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Tom Quinn
Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

Tom Quinn is in his 11th season with the Giants and his 10th as the team’s special teams coordinator. He spent his first year with the team as an assistant to Mike Sweatman, who retired following the 2006 season.

In 2015, Quinn’s units finished second in the Dallas Morning News’ annual comprehensive ranking of the NFL’s special teams. The Giants were seventh in the league with a 10.2-yard punt return average, and 10th with a 24.9-yard kickoff return average. They were fifth in the NFL in kickoff coverage, allowing just 20.3 yards per return.
Tom Quinn is in his 11th season with the Giants and his 10th as the team’s special teams coordinator. He spent his first year with the team as an assistant to Mike Sweatman, who retired following the 2006 season.

In 2015, Quinn’s units finished second in the Dallas Morning News’ annual comprehensive ranking of the NFL’s special teams. The Giants were seventh in the league with a 10.2-yard punt return average, and 10th with a 24.9-yard kickoff return average. They were fifth in the NFL in kickoff coverage, allowing just 20.3 yards per return.

In his first season with the Giants, Dwayne Harris finished third in the NFL with a 28.7-yard average on 22 kickoff returns, including a 100-yard runback vs. Dallas on Oct. 25. Harris was seventh in the NFL with a 10.0-yard average on 34 punt returns, including an 80-yard touchdown against the Jets. Harris was the third player in Giants history with kickoff and punt return touchdowns in the same season, and the first to do it since 1955.

Placekicker Josh Brown played in the first Pro Bowl after scoring 134 points, the highest total of his 13-year career. Brown made 30 of 32 field goal attempts in 2015, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate. In three seasons with the Giants, Brown has hit 77 of 84 field goal tries, a team-record 91.7 percentage (minimum 50 attempts).

Punter Brad Wing, obtained in a trade with Pittsburgh prior to the season, placed 33 kicks inside the 20-yard line, tying the team record set by Brad Maynard in 1997 and 98.

Rashad Jennings gave the Giants a 2-0 lead vs. Washington on Sept. 24 when he blocked Tress Way’s punt, and the ball bounced out of the end zone for a safety. It was the Giants’ third blocked punt in as many seasons. On Sept. 21, 2014, Damontre Moore blocked a punt by Houston’s Shane Lechler. And on Nov. 10, 2013, Moore blocked a punt by Oakland’s Marquette King that was returned for a touchdown by Cooper Taylor.

In 2014, the Giants’ kickoff coverage team ranked second in the NFL, holding opponents to an average return of just 18.3 yard. Brown made 24 of 26 field goal attempts, a 92.3 percent success rate that was the highest in Giants history until he topped it last season.

Quinn’s special teams finished seventh in the Dallas Morning News’ rankings in 2012. That season, the Giants led the NFL with five special teams takeaways. Their average drive start following a kickoff was at the 25.2 yard line, which led the NFL. Rookie David Wilson set a franchise record with 1,533 kickoff return yards, easily breaking the former mark of 1,291, set by Domenik Hixon in 2009.

Quinn’s special teams underwent significant changes in the Giants’ 2011 championship season. Steve Weatherford became the team’s punter. Aaron Ross was the most frequently-used punt returner and Devin Thomas and rookies Da’Rel Scott and Jerrel Jernigan combined for 47 kickoff returns. The three leading special teams tacklers – rookies Jacquian Williams (17) and Tyler Sash (15) and veteran Derrick Martin (12) – were newcomers.

In 2010, Zak DeOssie, the snapper on both punts and placekicks, was selected to his second Pro Bowl in three seasons. The Giants’ kickoff coverage unit was ranked fourth in the NFL, allowing an average return of only 19.7 yards.

The Giants benefited from outstanding play by Quinn’s special teams in 2009. Lawrence Tynes led the Giants and was fifth in the NFL in scoring with 126 points. With Domenik Hixon doing the bulk of the work, the Giants were seventh in the NFL with a 10.9-yard punt return average. On Oct. 18 at New Orleans, Hixon had 303 total yards, shattering Joe Scott’s 61-year-old franchise record by 24 yards. The total included 230 kickoff return and 51 punt return yards. Opposing teams averaged only 21.0 yards per kickoff return, the NFL’s eighth-best figure.

In 2008, three of the Giants’ special teams players – kicker John Carney, Jeff Feagles and DeOssie – played for the NFC Pro Bowl team.

Carney was signed just prior to the season because Tynes was sidelined with an injury. Quinn quickly integrated Carney into the kicking unit and the veteran succeeded on 35 of 38 field goals attempts (92.1 percent).  Carney’s 35 field goals tied the team single-season record, which he shares with Ali Haji-Sheikh (1983) and Jay Feely (2005).

That season, Feagles had a gross average of 44.0 yards and a career-high net average of 40.2 yards on 64 punts. The Giants allowed only 140 punt return yards all season and were ranked third in the NFL in punt coverage, giving up an average of only 5.9 yards a return.

The special teams overcame adversity and performed well in Quinn’s first season as coordinator in 2007, when the Giants won Super Bowl XLII. Long-snapper Ryan Kuehl suffered a season-ending injury in training camp, and the Giants used rookie snappers Jay Alford (on placekicks) and DeOssie (for punts) the entire year. Tynes made 23 of 27 field goal attempts (85.2 percent), plus a game-winning 47-yarder in overtime in the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay.
 
Quinn employed three kickoff returners – Ahmad Bradshaw, Reuben Droughns and Hixon – and the Giants finished seventh in the NFL with a 23.9-yard average. The coverage teams were also strong; Giants opponents averaged only 6.2 yards on 28 punt returns.

Quinn, 48, coached in the collegiate ranks for 15 years before joining the Giants. He grew up in Southern California, where he played at Foothill High School in Tustin. From 1986-90, Quinn was a linebacker at the University of Arizona, where he played on three bowl teams. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in 1990 and a master’s in education the following year.

Quinn and his wife, Alison, have a son, Shane, and two daughters, Logan and Riley.

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