Prior to heading to Indianapolis for the NFL scouting combine, Pat Shurmur attended to some business at home by hiring Everett Withers as the Giants’ new defensive backs coach.
Withers replaces Lou Anarumo, who left for Cincinnati to become the defensive coordinator on Zac Taylor’s first staff with the Bengals.
Withers, 55, has no previous experience with Shurmur but has a varied and extensive background as a coach. He was previously in the NFL as an assistant with the Saints and Titans and was a head coach in college at three different stops: James Madison, North Carolina and Texas State. Withers went 18-7 at James Madison, and in 2011 took over as the interim head coach at North Carolina after a scandal led to the firing of Butch Davis. Withers was 7-6 in his one season in charge of the Tar Heels. Most recently, he was 7-28 in his three years at Texas State.
Earlier this month, Withers reunited with Davis and was set to serve as the defensive coordinator at Florida International, before his hiring by the Giants. Born and raised in Charlotte, Withers was a defensive back and team captain at Appalachian State.