Eli Manning will have to break in a new quarterbacks coach.
Mike Sullivan, who has run the quarterbacks room for the Giants the last two seasons, will reportedly be named the offensive coordinator of the Buccaneers. ESPN is reporting the hire. Sullivan interviewed for the position today.
Sullivan coached the wide receivers on the Giants for six seasons before moving to quarterbacks two years ago when Chris Palmer left. This of course means that Manning will need a new coach, and chances are he’ll get to hand-select one. Such are the perks of a two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Of course Manning seemed to do just fine without a coach during last offseason when there was a lockout, so the Giants may not be in a rush to fill the position.
Sullivan’s impact on the Giants was not only as a coach. He was the one, Victor Cruz said in a television interview yesterday, who first suggested that Cruz salsa dance if he had the opportunity to score a touchdown against the Eagles in Week 3 of the NFL season. And look what that grew into. Sullivan was also the coach who introduced the Giants to Col. Greg Gadson, the double-amputee and Iraq veteran who has been an honorary member of the team for the last five seasons. Sullivan played football with Gadson at Army in the late 1980s.