The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly looking at longtime New York Giants assistant Mike Pope to fill the vacancy left by tight ends coach Wes Phillips, who departed for the Washington Redskins last week.
The Giants’ decision to let Pope walk, announced last Wednesday, was a surprise to a great many. Between his two stays with New York--from 1983-1991 and 2000-2013--Pope coached for 23 years (most recently as tight ends coach) and won four Super Bowls with the team. He was held in such high regard by the team, he was the only assistant to remain with the team when Tom Coughlin was hired in 2004.
"Mike and I coached together on the Giants staff back in the 1980s," Coughlin said, per ESPN New York. "When I returned as the head coach, I didn't intend to keep anyone from the previous staff. I visited with Mike and made a decision that I wanted him as a part of our new staff going forward, and it was certainly the right decision. He has coached many, many outstanding players in the years that we've been here, guys that have made great contributions to our success. Mike has four Super Bowl rings from all four championships the New York Giants have won in the modern era."
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