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Sullivans returns to Giants as QB coach


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Eli Manning’s new position coach is his former position coach.

The New York Giants announced Wednesday that Mike Sullivan has been hired as the quarterbacks coach, a position he held in 2010 and 2011.

Sullivan, a member of coach Tom Coughlin’s original Giants staff, was the wide receivers coach from 2004 to 2009.

Sullivan was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator in 2012-13. After leaving the Bucs, he stayed in Tampa and worked this year as a consultant.

“It’s great to be back,” Sullivan said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

Sullivan replaces Danny Langsdorf, who left the Giants after one season to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska. Coughlin contacted Sullivan after Langsdorf’s departure.

“Mike Sullivan is a quality football coach and is an outstanding positional coach and did a great job for us as a receiver coach and as a quarterbacks coach,” Coughlin said. “He was the first thought that I had and we were fortunate in that the timing was right to get him back here. We’re very pleased to be able to bring him back home.”

After speaking with Coughlin, Sullivan had a lengthy phone conversation with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, with whom he has never worked.

“I know of Ben and I know a lot of folks that speak highly of him, including some other people that I’ve worked with,” Sullivan said. “I’m just really excited to get back in the fold there and work with Eli (Manning).”

In the two seasons during Sullivan’s first tenure as quarterbacks coach, Manning completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 8,935 yards, 60 touchdowns, 41 interceptions and a passer rating of 89.2. He had career-high totals of 31 touchdown passes in 2010 and 4,933 yards the following season, when the Giants won their second Super Bowl with Manning as quarterback.

“Mike worked very well with Eli when he was the quarterbacks coach,” Coughlin said. “We all wished him well when he went off to be an offensive coordinator, but we were sorry to see him go.”

Manning said, “I have a great working relationship with coach Sullivan. It will be good to have him back on the staff and back in the quarterback room. When he was here, we did a great job getting the game plan together and communicating. We did good work in the offseason, so it will be good to have him back and get back to work.”

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