New York Giants' news, 1/8: Coaching changes, free agency, more

Eli Manning - Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants' headlines for Wednesday, 1/8/14.

Good morning, New York Giants' fans. I know, it wasn't nice of me to hit you with a dose of Kevin Gilbride commentary to start your day -- you thought you were done with the guy. Other than KG's comments, and the ongoing search for his replacement, let's see what else is making news around the Giants on this frigid Wednesday. There is a lot to discuss.

Kim Jones of NFL.com says -- rightly -- that whoever the new offensive coordinator is he won't be able to fix Eli Manning all by himself. Here is part of what Jones wrote:

Sure, it might be time for a new voice. Change, after a decade of mostly stability, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. (Or a good thing, either.) And after John Mara described the Giants’ offense as "broken" a week ago, we knew the status quo wasn’t going to fly.

But bringing in a new offensive coordinator will only go so far. It will not ensure better execution or fewer turnovers and injuries. And it will not, in and of itself, fix Eli Manning.

An opponent that scouted Manning in 2012 described him as "shell-shocked" and having little confidence. The common refrain is that the offensive line is largely to blame, and it certainly bears some responsibility.

But the offensive line was not solely responsible for Manning throwing 27 interceptions. It just wasn’t.

The choice for the Giants at offensive coordinator is whether to go with something familiar to Manning, or something new. If they choose something new, perhaps Manning can learn something from Philip Rivers. The San Diego Chargers quarterback underwent something similar this season, and has profited from it. Art Stapleton of The Record also has some advice for whoever gets the coordinator gig.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, a free agent, said Tuesday that "we all know this is where I want to be."

ESPN lists all of the Giants' free agents -- and it is a long list.

With about a billion candidates for the Washington Redskins' head-coaching job the Giants seem unlikely to lose defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to Washington/ If they do, ESPN mentions former Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett as a potential successor.

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