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New York Giants offensive line coach Rob Sale has left the NFL team to become the offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, it was announced Tuesday.
Sale returns to the SEC and reunites with new Florida coach Billy Napier, who has worked with Arizona State and Louisiana. Sale was Napier’s offensive coordinator / offensive line coach at Louisiana, where they set several school records in the offensive in 2019 and finished in 19th place in the College Football Playoff rankings in 2020.
Napier was hired to replace Dan Mullen last month in Florida. I have signed a seven-year deal and expressed plans to hire an “unprecedented” support staff.
The Giants season ended with a sixth consecutive defeat to Washington on Sunday.
The sale goes at a time when there is some uncertainty with the Giants’ coaching staff. New York (4-13) has yet to make it official that coach Joe Judge will return for a third season.
Sale, who previously worked with Judge in Alabama, has just finished his first NFL season. He handled a line that was ruined by an injury early in the season.
Sale and Judge both declined to answer questions several weeks ago about rumors of a potential move to Florida.
The Giants hired Sale to replace Dave DeGuglielmo as their offensive line coach last offseason. They will now be looking for their fifth line coach in the last three years of this offseason.
Sale, 42, was an offensive lineman at LSU from 1999 to 2002. He took his first college coaching job in 2007, as a strength and conditioning assistant and analyst at Judge in Alabama. He left Alabama in 2012 to coach the offensive line at McNeese State and later had the same role at Georgia, Louisiana Monroe, Arizona State and Lafayette.
He was recently asked if there was a big difference between coaching college and professional players.
“Nah, it’s all ball in my opinion,” Sale said. “It’s important for the players to invest in them as people, as individuals. They all have the same problems, whether you go to college or the National Football League. We all have the same agreements. You still have the year-round plan, which you have with these players to get them better over and over again and how to practice.
“One you choose your groceries and one you do not.”
Sales will have some work to do in Florida. The Gators went 6-7 overall and 2-6 in the SEC last season.