Perry Fewell - Al Bello
Black Monday firings of coaches and general managers around the NFL could have implications for the New York Giants' coaching staff and front office.
Black Monday is in full swing around the NFL with coaches and general managers being fired left and right. Chan Gailey (Buffalo), Lovie Smith (Chicago), Andy Reid (Philadelphia) and Romeo Crennel (Kansas City) are among the coaches canned thus far. The New York Jets have ousted GM Mike Tannenbaum, but chosen to keep coach Rex Ryan.
How does all of this impact the New York Giants? Well, despite what many fans think of him defensive coordinator Perry Fewell could emerge as a hot head-coaching candidate. Director of College Scouting Marc Ross will be in line for GM vacancies. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride never seems to draw much interest as a head coach, but you never know.
Let's take a look at the possibilities for all three.
[UPDATE: The Jets have asked for permission to speak to Ross about their vacant GM job.]
Ross has been the Giants Director of College Scouting -- general manager Jerry Reese's right-hand man -- for five seasons. Before that he was a college scout for the Buffalo Bills for three seasons.
The Giants have won two Super Bowls while Ross has been around, and you have to believe that if the Panthers don't hire him someone else will.
If Ross ends up in Carolina you have to believe that Fewell would be high on the list of potential new head coaches for the Panthers. We have already talked about the possibility that he could be on the list of candidates in Buffalo, where he served as defensive coordinator and interim head coach before coming to the Giants.
Best guess is that Fewell will have some options, despite the Giants finishing 31st in the league this season on defense and missing the playoffs.
The Giants' offensive coordinator seems to get no respect despite several seasons of success and calling the plays for a pair of Super Bowl winners. He failed in his only stint as a head coach, going 6-16 with the San Diego Chargers in 1997 and 1998.
At 61 and not having been a head coach in so long teams might bypass him again. Still, with the success the Giants have enjoyed while he has been calling the plays you have to think there are teams that will at least want to talk to him.
I will try to update this list as the day goes along, as there could be several more changes made. For now, though, this is what the list of openings looks like:
New York Jets -- Gang Green Nation has reaction to the firing of GM Mike Tannenbaum, and the fact that Rex Ryan is staying on as coach.
Carolina Panthers -- Marc Ross of the Giants is a favorite for this position, says Cat Scratch Reader.
Cleveland Browns -- Browns clean house. Dawgs By Nature has the details.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Big Cat Country on the ouster of GM Gene Smith.
Arizona Cardinals -- Revenge of the Birds on ouster of Rod Graves.
Tennessee Titans -- Music City Miracles has the details.
San Diego Chargers -- See Bolts from the Blue for the latest.
Head Coach Openings
Philadelphia Eagles -- Bleeding Green Nation reacts to the ouster of Andy Reid
Cleveland Browns -- See Dawgs By Nature for all the details and reaction to outsters of Tom Heckert, Pat Shurmur.
Kansas City Chiefs -- Arrowhead Pride has the details on the firing of Romeo Crennel.
Chicago Bears -- Windy City Gridiron on the firing of Lovie Smith.
Buffalo Bills -- Buffalo Rumblings has reaction to the firing of Chan Gailey.
Arizona Cardinals -- Revenge of the Birds bids goodbye to Ken Whisenhunt.
San Diego Chargers -- Norv Turner finally out. See reaction at Bolts from the Blue.