It's been just about three weeks since the NY Giants season ended with a 27-10 win over the Eagles. As league contingents flock to Mobile, Ala., this week for the Senior Bowl, the offseason is about to take a turn in terms of staff changes. New head coaches and coordinators have been announced across the league over the last few weeks and there's still work to be done for most teams, the Giants included.
They were able to hire Carmen Bricillo as offensive line coach, Michael Ghobrial as their special teams coordinator and Joel Thomas as running backs coach. The biggest vacancy that still needs to be taken care of is defensive coordinator. After an ugly parting of ways with Wink Martindale, Brian Daboll is still on the search for a new coordinator to lead his rising defensive group of players.
Dennard Wilson, the current defensive backs coach of the Ravens, is one of the hottest names this coaching cycle and is almost certain to land a defensive coordinator job. The Giants have had Wilson in for two interviews already, but will have competition for his services. Here's why they need to go all-in for Wilson to be their new DC:
3. His coaching experience
Let's start with Wilson's coaching track record. He has 12 years of coaching in the NFL under his belt, but he first started at DeMatha Catholic High School as their DB coach and passing game coordinator. He later moved on to be a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland, his alma mater.
Wilson broke into the NFL with the St. Louis Rams as their defensive quality control coach from 2012-14. Here's a breakdown of his coaching career since then:
2012-14: St. Louis Rams - Defensive quality control coach
2015-16; St. Louis Rams - Defensive backs coach
2017-18: New York Jets - Defensive backs coach
2019-20: New York Jets - Passing game coordinator & defensive backs coach
2021: Philadelphia Eagles - Defensive backs coach
2022: Philadelphia Eagles - Passing game coordinator & defensive backs coach
2023: Baltimore Ravens - Defensive backs coach
His coaching resume is impressive, as he's been around the defensive side of the ball at all levels. His last two stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore are eye-opening, which we'll get into. Even his work with the Jets defensive backs were commendable. Let's now take a look at Wilson's impact on the secondary.