Now that the Giants have employed Dave Gettleman as their subsequent GM to succeed Jerry Reese, they should interview and rent a head coach to succeed Ben McAdoo. Here’s a checklist of the probably candidates given Gettleman’s hiring:
JOSH McDANIELS, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
McDaniels, 41, is arguably essentially the most engaging candidate if he desires to depart New England. The Patriots have a first-round bye within the playoffs which suggests the Giants can request to interview McDaniels subsequent week through the bye. McDaniels, who was fired within the second season of his solely head teaching stint with the Denver Broncos (11-17 report, 2009-10) hails from Canton, Ohio, and has been part of all 5 New England Tremendous Bowls. He’s in his 14th season with the Pats and has been Tom Brady’s quarterback coach and longtime offensive coordinator.
MATT PATRICIA, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Patricia, 43, shouldn’t be talked about as steadily as McDaniels however is simply as scorching a reputation on the teaching circuit. The Giants equally may interview Patricia subsequent week if granted permission. The Sherrill, N.Y., product is in his sixth 12 months as defensive coordinator and has been a part of 4 of the Patriots’ 5 Tremendous Bowls. Since shifting to protection in 2006, the Patriots had completed top-10 in fewest factors allowed in 10 of 11 seasons coming into 2017, together with a No. 1 total rating in 2016 earlier than a dramatic Tremendous Bowl LI win over Atlanta. Patricia additionally apparently labored as an aeronautical engineer for 2 years within the late ’90s.
BILL O’BRIEN, HEAD COACH, HOUSTON TEXANS
O’Brien, 48, is one other Patriots connection. He has a job in the meanwhile, however there’s well-known friction between O’Brien and Texans GM Rick Smith, and if O’Brien is fired on the finish of his fourth season as head coach, the previous Patriots offensive coordinator no-doubt would change into a preferred candidate for all openings throughout the NFL. O’Brien solely has a 31-32 report in Houston with a 1-2 playoff report, and but Deshaun Watson’s dominance early this season beneath O’Brien’s tutelage demonstrated possibly what O’Brien may do for the Giants’ subsequent QB, whether or not it is Davis Webb or the No. 2 draft choose this April.
STEVE WILKS, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, CAROLINA PANTHERS
Wilks, 48, is essentially the most direct connection to Gettleman. The Panthers’ defensive coordinator this season changing Sean McDermott (Buffalo Payments) is a former assistant head coach with the Chargers (2011) and Carolina (2015-16) throughout its 2015 run to the Tremendous Bowl. Wilks has in depth NFL expertise teaching secondaries and defensive backs courting to 2006 with the Chicago Bears, and the Giants’ secondary is in turmoil. Gettleman may really feel comfy with himself and Wilks as a crew that has a confirmed monitor report of success, given particularly that Wilks helped Ron Rivera with day-to-day operations in each 2015 and 2016 as assistant head coach.
PAT SHURMUR, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Shurmur, 52, has head teaching expertise and the Vikings’ offense has thrived in 2017 with Shurmur and quarterback Case Keenum on the helm. Minnesota could have a first-round bye if it beats Chicago in Week 17 so he may very well be interviewed subsequent week, as properly. Shurmur solely has a 10-23 report as a head coach, a sufferer of the Cleveland Browns graveyard (9-23 from 2011-12) with one win as a Philadelphia Eagles interim head coach in 2015 (that win after Chip Kelly’s firing, in actual fact, was a 35-30 victory over the Giants). However the 19-year NFL veteran is revered and lengthy has coached quarterbacks, together with as Donovan McNabb’s QB coach in Tremendous Bowl XXXIX. Shurmur, initially of Dearborn Heights, Mich., additionally has directed one of many NFL’s most nice surprises in 2017 regardless of dropping stud RB Dalvin Cook dinner early to a season-ending damage and dealing with Keenum, beforehand thought of the No. three QB.
FRANK REICH, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Reich, 56, a 13-year veteran as a participant at quarterback (1985-98), boasts 25 seasons of NFL expertise as each a participant and coach (2006-16), together with as coordinator of the blossoming Eagles offense led by MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Reich additionally labored with Philip Rivers as each the Chargers’ coordinator and QB coach and with Larry Fitzgerald because the Cardinals’ extensive receivers coach prior. Reich, a Freeport, N.Y. product, engineered the best comeback in NFL historical past in his first postseason begin within the 1992 Wild Card spherical, bringing the Payments again from a 32-point deficit early within the third quarter for a 41-38 win. Perhaps he may convey the Giants again from the useless.