Joe Judge is bringing back a popular former coach with strong ties to the Giants’ two most recent Super Bowl victories, as he is adding to his staff Pat Flaherty as an offensive consultant, The Post confirmed.
Flaherty, 64, was the offensive line coach for the Giants from 2004-2015, spanning Tom Coughlin’s entire run as head coach. During that time, Flaherty assembled lines featuring Chris Snee, Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and David Diehl, and later added Kevin Booth and David Baas, units that kept quarterback Eli Manning on his feet and helped secure two Lombardi trophies. Along the way, Flaherty engendered loyalty from his players and worked exceedingly well with the other members of Coughlin’s staff.
It certainly is expected that Flaherty in his new role will have his hands on the offensive line in 2021. Judge recently hired Rob Sale from Louisiana-Lafayette as his new offensive line coach. Last season was a turbulent one for the Giants offensive line, as Marc Colombo was fired at the Week 11 bye, replaced by Dave DeGuglielmo, who was not retained after finishing out the season.
Ironically, it was DeGuglielmo who replaced Flaherty during Dolphins training camp in 2019, when head coach Brian Flores fired Flaherty before he ever coached a game for the Dolphins.
“Best news I’ve heard all day,’’ Seubert tweeted when hearing of Flaherty’s return. “Love it!’’ Booth tweeted.
One former Giants player said Flaherty excels in breaking down tape, a skill Judge will no doubt find useful as he attempts to jump-start an offense that finished 31st in the NFL in scoring in 2020.