Even Dan Marino was listening when Jerry Schuplinski spoke for an hour.
One day during the Dolphins minicamp last spring, quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen, offensive coordinator Chad O & # 39; Shea, head coach Brian Flores, and a Hall of Famer who just came by, joined the assistant quarterbacks coach when he set up a training plan.
"Jerry was the only one who spoke," recalled Greg Debeljak, head coach of Case Western Reserve University, and a face at the crowded meeting. “He can really take over and teach a room. There were films and X and O and every now and then Jerry looked back at Marino: "What do you think, Dan?" He said: "Looks good, coach!"
Schuplinski is the new Giants quarterbacks trainer, which represents the greatest capital for the development of the franchise company. The Giants were slow to find Jason Garrett as an offensive coordinator, but quickly hired Schuplinski, who will be one of the main coaches to move Daniel Jones from promising rookie to elite NFL quarterback.
So who is he?
"I saw it from two different angles," 14-year-old veteran Fitzpatrick told the Post. "He had to talk to me, treat me and coach me in a different way than he might have to treat young people like Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock in our room. His ability to know who he was teaching and how that guy learned – and to adapt to who he was talking to – is one of his great strengths. "
First-time head coach Joe Judge especially wants great "teachers" for his Giants employees.
Richter apparently means it literally: from 2002 to 2006 Schuplinski was a math teacher, trainer and sports director at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The 38-year-old judge, who taught kindergarten after three days, and Schuplinski worked with the patriots for six seasons (2013-18).
"He is a smart guy who was very popular," said Tony SanFilippo, Trinity's sports director and wrestling coach at the private school, during Schuplinski's tenure. "Meticulous and detail-oriented. When he came here, he was honest with our administration. He had high expectations. "
Schuplinski, the patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and the patriot director of player staff, Nick Caseiro, a future NFL general manager, played together at John Carroll University in the mid-1990s. At that time Debeljak was the coach for long-range players and gave the below-average full-back Schuplinski two of his early breaks in coaching.
While McDaniels was designing Tom Brady's game plan, Schuplinski's Patriots résumé was only really seen this season. Colts starter Jacoby Brissett and 49ers starter Jimmy Garoppolo attribute Schuplinski that as a young Brady backup they relaxed the learning curve.
"It worked well for me because he sees the game as a quarterback," said Fitzpatrick. "It's not just about understanding what we're doing with a broad receiver, a tight end, or an offensive line." Conceptually, he understands everything that is going on, that sounds simple, but there aren't many coaches who see it that way.
"He does a great job of slowing things down and explaining the pre-snap buttons every time what happens after the snap. We have to process so much information that we can find ways to simplify it, and little tricks, to speed up the way you think about things. He teaches it that way. "
Schuplinski's first coaching job was an unpaid assistant position at his alma mater. He spent five years as a special team coordinator and linebacker trainer at Case Western Reserve before McDaniels came into play.
"His goal when he went to the Patriots was to take in as much as possible – and he did," said Debeljak. "Then he got his quarterback training."
Schuplinski switched to the Dolphins in 2019 and headed the quarterbacks for Jim Caldwell when the former NFL head coach said goodbye for health reasons. Flores, another former Patriots assistant, hasn't blocked Schuplinski's move to the Giants, which he could have done under NFL rules.
"He's more than a soccer life, he's an educator," said Fitzpatrick. “For me as a veteran who has a lot of quarterback coaches, he really understands the game so we could talk about it at a fairly high level. It's a heavy loss for the Dolphins, but I think it's a great move for New York. "
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