Giants Poach Jets Coach to Lead Key Unit

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with Michael Ghobrial to become special teams coordinator.
Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (right) and
Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (right) and / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have begun adding replacements to their coaching staff. They have brought on a new coach to the special teams unit.

The G-Men hired Michael Ghobrial to become their new special teams coordinator. Ghobrial won't have to travel far as he comes over from the New York Jets.

Ghobrial will be replacing Thomas McGaughey, who was relieved of duties on Jan. 8 after six seasons as the Giants' special teams coordinator.

Ghobrial has been the Jets special teams' assistant coach for the past three years. The 35-year-old was a part of one of the best special team units in 2023.

This past season, the Jets' kickoff coverage led the NFL by allowing an average of 15.3 yards a return. New York's opponents logged a 40.4-yard net punting average, which was good for seventh in the league. Greg Zuerlein also went 35-of-38 on the year, including five made kicks of 50-plus yards.

Xavier Gipson was second in the league with a 23.2-yard kickoff return average and tied for 12th with a 9.7-yard punt return. Additionally, Ashtyn Davis had 12 special teams tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Ghobrial is now tasked with turning the Giants' special teams around. This past season, the G-Men were ranked 21st in special teams with a DVOA of -0.6%. New York had four different kickers suit up for them in 2023.

Head coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen know how important the special teams unit is and are hoping Ghobrial turns it around in 2024.

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