Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your headlines for this Tuesday morning.
Mike Florio: Nick Saban, Giants might be a match
The 2015 season hasn't yet begun but that hasn't stopped the talk about the Giants' long-term future. Monday, Ralph Vacchiano stated that he believes that Tom Coughin would need an excellent year of coaching to keep his job. Now it appears that the media is already listing names for a potential vacancy. Mike Florio ponders if Alabama coach Nick Saban is "sending a message" to the NFL for a return and states that there are two potential fits: The New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts.
The most obvious potential destination is Indianapolis, where quarterback Andrew Luck has blossomed — and where coach Chuck Pagano is in the last year of his contract and believed to be on the hot seat. But the Giants also make sense, given the presence of franchise quarterback Eli Manning and the perpetual perception that coach Tom Coughlin could be on his way out.
Remember, in the recently released biography on Saban, it was revealed that John Mara was heavily interested in hiring Nick Saban before settling on Jim Fassel. Florio, however, does note of the unlikelihood of a Giants hire given Saban's thirst for power.
Like the Colts, the Giants once made a play for Saban. The issue of control derailed the talks. Even if the Giants were willing to fire G.M. Jerry Reese in conjunction with a Coughlin retirement/termination, there’s no indication that they’d be willing to part from their longstanding strong-G.M. structure for a 60-something coach with a habit of not staying in one place for very long.
How about it Giants fans? Would you accept Nick Saban as the next head coach?
Jason Pierre-Paul takes his physical
Pierre-Paul took a physical, and once a determination is made between his doctors and the Giants' doctors regarding his health, negotiations on JPP's $14.8-million franchise tender will be next, a team source said.
So far, so good as it appears the broken bones have healed.
The broken bones in his hand have healed, but he is expected to play with a cast on his hand, at least early on. He hopes to play early, perhaps missing a few games. But the question remains -- when will the Giants feel comfortable putting a cast on his hand and having him on the field?
For more on Jason-Pierre Paul, check out how his teammates believe he will play and how bad this injury impacts pass rushing. Tom Coughlin also provides concern with his conditioning as opposed to his injuries.
Meet the newest Giant: Craig Dahl
In an interesting move, the Giants have cut Stevie Brown and added former San Francisco 49er Craig Dahl. The official Giants blog has a list of things you need to know about the Giants newest safety. Did you know that Dahl was actually on the 2007 Giants? His familiarity with Steve Spagnuolo must have been a big factor in this move.
Originally undrafted in 2007, safety Craig Dahl was a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII championship team, making him the only current defender who played for Steve Spagnuolo in Spags' first stint with Big Blue. Spagnuolo also coached Dahl when he was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011.