After Tom Coughlin gracefully left the building, the New York Giants began their search for his replacement. After Coughlin’s press conference yesterday, GM Jerry Reese acknowledged a preliminary search has begun. “Of course, we have a list,’’ Reese said. “I have too much respect for coach Coughlin to be talking about what we have on a list.”
The roundup of available coaches began within the Giants organization yesterday when, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, they interviewed offensive coordinator and Eli Manning favorite Ben McAdoo. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will also be interviewed to fill the shoes of a two-time Super Bowl champion.
After Spagnuolo and McAdoo, New York’s top brass is expected to meet with many of other candidates making the rounds. The Giants have requested a meeting with Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.
According to NFL Network, Doug Marrone will visit the Giants on Saturday. Marrone, a native of the Bronx and a Syracuse grad, is currently the assistant head coach of the Jaguars; he went 15-17 as Bills’ head coach.
Sean McDermott, the Panthers defensive coordinator, is also scheduled for a visit. McDermott is also a name high on the Eagles’ list and after an interview with 97.5 the Fanatic, it sounds like he may prefer to be with the Giants’ arch rival. “I love the Philadelphia area and quite honestly it’s been tough to watch the last several years, having grown up in the area and worked there for 12 years.” McDermott continued, “the fan base, I know it’s important to them; they’re genuine, they’re dedicated and they’re real. And the facilities up there are second to none. I’d love to see the Eagles recapture the magic, so to speak.”
John Mara insists that the coaching search will be thorough, but timely. “There’s no specific timetable. Obviously you want to do it sooner rather than later because staffs get filled. There are other teams out there looking for coaches. So we need to get moving on it, and that starts right away.”
The Giants’ job is one of the more desired of all the coaching vacancies. The list of potential candidates will continue to grow over the next few days. However, Reese insists New York is not the place for just any coach. “If you have thin skin, this is not the job for you. Don’t come here.’’