Mike Sullivan (American football coach)

Mike Sullivan (born January 28, 1967) is an American football coach who was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was the wide receivers coach for the New York Giants from 2004 to 2009 and the quarterbacks coach from 2010 to 2011, and the offensive coordinator for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012 to 2013.

Mike Sullivan
Current position
TitleDirector of Recruiting
TeamArmy Black Knights
ConferenceFBS Independents
Biographical details
Born (1967-01-28) January 28, 1967 (age 53)
Santa Maria, California
Alma materArmy
Playing career
Position(s)Defensive Back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993Humboldt State (GA)
1995Army (asst. LB)
1996Army (OLB)
1997–1998Youngstown State (DB)
1999–2000Army (DB)
2001Ohio (DB)
2002Jacksonville Jaguars (DQC)
2003Jacksonville Jaguars (OA)
2004–2009New York Giants (WR)
2010–2011New York Giants (QB)
2012–2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OC)
2015New York Giants (QB)
2016–2017New York Giants (OC)
2018Denver Broncos (QB)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2020–presentArmy (Dir. Rec.)
Accomplishments and honors

Early yearsEdit

Sullivan grew up mostly in Southern California and graduated from Cabrillo H.S. in Lompoc, CA in 1985. He then attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY where he was a two-year letterman in football as a defensive back, and graduated in 1989.[1] He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation, later attending the Army Airborne, Ranger, and Air Assault Schools before serving in the 25th Infantry Division.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

New York Giants (2004–2011)Edit

Wide receivers coach (2004–2009)Edit

Sullivan served as the Giants' wide receivers coach, before moving to quarterbacks coach in 2010.

Quarterbacks coach (2010–2011)Edit

His coaching was cited as a major reason for Eli Manning's success in 2010. Manning set franchise records with 339 completions and a 62.9 completion percentage, as well as his second season with over 4,000 yards, but also threw a then career-high 25 interceptions.

He remained on the staff as the quarterbacks coach in 2011, coaching Eli Manning to perhaps his greatest statistical season. Manning threw for a career-high 4,933 yards, 29 touchdowns with 16 interceptions, and had a completion percentage of over 60% for the fourth year in a row. The Giants would go on to win Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots 21-17, with Eli Manning being named Super Bowl MVP under Sullivan's coaching.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012–2014)Edit

On February 10, 2012, Sullivan was hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator. On December 31, 2012, NFL.com reported that Sullivan will be interviewed by the Chicago Bears for the head coaching position after Lovie Smith was fired.[3] On December 30, 2013, Sullivan was fired along with the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers staff after two unsuccessful seasons.[4]

Return to the Giants (2015–17)Edit

Quarterbacks coach (2015)Edit

On December 31, 2014, Sullivan was re-hired as the Giants quarterback coach, reuniting with his former team and quarterback, Eli Manning.[5] Sullivan replaced Danny Langsdorf, who left to take the offensive coordinator job at Nebraska.

Offensive Coordinator (2016–17)Edit

On January 14, 2016, Sullivan was promoted to offensive coordinator with the departure of former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, and the hiring of former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.[6]

Denver Broncos (2018)Edit

On January 4, 2018, Sullivan was named as the quarterbacks coach of the Denver Broncos, taking over for interim QB coach Klint Kubiak.[7] Following the end of the Broncos season, he was not retained as a member of recently hired head coach Vic Fangio.[8]

Administrative careerEdit

On March 19, 2020, Sullivan returned to West Point as the football team's Director of Recruiting.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Sullivan is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He also graduated from U.S. Army Ranger School. He is a 1989 graduate of the United States Military Academy and classmate of Gregory D. Gadson.[10]


  1. ^ Lilley, Kevin (December 5, 2015). "Giants QB coach reflects on Army-Navy rivalry". Army Times. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (November 9, 2012). "Veterans Day meaningful to Bucs' OC". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Hanzus, Dan (December 31, 2012). "Mike Sullivan will interview for Chicago Bears job". National Football League. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  4. ^ "Repetitive, archaic and stubborn: a look back at Mike Sullivan and his offense". bucsnation.com. January 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Giants hire Mike Sullivan as Quarterbacks Coach". Giants.com. December 31, 2014. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "Giants to promote Mike Sullivan to OC". NFL.com. January 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Broncos reach agreements with two new assistant coaches". denverpost.com. January 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Report: Broncos moving on from QB coach Mike Sullivan". Denver Broncos. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sullivan Named Football's Director of Recruiting". Army Black Knights. March 19, 2020. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  10. ^ http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1989/

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