Tom Quinn
Special Teams Coordinator


Tom Quinn is in his 10th season with the Giants and his ninth 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.
Tom Quinn is in his 10th season with the Giants and his ninth 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 2014, the Giants’ kickoff coverage team ranked second in the NFL, holding opponents to an average return of just 18.3 yard.

Kicker Josh Brown enjoyed the finest season of his 12-year career. Brown made 24 of 26 field goal attempts, a 92.3 percent success rate that was the highest in Giants history for a kicker with a minimum of 14 attempts. One of his misses was a block in St. Louis. The former mark of 92.1 (35 of 38) was set by John Carney in 2008.

In his two seasons with the Giants, Brown has succeeded on 47 of 52 field goal attempts, a 90.4 percentage. That is the highest in franchise history by a kicker with at least 50 attempts.

Last season, Brown was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts of 50 or more yards, the first Giants kicker to be perfect on at least four 50-yard tries. Brown’s four field goals of at least 50 yards were a Giants single-season record.

Punter Steve Weatherford’s 38.6-yard net average was the third-highest of his career.

On Sept. 21, Damontre Moore blocked a punt by Houston’s Shane Lechler. It was Moore’s second block in as many seasons; on Nov. 10, 2013, when he blocked a punt by Oakland’s Marquette King. That one was scooped up and retuned 21 yards for a touchdown by Cooper Taylor.

In 2013, David Wilson, who had performed so well as a kickoff returner in his 2012 rookie season, had just nine runbacks before suffering what ultimately became a career-ending neck injury. Quinn turned to other return specialists, notably Cox and Jerrel Jernigan. The Giants’ kickoff team ranked ninth in the NFL, allowing an average return of 21.8 yards.

The previous season, 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.  

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.

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. His game-winning field goal in overtime of the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco sent the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI.

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).

Quinn’s special teams underwent significant changes 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.

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. Tynes led the Giants and was fifth in the NFL in scoring with 126 points. 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 seasons 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).

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 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), 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, 47, 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 College in 1991. From 1992-94, he was the special teams coach and recruiting coordinator at James Madison University. In 1995, he was the defensive coordinator at Boston University and from 1996-98 Quinn was the defensive coordinator at College of the Holy Cross.

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