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Reports: Giants adding ex-Patriots assistant Bielema to staff

Field Level Media
22 Jan 2020, 10:40 GMT+10

The New York Giants are adding another New England Patriots assistant to their coaching staff with Bret Bielema set to join the NFC East team, according to multiple media reports on Tuesday.

Bielema, who was New England's defensive line coach in 2019, will be on the staff run by recently hired head coach Joe Judge, who was formerly the special teams coordinator of the Patriots.

Bielema, 50, a former head coach at Arkansas and Wisconsin, is expected to work on the defensive side of the ball with new coordinator Patrick Graham, another former Patriots assistant.

Also added to the Giants staff Tuesday was Jerome Henderson as defensive backs coach, according to a source at ESPN. Henderson was on Jason Garrett's staff with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Atlanta Falcons as defensive passing game coordinator in 2016.

A separate report by AL.com Tuesday stated that recently fired Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens would also be joining the Giants staff in an unknown role. Kitchens went 6-10 as Browns coach in 2019, his lone season at the helm in Cleveland.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman also reported that Jody Wright, who was an offensive assistant with Cleveland last season, is also set to join Judge's staff.

Graham, 40, worked with Judge on the New England Patriots coaching staff from 2012-15 before joining the Giants as their defensive line coach in 2016-17. He then served as Green Bay Packers linebackers coach/run game coordinator in 2018.

In 2018, Bielema initially was hired by the Patriots as "consultant to the head coach," Bill Belichick.

Bielema was fired after going 4-8 with the Razorbacks in 2017, bringing his record to 29-34 in five years at Arkansas, including 11-29 in the SEC. He spent the previous seven years at Wisconsin, going 68-24 and taking the team to three straight Big Ten titles from 2010-12.

Also Tuesday, the Patriots reportedly hired former Alabama graduate assistant Vinnie Sunseri for a support rule on their staff. He was a member of the Crimson Tide as a safety and special teams player, selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

--Field Level Media

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