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Giants striking out in efforts to interview special teams coach candidates

New York has been denied opportunity to interview candidates by three teams

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Los Angeles Chargers special teams coordinator Ryan Ficken.
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The New York Giants have thus far run into a brick wall of resistance in their efforts to interview candidates to replace the fired Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.

The Giants have requested permission to interview three candidates since letting McGaughey go on Monday morning. They have been denied permission each time.

The Giants have asked to speak with three special teams coordinators whose teams currently do not have head coaches. Those are Marquise Williams of the Atlanta Falxons, Chris Tabor of the Carolina Panthers and Ryan Ficken of the Los Angeles Chargers.

NFL teams can deny assistant coaches permission to interview for jobs that are lateral moves. Teams in the process of hiring a new head coach can keep their assistant coaches on board to give the new head coach an opportunity to retain them if he chooses. Some teams allow assistants in that situation to interview for other opportunities.

The Las Vegas Raiders, still seeking a permanent head coach after firing Josh McDaniels and naming Antonio Pierce interim head coach in midseason, allowed the Giants to interview offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo. The Giants, of course, quickly hired Bricillo.