Former Nebraska football star could be moving up the coaching ranks

Carlos Polk's coaching career might be about to get a big NFL boost if he's able to take on the Giants' Special Teams Coordinator.
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In the grand scheme of things, former Nebraska football star Carlos Polk’s coaching career is still in its infancy. However, it might be about to get a pretty big boost. 

Polk, who is currently the assistant special teams coach for the Chicago Bears, is reportedly up for a job that would make him the special teams coordinator for the New York Giants. That particular job is the kind of position that could really give the former Husker linebacker a charge in his career.

The Giants have an opening at Special Teams Coordinator because they fired Thomas McGaughey, who spent the last six years with the NFL team. 

Polk certainly seems like he’s well suited to finally take a jump where he’s running his own unit. What coaching career he has had since leaving the Nebraska football program has been almost exclusively as part of one special teams unit or another.

That coaching career started in 2009 for Grossmont College. That was the first place where he took a role as an assistant special teams coach. In 2010, he made the jump to the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, the same franchise where he played eight of his nine years in the pros.

Polk was with the Chargers until 2012 and then in 2014 he took a similar job with the Tampa Bay Bucs. He was with Tampa for four seasons before once again taking the same job with the Dallas Cowboys.

In 2021 he served one year on Urban Meyer’s Jacksonville Jaguars’ staff and after Meyer was fired, he made the move to the Chicago Bears.

Former Nebraska football star ready for next step in coaching career

It’s a bit surprising, given the many years that Polk has been on NFL coaching staffs that he hasn’t been allowed to run his own position group. However the former Husker could see his stature grow quite quickly should he catch on with the Giants.

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