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Chris Palmer retires as Giants quarterback coach, reportedly takes head job with UFL's Sentinels

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Just hours after the Giants announced the retirement of quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer, it was revealed that Palmer will unretire to become the next coach of the UFL's New York Sentinels. According to MSG.com, Palmer will replace Ted Cottrell for the franchise that will apparently be moving to Hartford next season.


According to one NFL source, Palmer had been offered the job weeks ago, but wanted to take some time to consider all his options. The appeal of the UFL job was a shorter season, shorter hours during the season, an ability to control his own workload, and a chance to live closer to his Connecticut home.


When Palmer was hired to coach the Giants quarterbacks in 2007, the franchise wasn't sure what it had in Eli Manning. He was an erratic young player with unfulfilled potential.


Three years later, Manning is a Super Bowl-winning, Pro Bowl quarterback. And now he's on his own.


"Chris did an outstanding job coaching Eli," Tom Coughlin said in a statement released by the Giants. "He has been Eli's coach and confidant in the years that he's been here. Eli and Chris had a very good working relationship."


"Over the last three years we've had some great success and I've improved as a quarterback," Manning said. "He's a terrific coach when it comes to technique. He's great not only on the field but also in the meeting room. I'm really sorry to see him go."


Palmer, who was Coughlin's offensive coordinator in Jacksonville in 1997-98 and was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in 1999-2000, joined the Giants before the 2007 season when then-quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride was promoted to offensive coordinator. By the end of that first season, Manning was engineering a remarkable Super Bowl run, completing 60.5 percent of his passes (72 for 119) for 854 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception in four postseason games.


That run peaked, of course, with Manning's remarkable final drive in Super Bowl XLII that brought the Giants a championship and earned Manning the MVP award.


This past year, Manning put up his finest numbers, completing 62.3 percent of his passes (317 for 509) for 4,021 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He became just the third Giants quarterback to top 4,000 yards and he's the only quarterback in franchise history with five straight 3,000-yard seasons and five straight 20-touchdown seasons.


"It was very rewarding to me to work with Eli, because you had a player who grew every year," Palmer said. "We won the Super Bowl. He was a guy that you looked forward to coming to work with every day, because he was going to challenge you and he was going to look for ways to get better. We hit it off from Day 1."


It's not clear how the Giants will replace Palmer, who clearly took some time to ponder his decision since the Giants season ended three weeks ago.


"I had a great run with the Giants," Palmer said. "I want to thank the Maras and the Tisches for three great years. I enjoyed my time there very much. And it was not only the players, but the people and the organization. It was a very, very good situation for me."




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