The New England Patriots’ 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on in AFC wild-card playoff action on Saturday has apparently quickened the pace the of the New York Giants’ search for a new head coach.
The Giants had originally been expected to interview New England assistants Josh McDaniels (offensive coordinator) and Joe Judge (special teams coordinator) on Friday. Per the New York Post, those interviews have now been moved up. The Giants are now expected to meet with the perennially sought-after McDaniels on Wednesday and with Judge, a surprise addition to their candidates’ list, on Monday.
McDaniels could also end up interviewing with the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns on Monday.
McDaniels is in his second stint as New England offensive coordinator, with this run having begun in 2012. He was previously in that role from 2006-2008.
McDaniels went just 11-17 in less than two seasons (2009-2010) as head coach of the Denver Broncos. He is among assistant coaches mentioned for head-coaching vacancies each offseason.
The Giants interviewed McDaniels, 43, two years ago before hiring Pat Shurmur. That year McDaniels accepted the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and even hired assistant coaches before ultimately backing out and remaining with the Patriots.
To dance seriously with McDaniels at this point a team would have to be assured that he is ready to leave the Patriots, which still doesn’t seem like a sure thing. There have been previous reports that McDaniels might like to be part of a package deal with someone like Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio going with him as GM. That might not be feasible with the Giants, where Dave Gettleman is being retained as general manager.
Still, with the development of Daniel Jones a priority McDaniels seems like one of those must-talk-to candidates.
The Giants have already interviewed Kris Richard, Mike McCarthy, Eric Bieniemy and Don ‘Wink’ Martindale. They are expected to interview Baylor coach Matt Rhule on Tuesday.