Joe Judge's first staff at the Giants takes shape and the first-year head coach looked at the college ranks to secure his defensive coach. The post confirmed that he hired Penn State's Sean Spencer.
Spencer has worked for the Nittany Lions Defensive Linemen since 2014. In 2018, he was given additional responsibility as deputy head coach and running game coordinator at State College under James Franklin. Spencer previously trained Franklin's line of defense at Vanderbilt.
The 49-year-old Spencer comes from Hartford and was a high school teammate of the former jet trainer Eric Mangini. Spencer worked his way up the coaching leaders at Trinity, UMass, Holy Cross, Villanova, Hofstra and Bowling Green before landing at Vanderbilt. In 2015, he helped Carl Nassib set a record in the Penn State single season with 15.5 sacks on a line of defense known as “Wild Dogs”. Spencer is known as "Coach Chaos".
The judge hired Patrick Graham, a former defensive coach, as the Giants defensive coordinator and it looks like the positions of the defensive coaches have been determined.
With the Giants, Spencer inherits some interesting young pieces. Dexter Lawrence had a solid rookie season and Dalvin Tomlinson is an established young veteran in the middle. The Giants hope that Spencer will work with Leonard Williams, who was acquired in the jet trade last season.
Williams can meet the free agency and general manager Dave Gettleman is confident that he can make a deal before Williams comes to the free market.
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