Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants tight end coach Mike Pope against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants to let TE coach Mike Pope walk


The New York Giants hired former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator Tuesday evening, which is expected to lead to some changes among the position coaches on the staff.

On Wednesday morning, it appeared that one of the first casualties of the staff had surfaced when Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports passed along the news that the team is not expected to retain tight ends coach Mike Pope.

Pope is a veteran assistant coach in the league and has been with the Giants organization for over two decades in two separate coaching stints from 1983 to 1991, then from 2000 through 2013. He was on the coaching staff for all for of the Giants Super Bowl wins.

In total, Pope has coached in the NFL for thirty years.

To show just how tied he was to the Giants organization, one of his grandsons, Wellington, was named for late Giants owner Wellington Mara.

While it is puzzling to see a coach of Pope’s caliber let go after so long, Garafolo says that the organization simply is “trying to invigorate that staff.”

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