The New York Giants have added coaches Mike Dawson and Henry Baker to their defensive coaching staff for 2019.
The New York Giants have begun to make moves to their coaching staff for next season.
Per Michael Eisen of giants.com, Big Blue has added coaches Mike Dawson and Henry Baker to their defensive staff. Dawson will work as the outside linebackers coach and Baker will be the assistant defensive back coach.
Dawson previously worked as the defensive line coach for Nebraska this past season. He held the same position at the University of Central Florida for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He also was on the defensive staff for the Eagles from 2013-2015, when Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was the Philadelphia offensive coordinator. One of the three seasons he worked as the defensive quality control coach and worked as the defensive line coach the other two seasons.
Baker, on the other hand, has bounced around from place to place as well. He previously was the cornerbacks coach for the University of North Carolina this past year. Before that, he was the cornerbacks coach and passing game coordinator for Rutgers in 2017, and the cornerbacks coach at the University of Delaware from 2011-2016.
After the hires, Shurmur showed his praise for both of the new coaches on his staff.
“We are thrilled to add Mike and Henry to our coaching staff,” Shurmur said. “They are both outstanding teachers, communicators and motivators,” Shurmur told Eisen. “They are also great people, and we look forward to both of them contributing to our success.”
Hopefully, both of these guys help the Giants defense in 2019. This past season, the Big Blue defense was ranked 24th in the NFL with an average of 371.4 yards allowed per game.
The defensive side of the ball is definitely an aspect that needs to be improved if the Giants want to find themselves back in the playoffs.