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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Patrick Graham will return for a second season as the New York Giants‘ defensive coordinator and assistant head coach after signing a contract extension with the team Tuesday.
Graham decided against pursuing any head-coaching opportunities for 2021, including with the New York Jets, who had requested permission on Monday to interview him for their vacancy.
Graham, 41, is an up-and-coming coach who just finished his first season with the Giants under Joe Judge after one season with the Miami Dolphins. Judge and Graham have a strong relationship, having previously spent four years together as assistants in New England. They have been in lockstep this season in transforming the Giants’ defense into a quality unit, especially in the second half of the season.
The move assures the Giants some stability on defense, where they made massive strides over the past year with a revamped roster and scheme. New York finished 12th in total defense (349.3 yards) and ninth in points allowed (22.3) this season. They were eighth in defensive efficiency (50.1).
The Giants were 25th in total defense and 30th in points allowed the previous year.