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Relief! Giants Hufnagel Demoted

Dec 26, 2006 – 5:47 PM
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If you could hear me I'd be cheering! The Giants have demoted offensive coordinator John Hufnagel and he will not be calling plays this weekend against the Redskins. I can not for the life of me express how thrilled I am with this move but at the same time I can't help but wonder if it's too little to late.

The play calling has been suspect all year long and has cost the Giants far too many times. At points during the season Coach Tom Coughlin has come to the defense of Hufnagel but his patience have apparently run out. Perhaps it was because his ass was on the line due to Hufnagel's failures.

So who will replace Hufnagel as the offensive play-caller? That would be Quarterback's coach Kevin Gilbride. Some people may question that selection but the good part of that is that he knows Eli Manning better than anyone on the team. He understands Manning, works with him daily, knows his strengths and weaknesses and I can almost assure improvement in Eli's performance this weekend.

"This isn't about making John the scapegoat," Coughlin said. "Nobody on this staff works harder than John, and he has tried to do everything that I have asked of him. I have great respect for him and for his work ethic and I feel a strong loyalty to John because of that, so this is a difficult thing for me to do. But we have to do something to give us a spark."

Hopefully this is the first step in getting rid of Hufnagel completely.

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