The Giants may have to make some coaching changes this off season despite not expressing any desire to do so intentionally. General Manager Jerry Reese said “we like our coaching staff,” and added that they don’t plan on making changes unless coaches take better opportunities elsewhere.
“Everyone gets evaluated. I get evaluated, the coaching staff gets evaluated, the players get evaluated, the whole front office, everybody gets evaluated….If guys get an opportunity to move on to a better opportunity, we’re happy for them if that comes along. But we like our coaching staff right now.”
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers and Browns have expressed interest in interviewing Perry Fewell for a head coaching position. Should he get hired, this would be the second time a Giants defensive coordinator took a head coaching job in less than two years.
Steve Spagnuolo left the Giants after two great years, and Fewell led the Giants to the same sort of success, finishing seventh in the league in defense. However, teams will likely notice that the defense did not step up in the big games this year, often disappearing against better offensive game plans.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is also a candidate for a head coaching job, but at the collegiate level. After UConn’s Randy Edsall took the job at Maryland, calling it his ‘dream job’, UConn expressed an interest in Gilbride, who was also a candidate for the Boston College job in the past.
If both coordinators were to leave, the dream scenario would to see the Giants hire Josh McDaniels and John Fox as their offensive and defensive coaches, respectively.
McDaniels is an offensive genius who was the Patriots QB coach AND offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, including the record setting year in 2007. Fox is a former Giants defensive coach, who would be welcomed back after helping lead the 2000 Giants to the Super Bowl with the No. 2 ranked defense.
This is of course assuming neither of those two get head coaching positions. I can dream, can’t I?