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New d-line coach is big on fundamentals, structure

Robert Nunn has coached in the NFL for

Robert Nunn has coached in the NFL for 10 seasons, including four as a defensive tackles coach of the Packers and last year as co-defensive line coach of the Buccaneers. Photo Credit: NFL

One of the easiest things to observe while covering the Giants --and, some people will tell you, one of the reasons he's no longer there -- was the close relationship the defensive linemen had with Mike Waufle. Was he an apologist for them? Did he contribute to their troubles this past season? I don't know that. But he was very popular. And he was fired.

Now there's a new guy in town. The Giants today announced that Robert Nunn, who has coached edefsnive linemen in Washington, Green Bay and most recently Tampa Bay, has been hired as defensive line coach, filling what appears to be the final vacancy on the coaching staff.

And in reading the quotes from Tom Coughlin and Perry Fewell, it's interesting to get a sense of a theme that they consider may have been missing under Waufle, who has already been hired by the Raiders.

"(He) will bring the best out of the players that he coaches," Coughlin said. "He will provide structure. He will gain their trust. He will prove to the players the techniques that are important. When that happens and they buy into it, I think the results will come back for us."

"I look for him to bring to our defensive line fundamentals, technique, toughness, energy and to bring us together as a group to help make us a good defensive line unit," Fewell said.

Coughlin praised his X and O abilities, but he was also drawn to his resume. And not for the impressive positions on NFL staffs but for the lesser known jobs he's held.

“I am usually impressed by people who came through the ranks, that didn’t have great jobs,” Coughlin said. “He was the defensive coordinator, head coach and athletic director at Georgia Military. Because of that and some of the recruiting associations he made, he got an opportunity to go into professional football and he’s done an outstanding job.”

Here's Nunn's work history:

1988 Northeastern Oklahoma Defensive Line
1989-90 Tennessee Defensive Ends
1991 Georgia Military College Defensive Coordinator
1992-99 Georgia Military College Head Coach
2000 Miami Dolphins Defensive Assistant
2001-2002 Miami Dolphins Asst. Def. Line/Quality Control
2003 Washington Redskins Defensive Line
2004 Miami Dolphins Special Assistant
2005-08 Green Bay Packers Defensive Tackles
2009 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Line

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