Patrick Graham will be an NFL head coach … Maybe as early as next month
Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will likely be a popular name for teams looking for head coaches next month thanks to a strong second half of the season by New York’s defense, that continued on Sunday.
Beyond the results, Graham has maximized the production of players at all three levels of the defense that likely wouldn’t start for most teams across the NFL.
Sunday against the Seahawks, seventh-round rookie linebacker Tae Crowder picked up his first career sack, defensive end/outside linebacker Niko Lalos recovered a fumble ( producing a takeaway for the second consecutive week), and Isaac Yiadom held his own for much of the game opposite James Bradberry.
Leonard Williams sacked Russell Wilson twice. Graham’s defense held Wilson to 263 passing yards with one touchdown, one interception, and just 45 rushing yards.
This was an emphatic statement by the Giants’ defense, that this is a group capable of beating just about anyone the way they are playing at this juncture.
Graham’s defense has been stingy, allowing just 17 points each of the last two weeks, and has his defense playing with plenty of confidence, night and day from the first half of the season.
One of the telltale signs of a successful program is assistant coaches getting head coaching jobs elsewhere, and Graham absolutely should be in that mix during his hiring cycle.