Giants interview Teryl Austin for Head Coach position

Posted Jan 7, 2016

The Giants coaching search continues with Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin

Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin today became the third candidate to formally interview for the Giants’ vacant head coaching position.

Austin, 50, met with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Austin just completed his second season as the Detroit Lions’ defensive coordinator. In 2015, the Lions ranked 18th in the NFL in total defense.


In Austin’s first season as coordinator in 2014, Detroit finished second in the league, allowing 300.9 yards a game, and first against the run, giving up only 69.3 yards per game on the ground.

Austin has coached football for 25 years. Prior to joining the Lions, he spent three seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ secondary coach. He also coached defensive backs for the Seattle Seahawks from 2003-06 and the Arizona Cardinals from 2007-09.

Austin’s collegiate experience includes stints at Penn State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Michigan and Florida, where he was the defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach in 2010.

From 1984-87, Austin played safety for the University of Pittsburgh, where he started each of his final three seasons.

Austin joins two Giants assistants – offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo – as candidates who have interviewed for the Giants’ head coaching position, which opened when Tom Coughlin stepped aside on Monday after 12 seasons.

By Dan Salomone

1. Austin joined the Detroit Lions as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2014 after spending the previous three seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive backs coach. In his first season at the helm of the Lions’ defense, Detroit finished the season ranked No. 2 in total defense (300.9 yards per game) and No. 1 in rushing defense (69.3 yards per game).

2. He spent 10 seasons as a defensive backs coach in the NFL, including stints with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-06), Arizona Cardinals (2007-09) and the Baltimore Ravens (2011-13). At each of those stops, he helped his teams pave the way to Super Bowl appearances (Seattle in 2005, Arizona in 2008 and Baltimore in 2012). In 2012, he helped guide the Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII.

3. Detroit limited opponents to 17 points or less in 11 games in 2014 while becoming the ninth team in NFL history to finish the season allowing fewer than 70 rushing yards per game.

4. Austin has a history of developing NFL talent. He mentored three Cardinals to the Pro Bowl as their defensive backs coach in 2009, including current Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and former Giants safety Antrel Rolle. In Detroit, safety Glover Quin became the first Lions player to lead the NFL in interceptions since Hall of Famer Lem Barney in 1967. In Baltimore, he coached safeties Ed Reed and Matt Elam.

5. Prior to joining the Ravens, Austin earned his first stint as defensive coordinator with the University of Florida in 2010. Austin, a former four-year letterman at the University of Pittsburgh as a safety, held positions as defensive backs coach at three universities, including Michigan (1999-2002), Syracuse (1996-98) and Wake Forest (1993-95). He began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State from 1991-92.