Originally written on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 4/7/13
If you were choosing the coaches for the All-Time Roster, who would be at the helm? Photo courtesy of Giants.com Frank Gray BGB Editor Later this month the New York Giants will be choosing their players for the future in a tradition known as the NFL Draft. That got us here at Big Giants Boom thinking. What if the Giants were able to have a draft from a pool of players consisting of their all-time roster? Every player. Every era. All are available. Who would they take number one overall? In a typical draft a team only has seven or eight picks on average in order to use to build a team. They have had several Quarterbacks, several Linebackers, Several Offensive Linemen, several Defensive Linemen, all worthy of the overall first pick. Do you take Phil Simms? Do you take Lawrence Taylor? Do you take Michael Strahan? Do you take Eli Manning? Do you take Alex Webster? How about Sam Huff? The answer, of course, depends on who is in the war room. For this exercise, we will first build the coaching staff for that draft war room. Among the Giants coaches, the list reads off an a veritable legends list in NFL history. After all, names like Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry and Bill Parcells have all come through here en route to their greatest successes.So who would the coaching staff consist of? First, the Giants need an outstanding QB coach to mentor their on field coach, the QB. Who else would fit that bill better than Jim Fassel? Fassel was the QB for former Giants QB great Phil Simms. He later coached the team from 1997-2003. He led them to a Super Bowl and several big games along the way. He is responsible for resurrecting the career of Kerry Collins who found success in New York and parlayed it into an NFC Championship. Fassel knows the QB position. Next, the offense needs a coordinator. Who else is equal to that task than Tom Coughlin? A former QB coach, he understands the importance of the leadership role the QB has. His two rings in New York are a testament to his experience. He is responsible for drafting Eli Manning and for assisting in the emergence of Tiki Barber as a sure-handed Running Back. Coughlin led the team to two Super Bowl titles. Both times being heavy underdogs. He knows a thing or two about drafting talent and winning. While he is not in the NFL Hall of Fame as he is still a current coach, there is little debate that he will be there when he retires. If the Giants want Hall of Fame knowledge, they need look no further than Bill Parcells. Parcells would make a brilliant Line Backer coach. He is a former LB coach and Defensive Coordinator with the team before taking over as Head Coach and becoming the two-time Super Bowl winner we all know today. He will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame this summer in what should be a wonderful reunion between he and Giants LB great Lawrence Taylor. In his tenure with the Giants from 1981-1990, Parcells made the team become known for its fierce defense . They were feared by opposition. Led by Taylor, who Parcells drafted. Parcells knows a thing or two about how to draft talent. For Defensive Coordinator, we have to look a little deeper into Giants lore. This coach won an NFL Championship with the Giants and invented the 4-3 defense to be able to utilize Giants LB Sam Huff. If any coach in Giants history understands how to build a team, it would be Tom Landry. Most fans today know him as the hated Dallas Cowboys head coach for many years, but he had his football foundation in New York. Well before he was tapped to coach the budding new NFL team in Dallas, he was learning what it was to win big games on the sidelines as a Giants coach along with several Hall of Fame players and coaches, including his mentor. That brings us to the All-Time Head Coach. Who else epitomizes what it means to win than the man they named the Super Bowl trophy after? Vince Lombardi. Before he was leading the Green Bay Packers to glory in the first two Super Bowls, he was winning NFL Championships with the Giants. While with the Giants, Lombardi reinvented the running game. He created the concept of "rule blocking". This concept placed the importance of blocking an area rather than a person, this creating running lanes for the players to utilize. No one knew how to coach and win in big games as well as Lombardi and he learned it in New York. While that fills out the major roles in the coaching staff, there are others that would need to be filled for a proper draft war room. Other coaching staff members would include Allie Sherman, Jim Lee Howell and Alex Webster. Each brought their own experiences to the coaching role in New York. Each have made contributions to the Giants history and lore as we currently know it to be. The coaches are not the only ones in the war room, however. There are two names that need to be added to the ensemble to make a proper All-Time draft class worth anything. These men are George Young as the General Manager and Jerry Reese as the Assistant GM. With these men advising the coaching staff in that war room, we are guaranteed a top-notch draft class.
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