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Giants coaching rumors: Josh McDaniels not taking interviews yet -- report

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Could that knock the Patriots' offensive coordinator out of the running?

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Josh McDaniels
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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is thought by many to be at the top of the list of candidates for the New York Giants' head-coaching vacancy. McDaniels, though, has made a decision that may end up costing him an opportunity to land the job.

The Patriots have a bye this weekend. Per league rules, assistant coaches whose teams have a bye in the opening round of the playoffs can interview for jobs through the end of the weekend. By choosing not to do that, McDaniels may limit his options. If, that is, he is really interested in any of the vacancies around the league.

The Giants' coaching search, as we know, is in full swing. The team has confirmed having interviewed offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. They are supposed to interview coveted Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase on Friday, and reportedly have an interview set with ex-Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone on Saturday.

Giants co-owner John Mara has promised an "extensive" search for a coach to replace Tom Coughlin. Mara is in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday of next week for league meetings. Will that have any impact on when the Giants make a decision?

"There's no specific timetable. Obviously, you want to do it sooner than later," Mara said on Tuesday. "Obviously, staffs get filled. There're other teams out there looking for coaches. ... At the end of the day, you have to get the right man for the job."

If the Giants want to move quickly the door may shut on McDaniels before he gets a chance to step through it.