The Dallas Cowboys made it official with Mike Pope on Wednesday, signing the longtime New York Giants tight ends coach to the same position. Pope replaces Wes Phillips, who left the team last week to join Jay Gruden’s staff in Washington.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said in a statement released after the signing that he considers Pope a close friend. The two know each other well from Garrett’s days as the Giants backup quarterback.
“Mike Pope has been one of the great coaches in this league for a long time,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I had the good fortune of being around him for four years, and his influence on me has been significant. He is an outstanding person and a welcome addition to our staff.”
Pope spent a total of 23 seasons with the Giants, mostly as tight ends coach, but was let go after Ben McAdoo took over as offensive coordinator. He has four Super Bowl rings, one for each of the Giants’ championship wins.
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