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Friday, February 12, 2010
Giants name Sullivan QBs coach

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Pardon the late arrival today. We've had a foot of snow in the Dallas area and I've finally found a place that has electricity. But in other news, the New York Giants have announced that Mike Sullivan will replace Chris Palmer as quarterbacks coach. Sullivan has done a nice job as wide receivers coach the past six seasons and now he'll work hand in hand with Eli Manning and the other Giants quarterbacks.

Sean Ryan was promoted from offensive quality control assistant to wide receivers coach. Coach Tom Coughlin prefers to promote from within, but he's shown a willingness to look elsewhere while filling positions on defense.

"The major reason that I felt strongly about Mike Sullivan coaching the quarterbacks here is that Mike has been with us for all six years and he’s been an integral part of the progress of our pass game,” said Coughlin in a press release. “He was the position coach for the wide receivers last year and worked very closely with the quarterbacks and the offensive coordinator. He has a very good understanding of our passing game. He did the majority of the work in assembling our first and second-down pass game. He is an industrious, very hard-working, very intelligent coach who looks forward to each challenge. In the words of Eli [Manning], he knows exactly what we can expect from Sully and that Mike is a grinder. Mike is going to work extremely hard in the face of any challenge -- and his challenge is to continue the development of Eli."

Sullivan and Manning have always had a strong rapport, so this move makes sense. Manning stays in constant contact with his wide receivers in the offseason and he's always traded ideas with Sullivan. I think Palmer was an excellent teacher at the quarterback position, but it won't hurt Manning to hear a new voice.