Surprise team enters the race to try and steal Mike Kafka from the NY Giants

Mike Kafka, NY Giants. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Mike Kafka, NY Giants. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Right now, it is very much up in the air if NY Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka will return to Brian Daboll’s staff next season or not. Already this offseason, Kafka has interviewed with the Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts for the head coaching openings. Now, there’s a new team to worry about.

According to NFL insider Field Yates, the Arizona Cardinals, looking to replace Kliff Kingsbury, will be interviewing Kafka as well.

Kafka has become a popular target for organizations this offseason, which obviously isn’t great for Daboll. On top of that, Wink Martindale has had two interviews with the Indianapolis Colts as well.

Arizona Cardinals will interview Mike Kafka for their head coach vacancy

With Kingsbury now in Thailand, the Cardinals are in need of a new leader for this young team. Despite Kyler Murray suffering his torn ACL, he’s still an explosive player and many Arizona supporters feel like a new coach can really help him take things to the next level. However, people all over New York don’t want Kafka to be the guy to help guide him.

Despite Kafka having his up and downs with the Giants during his first year as OC, he helped Daniel Jones take a leap this past campaign. Jones wasn’t perfect either, but he posted the best campaign of his career, with Daboll and Kafka playing a big role in that.

With quarterbacks coach Shane Tierney also interviewing for the Buccaneers OC job, plus the uncertainty with Martindale, there could end up being a whole lot of movement for this Giants staff. Losing Kafka would be a blow, but Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen certainly must have a plan in place if it happens. Potentially promoting Tierney to OC could be on the table for the G-Men.

With the Texans expected to hire DeMeco Ryans, that’s a suitor off the table for Kafka. Carolina also hired Frank Reich last week. If Arizona ends up giving him another interview, though, then this will surely be something to monitor closely moving forward.