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Thursday, March 1, 2012
Giants shuffle coaching staff

By Ohm Youngmisuk

The Giants have promoted Sean Ryan to quarterbacks coach and Kevin M. Gilbride to wide receivers coach.

The team announced the moves on Thursday. Ryan replaces Mike Sullivan, who left to become Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.

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"Continuity is important," head coach Tom Coughlin said in a story on the team website. "It's not that I don't think there are some talented people out there. But I do think that these two are very talented and the best approach we could possibly take would be to continue to support our players at those positions with people who are products of the system."

Like Ryan, Sullivan had made the jump from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach and was in that position for the last two seasons. Ryan will now work with Eli Manning after coaching one of the best wide receiving units in the NFL.

"I'm excited about Sean Ryan being the quarterback coach," Manning said on the team website. "He's a guy that's been in this system, worked his way from the ground up and spent two years with the receivers. He's a young guy [Ryan will be 40 in May 1] who is energetic. He's driven to continue to learn. I know he's going to get prepared for drills.

"I got a chance to talk to him yesterday and will continue to talk to him when we get back for the offseason program on what I want to work on, what I need to improve on and how we can get on the same page. ... We shouldn’t miss a beat."

Coughlin did not allow Gilbride to interview with Tampa Bay after losing two assistants on the offensive staff, Sullivan and Jack Bicknell Jr., who left to become the offensive line coach at Kansas City. But in the end, Gilbride was promoted to oversee a talented receiving corps that is headed by Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

"They're incredibly talented and the great thing about those guys is they have such different skill sets, but they can be incredibly dynamic in what they do," Gilbride said. "If they continue to develop, they can be dominant receivers in this league for a long time and that’s what’s exciting – good, young, talented wide receivers who bring very specific and different skill sets to the table. It helps our offense to function."

The Giants still have to fill Bicknell, Jr.'s old position of offensive line assistant coach and Gilbride's offensive quality control position.