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5 things to know about Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey

Five things to know about special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey, who was retained by new head coach Joe Judge.

1. McGaughey just completed the second season of his second stint with the Giants. He has been the team's special teams coordinator the past two seasons. McGaughey was previously a coordinator for three other NFL teams. In 2019, the Giants finished first in the NFL in kickoff return yards (1,153), fourth in punt return average (9.8), fifth in punt return yards (274) and 10th in kickoff return average (23.5). The coverage units were just as impressive. The Giants ranked first in opponent kickoff return average (18.1) and fifth in opponent punt return average (5.7). Those numbers did not go unnoticed by Judge, a longtime special teams coach. Last season, his Patriots ranked first in average starting field position and opponent average starting field position.

2. In 2018, Aldrick Rosas had one of the finest seasons by a kicker in Giants history. Rosas was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named second-team All-Pro. Rosas' .970 field goal percentage is a Giants record and was just 1/100th of a percentage point behind NFL leader Robbie Gould, a former Giant. Rosas' 127 points tied Ali Haji-Sheikh (1983) for the fifth-highest total in Giants history. The then second-year kicker hit his final 19 field goal attempts, the second-longest streak in team history. Rosas kicked the longest field goal in franchise history, a 57-yarder against Chicago in MetLife Stadium. In his first season with the Giants, punter Riley Dixon set a team record with a 41.8-yard net average on 71 punts. Michael Thomas led the Giants with nine special teams tackles (six solo) and was the NFC special teams player in the Pro Bowl.

3. McGaughey was the Giants' assistant special teams coach from 2007-10. The Giants won Super Bowl XLII in his first season with the team. In 2008, he helped produce the Pro Bowl battery of kicker John Carney, punter/holder Jeff Feagles, and long snapper Zak DeOssie as the Giants won the NFC East. That year, Carney set a then-team record by converting 92.1 percent (35 of 38) of his field goal attempts.

4. In the two years before rejoining the Giants, he was the Carolina Panthers' special teams coordinator. In 2017, the Panthers ranked fifth in the NFL with a franchise-record 42.4-yard net punting average. Pro Bowl kicker Graham Gano led the league with a franchise-record .967 success rate on field goal attempts (29 of 30) and made 34 of 37 extra point tries. In McGaughey's first season with the Panthers, Carolina led the NFL and tied the team record with three blocked field goals. Carolina's kickoff coverage unit limited opponents to an average of 18.1 yards per return, the top mark in the NFL, and ranked fifth with an average drive start of the 23.7-yard line. McGaughey joined Carolina from the San Francisco 49ers, for whom he was the special teams coordinator in 2015. He held the same position with the Jets in 2014.

5. From 2011-13, McGaughey served as the special teams coordinator/defensive assistant at Louisiana State, which won the Southeastern Conference Championship in 2011. During his three seasons in Baton Rouge, the Tigers scored seven special teams touchdowns, and McGaughey coached three All-Americans, including two future Giants: returner Odell Beckham Jr. and punter Brad Wing. McGaughey began his coaching career at the University of Houston, his alma mater, as a graduate assistant in 1997. He handled defensive backs and special teams at Willowridge High School in Houston from 1998-2001. McGaughey played for the Houston Cougars from 1991-95 and was special teams captain as a senior.


Kansas City Chiefs (2002) -- assistant special teams

University of Houston (2003) -- special teams coordinator

University of Houston (2004) -- special teams coordinator/cornerbacks

Denver Broncos (2005-06) -- assistant special teams

New York Giants (2007-10) -- assistant special teams

Louisiana State University (2011-13) -- special teams coordinator/defensive assistant

New York Jets (2014) -- special teams coordinator

San Francisco 49ers (2015) -- special teams coordinator

Carolina Panthers (2016-17) -- special teams coordinator

New York Giants (2018-present) -- special teams coordinator

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