New York Giants head coach Joe Judge made a surprising decision on Wednesday afternoon, firing offensive line coach Marc Colombo. Despite the line taking significant strides the past few weeks, especially in the run game, Judge found that Colombo needed additional support, as he tried to hire Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant to work with Colombo simultaneously.
However, when Judge spoke with Colombo about this new hire, he apparently was very upset over the move. He felt undermined and went on to verbally assault Judge, which ended up in him being fired. Obviously, this was not the response you would’ve wanted from one of your coaches, but the Giants have moved on from the former Dallas Cowboy specialist and will now move forward with DeGuglielmo.
What does Dave DeGuglielmo bring to the New York Giants?
DeGuglielmo’s resume is impressive, having started his professional career in the NFL with the New York Giants. He served under head coach Tom Coughlin, who he previously worked with at Boston College 13 years earlier. During his tenure with Big Blue, Dave made the playoffs four consecutive years and won a Super Bowl in 2008.
In that season, he set a franchise record for rushing yards and yards per carry. He proceeded on to the Miami Dolphins, in which he assisted in Reggie Bush’s first 1,000-yard season.
DeGuglielmo then went on to coach the New York Jets’ offensive line in 2012, but was fired in 2013 and spent the rest of the season as a football analyst. He eventually made his way to the New England Patriots, spending multiple years and winning a Super Bowl, his second.
He was fired by the Patriots in 2015 after losing in the AFC championship game to the Denver Broncos. He was hired by the Miami Dolphins in 2019 after they fired their OL coach Pat Flaherty but was previously let go before interviewing with the Giants for their vacancy at the position this past off-season.
Ultimately, Colombo was hired to do the job, but Dave is more than capable of filling his shoes with experience and knowledge. He also has relationships with Judge, Patrick Graham, and quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski.
Here’s the story with DeGuglielmo: He’s a very abrasive guy, and has a history of hating the media, even spitting tobacco juice on a reporter once. His act wears thin fast, BUT he’s know as an excellent offensive line coach.
— The Giant Insider Newspaper & Podcast (@GiantInsider) November 18, 2020
Team Offensive Line Rankings Under Dave DeGuglielmo:
RB Rank | PB Rank:
• 2009: 3rd | 18th
• 2010: 16th | 15th
• 2011: 17th | 30th
• 2012: 5th | 30th
• 2014: 5th | 2nd
• 2015: 2nd | 18th
• 2017: 30th | 11th
• 2018: 4th | 2nd
• 2019: 32nd | 29th
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