EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Patrick Graham will return for a second season as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach of the New York Giants after signing a contract extension with the team on Tuesday.
Graham decided to pursue any head-coaching opportunities for 2021, including the New York Jets, who on Monday sought permission to interview him for his vacancy.
Graham, 41, is an up-and-coming coach who just finished his first season after a season with the Miami Dolphins under the Giant judge. Judge and Graham have a strong relationship, having spent the first four years in New England as an assistant. They are looking to transform the Giants’ defense into a quality unit this season, especially in the second half of the season.
The move assured the Giants some stability on defense, where they have made massive improvements over the past year, including a revised roster and scheme. New York finished 12th in total defense (349.3 yards) this season and ninth with nine (22.3) points. He was eighth in defensive efficiency (50.1).
The Giants were 25th in total defense and allowed 30th in points last year.
Graham was credited with formulating a game plan that opposed a quarterback fit this entire season. The Giants did not allow a 300-yarder this season in the final seven weeks, including Seattle Seahawk’s Russell Wilson (263 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) in a 17–12 Giants victory.
The Giants also finished with a top-10 rushing defense and came off talented, but often survived defensive lineman Leonard Williams (11.5 sacks).
It all comes on the heels of an unusual progeny, in which the judge and Giants were able to exclude Graham from his contract with the Dolphins, a move that was met with some surprise, especially in Miami’s defense of Graham. After last season.
But his first year with the Giants exceeded outside expectations. It went so well that it was expected that the Yale graduate would attract some interest as a head-coaching candidate.
The Giants (6-10) did not want to lose him.
“It’s one of those bittersweet things. I’m like, ‘Everything’s fine, Pat.” I am one of those Stage 5 Clinger girlfriends. I like, ‘You don’t allow me to leave. I’m going to find you, “middle linebacker Blake Martinez, who also had Graham as his linebacker. The coach in Green Bay for the 2018 season, joked earlier this week. “But, no, I’m excited for him. He’s a very smart coach. A very amazing coach. And I’m happy for him.”
Graham’s expansion provides some continuity for a Giants defense that believes it is close to being really good.
Crime is a different story. It struggled this season, but coordinator Jason Garrett received Monday’s request for an interview with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source with ERPN. The source said the former Dallas Cowboys head coach is expected to interview him.