The Seahawks have found their new head coach in Mike Macdonald as well as a key assistant in Leslie Frazer. The team still has an offensive coordinator vacancy, however, and that position will be worth watching as the 2024 hiring cycle winds down.
Seattle lost Shane Waldron this offseason when he departed for Chicago. That resulted in the team’s ongoing search for a replacement, which has included connections to a shortlist of outside candidates. Another name to monitor would have been Mike Kafka. The current Giants OC drew interest from the Seahawks, Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reports. He adds, however, that New York has blocked him from interviewing for a lateral move.
Kafka was among the candidates who conducted a second head coaching interview with Seattle, but to no surprise he did not land a HC gig this offseason. The Giants took a step back on offense in 2023, hurting the 36-year-old’s stock. Kafka had not previously been connected to any OC openings this year, but Jones notes he interviewed well during the Seahawks’ head coaching search. Teams are prohibited from blocking coaches’ efforts to take promotions with new clubs, but they are allowed to prevent moves under an equal title such as a New York-to-Seattle trek in Kafka’s case.
The Giants appeared poised to move on from Kafka at one point (as they since have with DC Don Martindale and special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey), but today’s news certainly suggests he will remain in place for 2024. Head coach Brian Daboll took over play-calling duties at times this season, so his relationship with Kafka will be a key storyline should the pair continue working together moving forward.
Seattle has sent out an interview request to Detroit’s Tanner Engstrand, and the team has also been linked to Alabama’s Ryan Grubb. Those two names will be among the top targets for the Seahawks’ OC vacancy, but their continued desire to at least consider Kafka points to their search expanding. With no other known coordinator interest at the moment (and every HC opening now filled), meanwhile, the latter appears set to take part in a third season overseeing the Giants’ offense.