Giants shuffle roles of assistants Freddie Kitchens, Derek Dooley
The New York Giants are reportedly doing some staff shuffling.
According to ESPN NFL Nation reporter Jordan Raanan, Freddie Kitchens and Derek Dooley are switching roles on Joe Judge’s staff. Kitchens is getting promoted to “senior offensive assistant,” the position previously held by Derek Dooley. Meanwhile, Dooley will be the team’s tight ends coach, Kitchens’ previous position on the staff.
There’s some Giants media speculation that the move could be setting up Kitchens’ for another promotion with the team, potentially to offensive coordinator. The former Alabama quarterback has been an NFL assistant coach since 2006. His season as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2018 led to him getting the Browns head coaching job for the 2019 season. Kitchens was also an assistant at LSU (2000, grad assistant) and Mississippi State (tight ends coach in 2004, running backs coach for 2005) early in his career.
Dooley landed on the Giants staff for the 2020 season after the coaching change at Mizzou, where he was offensive coordinator for 2018 and ’19. Raanan’s report mentions that Dooley “attracted interest from other teams recently” after his season as the senior offensive assistant.
Judge is a Mississippi State alum and former Bulldogs grad assistant. He was a special teams assistant at Alabama 2009-11 before making the jump to the NFL. He was an assistant for the New England Patriots from 2012-19.