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Giants coaching search: Report — “Giants or nothing” for Matt Rhule

If Rhule is the top candidate, he does seem to hold a lot of cards

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Matt Rhule has suitors other than the New York Giants (Carolina Panthers, perhaps the Dallas Cowboys), but CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora is insisting it will be the “Giants or nothing” for the Baylor coach.

LaCanfora writes that there is a “strong sense” around the league that the Giants’ job is the only one that could entice Rhule to leave the successful gig he currently has at Baylor.

Believe however much of this you want, but here is how LaCanfora assesses the situation between the vacationing Rhule and the Giants:

Rhule has extreme leverage, with the rest of the Giants candidates list not exactly full of sure things, and with another new extension from his school already in his back pocket as he catches rays in Mexico and plans his next move. The Giants job is, frankly, a shell of what it was once considered to be after ownership keeps churning through coaches and refusing to let go of coaches and struggling general managers at the same time and, basically, continuing to steal plays from Jimmy Haslam’s hiring manual.

The Giants are desperate, whether they realize it or not, and Rhule is far and away their best play. I continue to hear it is a job that uniquely appeals to him and tugs at his heart strings, and he has by no means closed the door on the NFL. Heck, he went deep into talks with the lowly Jets just a year ago. It could certainly happen, and league sources maintain that despite GM Dave Gettleman still being in charge, for now, there is a real possibility his role evolves (read: lessens) between now and right after the draft should an A List candidate strongly suggest as much.

Meanwhile, the Giants continue churning through interviews, with Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator don ‘Wink’ Martindale up on Saturday.