"He is an outstanding football coach," Giants coach Tom
Coughlin said. "He has an old-fashioned work ethic. He goes to
work and does his job. He is not a hype guy. He is meticulous and
The hiring completes Coughlin's staff and reunites him with one
of his former Jacksonville Jaguars assistants.
Hufnagel, a former Penn State quarterback who started coaching
in 1987, was quarterbacks coach for the Jaguars in 2002, Coughlin's
last season in Jacksonville.
"Before I hired John in Jacksonville, I talked to Peyton
Manning about him, and he gave him a solid recommendation," Coughlin said.
Hufnagel started coaching in the Canadian Football League as a
player-coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was the offensive
coordinator for the Calgary Stampeders from 1990-96, helping Flutie
and Garcia earn All-CFL honors.
In 1997, Hufnagel was named the head coach and general manager
of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Red Dogs, posting a 17-11
record in two seasons.
Hufnagel took over as Penn State's quarterback midway through
his sophomore season. He led the Nittany Lions to a 21-3 mark in
his final two seasons. He played three NFL seasons with Denver and
finished his career playing 12 seasons in Canada.
Coughlin was hired by the Giants less than a month ago,
replacing Jim Fassel, who was fired after New York posted a 4-12