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Hue Jackson rumors: Giants hope to speak with Cincinnati offensive coordinator

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Jackson has become a hot commodity as teams search for a new head coach.

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The Giants and Hue Jackson have still not met, but the two sides are reportedly trying to work out  meeting this week. From ESPN:

The problem is, the early part of the Giants' week is full. They were scheduled to interview former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith for the job Monday, and co-owner John Mara (who's handling the interviews along with GM Jerry Reese) has to be in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday for the special owners meetings on Los Angeles relocation. Mara is on the L.A. committee and is an important figure at that meeting, which is likely to be an intense two-day session culminating in a vote on which team or teams get to move to L.A.

So if the Giants are to bring Jackson to New Jersey for an interview, the earliest that could happen would be Thursday, by which time it's possible the Browns or some other team interested in Jackson would want an answer.

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The New York Giants are reportedly "expected to request permission" on Monday to speak with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson about their vacant head-coaching position. The biggest question at this point is whether Jackson will still be available by then.

The 51-year-old former head coach of the Oakland Raiders had interviews on Sunday with both the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns and is considered a front-runner for both of those jobs. There were some reports that Jackson could become 49ers coach by Sunday night, but that has yet to happen though the 49ers apparently had a "productive meeting" with Jackson.

The Giants continue to search for a replacement for Tom Coughlin, who stepped down last week. Jackson was the head coach of the Raiders in 2011, guiding Oakland to an 8-8 record. He spent the last two season as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson has also been the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and Raiders.

The Giants interviewed Adam Gase on Friday, one day before he accepted an offer to become head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

The Giants interviewed their own coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, along with Gase, former Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. They are scheduled to interview former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith on Monday.