Jan 122016
 
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(The Hue Jackson interview has reportedly been moved up to Wednesday now).

GIANTS TO INTERVIEW HUE JACKSON ON WEDNESDAY…
According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants will interview Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson on Wednesday for the team’s vacant head coaching position. All New York Giants coaching interviews have been jointly conducted by team President/CEO John Mara and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese.

The 50-year old Jackson was interviewed by the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns on Sunday for their head coaching vacancies. The Browns are said to be very serious contenders for his services but the 49ers interest has apparently waned.

As previously reported, the Giants have already interviewed the following six candidates:

  • 38-year old New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on January 5th. McAdoo has also interviewed with the Eagles.
  • 56-year old New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on January 7th.
  • 50-year old Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on January 7th. Austin has also interviewed with the Browns.
  • 37-year old Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who interviewed on January 8th, but was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their new head coach the following day.
  • 51-year old Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who interviewed on January 9th. Marrone has also interviewed with the Browns.
  • 56-year old former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith, who interviewed on January 11th.

PAT FLAHERTY INTERVIEWS WITH VIKINGS…
FOXSports is reporting that New York Giants Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday for their vacant offensive line coach position. The Indianapolis Colts have also expressed interest in Flaherty and he may have interviewed with the Colts last week. Since Flaherty is still under contract with the Giants, teams must receive the Giants permission to interview him.

JIM HERRMANN INTERVIEWS WITH COLTS…
FOXSports is reporting that New York Giants Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann is interviewing with the Indianapolis Colts for their vacant linebacker coach position. Since Herrmann is still under contract with the Giants, teams must receive the Giants permission to interview him.

49ERS INTERVIEW TOM COUGHLIN…
According to multiple press reports, the San Francisco 49ers interviewed Tom Coughlin on Tuesday for their head coaching vacancy. Coughlin resigned as the Giants head coach last week. He interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. Since Coughlin still has one year on his contract with the Giants, other teams must receive permission from the Giants to interview him.

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Jan 112016
 
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Hue Jackson, Cincinnati Bengals (September 27, 2015)

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GIANTS REQUEST INTERVIEW WITH HUE JACKSON…
According to ESPN, the New York Giants have submitted a request to the Cincinnati Bengals to interview their offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson, for the team’s vacant head coaching position. The 50-year old Jackson was interviewed by the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns on Sunday for their head coaching vacancies. He is reportedly very high on the 49ers wish list. Jackson served as head coach of the Raiders in 2011, finishing the year with an 8-8 record.

According to BleacherReport.com, Jackson is the top candidate for the Giants head coaching position. No meeting has yet been set up as NFL owners will be meeting in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. All New York Giants coaching interviews have been jointly conducted by team President/CEO John Mara and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese.

As previously reported, the Giants have already interviewed the following six candidates:

  • 38-year old New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on January 5th. McAdoo has also interviewed with the Eagles.
  • 56-year old New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on January 7th.
  • 50-year old Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on January 7th. Austin has also interviewed with the Browns.
  • 37-year old Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who interviewed on January 8th, but was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their new head coach the following day.
  • 51-year old Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who interviewed on January 9th. Marrone has also interviewed with the Browns.
  • 56-year old former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith, who interviewed on January 11th.

49ERS ALSO INTERESTED IN TOM COUGHLIN…
According to FOXSports, the New York Giants have granted permission to the San Francisco 49ers to interview Tom Coughlin, who resigned as the team’s head coach last week. Since Coughlin still has one year on his contract with the Giants, other teams must receive permission from the Giants to interview him.

Coughlin interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.

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Jan 102016
 
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REPORT – BEN MCADOO AND DOUG MARRONE EARLY FAVORITES…
According to The New York Daily News, New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo and Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone are the early favorites to become the next head coach of the New York Giants. McAdoo interviewed with the Giants on Tuesday and Marrone on Saturday.

The Daily News says that New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin are not likely to receive “serious consideration for the job.” Both interviewed with the Giants last Thursday.

The Giants will interview former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith, who will interview on Monday.

The Giants also interviewed Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase on Friday but he was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their next year head coach on Saturday. NJ.com and The Daily News reported that the Giants were also interested in Cincinnati Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson, but he is reportedly on the verge of being hired by the San Francisco 49ers as their next head coach.

All interviews have been conducted by team President/CEO John Mara and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese.

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Jan 092016
 
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GIANTS TO INTERVIEW MIKE SMITH ON MONDAY…
According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants will interview former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith on Monday. The 56-yeard old Smith coached the Falcons from 2008-2014, compiling a 66-46 regular season record and a 1-4 playoff record. Smith was out of football in 2015.

As reported previously, other candidates include:

  • 38-year old New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday. McAdoo has also interviewed with the Eagles.
  • 56-year old New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • 50-year old Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on Thursday. Austin has also interviewed with the Browns.
  • 37-year old Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who interviewed on Friday, but was hired by the Miami Dolphins as their new head coach on Saturday.
  • 51-year old Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who interviewed on Saturday. Marrone has also interviewed with the Eagles and Browns. There are conflicting media reports on whether or not Marrone would accept McAdoo as his offensive coordinator. The New York Post is reporting that Marrone would keep McAdoo as his offensive coordinator and hire Jim Schwartz as his defensive coordinator. NJ.com says one source said Marrone would “never” keep McAdoo.

All interviews have been conducted by team President/CEO John Mara and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese.

GIANTS ASSISTANT COACHES STILL UNDER CONTRACT…
According to NJ.com, all of the New York Giants assistant coaches are still under contract and have one more year left on their existing deals. NJ.com reports that these coaches “have been allowed to loosely inquire about outside opportunities, but teams still need to ask for permission to have an official interview.”

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Jan 092016
 
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TOM COUGHLIN TO INTERVIEW WITH EAGLES ON MONDAY…
According to multiple press reports, former New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin will interview with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday for their head coaching vacancy. Coughlin officially resigned from the Giants on Tuesday. Since Coughlin has one year left on his contract with the Giants, the team had the ability to block the interview but apparently chose not to do so.

The New York Post is reporting that multiple teams have expressed interest in  Coughlin, including for front office positions. At Coughlin’s press conference on Tuesday, New York Giants President/CEO John Mara indicated that the team would like Coughlin to remain with Giants in some capacity.

JOHN MARA ON ESPN RADIO
The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants President/CEO John Mara is available at ESPN.com.

DOLPHINS HIRE ADAM GASE…
The Miami Dolphins have hired Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase as the team’s new head coach. Gase interviewed with the Giants on Friday for their head coaching vacancy as well.

STATUS OF GIANTS HEAD COACHING SEARCH…
With Adam Gase now out of the picture, these are the remaining coaches the New York Giants have expressed interest in their search for a new head coach:

  • 38-year old New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday.
  • 56-year old New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • 50-year old Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • 51-year old Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who interviews on Saturday.

“We want to make sure we get the right guy,” said Giants President/CEO John Mara on Friday. “There’s always an advantage to try to do it sooner rather than later. There are a lot of assistant coaches out there who are looking for jobs, and you have the chance to get the best ones if you do it sooner. But it’s more important for us to take our time and get the right guy… There’s no specific timetable, but I’m always cognizant of what other teams are doing. I’d like to get it done soon, but not at the expense of finding the right guy.”

KEVIN ABRAMS APPEARS SAFE…
As previously reported, New York Giants Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams interviewed with the Detroit Lions for their general manager vacancy. Abrams is the salary cap expert for the Giants. However, the Lions have hired New England Patriots Director of Pro Scouting Bob Quinn for the position. Former New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi (1998-2007) is serving as a consultant for the Lions and he has ties to Abrams.

PAT FLAHERTY INTERVIEWING WITH COLTS…
FOXSports is reporting that New York Giants Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty is interviewing with the Indianapolis Colts for their offensive line coach vacancy.

JON BEASON TO HAVE KNEE SURGERY, MAY RETIRE…
Injury-prone New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason revealed on Friday that he needs offseason knee surgery, and depending on how his body responds, may retire from the NFL. Beason. The Giants placed Beason on season-ending Injured Reserve in November with ankle and knee injuries. He played in just five games in 2015 and finished the season with only 18 tackles. Beason’s 2014 NFL season was basically wiped out due to a ligament tear and fracture to the sesamoid bone in his right foot during an OTA practice in June. He ended up playing in only four games in 2014 and finished the season with just 11 tackles. He has not played in more than five games in four of the last five seasons due to various injuries.

“You go through the rehab process and you get back out there and you run around and you decide, ‘Hey, I can still be who I once was.’ If I can’t then it will be time for me to hang it up,” said Beason.

Beason has one year left on his current contract with the Giants worth $2.8 million in salary. But his salary cap hit is far higher – estimated in the $6 million range. Thus, there is a good chance the Giants will part ways with him regardless of how he recovers this offseason.

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Jan 082016
 
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Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars (September 13, 2015)

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GIANTS INTERVIEW DOUG MARRONE ON SATURDAY…
The New York Giants will interview Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone on Saturday. In recent years, Marrone also served as head coach of the Syracuse Orange (2009-2012) and Buffalo Bills (2013-2014). The 51-year old Marrone has received interest from the Eagles, Browns, and Dolphins.

As reported previously, other candidates include:

  • 38-year old New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday.
  • 56-year old New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • 50-year old Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • 37-year old Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who interviewed on Friday.
  • 41-year old Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott. Teams can interview McDermott this week but not next week because of the Panthers playoff schedule.

ODELL BECKHAM NAMED SECOND-TEAM ALL-PRO…
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has been named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press. In 2015, Beckham started 15 games and finished the season with 96 catches for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns. The AP All-Pro team is selected by a national panel of 50 media members. Other Giants to receive votes included center Weston Richburg (1) and kick returner Dwayne Harris (4).

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Jan 072016
 
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GIANTS INTERVIEW ADAM GASE ON FRIDAY…
The New York Giants will interview Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase on Friday. Gase also served as the Denver Broncos quarterback coach in 2011-12 and offensive coordinator in 2013-14, working with quarterback Eli Manning’s brother Peyton. Gase has received interest from the Browns, Eagles, and Dolphins.

As reported previously, other candidates include:

  • New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday.
  • New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin, who interviewed on Thursday.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who will interview on Saturday.
  • Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott. However, the Panthers say the only team that has requested an interview with McDermott thus far is the Cleveland Browns. Teams can interview McDermott this week but not next week because of the Panthers playoff schedule.

BEN MCADOO INTERVIEWS WITH EAGLES…
As previously reported, New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday for their head coaching vacancy.

MARC ROSS INTERVIEWS WITH TITANS…
New York Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross interviewed with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday for their general manager vacancy. Ross has been with the Giants since 2007, serving as the team’s Director of College Scouting for six years before his position evolved to vice president of player evaluation. Regardless of his title, Ross has run the team’s drafts since 2007.

RASHAD JENNINGS WINS FEDEX GROUND NFL PLAYER OF THE WEEK…
Fans have voted New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings the “FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week” for his performance in the regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Jennings rushed for 170 yards on 27 carries (6.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown.

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Jan 072016
 
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Teryl Austin, Detroit Lions (October 30, 2015)

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GIANTS INTERVIEW TERYL AUSTIN AND STEVE SPAGNUOLO…
The New York Giants will interview both Detroit Lions Defensive Coordinator Teryl Austin and their own defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, for the team’s head coaching vacancy on Thursday. Austin has received interest from the Browns, Eagles, and Dolphins. Austin also satisfies the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football positions.

As reported previously, other candidates include:

  • New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, who interviewed on Tuesday.
  • Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who will interview on Friday.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone, who will interview on Saturday.
  • Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott – no known scheduled interview.

GIANTS RE-SIGN LOUIS NIX TO RESERVE/FUTURE DEAL…
The New York Giants have re-signed defensive tackle Louis Nix to a reserve/future contract. Nix is the the sixth Practice Squad player re-signed by the Giants this week.

Nix was signed by the Giants after he was waived by the Houston Texans in September 2015. He was active in four games but rarely saw any action. The Giants waived him in November and then signed him to the Practice Squad. Nix was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans. He has been plagued with injuries, having knee surgery in 2013 at Notre Dame, knee surgery in the summer of 2014 with the Texans, and then a wrist issue that landed him on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with the Texans. He never played in a regular-season game with Houston. Nix is a strong, mammoth nose tackle-type lineman who can take on the double-team and hold the point-of-attack when healthy. Although Nix is a good athlete for his size, he is more of a run defender than pass rusher. Nix’s professionalism and work ethic were questioned in Houston.

Jan 062016
 
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THE LATEST ON THE GIANTS HEAD COACHING SEARCH…
Here is the latest on the New York Giants search for a new head coach:

  • CBS Sports reports that the Giants will interview Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Thursday.
  • According to FOXSports, the Giants will meet with Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase on Friday. Gase interviewed with the Eagles for their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday and will reportedly meet with the Eagles again this weekend. The Browns and Dolphins are also said to be interested in Gase.
  • NFL.com reports that Jacksonville Jaguars Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Doug Marrone will interview with the Giants on Saturday. The Eagles, Dolphins, and Browns are also said to be interested in Marrone.
  • The New York Daily News reports the Giants plan to interview Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott, but The New York Post reports that meeting has not yet been set up. Since the Panthers have a playoff bye, the Giants are allowed to interview McDermott this week, but not next week.
  • The New York Daily News reports that the Giants are “considering” interviewing Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson. But Jackson is not currently allowed to interview with other teams this week because the Bengals play this weekend.
  • There have been some press reports linking New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton with the Giants, but the Saints have announced that Payton is remaining with the team.

KEVIN ABRAMS TO INTERVIEW WITH LIONS…
As previously reported, New York Giants Assistant General Manager Kevin Abrams will reportedly interview with the Detroit Lions for their general manager vacancy. Former New York Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi (1998-2007) is serving as a consultant for the Lions and he has ties to Abrams.

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Jan 052016
 
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John Mara, New York Giants (January 5, 2016)

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JOHN MARA ON WFAN
The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN Radio interview with New York Giants President/CEO John Mara is available on CBS New York’s website. Some points made by Mara:

  • Firing General Manager Jerry Reese is not in the team’s best interest. He is the right guy to turn the team around. Mara believes Reese will prove critics wrong.
  • The Giants will be interviewing a number of head coaching candidates. No decisions have yet been made.
  • He would like to have both Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo and Defensive Steve Spagnuolo back, but that will be the decision of the new head coach. Both of them will also interview for the head coaching position.
  • Giants will not rule out candidates without head coaching experience.
  • Mara and Reese will conduct the interviews.
  • McAdoo was not brought to the Giants with the idea that he would definitely be the next head coach.
  • QB Eli Manning’s comfort level with the current offense will be a factor but not the overriding factor in coaching decisions.
  • The Giants would be willing to trade draft picks for the right coach if the asking price was reasonable.
  • Mara would like Tom Coughlin to brainstorm about what kind of role he might serve with the Giants moving forward.
  • Coughlin realized it was time to move on. Mara said he was not 100 percent sure Coughlin really wanted to remain the head coach of the Giants. Coughlin did not fail, the organization has failed to put enough good players on the field.
  • The Giants had three bad drafts, partly due to injury but also simply missing on too many players. He feels better about the last two draft classes.
  • The Giants had been in bad salary cap shape for 5-6 years. This year they are in the best salary cap condition ever.
  • The team is discussing if changes need to be made in personnel department.
  • The Giants would like DE Jason Pierre-Paul back, but at the right price. They are hoping additional surgery may help him to evolve beyond a one-handed player.
  • WR Odell Beckham is too emotional on the field, but he is not a bad person. Other teams will use his emotions against him.
  • The foundation has slipped on defense. An inability to rush the passer killed the Giants. The Giants also need to run the ball better by improving the offensive line. Games are won and lost on the defensive line.
  • A college coach with no NFL experience would work against a potential candidate, but the team would not discount him.
  • Mara does not want to be too quick in hiring the next coach. The most important thing is to get the right guy.

SHANE VEREEN ON WFAN
The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN Radio interview with New York Giants running back Shane Vereen is available on CBS New York’s website.

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