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Giants begin interviewing candidates for vacant defensive coordinator job

Dennard Wilson, Shane Bowen are first known candidates

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The New York Giants have interviewed Baltimore Ravens secondary coach Dennard Wilson for their vacant defensive coordinator job. That is the first known interview since the team parted ways with Wink Martindale.

Wilson came into the NFL in 2004, when he was signed as an undrafted free agent safety by the Washington Commanders out of Maryland.

Wilson made the jump to coaching in 2012 as a defensive quality control coach for the Los Angeles Rams, becoming their defensive backs coach in 2015. He was hired by the New York Jets in 2017 for the same position and also became their passing game coordinator in 2019. Wilson then coached the Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs in 2021 and 2022, and was their passing game coordinator in 2022 as well.

He joined the Ravens’ coaching staff in 2023.

The Ravens have one of the NFL’s best pass defenses, giving up -0.127 EPA per play, trailing only the Cleveland Browns. The Ravens are also fifth in completion percentage allowed (60.6), fifth in interceptions (18), as well as third in passes defensed (92), second in adjusted yards per attempt (5.2) and first in adjusted net yards per attempt (4.1).

It’s also notable that Wilson spent 2023 in the Ravens system, and might allow the Giants to use a similar scheme as was called by Wink Martindale. That could make a transition easier and avoid awkward personnel fits.

Giants to interview Shane Bowen for DC

Per ESPN Tennessee Titans beat reporter Turron Davenport, the Giants will interview former Titans defensive coordinator Shane Bowen for their vacant defensive coordinator job.

Bowen became Tennessee’s defensive coordinator in 2021. The Titans recently fired head coach Mike Vrabel.

Bowen was a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans in 2016 and 2017, and joined the Titans as outside linebackers coach in 2018. The Titans were a base 3-4 team, as the Giants are. Bowen’s Tennessee bio shows his defenses have been stingy against the run.

The Titans blitzed only half as much as the Giants in 2023. The Giants blitzed 45.4% of the time, second-most behind the Minnesota Vikings. Bowen’s Titans blitzed only 22% of the time. Still, the Titans had 45 sacks to 34 for the Giants.