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Giants interview 49ers’ assistant Matt Harper for special teams vacancy

Finally, the Giants find a special teams candidate they are allowed to speak with

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The New York Giants finally landed on a candidate they were allowed to interview for their vacant special teams coordinator position.

Per Ian Rapoport, the Giants interviewed San Francisco 49ers assistant special teams coach Matt Harper over the weekend as a potential replacement for the fired Thomas McGaughey.

The Giants had previously been rebuffed by three teams in their efforts to interview coordinators. That is because those would have been lateral moves for Marquise Williams of the Atlanta Falcons, Chris Tabor of the Carolina Panthers and Ryan Ficken of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The job would be a promotion for Harper, so the 49ers could not block the interview.

Harper, 39, has been in coaching since 2008 and in the NFL since 2013. He worked for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2013-2020, serving in roles that included assistant special teams coach, assistant wide receivers coach, wide receivers coach and assistant defensive backs coach. Since 2021, he has been assistant defensive backs coach for the 49ers.

To catch up on all of the news as the Giants try to fill out their coaching staff after several assistants were fired or moved on to new opportunities, check our New York Giants coaching tracker.