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Inside Ed Triggs' role as director of football ops


Everyone has heard the title, but what exactly does a director of football operations do?

The better questions is what doesn't it entail.

From dealing with the salary cap to negotiating contracts to planning for the future to interacting with agents, Ed Triggs has a lot on his plate. The Giants' director of football ops recently joined the "Giants Huddle" podcast to discuss his role with the team and his journey from starting in the video department the year before Tom Coughlin arrived.

But at the heart of it all is a roughly 5,000-page document called the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"There's a lot of rules in there when it comes to offseason workouts, when it comes to what you can and cannot put in contracts," Triggs said, "and it's my job to make sure we don't screw any of that stuff up."

No pressure there.

While there have been many changes and new faces this offseason, Triggs has remained with the team since 2003. He now works under general manager Joe Schoen, who came over from the Buffalo Bills along with coach Brian Daboll. Together, they have energized the building.

"On Joe's first day, I got in at 6 o'clock in the morning to work out," said Triggs, who looks like he could go toe to toe with any professional athlete in the gym. "I'm thinking maybe he'll be working out and I'm going to try to beat him in. When I walked into the staff locker room, he'd finished his workout already. I was like, 'Wow.' It told me all I need to know about him, and that's what I had heard from other people around the league. He's a grinder, he's a hard worker, but most importantly, he's a great guy. That's what I've come to learn over the past five months. He's a people person. He listens to what we as a staff have to say when it comes to a topic. He'll ask your opinion, understanding that he might not always [take] it, but all we can do is present the facts to him or give him what we feel about a contract, about a player. But he's fair and his energy is through the roof. You don't get up at 5 o'clock in the morning and start your day with an hour workout if you don't have that energy and that juice.

"The beauty of it is Coach Daboll is the same way. They feed off each other. They're in unison with their principals. They're in unison with the "Smart, Tough, and Dependable" aspect, that motto, and you can just feel it throughout the entire building – the juice that is here. It's something that you wake up in the morning, you run to work and say, 'I'm excited to be here every day.'"

Speaking of motivation, that's how Triggs made the move from the video department to football operations.

"[Video] was a great learning experience," Triggs said. "You have all the video in the world at your fingertips, and it's your to job edit it and film it. You're embedded in the filming of these individual drills. I was a 22-year-old Giants fan when I got the job, and I'm filming defensive line drills with Michael Strahan and Keith Hamilton. It's one of those surreal moments where you're like, 'Don't get run over and make sure you keep these humongous guys in the frame.' So that was the start of it. Then being introduced to Coach [Tom] Coughlin was the jumping off point for me in my career.

"I had heard the stories from people in Jacksonville that he was tough, he was demanding, but he was fair. So when he got hired, he needed somebody to do his presentations and his team meetings. I kind of got volunteered as the guy to do that in 2004. I'm a 22-year-old kid [at the time], I sit in Tom Coughlin's office, it's 7 o'clock in the morning, he's like, 'I need you to put these 5,000 things in a PowerPoint,' and I had never even used PowerPoint before. And every day for 12-15 years, whatever it was, we met every morning at 7 o'clock and we developed the themes and mottos and everything that was going to try and inspire the football team. He taught me countless things, such as the pride when it comes to your work, that your signature is attached to anything that you do. He taught me about teamwork. He taught me about the fact that you can't do anything by yourself, and I think that's something that rings true in any job across the country."

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