Giants Notes: McAdoo, Coughlin, Pierre-Paul

There’s been speculation this could be Tom Coughlin’s last season with the Giants, and if that’s the case, the club could have a head coaching candidate on its current staff in the form of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. “I had calls this off-season from teams looking for head coaches, asking me about…McAdoo,” ESPN’s Andrew Brandt told Armen and Levack on 104.5 The Team in New York. “He’s got a bright future.” McAdoo, 37, was on the Packers’ coaching staff when Brandt worked in Green Bay’s front office. Last night, Rob DiRe included McAdoo when asking which coordinator is most ready to make the transition to head coach. Here’s more from New York.

  • Though he’s only posted 3.5 sacks, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had an excellent season, grading as the fifth-best 4-3 DE in the league according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required). He’s a free agent after the season, leading Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News to wonder if JPP is worthy of the ~$100MM contracts signed by the likes of J.J. Watt and Gerald McCoy. For his part, Pierre-Paul seems ambivalent about remaining in New York. “If I’m here, I’m here. If I’m not, I’m not,” said the 2010 first-round pick. “There’s been ups and downs, but I love it here. But we’ve got to wait and see what happens at the end of the season.”
  • In his latest mailbag at, Dan Graziano tackles the McAdoo scenario and examines which Giants 2014 free agent signings will be around for the long-term. Like Vacchiano, he also looks at a potential Pierre-Paul extension, and opines that New York won’t be afraid to move on if JPP asks for too much money.
  • Earlier this afternoon, we learned the Giants have placed running back Peyton Hillis on season-ending injured reserve.
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