The Giants were able to fill a coaching vacancy without even adding a coach. That’s because they moved Mike Sullivan from wide receivers coach (where he’d been for the last six years) to quarterbacks coach and elevated Sean Ryan from offensive quality control coach to receivers coach.
Eli Manning spoke with Tom Coughlin earlier in the week and endorsed the move, which replaces Chris Palmer as quarterbacks coach. Palmer retired from the NFL two weeks ago.
“I’m excited about getting to work with Coach Sullivan,” Manning said. “He’s been in the system with the Giants and been working with the receivers for the past six years, so I’ve been working closely with him, trying to get on the same page with the receivers. We have a good relationship and we communicate well, so I’m excited about having him in the quarterback room. I think we’re going to have a great relationship on and off the field. He’s helped me become a better quarterback and I’m looking forward to that opportunity.
“I talked to Coach Coughlin about this,” Manning added. “I feel very comfortable with Coach Sullivan. I knew he was in the mix. I feel very good about him moving to the quarterback position. He’s a guy who knows what we do and we can grow as an offense. I think he’ll be good in the meeting room, giving me different ideas and things we can work on and I look forward to that.”
Sullivan is looking forward to working with Manning, too.
“He’s done some great things and shown the ability to be the quarterback that we want him to be,” Sullivan said. “My job now is to do everything possible to help him achieve that high level of consistency, to be a guy that is going lead our team and help us be successful – to be that guy that’s going to lead us. I look forward to it and I feel honored, humbled and excited for this opportunity.”
Ryan joined the Giants in 2007 and worked closely with Sullivan and the receivers.
“Sean has made outstanding progress as a young coach,” Coughlin said. “Last spring, when Mike Sullivan was working with a very young receiving corps, Sean was very instrumental in working with that group as well. In truth, in training camp and all through the fall, when Sean has worked with a group on the field, it has been with wide receivers. He has communicated very well with the receiver group. He has been in their meeting room with them for the better part of two years. I think everyone on the offensive side of the ball that has had a chance to work with Sean knows that he is ready for this assignment. Sean is eager to get his position and to coach his own group. We feel like he’s a young aspiring coach who certainly is prepared for his first assignment at the pro level with regard to a position.”
Ryan said he’s excited and looking forward to working with a young group of receivers that is only starting to reach its potential.
“I have three years of being in the room and hearing it taught and seeing what works for them and being able to carry on and knowing what Coach Gilbride and Sully and everybody is trying to get done within the offense,” he said. “Having that to work off of is an incredible advantage. You don’t skip a beat. Obviously, I’m going to have my own way of teaching. I won’t copy everything Sully did. But to have that as a background and have that kind of knowledge going in is going to make a great transition.”