Latest On The Giants’ HC Search

The Giants have interviewed six candidates for their vacant head coach position and could start to be moving more quickly on completing their search in the next week. Of the six coaches they’ve interviewed, it appears that Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Patriots’ coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are the favorites to land the position, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

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All three candidates have garnered interest from around football and should either the Patriots or Vikings be eliminated from the playoffs this weekend, Vacchiano thinks that the “Giants could have a new coach in place by next week”. If both teams take care of business at home in the Divisional Round, the process will likely extend another two weeks as the Giants management tries to figure out a way to get one last meeting with their top choice, whoever that may be.

Shurmur and McDaniels look like natural fits for the job as they have an offensive background and previous head coaching experience. The team has been rumored to want experience in whoever they hire and could also want someone who has the ability to get the most out of a young quarterback, should they choose to draft either Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen with the number two overall selection in April’s draft. However, Patricia clearly impressed in his initial interview enough to have the Giants move away from their original checklist.

In a wrinkle to Vacchiano’s story, there could be another sleeper candidate lurking behind the scenes, reports Tom Rock and Bob Glauber of Newsday. A source told the writers that should all three candidates land other positions with the likes of Arizona, Detroit and Indianapolis, the team has a backup plan. While no names were given for who that prospective fourth coach could be, Rock and Glauber speculated that defensive coordinators Steve Wilks and Jim Schwartz could be options as well as Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, who was passed over for the Bears head coaching gig.

New York has officially interviewed McDaniels, Patricia, Shurmur, Wilks, Steve Spagnuolo and Eric Studesville. They could also eventually interview Schwartz, even though his previously scheduled interview has been put on hold.

 

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  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    I had a feeling it was gonna be Wilks, but if it turns out to be Shurmur, Patricia, or McDaniels, I’d be content if I were a Giants fan.

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    • Perksy

      Agreed. What I’m not content with is drafting arose or Darnold just because they have the number 2. They can take an O-lineman, Barkley, or trade down as other options.

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      • Michael Chaney

        I don’t know if the Giants and Jets would make a trade like this with each other, but if the Giants really want a lineman and aren’t sold on a quarterback, they could trade down to 6. The Jets could move up for a QB and the Giants could get Williams or Brown to play tackle (or Nelson at guard) and get to work on rebuilding that line. I’m not sure if they’d rather do that than get a QB though.

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  2. Natergater77

    I’d be happy with Patricia. He knows how to get the most out of talent, as he has with NE defense. He has worked with the OLine which we need. And with his Patriot connections I’m comfortable that he will find a good OC.

    The Giants need to use the pick on a QB and rebuild line through FA. Once you move Eli (that hurts me) and have your QB on rookie contract your free to do just that.

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  3. Mean Street (Posse that is)

    I hope if it’s Shurmer that he brings Keenum with him as was rumored previously. Trade Eli and trade out of the #2 spot and draft some O-line help

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    • itslonelyatthetrop

      Eli is going to give you a conditional 2019 pick, if anything at all. Odds are, if they get Keenum, Eli’ll be released.

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      • kahnkobra

        i’ll take the conditional pick rather than release him for nothing

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