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NY Giants fire defensive line coach Mike Waufle

By Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger

January 06, 2010, 4:14PM


waufle010610.jpgKim Klement/US PresswireThe Giants fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle on Wednesday, two seasons after the veteran assistant instructed a group that led the league in sacks.

Mike Waufle has been a very popular coach among the Giants’ defensive linemen the past couple of years. Unfortunately for Waufle, the players don’t make the call on whether he remains employed.


The veteran assistant, a defensive line coach with the Raiders and Giants from 1998 through this past season, was dismissed by coach Tom Coughlin on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced.


Waufle’s firing is a surprise because he was a player favorite and a former Marine with the work ethic Coughlin admires. He has also received plenty of public endorsements over the past couple of seasons from players like Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora - all of whom praised Waufle's teaching techniques.


But the Giants’ pass rush wasn’t nearly as effective this past season as it had been the previous two years under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Giants recorded 32 sacks this season (tied for 18th in the league) after leading the league with 53 in 2007 and then racking up 42 last season. So in the end, it was decided Waufle’s popularity among the players wasn’t enough to ensure his job security.


Waufle and Bill Sheridan might be the first in a wave of firings from the coaching staff. Linebackers coach Jim Hermann, who was Sheridan's choice and did nothing to distinguish himself with the play of the linebackers this past season, could be gone soon. It will be interesting to see what the Giants do with safeties coach David Merritt, who has done a very good job with inferior talent over the past couple of seasons. The safeties didn't play well this past year, but that might be more due to a lack of talent than coaching.



Next up: Secondary coaches?

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i guess while noone on the defense staff should have a safe job ive always liked waufle and im sad to see him go.


Frankly, I think it was a shot at the defensive linemen.....sort of like "you suck, and you're way to comfortable".

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