Although New York Giants head coach Tom Coughin said he did not anticipate any coaching staff changes this offseason, 'tis the season for rumors and speculation. The latest rumor (or inside tidbit, as it were) comes from Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant, who reports that sources have connected University of Connecticut offensive coordinator George DeLeone to the Giants … possibly in the capacity of offensive line coach.
However, when asked about the rumor, UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni was noncommittal in his answer.
“There’s no information or anything on that,” Pasqualoni said. “…my only comment to you is that at this time of year, you know what time of year this is, so, you know. There’s a lot in regards to coaches and movement, around this time of year there’s a lot of speculation on a lot of things.”
As it stands right now, Pat Flaherty is the offensive line coach for Big Blue, and he's highly respected by his players and others around the league. There have been no rumors about him leaving the team, but it certainly isn't outside the realm of possibility with so many vacancies opening up around the league.
Another option would be DeLeone being brought on to serve as assistant offensive line coach – a spot previously held by Matt Rhule, who recently signed with Temple as their head coach, and currently held by Kevin Gilbride (by default), who also serves as the teams offensive coordinator.
Whatever the case may be, rumors of DeLeone's possible departure have been like music to the ears of Huskies fans. Like Gilbride here in New York, he is blamed substantially for their offensive futility and given no breaks whatsoever.
Giants 101 will keep you up to date on this rumor as it either develops or vanished quietly into thin air.
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