The New York Giants are looking for replacement coaches as they look toward 2024. On Monday, head coach Brian Daboll fired special team coach Thomas McGaughey. McGaughey joined New York in 2018 and was first hired by Pat Shurmur.
The Giants' special teams were all over the place in 2023. Graham Gano, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, and Cade York were all kickers on the roster at some point during the year. Gano was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Nov. 4. He finished the campaign with an 11-of-17 mark on field-goal attempts.
With all the movement on this unit, New York was ranked 21st in special teams with a DVOA of -0.6%.
Since the position is now open, the Giants have begun seeking out potential candidates but were denied to interview one of the best coaches in the league.
The Los Angeles Chargers blocked special team coordinator Ryan Ficken from interviewing with New York for the open position.
Ficken has transformed the Chargers since taking over in 2022. During the 2021 season, Los Angeles was ranked 28th in special team DVOA (-2.4%) and 32nd overall (-11.8%).
The 43-year-old made that group one of the best in the league. This season, the Chargers were second in the NFL in special team DVOA (4.1%).
Los Angeles understands the importance of a good special team unit because they were one of the worst in the league just a few years back.
The Giants will now need to look around the NFL to get a new voice in the building after being told no on Ficken.
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