East Notes: McDaniels, Patriots, Z. Jones

Two of the Giants‘ top choices for their head coaching vacancy, Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia, are reportedly set to accept jobs elsewhere. Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, however, says that Big Blue fans should not count out McDaniels just yet. One team source says the Giants have not been informed that McDaniels is out of the mix, and while it has been reported that McDaniels wants more control over personnel than New York is willing to allow, the team feels it can resolve that issue.

Nonetheless, Vacchiano concedes that Patricia is off the table, and if McDaniels does indeed take the Colts’ job, that leaves the Giants with Pat Shurmur and Steve Wilks as their top remaining targets. But Vacchiano says Shurmur appears to prefer the Cardinals’ gig, and Arizona is apparently prepared to offer it to him. So it appears that things may be coming full circle, with Wilks looking increasingly like New York’s next head coach.

Now let’s take a look at more notes out of the east:

  • Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link) reports that Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady will meet this offseason to clear the air and to resolve whatever tensions exist among themselves. While reports of discord within the organization were likely overblown, Rapoport says there is indeed some tension within the triumvirate, and since Belichick and Brady are not going anywhere until they choose to leave, it makes sense that the three men would want to hash out their issues.
  • Bills WR Zay Jones reportedly played his rookie campaign with a torn labrum, and his father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, told Robert Quinn of the Bills Wire that his son will have surgery on Tuesday to repair the injury. Zay Jones finished the 2017 season with 27 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Dolphins will not retain defensive line coach Terrell Williams, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Williams coached the team’s D-line for the past three seasons, and his unit experienced mixed results in 2017. Jackson adds that former offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has indeed been reassigned to a new role within the organization, as was expected after Miami hired Dowell Loggains as its new OC earlier this month.
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8 comments on “East Notes: McDaniels, Patriots, Z. Jones

  1. Thronson5

    Whatever happened to Schwartz being the top candidate for the G-Men job? I think he would be a good fit for that team and I think Shurmur should absolutely take the Cardinals job which is the perfect fit for eachother especially if he is bringing Keenum with him.

    • Michael Chaney

      If the Cardinals can get Shurmur to bring Keenum with him, Fitz would probably stick around another year. If Keenum could come close to replicating this season and he had Fitz to throw to, with a healthy David Johnson and the pieces they have on defense, they could be a sneaky contender next year.

  2. One Fan

    Boy so the Giants may land their 4th or 5th choice for the HC job?? How the mighty have fallen

    • JT19

      Lol I agree. And many analysts said that the Giants had the most attractive HC position. I wonder if the uncertainty at QB might be a bigger factor here than most expected.

      • RevErik

        More analysts said the Giants are a mess, and that’s proving to be the case. No way are they more attractive even with the #2 pick than the Lions, who are coming off a 9-7 season, have a franchise QB, top 5 corner, lots of young talent and $50m in cap space.

  3. CubsRebsSaints

    Completely unrelated! I how the Saints sign Drew Brees to a 1 year deal. And I hope Brees is soooo hungry after that terrible loss today, that he takes a pretty significant paycut/”hometown discount”. 1 year 13 mil or even less, like 10/yr. and USE that extra mo day for depth at each and every position. And go back for their super bowl trip that they gave up today. Even a A. Smith or Bradford. That WS an awful loss. I’m gonna need a therapist to make it through this

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