Analysts believe several current openings are more appealing
Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur, Matt Patricia and Steve Wilks will be among those who interview for the New York Giants’ head-coaching vacancy? All, though, will have multiple suitors as the NFL’s 2018 head-coaching carousel spins.
So, that begs the question — how good is the Giants’ head-coaching job, anyway? At least compared to the five others that are currently open — Oakland raiders, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts?
NFL analysts and insiders don’t seem to think the Giants’ job is all that attractive compared to the others available.
ESPN polled league insiders and ended up ranking the Giants’ job No. 5 among the six openings:
The Giants would typically rank higher on a list of desirable landing spots. Ownership has been stable. There is a clearly defined power structure, with coaching separate from personnel. But there are issues to work through.
Eli Manning turns 37 this week, and the end could be near for him. Working out a contract extension for Odell Beckham Jr. could be dicey with a new GM looking to establish himself (when Dave Gettleman was with Carolina, he dumped high-profile cornerback Josh Norman following a contract impasse). The Eli Apple situation is another one that could be combustible for a new coach.
"The Giants have a weird locker room right now," one insider said.
ESPN’s panel ranked the jobs in this order:
Lions, Raiders, Colts, Cardinals, Giants, Bears
USA Today ranked the Giants’ job No. 4 among the six openings:
Assets: QB Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP and positive force in the locker room. WR Odell Beckham is among the league's elite playmakers when healthy. Rookie TE Evan Engram flourished despite myriad injuries to New York's other receivers. With linchpins like DEs Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul and S Landon Collins, the defense has pieces it needs to recapture its 2016 form. New GM Dave Gettleman begins his tenure with the second pick of the draft.
Liabilities: Gettleman will have to decide whether he's drafting a quarterback at No. 2 (Manning turns 37 on Wednesday and has shown signs of slippage), go with another kind of blue chipper or try to deal down and accumulate more picks. More importantly, the next coach will need to cure what appeared to be a toxic locker room under Ben McAdoo. Upgrades are needed on the O-line and in the backfield. And keeping Beckham happy is never easy, and his looming contract demands could prove tricky coming off an injury-curtailed season.
USA Today’s order was Raiders, Lions, Bears, Giants, Colts, Cardinals.
Interviews lining up
The Giants will reportedly begin interviewing head-candidates on Wednesday, as interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo gets the interview he was promised weeks ago by co-owner John Mara.
The rest of the current interview schedule, as reported by @art_stapleton and @JordanRanaan:
- Eric Studesville, Thursday
- McDaniels, Friday
- Patricia, Friday or Saturday
- Shurmur, Saturday
- Wilks, next week
Jim Schwartz, just a few days ago called a “favorite” for the job, does not yet have anything scheduled with the Giants.
Gettleman explains head-coaching criteria
During an appearance Tuesday on WFAN Gettleman explained what he wants in a head coach:
“One of the first things you’re looking for is intelligence and vision, because you can’t have a guy who’s sitting down in the weeds,” Gettleman explained. “He’s got to get up on top, he’s got to see the big picture, and he’s got to proactively see issues that are coming down the road, instead of being reactive in putting out fires.
“You’re looking for leadership. You’ve got to have someone who has that quality about him that makes people really believe in him and want to go play for. … And then the other thing you need is you need toughness.”