Five things to know about new assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Patrick Graham:
1. Graham spent the 2019 season as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. He arrived in Miami with 10 years of NFL coaching experience and coached in the playoffs in eight of those seasons. He has been part of teams that won seven division titles, two conference championships and one Super Bowl (XLIX).
2. Graham reunites with Joe Judge, who was named the 19th head coach in Giants history last week after he spent eight seasons on Bill Belichick's coaching staff in New England. Graham coached for the Patriots from 2009-15. During that time, he served as a coaching assistant (2009), defensive assistant (2010), linebackers coach (2011, 2014-15), and defensive line coach (2012-13). In his five seasons as a position coach (2011-15), New England led the NFL in takeaways (150) and was tied for fourth in sacks (214).
3. Graham also returns to the Giants, for whom he coached the defensive line in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2016, Graham helped the Giants become the most improved defense in the league, which propelled them to their last postseason appearance. The team allowed 158 fewer points and 1,290 fewer yards than it did in 2015. Their 17.8 points per game allowed was second in the NFL and the team's best since 2002. The Giants tied for third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed (88.6 yards per game). Defensive tackle Damon Harrison totaled 86 tackles (55 solo), the most by an NFL defensive tackle since 1996 when Buffalo's Ted Washington had 92 stops (70 solo). Harrison also earned first-team All-Pro honors.
4. Graham joined the New England staff following two seasons (2007-08) as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame, where he worked with the defense. He spent three seasons (2004-06) as an assistant coach at Richmond, mentoring tight ends from 2005-06 and the defensive line in 2004. Graham began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wagner (2002-03), while he pursued an MBA with a concentration in finance. He coached the junior varsity team to an undefeated season and also served as strength and conditioning coach and academic coordinator.
5. Graham played collegiately at Yale, where he was a defensive lineman for the 1999 team that shared an Ivy League title with Brown. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in economics and African-American studies. A native of Des Plaines, Illinois, Graham and his wife, Pamela, have two children, Morgan and Silas.
GRAHAM'S COACHING CAREER
Wagner (2002-03) -- Graduate Assistant
Richmond (2004) -- Assistant Defensive Line
Richmond (2005-06) -- Tight Ends
Notre Dame (2007-08) -- Graduate Assistant
New England Patriots (2009) -- Coaching Assistant
New England Patriots (2010) -- Defensive Assistant
New England Patriots (2011) -- Linebackers
New England Patriots (2012-13) -- Defensive Line
New England Patriots (2014-15) -- Linebackers
New York Giants (2016-17) -- Defensive Line
Green Bay Packers (2018) -- Defensive Run Game Coordinator/Inside Linebackers
Miami Dolphins (2019) -- Defensive Coordinator
New York Giants (2020-present) -- Defensive Coordinator