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Mike Macdonald’s hiring in Seattle could complicate Giants’ defensive coordinator plans

Mike Macdonald’s reported hiring as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks could be a good news/bad news thing for the New York Giants.

The good news for the Giants is that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who interviewed twice for the Seattle job, did not get it.

The potential bad news for the Giants is on the other side of the ball. The Ravens have two internal candidates to replace Macdonald. One is assistant head coach/defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, who has been with the Ravens since 2021. The other is defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson, who is considered a leading candidates for the Giants’ vacant defensive coordinator position.

Wilson is the only candidate the Giants have interviewed twice, with GM Joe Schoen having said earlier this week that he would like to have the defensive coordinator post settled by the end of the week.

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Shea Tierney gives glimpse of Giants' future at Senior Bowl | New York Post

Tierney’s extended time spent with all these prospects is sure to pay dividends in the coming weeks, as the Giants’ draft board is completed.

“I think it helps us at every position,’’ Tierney told the Post. “I’m able to bounce around to all the different positions, which is something I haven’t done before. Really when we go back you can talk about a lineman, a receiver, a running back, a quarterback of course, because you’re in there with them as well. Really with everything it helps us get a good baseline for all of these guys. There’s gonna be 250-300 guys to look at over the next couple months and we got a good look [at the Senior Bowl] at 130 of ‘em.

Hear Mike Kafka at Shrine Bowl

NFL Draft 2024: Will Senior Bowl sell Giants’ Joe Schoen on Bo Nix, Michael Penix? |

Senior Bowl action kicked off Tuesday in Mobile, Ala., with the first of three practices leading up to Saturday’s game.

And Giants general manager Joe Schoen is in Mobile, where he is getting a chance to scout two quarterbacks who surely will be available at the sixth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft — Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix.

Projecting NFL QB moves: Trades, signings, cuts, draft picks |

39. Giants: Michael Penix Jr., Washington

Perhaps the Giants ultimately try to trade into the back end of Round 1 to secure the fifth-year option on a quarterback, but they get their pick of the next tier near the top of Round 2. I went with Penix over Michigan's J.J. McCarthy in this scenario because of his big arm and ability to get the ball downfield. That makes him an ideal fit for Brian Daboll's offense. This is of course contingent on Penix's physical going well, given his extensive injury history (two shoulder injuries, two knee injuries). The pick gives New York options should Daniel Jones not rebound in 2024 after coming back from his torn ACL.

Can Giants discover next great wide receiver at Senior Bowl? | New York Post

While the Giants’ first pick will get most of the attention, they also need to add talent with their six picks after Round 1.

Joe Schoen, Giants must stay steadfast in stance with Saquon Barkley |

That’s why Schoen will extend a contract to Barkley shortly after he meets with his agents at the combine. The argument, and what might lead Barkley to what he believes to be greener pastures, is what that contract looks like. It’s important Schoen does not let emotion cloud his otherwise strong approach.

Schoen’s eventual offer to Barkley must reflect the market, not feelings. Let him try to find better. If he can: Decide then if you want to match, or let him walk.

Highlights of the Giants 2023 season

2024 NFL Free Agency: Potential landing spots for top quarterbacks and wide receivers | PFF

11. WR Michael Pittman, Jr., Indianapolis Colts

New York traded a third-round pick for tight end Darren Waller last offseason, but that experiment may already be a failure as he struggles to manage a nerve issue with his hamstring. The Giants have plenty of speed and slot receivers, please get Daniel Jones a big target on the outside.

Most valuable player for each NFL team during 2023 season |

New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence. Lawrence has established himself as one of the top defensive tackles in the league. This is the second year in a row that Lawrence has been named to the Pro Bowl while also getting second-team All-Pro honors. He finished the year with 4.5 sacks, 53 tackles, 21 quarterback hits and two pass breakups. Without a doubt, he was New York’s best player in 2023.

Around the league

Bill Belichick was and is on Eagles' radar, too | Pro Football Talk

Cowboys' Jerry Jones - 'No doubt' I could work with Bill Belichick |

Jerry Jones says Cowboys will be ‘all in and push the hell out of 2024’ as they change their philosophy |

Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott has room for improvement | Pro Football Talk

Where will Commanders’ head coach search turn next? | FOX Sports

Martin Mayhew is expected to remain with Commanders | Pro Football Talk

Eagles’ A.J. Brown mum on potential trade talk: ‘I kinda been through this before’ |

Aaron Rodgers, Robert Saleh and how the Jets’ season fell apart: ‘Something has to change’ | The Athletic

Jets part ways with assistant general manager Rex Hogan | New York Post

Seahawks to hire Mike Macdonald as head coach | Pro Football Talk

Kyle Shanahan, Christian McCaffrey look to repeat fathers' history of winning title together |

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: Kicker Justin Tucker trying to 'get under our skin' with pregame setup |

49ers All-Pro WR Brandon Aiyuk’s playmaking potential has come to life | Niners Nation

How Steve Spagnuolo turned the Chiefs defense into one of the NFL’s scariest units |

Duke Tobin says Bengals 'want Tee Higgins back' but 'we'll see what happens' |

Texans OC Bobby Slowik, QBs coach Jerrod Johnson staying in Houston after taking interviews |

Sources - Browns’ Kareem Hunt had surgery for ruptured adductor |

Greg Olsen: What’s next with Tom Brady joining FOX No. 1 team? | The Record

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