Giants to hire UL Ragin' Cajuns OC Rob Sale as new offensive line coach

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Rob Sale
Rob Sale

The Giants are on the verge of hiring University of Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Rob Sale, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Sale doesn't have any NFL experience, but he does have a connection with head coach Joe Judge given their time together at the University of Alabama. Sale was the strength coach there while Judge was a special teams assistant from 2009-11.

But Sale has impressed during his time with the Ragin' Cajuns, which brings him to New York to work with a line that still needs some tightening up.

Last season, the Giants went with a Jason Garrett favorite in Marc Colombo, but after line struggles early, Judge wanted to bring in Dave DeGuglielmo as a consultant to help out. Colombo took exception to the idea, and Judge responded by relieving him of his duties mid-season. DeGuglielmo finished out the year as O-line coach, but his contract expired after the season, leading to the expected hire of Sale.

One of Sale's biggest responsibilities will be making sure Andrew Thomas takes a sophomore season leap after an up-and-down rookie campaign. The fourth overall pick in last year's draft was brutal in the first few weeks, but found his rhythm at the midway point of the season.

There are also many young linemen like tackle Matt Peart and guards Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux who are promising but need polishing. GM Dave Gettleman should also be active in free agency or the draft in adding more talent on the line.

So it's safe to say Sale will have his work cut out for him in one of the most important assistant jobs for Big Blue.