The New York Giants didn’t anticipate having to make many coaching changes this offseason, but they will ultimately need to make at least one.
SiriusXM’s Alex Marvez reports the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire George Warhop (offensive line) and Tim Walton (secondary), filling two of the four holes that currently exist on Doug Marrone’s coaching staff.
Walton was initially hired by the Giants under head coach Tom Coughlin, remained in place under Ben McAdoo and was once again retained under Pat Shurmur.
However, after an underwhelming performance by the team’s secondary in 2018, Shurmur apparently felt Walton was expendable and allowed him to move onto the Jaguars.
That fits with Shurmur’s post-regular season comments when he noted he would not stand in the way of any of his assistants should they seek a promotion elsewhere. And while Walton’s pivot wasn’t exactly a promotion, it wasn’t a demotion, either.
“I’m all for guys advancing, I really don’t want to stand in anyone’s way and I’ll have some opinions as to whether it’s advancement or not. But, listen, I had ambition as a young coach, you gain experience and want to move forward. I don’t want to stand in anyone’s way,” Shurmur said. “I think as long as I replace that guy with a career coach that’s open-minded, understands the importance of relationships and can work together with the staff, we’ll make it work.”
Prior to joining the Giants, Walton served as defensive coordinator of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2013.