The Giants on Monday submitted requests as expected to interview both New England Patriots coordinators for their head coaching vacancy: offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The Daily News has been reporting for more than a week that McDaniels and Patricia were the Giants’ top two targets, and ESPN reported on Monday that the Giants had formally reached out.
The Patriots are on a bye week. The Giants will need to travel to Foxborough to interview both coaching candidates, and New England head coach Bill Belichick will tell the Giants if and when they are permitted to interview them.
There is competition. Patricia, 43, also is considered a candidate for the Detroit Lions’ coaching vacancy because of his connection to GM Bob Quinn, a 16-year Patriots employee and front office executive who rose to director of scouting for New England from 2012-15. The Lions also requested an interview with Patricia on Monday.
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The Giants were able to get an immediate jump on their coaching search because they already hired Dave Gettleman as their new GM last Thursday. They could have interviewed coaches without a GM theoretically, but the Giants wisely preferred to hire a GM first.
And though they were considering waiting until 2018 to interview more GM candidates, they hired Gettleman knowing he was their guy and knowing that many coach firings were coming across the NFL to create a competitive coaching market.
The Giants fired Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4, and on Sunday, other dominoes began to fall. The Indianapolis Colts fired Chuck Pagano. The Oakland Raiders fired Jack del Rio. And on Monday morning, a.k.a. Black Monday in the NFL, the Chicago Bears fired John Fox and the Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell.
JOSH McDANIELS, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
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McDaniels, 41, is arguably the most attractive candidate if he wants to leave New England. The Patriots have a first-round bye in the playoffs which means the Giants can request to interview McDaniels next week during the bye. McDaniels, who was fired in the second season of his only head coaching stint with the Denver Broncos (11-17 record, 2009-10) hails from Canton, Ohio, and has been a part of all five New England Super Bowls. He is in his 14th season with the Pats and has been Tom Brady’s quarterback coach and longtime offensive coordinator.
MATT PATRICIA, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Patricia, 43, is not mentioned as frequently as McDaniels but is just as hot a name on the coaching circuit. The Giants similarly could interview Patricia next week if granted permission. The Sherrill, N.Y., product is in his sixth year as D-coordinator and has been part of four of the current Patriots dynasty’s five Super Bowls. Since moving to defense in 2006, the Patriots had finished top-10 in fewest points allowed in 10 of 11 seasons entering 2017, including a No. 1 overall ranking in 2016 before a dramatic Super Bowl LI win over Atlanta. Patricia also interestingly worked as an aeronautical engineer for two years in the late 90s.
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