Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news updates for this Monday morning.
Vacchiano: McAdoo and Doug Marrone "leaders" for next head coach
The Giants have done an extensive search for their next head coach with a plethora of names being linked to the team. However, Ralph Vacchiano reports that there are two candidates distancing themselves from the pack. Giants offensive coordinator and the former Buffalo Bills head coach are leading the charge for the Giants' coaching vacancy.
The Giants have made it clear they’re very fond of Ben McAdoo and the job he’s done with Eli Manning and their offense. Just how fond they are might hold the key to who becomes their next head coach.
As the Giants prepare to hold their sixth head coaching interview on Monday, this time with former Falcons coach Mike Smith, two team sources said that McAdoo and Bills coach Doug Marrone have emerged as the early favorites.
And both have strong selling points.
The 38-year-old McAdoo would provide much-desired continuity from the Tom Coughlin era. But Marrone, 51, comes with the head coaching experience the Giants crave.
Jordan Raanan also writes of the Giants serious interest in Marrone, even before his interview. Interestingly, while McAdoo is also considered a favorite, Raanan reports that he would unlikely stay on as a Giant should they hire the former Bills head coach.
Marrone was considered a favorite for the Giants job entering Saturday. He was thought of very highly by the organization before his interview.
The idea of Marrone with McAdoo as his offensive coordinator has been floated by some, but that seems unlikely. One league source close to the Giants situation said "never" when asked about the possibility.
Does a defensive head coach make the most sense?
The supposed favorites for the next head coach come from offensive backgrounds. However, Patricia Traina argues that the ideal scenario is to hire a defensive head coach.
With potential defensive newcomers coming in across the board, it’s high time that the Giants have some consistency in the defensive system they run. A defensive-minded head coach, while turning the day-to-day planning over to a coordinator, is likely to be more involved in the development of the new defensive system.
In the case of the Giants, with an offensive system already in place that seems to work, why fix what’s not broken?
The defense, on the other hand, is broken and in need of a lot of fixing. A defensive-minded head coach is a start.
Coughlin to talk with the Philadelphia Eagles today
Tom Coughlin may have resigned as the Giants head coach but he's made his intentions clear that he wants to stay in the NFL as he's scheduled for an interview with the team's bitter rival. Several Giants reports think the two would be a perfect fit and that Coughlin has a lot to offer.
In so many ways, he’s a perfect fit for the Eagles. He’s a blue-collar coach with no hidden agendas and Philadelphia is a blue-collar city with tough sports fans who have a lifetime love affair with the Eagles. Coughlin will bring discipline and accountability — he got high grades on both until giving Odell Beckham Jr. a pass against the Panthers — and has the ability to be caring like a grandfather off the field but tough and demanding on the field. Other than at quarterback, the Eagles have more talent than the Giants.
"He can still coach. That’s a given," a source who knows Coughlin well said Saturday. "Who else is out there? I would say ‘Why not?’ I think he ran his course with the Giants. They waited a year too long. Whatever karma he had with the team was gone. Coaches run their course, they hit walls, it’s time to move on. If he’s still passionate, which he seems to be, being in a new place, there is no reason why he can’t be successful."
When Coughlin sits down with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and his flock of decision-makers Monday over a cheesesteak and hard pretzel, he immediately becomes the most coveted prize on the head-coaching market.
A Hall of Fame coach on the open market!
John Mara and Steve Tisch granting their former coach permission to enter the Eagles’ nest is more a classy move and sign of gratitude — it would have reeked of pettiness had they not — than any lack of fear Coughlin can come back, at age 70 next season, and haunt them in his next coaching life.
But they have every reason to fear him.
No one in Philadelphia has to treat Tom Coughlin like a stiff new baseball glove. There is no need to rub oil on him, wrap him tightly with rubber bands and stick him under the mattress for a month.
He already is broken in.
It remains a leap from here to there before Coughlin restarts his coaching career with the Eagles — he will speak with them Monday — but if there is a match to be made, Coughlin arrives as a media Mr. Softee compared with the block of ice he was when he first came to the Giants.
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