Coaching Notes: Giants, Rhule, Redskins, Dolphins

We heard rumblings that Baylor head coach Matt Rhule will be the Giants’ top choice to replace Pat Shurmur, who was canned as head coach earlier today. Yahoo’s Charles Robinson tweets that the organization is “motivated and borderline excited” to hear of Rhule’s various requests, and “they’ll be ears” if the coach asks to revamp any areas of the organization. This was a topic of contention last year when Rhule interviewed with the Jets.

Meanwhile,’s Mike Garafolo clarifies (on Twitter) that while Rhule would have the “leeway to make big decisions throughout the building,” the coach doesn’t necessarily want full personnel control.

Speaking of, Executive Vice President (and co-owner) Steve Tisch said he plans to take on a bigger role with the organization in 2020.

“I am involved. I would like to be more involved. I will become more involved,” he said (via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan on Twitter).

Let’s check out some more coaching notes from around the NFL…

  • Those waiting for Ron Rivera‘s impending hiring by the Redskins will have to wait a bit longer.’s Ian Rapoport said negotiations between the organization and their presumed next coach good drag into Tuesday (Twitter link). However, the two sides are still expected to come to agreement on a deal.
  • The Dolphins let go of offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea earlier today, but the organization doesn’t doubt his ability to coach receivers. Sources told Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network (Twitter link) that the 47-year-old is viewed as a great wide receivers coach, but “people inside the building didn’t view him as a good coordinator.” The longtime assistant spent 10 years with the Patriots as the club’s WRs coach and joined former New England DC Brian Flores in South Beach when Flores became the ‘Fins head coach this year.
  • O’Shea wasn’t the only member of the Dolphins who won’t be back next season. Veteran offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo told’s Mike Garafolo that he and the organization have decided to part ways (Twitter link). Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets that the Dolphins have also let go of safeties coach Tony Oden.
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  1. tonyinmunhall

    The Giants get what they deserve
    Reaching again for a head coach .

      • Natergater77

        I think a lot of fans wanted them to go for Rivera.

        That said Rhule is hardly a reach. He may not have NFL pedigree of Rivera but he’s still a good hire.

        • JT19

          Has it been considered that maybe Rivera didn’t want to work with Gettleman again? I don’t know what their working relationship is, but they were together in Carolina and maybe it didn’t end well.

    • rct

      ‘Again’? Their last three coaches have been Coughlin and two guys nobody else wanted with McAdoo and Schurmer. They’ve done the opposite of reaching.

  2. bradthebluefish

    Weird to see the Dolphins let go of some of their staff after a solid season (given the lack of talent).

    • JoeBrady

      5-4 after one of the worst starts in NFL history. Same as with Rivera, I’m thinking O’Shea should land on his feet pretty quick.

  3. JoeBrady

    If I were Rivera, I’m not sure I wouldn’t sniff around the Cowboys job. They have some decent talent. I have no idea what Washington’s FO is doing.

  4. metnoxious

    Dave Gettleman would try to dominate a rookie coach. That guys crazy if he takes that job.

    • Natergater77

      Rhule is a New York guy and was Coughlin’s OLine coach before going to Temple as the head coach

    • rct

      If I were Rhule, I’d say I would take the job were it not for Gettleman being at the helm. Given how badly the Giants seem to want him, he should make that request. When/if they say no, oh well. He’s got a pretty great gig. He’s signed through 2027 and it is most likely for a lot of money.

  5. bobby cox

    Would be a good hire for GMen. Gettleman awful in a Free Agency but a good draft resume. G men have 70 million could get this team to 500

  6. jabl

    No good head coach candidate would take the Cowboys job as long as Jerry Jones is the general manager; too much interference and authority on personnel choices.

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      I mostly agree with you. Although I could see the one draw to that job being how fiercely loyal Jerry is to his hires. Look how long he stuck with Garrett. If you’re a college coach, it might be a good gig to help with the learning curve because of that.

  7. Scottl

    Matt Rhule would be the perfect fit for the Giants. He is a great leader of men and worked for the Giants at the beginning of his coaching career so he knows what the expectations are for a big market team.

  8. JT19

    If we are really boiling it down, the Browns and Giants HC opening really isn’t as appealing as we are making it out to be.

    Despite all the talent on the Browns, there are some deeper and more underlying problems there than just a bad roster or bad coaching. And considering that the Browns have been through 9 coaches in the past 10ish years, who knows how long that leash is.

    The Giants job is basically tied to as long as Gettleman is there, assuming he remains through the offseason. If the Giants continue to play bad, Gettleman will be gone in a year or two which would mean a new GM who might want to bring in a new coach. Not many coaches are going to jump at that knowing their leash might only be a 1-2 years.

    And while the Washington job really isn’t that great because Snyder is terrible, the job at least came with some security. Snyder is clearly fine with being mediocre considering how long Gruden was kept around. Plus, Rivera (or whoever ends up getting the HC spot) will presumably have some say over roster decisions considering Allen was booted out. And the roster has some semblance of a foundation and isn’t just completely devoid of a talent.

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