Giants hire Beaver aide Langsdorf
The New York Giants made it official on Monday, announcing the hiring of Danny Langsdorf as the team's new quarterbacks coach.
Langsdorf recently wrapped up his 11th season at Oregon State, and ninth as the program's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
The new job will reunite Langsdorf with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was recently hired after serving as quarterbacks coach at Green Bay last season. The two worked together on the New Orleans Saints' staff in 2004.
According to the Giants, Langsdorf's will primarily work with and try to improve the performance of quarterback Eli Manning, who tossed a franchise-record 27 interceptions this past season.
"For me, it's just a great opportunity to be able to work with a great quarterback," Langsdorf said in a story on the Giants' website. "I know he is looking for improvement off of last year. I'm looking forward to a new challenge and to live in a new part of the country.
"I was never in New York for any reason up until the interview (with coach Tom Coughlin). I think it's kind of a neat opportunity for me and my family to experience a different part of the world and just a new challenge, so we're very excited about that. And getting back to the NFL was something that was appealing to me."
According to the story, Coughlin and Langsdorf met last Thursday and Friday.
Reports of his hiring came as early as last Friday night.
"When I went through the process of studying his years at Oregon State, I was very impressed with the number of quarterbacks that were highly, highly productive in the Oregon State program, including redshirt freshmen," Coughlin said in the story. "And also in the years, with (running back) Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, they ran the ball. So he has adapted to a lot of different things. Then when I had the opportunity to interview him, I would take specific areas in which I think the college game is doing a darn good job, and his ability to relate and teach in these areas, I thought, was outstanding.
"The one thing that is very impressive is that Ben and Danny are fundamentalists, first and foremost, in how they teach. They both have extensive quarterback film and drill work which they teach off of and which relate to the fundamentals of the game — how you drop, how you set, how you save time, how you become more efficient, where's the ball, where do you carry the ball, where's your front foot. When the quarterbacks report back here, that is a very, very good way to start the progression of how the quarterback is developed fundamentally so he can contribute at the highest level in this form of offensive package. I'm very interested in that."
A main topic of conversation between Langsdorf and Coughlin had to do with helping Manning rebound from a disastrous 2013 season.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP had just 18 touchdowns, the lowest total in his career for a full season.
"That was a very important part of our conversation and the interview," Langsdorf said. "He knows he's got it in him, he's played great football at times, but I think he had a little bit of an off year, a lot of turnovers. That's something that we have to correct, do a better job in taking care of the ball and he stressed that, the importance of that for our entire team. That was part of the discussion, for sure, as well as developing some young guys to back him up."
Langsdorf's offenses at OSU have been some of the best in the program's history.
He helped develop Sean Mannion, who last season threw for a Pac-12 Conference record 4,662 yards with 37 touchdowns.
Langsdorf played quarterback at Boise State and then Linfield, where he graduated in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in exercise science.
His coaching career started at California Lutheran as a graduate assistant. He also served as a grad assistant at OSU under Mike Riley in 1997 and 1998.
Langsdorf spent three seasons in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach for the Edmonton Eskimos before heading to the Saints in 2002 as an assistant.
In 2004, Langsdorf returned to OSU and rejoined Riley.
Despite not being in the NFL in nearly a decade, Langsdorf said he isn't concerned about making the jump.
"I think really just working, getting back to the fundamentals and teaching the details of the position and implementing a new system are all things that are going to be fun to work with Eli on," Langsdorf said. "With Ben and what he's presenting as a package for the Giants, I think all of those things together will be smooth. I think coaching is teaching, and I think if you're a good teacher, you should be able to do that and teach well and communicate well at any level."