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Frank Cignetti Jr.
Quarterbacks Coach

Biography

Frank Cignetti is in his second season as the Giants’ quarterbacks coach, his 10th season in the NFL, and his 29th year in coaching.

In 2016, Eli Manning’s strong performance was a major reason the Giants finished 11-5, a six-game improvement over the previous season.

Frank Cignetti is in his second season as the Giants’ quarterbacks coach, his 10th season in the NFL, and his 29th year in coaching.

In 2016, Eli Manning’s strong performance was a major reason the Giants finished 11-5, a six-game improvement over the previous season.

Manning completed 377 of 598 passes (63.0 percent) for 4,017 yards, 26 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, and a passer rating of 86.0. He exceeded 4,000 passing yards for the third consecutive season, and the sixth time in his career. Manning’s 63.0 completion percentage was slightly less than his career-best of 63.1, set in 2014.

Manning joined Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford as the only quarterbacks to throw every one of their team’s passes in 2016.

In a 17-6 victory against Detroit on Dec. 18, Manning completed his first 11 passes, a career-high to start a game. He had previously completed his first 10 passes on two occasions: Nov. 13, 2011 at San Francisco, and Oct. 19, 2015 at Philadelphia.

Cignetti was the St. Louis Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2015. The Rams ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing yards, averaging 122.3 yards a game. Todd Gurley, the team’s first-round draft choice that year, developed quickly and finished third in the league with 1,106 rushing yards. He averaged 4.8 yards a carry, and his 10 rushing touchdowns tied for the NFL’s second-highest total.

From 2012-14, Cignetti was the Rams’ quarterbacks coach. In his final season in that role, he integrated Austin Davis and Shaun Hill into starting roles after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending torn left ACL in a preseason game. It was the same injury he had suffered the previous year. The duo of Davis and Hill combined for 3,658 passing yards and 20 touchdowns and completed 63.4 percent of their passes, the sixth-highest single season percentage in franchise history.

In 2013, Bradford was enjoying the best season of his career under Cignetti before the torn knee ligament ended it after just seven games. When he suffered his injury, Bradford ranked eighth in the NFL in completions (159) and was tied for fifth in the NFL with 14 touchdown passes. Bradford’s 90.9 passer rating was his highest through seven games in his career. Under Cignetti’s watch, Kellen Clemens started the final nine games of that season and set career highs in touchdown passes, yards and completions.

In Cignetti’s first season working with Bradford, then in his third year, the quarterback threw for 3,702 yards and a career-best 21 touchdown passes.

Cignetti spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator at Rutgers. That season, the Scarlet Knights averaged 26.4 points per game, fourth most in the Big East, and Rutgers ranked third in the conference in passing offense. Mohamed Sanu set a Big East single-season reception record with 115 catches for 1,206 yards.

Cignetti previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons at the University of Pittsburgh. In his first season as the Panthers’ play caller, they averaged 32.1 points per game, one of the top five figures in school history. Pitt’s offensive arsenal included a 1,700-yard rusher in Dion Lewis, and a 1,000-yard receiver in Jon Baldwin. In addition, Bill Stull ranked among the nation’s most efficient passers, throwing for more than 2,600 yards and 21 touchdowns.

In 2008, Cignetti was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of California. The Bears averaged nearly 33 points per game and finished 9-4, including a victory over Miami in the Emerald Bowl. Running backs Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen combined for 2,295 rushing yards. The previous season, Cignetti was the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterbacks coach.

Prior to joining the 49ers, Cignetti was the offensive coordinator at North Carolina University (2006) and Fresno State University (2002-05). In 2004, Fresno State averaged 52.8 points over its final six games and became just the sixth team in NCAA history to score 50 or more points in four consecutive games. The Bulldogs twice finished among the nation’s top 10 in scoring and third-down conversions during Cignetti’s tenure.

Cignetti was the quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2000-01, when he helped Jeff Blake to a career-best passer rating and Aaron Brooks produce some of the best statistics of his career.

Cignetti entered the NFL in 1999 as a quality control assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.

From 1990-98, Cignetti was on his father’s staff at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater (and that of Giants head coach Ben McAdoo). He served IUP as receivers, secondary and quarterbacks coach before becoming offensive coordinator his final two seasons. During his tenure, IUP twice advanced to the NCAA Division II national title game and earned a berth in the semifinals four times.

Cignetti began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under head coach Mike Gottfried at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.

At IUP, Cignetti was an all-conference safety before earning his bachelor’s degree in 1988. His father, Frank Sr., was a Pitt assistant from 1966-68 and later the head coach at both West Virginia (1976-79) and IUP (1986-2005). In 2013, Frank Sr. was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Cignetti is a Pittsburgh native. He and his wife, Ellen, have one son, Frankie, and three daughters, Alyssa, Gabrielle and Ella.

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