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Lunda Wells
Assistant Offensive Line

Biography

Lunda Wells is in his fifth season on the Giants’ coaching staff and his fourth as the team’s assistant offensive line coach.

In 2011, Wells held the title of offensive assistant coach.
Lunda Wells is in his fifth season on the Giants’ coaching staff and his fourth as the team’s assistant offensive line coach.

In 2011, Wells held the title of offensive assistant coach.

Last season, the line helped the Giants finish eighth in the NFL with an average of 372.3 yards-per-game, despite using seven different starting combinations. The team was seventh in the NFL with 271.7 passing yards per game. The Giants scored 420 points in 2015, the fifth-highest total in franchise history, and their 5,956 net yards were the third-highest total in their history. With the line providing consistent protection, Eli Manning set a single-season franchise record with 387 completions, and his 4,4,32 yards and 35 touchdown passes were both the second-highest totals in Giants history.

Wells was instrumental in the development of left tackle Ereck Flowers, the Giants’ 2015 first-round draft choice, as well as left guard Justin Pugh and center Weston Richburg, first-and second-round draft choices in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

In 2014, the line helped the Giants gain an average of 367.2 yards a game, a 59.7 yards-per-game improvement over their 2013 average of 307.5

The previous season, Wells helped the line overcome a series of injuries that forced the Giants to use seven different starting line combinations, the second-highest total in the NFL; Oakland used eight.

One constant was Pugh, who started all 16 games at right tackle. Pugh was a) the first Giants rookie to start an entire 16-game season since defensive tackle Barry Cofield in 2006; b) the first offensive lineman to do it since David Diehl 10 years ago; and c) the first Giants’ first round draft choice to do so since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981.

Pugh was just the fourth Giants first-round draft choice to start every game in their rookie season since the 1970 merger. The others were linebacker Jim Files (1970), guard John Hicks (1974) and Taylor (1981).

In 2012, the offensive line allowed an NFL-low 20 sacks and helped the Giants score 429 points, the second-highest total in franchise history.

Before joining the Giants’ staff, Wells spent four seasons at Louisiana State University.  In 2008-09, he was an offensive line assistant. In addition to his practice and game day duties working with the offensive line, Wells’ administrative responsibilities included self-scouting, breaking down tape of opponents and developing scouting reports.

In his final two years at LSU, Wells was an assistant to the head coach and an assistant to special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who was a member of the Giants’ coaching staff from 2007-10. Wells worked with LSU head coach Les Miles on game day responsibilities, practice preparation, administrative tasks and recruiting duties, and with McGaughey on self-scouting, breaking down tape of opponents, assisting with the game plan and scouting reports.

In 2010, Wells was an offensive line intern in the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp, where he worked alongside coach Hudson Houck.

Wells was the offensive line coach, run game coordinator and head strength and conditioning coach at Scotlandville High School in Baton Rouge, La. in 2006-07. He coached the offensive line and devised the offensive run game plans.

An offensive lineman, Wells played in the Arena Football League for the Grand Rapids Rampage, South Georgia Rampage and Louisiana Swashbucklers.

Wells was a four-year starter at guard at Southern University (2002-05). In 2002 and 2005, he was voted to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team. Southern won the 2003 SWAC championship. Wells blocked for two quarterbacks who were named SWAC Player of the Year. In addition to his conference title ring, Wells earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and, in 2007, a master’s degree in criminal justice at Southern.

Wells is a native of Baker, La., just outside Baton Rouge. He was a Class 5A first-team all-state offensive line selection at Baker High School. Wells was recruited by powerhouses like Alabama and Nebraska.

Wells is married to Tiffany. They have two daughters, Adanya Neema and Zalika Nia.

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