The New York Giants will reportedly add Bret Bielema to their staff.
Bielema, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Jan. 13, has been a defensive assistant with the New England Patriots for the past two seasons. New Giants head coach Joe Judge spent eight seasons as the Patriots’ special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach.
Bielema was the Patriots’ defensive line coach in 2019. New England was ranked seventh in the NFL in sacks and sixth in run defense. He is expected to work with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, another former Patriots assistant.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, details of the deal and Bielema’s role with the Giants are still being finalized.
Bielema spent 12 seasons as the head coach at Wisconsin (2006-12) and Arkansas (2013-17). He is the second all-time winningest head coach in Wisconsin program history with a record of 68-24. He won three Big Ten championships (2010, 2011, 2012) and coached five consensus All-Americans, including former first-round pick Joe Thomas. Bielema was the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2006.
Bielema was a combined 97-58 for the Badgers and Razorbacks, His teams finished below .500 only twice and he made nine Bowl Game appearances, going 4-5.
Bielema will be the fourth former Patriots assistant on the Giants’ coaching staff besides Judge and Graham. Quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski was on Bill Belichick’s staff or six seasons before spending 2019 with the Miami Dolphins.
The Giants will also reportedly hire Jerome Henderson to be the team’s defensive backs coach.
Henderson was defensive passing game coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons for four seasons (2016-19). He was fired by the Falcons at the end of their season. Henderson was defensive backs coach with the Dallas Cowboys under Jason Garrett (2012-15). He was also on the staffs of the New York Jets (2006-08) and Cleveland Browns (2009-11).