While we all recognize that new coordinators prefer to bring in their own guys as well as their own playbooks — and heaven knows, the Giants need a fresh voice in the offensive meetings — there is still a sadness about Pope’s departure.
Well-regarded tight ends coach Mike Pope is out after two stints and a total of 23 seasons with the team. “These are very difficult decisions,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
The Patriots’ claiming of injured tight end Jake Ballard sent a ripple through the Giants’ complex that will be felt at least until the team proves it has a quality replacement.
First-year tight end Jake Ballard has become somewhat of a savior for the Giants (4-2) after losing veteran tight end Kevin Boss to free agency before the season.