Coaches

Bill McGovern
Linebackers Coach

Biography

Bill McGovern, who has more than three decades of coaching experience, is in his second season as the Giants’ linebackers coach, and his fifth year in the NFL.

In 2016, the linebackers contributed significantly to the NFL’s most-improved defense. Jonathan Casillas, voted the Giants’ defensive captain by his teammates, played in all 17 games, including the NFC Wild Card Game, Casillas finished second on the team with 92 tackles (59 solo), while contributing 1.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, and a forced fumble. Devon Kennard played in every game and had 58 tackles (38 solo).

Bill McGovern, who has more than three decades of coaching experience, is in his second season as the Giants’ linebackers coach, and his fifth year in the NFL.

In 2016, the linebackers contributed significantly to the NFL’s most-improved defense. Jonathan Casillas, voted the Giants’ defensive captain by his teammates, played in all 17 games, including the NFC Wild Card Game, Casillas finished second on the team with 92 tackles (59 solo), while contributing 1.5 sacks, eight passes defensed, and a forced fumble. Devon Kennard played in every game and had 58 tackles (38 solo).

McGovern integrated two first-year Giants who played every game, Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard, into the linebacker corps. Robinson finished fourth on the team with 79 tackles (52 solo), and had seven passes defensed. Sheppard had 47 tackles (27 solo) and two passes defensed.

Prior to joining the Giants, McGovern spent three seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles’ outside linebackers coach. In 2015, starters Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham were two of Philadelphia’s most productive and consistent defenders. Barwin started all 16 games and finished with 54 tackles (44 solo), including 7.0 sacks, the team’s second-highest total.  Graham played all 16 games and had 51 tackles (39 solo), and was right behind Barwin with 6.5 sacks.

In 2014, Barwin was the first Eagles linebacker selected to the Pro Bowl since 2005 (Jeremiah Trotter). Barwin earned second-team All-Pro honors with an NFC-leading 14.5 sacks.

McGovern joined the Eagles in 2013 after a 13-year stint – his second at the school - as Boston College’s linebacker coach, including the last four as defensive coordinator. He coached two linebackers who were named ACC Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Herzlich, who has played for the Giants since 2011, and Luke Kuechly, who was also the recipient of the Bronco Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player.

Under McGovern’s guidance in 2010, Boston College led the nation in rushing defense (82.8 yards per game) and led the ACC in total defense (309.7 yards per game). Nationally, the unit ranked 13th in total defense, and 19th in scoring defense (19.5 points per game).

In 2009, McGovern’s first season as coordinator, the Eagles’ defense ranked second in the ACC, and 14th in the country, by allowing 103.2 rushing yards a game. That defense also ranked 19th in the nation in points allowed (19.8 per game).

McGovern arrived at Boston College in 2000 after spending the previous three seasons at the University of Pittsburgh as the defensive backs coach – a position he held at BC from 1994-96.

McGovern also coached on the collegiate level at the University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, and his alma mater, College of the Holy Cross, which was 11-0 when he was on the staff in 1991.

A four-year starter in the secondary at Holy Cross, McGovern set the single-season (11), and career (24) records for interceptions for Division 1-AA at the time. As a senior captain, he was a consensus All-America. McGovern was elected to the Holy Cross Hall of Fame in 1996.

McGovern is one of nine children, including seven brothers, of Howard and Terry, who are both enshrined in the Hall of Fame at Bergen Catholic High School, where Bill was a star. The school is located about 20 minutes from MetLife Stadium. McGovern was elected to the Bergen County All-Century Football Team.

McGovern and his wife, Colleen, have three daughters: Amanda, Delainey, and Mackenzie.

 

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