Then-Jets special teams assistant Michael Ghobrial before a game against the...

Then-Jets special teams assistant Michael Ghobrial before a game against the Miami Dolphins on, Dec. 19, 2021. Credit: AP/Doug Murray

The Giants have hired Michael Ghobrial as their special teams coordinator, and they didn’t have to look far to find him.

Ghobrial spent the last three years on the Jets’ staff as a special teams assistant under coordinator Brant Boyer.

The Giants announced the hiring on Thursday morning. Ghobrial replaces Thomas McGaughey, who was fired Jan. 8.

In a season in which the team employed four kickers, the Giants made just 71% of their field-goal attempts. Only the Patriots, at 64%, were worse.

In the season opener, the Giants had a field-goal attempt blocked and the Cowboys returned it for a touchdown. In Week 4, at home against the Seahawks, the unit was inept, committing six penalties.

In annual special teams rankings compiled by sportswriter Rick Gosselin, the Giants finished tied with the Panthers for 23rd overall.

According to, the Jets were the only team in the league to have top 5 rankings this season in both kickoff and punt return yardage.

Before joining the Jets, Ghobrial was a college special teams coordinator for five seasons at Washington State (2020), Hawaii (2018-19) and Tarleton State (2016-17).  

More Giants


Unlimited Digital AccessOnly 25¢for 5 months