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  • Wed., May. 07, 2014 9:30AM - 10:30AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 9:30AM - 10:30AM EDT Live Big Blue Kickoff Live

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SPOTLIGHT:

Coaches

Tom Quinn
Special Teams Coordinator

Biography

Tom Quinn is in his eighth season with the Giants and his seventh as the team’s special teams coordinator. His first year with the team was spent as an assistant to Mike Sweatman, who retired following the 2006 season. Head coach Tom Coughlin quickly named Quinn to replace Sweatman.

In 2012, Quinn’s special teams made significant contributions to the Giants’ winning season and finished seventh in the Dallas Morning News’ annual comprehensive ranking of the league’s special teams. 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.

Tom Quinn is in his eighth season with the Giants and his seventh as the team’s special teams coordinator. His first year with the team was spent as an assistant to Mike Sweatman, who retired following the 2006 season. Head coach Tom Coughlin quickly named Quinn to replace Sweatman.

In 2012, Quinn’s special teams made significant contributions to the Giants’ winning season and finished seventh in the Dallas Morning News’ annual comprehensive ranking of the league’s special teams. 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 Giants record with 1,533 kickoff return yards, easily breaking the former mark of 1,291, set by Domenik Hixon in 2009. Wilson’s 57 returns tied the team record Hixon set that season. With Wilson accounting for all but six runbacks, the Giants averaged 26.2 yards per kickoff return, which placed them seventh in the NFL.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes made 33 of 39 field goal attempts and all 46 of his extra point tries for 145 points, which was both the second-highest total in Giants history and in the NFL in 2012. Tynes led the NFL in scoring for much of the season, but did not kick a field goal in the final three games and finished behind New England’s Stephen Gostkowski, who scored 153 points.

Tynes’ 145 points increased his Giants career total to 586. He jumped to second on the franchise’s career list, trailing only Pete Gogolak, who scored 646 points from 1966-74.

Steve Weatherford’s gross punting average of 47.5 yards placed him eighth in the NFL and was the highest single-season average by a Giants punter with at least 35 kicks. The previous mark of 46.6 yards was set by Don Chandler in 1959 (on 55 punts).

Second-year pro Spencer Paysinger led the Giants with 23 tackles (19 solo).

Quinn’s special teams underwent significant change in the Giants’ 2011 championship season. 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.

Weatherford dropped 25 punts inside the 20-yard line, including five in a victory at New England on Nov. 6 and a record-tying three in the Giants’ 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

Tynes scored 34 points in four playoff games (with eight field goals and 10 extra points) and holds the Giants record with 59 postseason points. Tynes also holds the franchise playoff records with 13 field goals and 20 extra points.

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 benefitted from outstanding play by Quinn’s special teams in 2009. Tynes led the Giants and was fifth in the NFL in scoring with a career-high 126 points, the fourth-highest total by a kicker in team history. With Hixon doing the bulk of the work, the Giants were seventh in the NFL with a 10.9-yard punt return average. Hixon – who missed most of the 2010 and 2011 season with knee injuries - also set Giants single-season records with 57 kickoff returns for 1,291 yards. 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 had the best season a Giants kicker has ever had, succeeding on 35 of 38 field goals attempts for a franchise-record .921 percentage. 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. His previous best net average was 38.2 yards in 1995, his first Pro Bowl season. Feagles’ gross average tied for the second-highest of his career and was just three-tenths of a yard less than the career best of 44.3 yards he set with Arizona in 1997. Feagles holds the NFL records for punts (1,713), punting yards (71,211) and punts downed inside the 20-yard line (554).

In addition to the Pro Bowlers’ exploits, Quinn’s coverage teams played extremely well that season. The Giants’ special teams were ranked fourth in the NFL according to a comprehensive survey by the Dallas Morning News. 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 5.85 yards a return. The team’s field goal percentage of 92.3 was ranked third. The Giants blocked three field goals and opposing teams converted 73 percent of their attempts, the fourth-lowest figure in the NFL. The 40.2-yard net punting average was a Giants record and placed them fourth in the league. Hixon averaged a team-record 60.0 yards on three kickoff returns at Arizona.

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) and made the biggest kick of the postseason, 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, 45, coached in the collegiate ranks for 15 years. Before joining the Giants, he spent four years on the coaching staff at Stanford University. Quinn coached the special teams in each of those seasons, plus the tight ends in 2002 and 2003, and the outside linebackers in 2004 and 2005.

Quinn began his career coaching linebackers at Davidson in 1991. From 1992-94, he was the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator at James Madison. In 1995, he was the defensive coordinator at Boston University and from 1996-98 Quinn was the defensive coordinator at Holy Cross.

Quinn moved back to the West Coast in 1999 at San Jose State, where in three years he worked with the linebackers, tight ends and special teams. He joined the staff at Stanford in 2002.

Quinn grew up in Southern California, where he played at Foothill High School. 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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