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5 candidates to be New York Giants’ next offensive line coach

Who will replace Bobby Johnson?

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Mike Munchak
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A request to interview Carmen Bricillo of the Las Vegas Raiders was the New York Giants’ first move as they seek to replace fired offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.

Interviewing the 47-year-old Bricillo seems like a good idea. Before coaching the Las Vegas offensive line for two seasons, Bricillo spent three years with the New England Patriots. The first of those seasons was spent working with legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

Hey, if you can’t hire the retired Scarnecchia at least talking to someone who has had the opportunity to learn from him seems like something worth exploring.

Who else might be on the list of candidates to try and fix the Giants’ offensive line after a decade of futility? Let’s mull some names.

Mike Munchak

If the Giants are serious about finally getting quality offensive line play, they have to at least gauge Munchak’s interest in the job, don’t they?

Munchak, 63, is a Hall of Famer thanks to an outstanding 12-year playing career with the then Houston Oilers. Since 1997, he has been offensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, and also served a three-year stint as Titans’ head coach.

Munchak left the Broncos after the 2021 season and has focused on his health, undergoing a pair of knee replacements. Munchak, though, did some work consulting with the Los Angeles Rams this past season and has said he wants back in the game.

“Yeah, I miss it,” Munchak said. “That’s why the camps, working with kids, the teaching parts... I feel like I have a lot of knowledge and I can pass that on to the players. I definitely have interest if the right opportunity comes up now that I have these things behind me to get back in coaching.”

There is no connection between Daboll and Munchak, but that did not stop Daboll when he hired his original coaching staff in 2022. It shouldn’t stop him this time. The Giants need to at least find out if Munchak would come to New York.

Dwayne Ledford

Ledford has been offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons since 2021. With Arthur Smith having been fired as head coach on Sunday, though, the highly-regarded 47-year-old is likely to be looking for a new employer.

Since the Smith firing a couple of big names have endorsed Ledford:

Ledford played in the NFL from 1999-2006, spending time with five different teams and getting into only nine games. The Atlanta job was his first in the NFL, though he began coaching in 2005 at North Carolina.

Dave DeGuglielmo

I know. Been there, done that, it didn’t work out great with DeGuglielmo the first time around. DeGuglielmo replaced Marc Colombo in the middle of the 2020 season. He finished out the year with the Giants, but hasn’t coached in the NFL since.

The well-traveled 55-year-old coached the offensive line at Louisiana Tech in 2021 and Boston College in 2022. He is currently out of the game.

DeGuglielmo has been with the Giants twice, the Miami Dolphins three times, the New York Jets, the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts.

This is what I wrote about DeGuglielmo when Joe Judge hired him in 2020:

“Dave DeGuglielmo’s history is pretty clear. He’s a really good coach with an abrasive personality who can really rub people the wrong way.

“NFL assistant coaches are vagabonds who bounce from team to team regularly, losing a job whenever a head coach does, or whenever he needs a sacrificial lamb to save his own job. Still, DeGuglielmo’s resume raises as many questions as it answers.”

Daboll and DeGuglielmo worked together with the Dolphins and Patriots.

Scott Huff

Here is a name completely out of the blue. A flier, if you will. Who is Huff? He is the offensive line coach for the Washington Huskies, who just lost in the National Championship Game.

Huff has been in that role at Washington since 2017 after being on the Boise State coaching staff from 2006-2016.

This year’s Washington offensive line protected quarterback Michael Penix Jr. well enough that it won the Joe Moore Award as the nation’s best offensive line.

“Washington was on the committee’s radar almost immediately due to its rare combination of physicality and athleticism,” said Aaron Taylor, former Notre Dame lineman, CBS college football analyst and Moore Award co-founder. “They got better as the season progressed and consistently stepped up when it mattered. But what seemed to put them over the top was their junkyard dawg demeanor and how they looked to punish and set the tone with their physical style of play.”

Seven offensive linemen coached by Huff at Washington have played in the NFL, and that number will grow after the upcoming NFL Draft.

Would Huff be interested in the NFL? Would the Giants be interested in giving this critical job to a college coach who has never worked in the NFL? Good questions, and I don’t know the answers.

What I do know is that one of the major reasons the offensive line has struggled the past two seasons is lack of development from the four offensive linemen drafted by GM Joe Schoen — especially 2022 No. 7 overall pick Evan Neal.

Schoen said Monday that proven ability to develop young players is something the Giants will be seeking.

“As Dabs looks for a new offensive line coach, I think history of developing players will be something we’ll definitely hit on,” he said.

Huff has done that at the college level. Maybe the Giants would give him the chance to do it at the NFL level.