After striking out on several potential coordinators Tampa Bay has their sights set on the New York Giants Mike Sullivan according to ESPN. Sullivan served six seasons as receivers coach in New York before taking over as quarterbacks coach in 2010.
The search for both an offensive and defensive coordinator by new Bucs’ coach Greg Schiano is continuing and the latest name is to emerge just helped the New York Giants earn another Super Bowl ring.
According to ESPN’s Rachel Nichols the Buccaneers will be interviewing New York Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan. Sullivan was the Giants receivers coach for six seasons before moving to his current role as quarterbacks coach on Tom Coughlin’s staff where he has helped tutor Eli Manning the last two seasons.
Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in his first year under Sullivan. He led the Giants to 10 victories while completing 339 of 539 passes (62.9 percent) for 4,002 yards, 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The 339 completions and 62.9 completion percentage were both franchise single-season records. Manning’s 539 passes were the second-highest total of his career and was the fourth-highest total in Giants history. Manning’s 4,002 yards were the fifth-highest total in the NFL in 2010.
This past season Manning’s numbers were even better as the Giants signal-caller was 359-for-589 for 4,933 yards with 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and a QB rating of 92.9, the second best of his career.
Prior to coming to New York, Sullivan was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive assistant in 2003 after spending the previous season as Jacksonville’s defensive quality control coach under Tom Coughlin. He was the only member of Coughlin’s coaching staff retained by the Jaguars in 2003.
Sullivan began his coaching career at Humboldt State in 1993. He also coached at Army (1995-96 and 1999-2000), Youngstown State (1997-98) and Ohio University (2001). In 1997, Youngstown State won the Division 1-AA national championship under Jim Tressel, who later won a title at Ohio State.
Sullivan was a defensive back at Army, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989. He also has a master’s degree from Humboldt State. Sullivan is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools.
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