The New York Giants have a new quarterbacks coach this season to help guide along their second year starter Daniel Jones, and this season there’s no Eli Manning to fall back on if Jones happens to struggle – but based on the reviews so far, it looks like Jones is in good hands when it comes to the QB coach position. The man that the Giants hired is Jerry Schuplinski, and as the assistant quarterbacks coach for the Patriots from 2016-2018, Schuplinski is one of the staff members who helped play a role in the rise of current 49ers starter Jimmy Garoppolo.
Garoppolo, in fact, gave shining praise of Schuplinski when speaking to Newsday during the buildup to the Super Bowl.
“Thinking back on everything, I owe him so much. Jerry was there for everything from the minute I got to the Patriots. He was kind of my quarterback coach in a way… I mean, he started with me from day one with the Patriots,” Garoppolo stated. “He’s a great guy at simplifying things, taking a complicated offense and simplifying it for a quarterback. I think that’s crucial and he did a great job of that when I was in New England. I know he did that with Jacoby [Brissett] too.”
He went on to call it a great hire for the Giants.
The Giants have had a string of coaching staffs that haven’t been able to get the most out of the offense. Despite being ‘offensive’ coaches, Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur tended to fail at consistently keeping performances high in those areas and getting the full value out of the talent the Giants have.
The organization and head coach Joe Judge in specific seem to be trying to reverse that trend by making better hires across the board – as the one working most with quarterbacks, Schuplinski might be one of the most important out of the hires following the appointment of Judge as head coach.
It’s also too early to say how Jones will work with Schuplinski but there’s reason to have some optimism – Garoppolo seems to think highly enough of him, and he is one of the two quarterbacks left standing in the Super Bowl after all.