortunately, had heard some good things. We had a good conversation and, of course, I'm close with [wide receivers coach] Sean Ryan, [offensive line coach] Pat Flaherty and [tight ends coach] Kevin M. Gilbride. He has a comfort level with those guys and they were able to tell him what I'm about and how I work. I hit it off real well with him on the phone. He seemed like a great guy and did a heck of a job trying to change so much with a new system, new scheme, and really got Eli doing a lot of good things. I'm just really excited to get back in the fold there and work with Eli."
Odell honored again. Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for December, making him the first player ever to win the award in consecutive months. Only Anquan Boldin had won it twice in the same year.
Beckham's 606 receiving yards in December were the most by any rookie in any month in NFL history.
He also was named Pepsi Rookie of the Week for Week 17, an award voted on by fans. The only award left for him is the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, which will be announced on Jan. 31 in Arizona at the NFL Honors show the night before the Super Bowl.