Report: Giants Hiring Patrick Graham As Defensive Coordinator

Most Recently Ran Dolphins' Defense

Ryan Chatelain
January 12, 2020 - 7:35 pm

New Giants coach Joe Judge has reportedly found his defensive coordinator, hiring Patrick Graham, who served in the same role this past season with the Miami Dolphins.

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Graham, 40, has familiarity with both the Giants and Judge. He was Big Blue's defensive line coach from 2016-17 under then-coach Ben McAdoo. And he was also an assistant with the Patriots from 2009-15, where he crossed paths with Judge, previously New England's special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach. He was a member of Bill Belichick's Super Bowl-winning staff in 2014.

NFL Network was the first to report on the hiring Sunday.

Graham spent a year as the Packers' linebackers coach and run game coordinator in 2018 before taking the defensive coordinator job under head coach Brian Flores in Miami.

Patrick Graham with Packers in 2018
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In Graham's lone season as a defensive coordinator, the Dolphins were ranked 30th in overall defense, allowing 397.8 yards per game. The were 27th against the run and 26th against the pass. They recorded the fewest sacks in the NFL while allowing the fourth-most plays of 20 or more yards. However, Graham's unit was often outmatched after the team traded away linebacker Kiko Alonso, its leading tackler from 2018; Robert Quinn, its sacks leader; and Minkah Fitzpatrick, its top defensive back.

Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer wiill replace Graham as Miami's defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports.

Graham is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, and played at Yale. He joins a Giants staff that also reportedly includes special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who was retained after head coach Pat Shurmur was fired.

Shurmur, meanwhile, has been hired as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, NFL Network reported Sunday night.