The Giants brass traveled to Foxborough, Mass. on Friday, starting their day of interviews with Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
Patricia met with crew president John Mara, GM Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams. The trio can even interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for head coach this afternoon.
The Every day Information has reported the 2 Invoice Belichick assistants are the popular candidates for the Giants however prying them away from New England is not going to be straightforward.
McDaniels, 41, has interviewed for head teaching jobs the previous three years however has determined to stay with the Patriots as offensive coordinator, a place he has held since 2012 and from 2006-08.
The Boston Herald reported on Thursday that McDaniels wouldn’t depart except he finds the right state of affairs, however the Patriots don’t essentially appear as if they’ve an ideal state of affairs, both.
McDaniels, who was head coach of the Broncos at age 32 from 2009-10, has been considered the inheritor obvious to Belichick in New England and an ESPN report on Friday morning urged that period might be coming to an finish before we predict with a reported energy wrestle between Belichick, Tom Brady and proprietor Robert Kraft.
A Belichick departure might additionally imply the Giants ditch the chase for his supposed inheritor obvious and go straight for the actual factor, although the three issued a joint assertion that there isn’t a rift.
The Patriots additionally traded 26-year-old backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers in October, and the crew presently has no long-term plan in place to succeed 40-year-old Brady at quarterback, which might doubtlessly flip McDaniels away.
In the meantime, the Giants are at a crossroads with what to do with their quarterback state of affairs. Eli Manning turned 37 this week and is beneath contract for 2 extra seasons whereas additionally they have the No. 2 decide within the draft.
Whereas buying and selling or reducing Manning and drafting a quarterback is a risk, they may additionally proceed to play him subsequent season and nonetheless draft a quarterback, which might entice McDaniels as it could enable him to play a veteran whereas grooming his alternative.
McDaniels can also be interviewing with the Colts, who’ve Andrew Luck — who missed all of 2017 with an damage — and the Bears, who’ve a promising younger quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky.
Patricia, the Patriots defensive coordinator since 2012, has no head teaching expertise however has generated curiosity from the Giants and others and has been a part of the Patriots dynasty teaching workers since 2004.
The 43-year-old is a novel candidate who holds a level in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and can be a stark change from Giants earlier coaches Ben McAdoo and Tom Coughlin with a extra defensive background along with his bushy black beard and backward hat.
It’s unclear how Patricia would go ahead with the quarterback state of affairs however would carry an excellent affect on the defensive aspect of the ball.
Regardless of the Patriots rating 29th in yards allowed, they nonetheless managed to permit the fifth-fewest factors within the league and have ranked within the prime 10 in fewest factors allowed all through his tenure as defensive coordinator.
The Giants have already interviewed interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo and nonetheless plan to interview former Broncos operating backs coach Eric Studesville, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.