The New York Giants’ search for a new head coach is coming into its final days according to co-owner Steve Tisch. On Tuesday after the end of the NFL owner meetings, Tisch was asked they will have a replacement for Tom Coughlin by “the end of the week.” Tisch replied, “I think we can.”
Tisch however won’t reveal if there’s a frontrunner for the job. “We’ve seen about six great candidates.” They’ve interviewed about six candidates thus far and apparently they’ve all been great. They do have one more perspective coach to interview, though.
Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to interview with the Giants Wednesday per Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Jackson interviewed with the Browns twice, but no offer was made. The San Francisco 49ers met with Jackson for 5 hours on Sunday, not 24 hours after the Bengals lost their Wild Card game to the Steelers 18-16.
According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, Jackson is interested in coaching the Browns and the 49ers, but he has been advised to wait until he has interviewed with the Giants.
Of the three teams vying for Jackson, the Giants opening is seemingly the most appealing. When looking at the stability of the organization and their commitment to coaches, Jackson may want to stay away from the Browns. The team has changed coaches and GMs five times since 2008. The 49ers fired Jim Tomsula was fired after just one season and Jim Harbaugh got axed after taking them to the conference championship game three times.
As the coaching search comes to a close, the frontrunners according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News are Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and former Bills head coach Doug Marrone. If Tisch is serious about choosing a new head coach before the end of the week, that would rule out Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott; he can not be interviewed until Carolina is out of the playoffs.