New York Giants: One offensive line coach replacement after Dave DeGuglielmo departure

New York Giants, James Campen
Aug 31, 2020; Costa Mesa, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers offensive line coach James Campen wears a face covering during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sprots Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

If you followed the New York Giants during the 2020 season, you likely watched an interesting scenario unfold between head coach Joe Judge and offensive line coach Marc Colombo. Colombo made his way over from the Dallas Cowboys, who had stellar OLs the past few years, and grabbing an essential piece to the puzzle was a big deal. Colombo was expected to help transform the Giants’ trenches, a team that has been plagued by poor blocking recently.

You could even make it the argument that Eli Manning’s last few years were thrown away due to poor pass blocking. The Giants tried their best to revitalize the unit, drafting left tackle Andrew Thomas and acquiring Kevin Zeitler in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. While the line has been improved and seen some positive growth, they still have a long way to go in their pass-blocking efficiency. Nonetheless, the line was putrid for the first half of the 2020 season, trying to gel without a preseason to work with and new coaches across-the-board.

The New York Giants tried to improve, but it turned sour:

Ultimately, the unit was struggling so much, Judge tried to bring in a bit of reinforcement to help coach the line. That obviously didn’t sit well with Colombo, who threw a fit and was ultimately fired. To finish the year, Dave DeGuglielmo helped coordinate the trenches and saw a few solid performances from the newly constructed line. While they did have one anomaly against the Arizona Cardinals where they allowed 8.0 sacks, they also strung together some impressive run-blocking performances.

However, Ryan Dunleavey of the New York Post stated that DeGuglielmo would be moving on after the 2020 season with the Giants. They are now in the market for a new offensive line coach, and one veteran name comes to mind.

Former Los Angeles Chargers coach James Campen could fit the bill well with the Giants. The Chargers recently hired a new head coach, so he is keen on bringing in his own guys, which makes Campen an available option. He has worked with David Bakhtiari and Corey Linsley in the past with the Green Bay Packers. Having proven he can help develop some fantastic players in the NFL, he could be a perfect match with Andrew Thomas, who saw significant growth in the second half of the year.