Jeremy Pruitt has work to do rounding out his coaching staff this offseason.
The Giants have not announced the hire. Joe Judge become the Giants’ coach earlier this month. Judge was an analyst at Alabama from 2009-11, where he worked with Sherrer.
Sherrer spent the past two seasons on Pruitt’s staff. He was UT’s defensive coordinator in 2018, but Pruitt called the defense. Pruitt demoted Sherrer ahead of the 2019 season, when Sherrer served as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
Pruitt already has an open position on his staff, after running backs coach David Johnson left for the same position at Florida State.
Pruitt and Sherrer go way back, dating back to their playing days at Alabama. Sherrer was an assistant coach at Hoover High School in Alabama in 2005-06, when Pruitt was Hoover’s defensive coordinator.
When Pruitt departed Hoover to become Alabama’s director of player development, Sherrer replaced Pruitt as Hoover’s defensive coordinator. Pruitt got promoted to Alabama’s defensive backs coach ahead of the 2010 season, and Nick Saban tapped Sherrer to fill the director of player development position.
Pruitt and Sherrer also worked together at Georgia. Pruitt was the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in 2014-15, and Sherrer coached outside linebackers there from 2014-17.
Sherrer earned $705,000 annually at Tennessee. He was under contract through Jan. 31, 2021.
Sherrer’s departure would mean five of the 10 assistants from Pruitt’s inaugural coaching staff in 2018 have departed. A move to the Giants would mark Sherrer’s first NFL job.
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