Report: New York Giants considering Freddie Kitchens, Derek Dooley for position coach job
In building a coaching staff for the New York Giants, Joe Judge continues to look to the Nick Saban coaching tree as well as his own time in the SEC.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Freddie Kitchens was expected to be hired to Judge’s new tight ends coach. Now, a new report is saying that’s not a sure thing. A former Saban assistant might get the nod over the former Alabama quarterback.
Per Pro Football Talk, Dan Duggan is reporting that Judge interviewed Derek Dooley on Wednesday for the tight ends coaching position. The former Tennessee head coach, most recently Missouri’s offensive coordinator, was the Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach from 2013-17 under Jason Garrett, who has been hired as Judge’s offensive coordinator. Dooley and Garrett also worked together on Saban’s Miami Dolphins staff (2005-06).
Kitchens, who was fired as Cleveland Browns coach after one season, worked alongside Judge at Mississippi State. Judge was an MSU graduate assistant from 2005-07 and Kitchens was the Bulldogs’ running backs coach for the 2005 season. In 2004, Kitchens coached tight ends at MSU.
Judge climbed the coaching ladder quickly, going from MSU grad assistant to Birmingham-Southern linebackers coach (2008) to Alabama special teams assistant (2009-11) to joining the New England Patriots staff in 2012.
Judge hired former Alabama assistant Burton Burns as the Giants’ running backs coach.