--The Giants have hired LSU assistant coach Lunda Wells as offensive quality
control coach, FootballScoop.com is
. Wells was an assistant to the head coach for the Tigers and an
assistant special teams coach, so that's a nice bump for him. He replaces Kevin
M. Gilbride, who was bumped up to wide receivers coach to replace Sean Ryan, who
was bumped up to quarterbacks coach to replace Mike Sullivan, who left for the
Buccaneers and who was an Army Ranger who must've at some point met a Marine who
knows somebody else who knows somebody else who consulted on "A Few Good Men"
starring ... Kevin Bacon.
It's possible Tom Coughlin learned of Wells through Thomas McGaughey, the
former Giants assistant special teams coach who is now with LSU.
--That leaves one more coaching spot to fill: assistant offensive line.
Indications are Coughlin wants to make a hire very soon, so we'll see if one
of the names that have surfaced
will be the lucky winner.
--The Record is reporting the Giants have told free-agent OT Kareem McKenzie
shopping" for another team
. McKenzie, who turns 33 in May, just finished a
seven-year, $37.5-million deal he signed before the 2005 season. The Trenton
native has been a reliable player for the Giants but the team needs to slash
salary here and there, so it's not a surprise they won't be re-signing
That leaves David Diehl and this past year's fourth-round pick James Brewer
as options to replace McKenzie. If I had to make a call at this point, I'd say
Diehl would make the most sense but keep an eye on Brewer. The team likes his
upside very much."