Among the finest issues the New York Giants have going for them heading into the 2021 NFL season is their protection, led by coordinator Patrick Graham.
The long-time assistant who has made stops in New England, Inexperienced Bay and Miami in his professional teaching profession, guided the Giants’ protection to a good twelfth in yards allowed and ninth in factors surrendered in 2020.
Graham garnered some head teaching curiosity after final season, most notably from the New York Jets (who ended up hiring Robert Salah), however the Giants stepped in and inked Graham to a contract extension to maintain him within the fold.
“You recognize, any time alternatives current themselves, you’re excited. Once more, has lots much less to do with me and extra the fellows, the gamers right here, we performed first rate protection because the 12 months went on, lots of room to develop. To me, the Giants, that is my dream job to be right here because the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. So I’m simply joyful to be right here,” Graham advised reporters earlier this month.
This 12 months, if the Giants’ protection continues to rise, the membership could not have the ability to retain Graham as he’s on Professional Soccer Community’s short list of potential head coaches which are subsequent as much as be employed.
Graham is a reputation to observe going ahead, however he’s comparatively new as one of many NFL head coach candidates in 2021. He’s nonetheless simply 42 years outdated, and he’s going into his third season as a defensive coordinator. He’s additionally the assistant head coach for the Giants. The Giants protection noticed important enhancements from 2019 to 2020 underneath Graham’s teachings.
Graham, a former Yale defensive lineman, started his teaching profession in 2002 at Wagner Faculty in Staten Island and made stops at Richmond, Notre Dame and Toledo earlier than becoming a member of Invoice Belichick’s employees in Foxborough in 2009.