On Friday, the New York Giants visited Foxborough to interview New England Patriots Coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. These two are just a couple of the names the Giants will interview before deciding who will be coaching the team for years to come.
#Giants Head Coaching Interviews:
Wed – Steve Spagnuolo
Thurs – Eric Studesville
Fri – Josh McDaniels (in Foxboro)
Fri or Sat – Matt Patricia (in Foxboro)
Sat – Pat Shurmur
Early Next Week – Steve Wilks
— Giants Fans Online (@NYGFansOnline) January 3, 2018
Prior to interviewing the two coveted coordinators, New York had meetings with Steve Spagnuolo and Eric Studesville. Both should be considered long-shots. Spagnuolo has had two stints as Defensive Coordinator for the ‘Big Blue’; once in 2007-2008 (Super Bowl) and again from 2015-present. Spagnuolo also took over as the team’s Interim Head Coach after John Mara fired Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese.
Studesville has mostly been a running backs’ coach throughout his career with limited time as a coordinator. He was however the Denver Broncos Interim Head Coach in 2010. He spent two seasons as the backs’ coach with the Giants; 2001-2003.
Due to the bad weather, the Giants had to reschedule interviews with McDaniels and Patricia to Friday. Patricia met with Mara, new General Manager Dave Gettleman, and Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams in the morning and McDaniels met with the same trio later in the afternoon.
McDaniels is the favorite within the Giants’ fan base. The Giants’ offense has been lackluster for the past couple seasons, finishing 31st in 2017 and 27th in 2016. Perhaps McDaniels would be the boost this franchise needs to get back on track. The Giants will have the #2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham Jr. These talents cannot be wasted.
McDaniels has been with the Patriots since 2001. He did split with the club for a short period of two years. He became the Head Coach of the Broncos in 2009 and was the Offensive Coordinator of the St. Louis Rams before returning to New England in 2012. He does hold a regular season record of 11-17 (.393). Despite the struggles in Denver, he is still a tremendous talent and very young at 41 years old. If hired, he has a serious (but last) shot to cement himself as an NFL Head Coach.
Patricia has been with New England since 2004. He started off as an offensive coach before switching to the defensive side of the ball in 2006, and later Defensive Coordinator in 2012. Even though the Giants have had bottom-five offenses the last couple years, it wouldn’t hurt to have another defensive mastermind at the head. Talent wise, the Giants have a top-three defense in the NFL, but discipline and effort derailed the Giants’ defense this past season and there was constant drama with the personnel.
Whoever the Giants decide to be named Head Coach, it won’t be based off what side of the ball they’ve coached. It’s going to be about putting this franchise back where it belong – at the top of the food chain.
The Giants will still interview Pat Shurmur, Jim Schwartz, and Steve Wilks. But as the Giants get about halfway into their coaching search, Mara may have just looked at the best two candidates.