With New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo being fired this past Monday, the Giants will begin looking for a replacement after this nightmarish season ends.
In the meanwhile, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be running the show in what will be his second stint as an NFL head coach after previously being in charge of the then St. Louis Rams from 2009-2011.
The New York Giants’ franchise is in shambles. The once respected and admirable organization has been discombobulated for several years now, and the Giants could turn it around with the hiring of a new general manager and a new head coach.
The Giants’ handling of the Josh Brown domestic abuse incident, Giants wide receivers Sterling Shepard, Roger Lewis, Victor Cruz, and Odell Beckham Jr. going partying on a yacht before a playoff game last season, and now the benching of Eli Manning has been an embarrassment. The Giants should look to turn over a new leaf, start fresh after the season, and reassess the current player personnel, coaching staff, and front office; and it starts with the hiring of a new head coach.
Five choices for the Giants next head coach
- Steve Spagnuolo – Spagnuolo has coached many top defenses from old Giants teams to the dominant 2016 defense that led the team to the playoffs. Spagnuolo’s defense in 2017 was awful, but I would like to think a vast majority of the reason why was due to injuries. Olivier Vernon, B.J. Goodson, Janoris Jenkins, and Keenan Robinson have all missed several games this season. It also doesn’t help that your offense can’t sustain drives, put points on the board, and allow your defense to rest. If the Giants look to stay in-house for their second consecutive hiring, Spagnuolo would be the guy.
- Bill Cowher – Here come the Bill Cowher to the Giants rumors part one million. Cowher has always had intrigue coaching “big blue” and if the price is right, we finally may see the return of Cowher. He has had plenty of success coaching in Pittsburgh for more than a decade as a Super Bowl winning head coach and has led the Steelers to multiple playoff berths. Cowher’s addition would be tremendous for the Giants.
- Josh McDaniels – Although McDaniels had one successful and one awful season as the Denver Broncos head coach in 2009 and 2010, someone is going to eventually give him another opportunity as head coach. Just 41 years old, McDaniels has thrived as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots since 2012. Any coach under Bill Belichick is going to be an attractive option for a head coach, which also means to look out for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. But, McDaniels will be a hot commodity this offseason and is poised to interview with the Giants.
- Jim Schwartz – Jim Schwartz has led one of the top defenses in football this season and is sure to get plenty of looks from teams looking for a new head coach. Schwartz did not have much success in Detroit only making the playoffs once in the five seasons he coached there. But, the Lions had a young Matthew Stafford at quarterback and the roster was nowhere near as talented as they have been in the last few years. Schwartz has led the Bills and Eagles as top 10 defenses the past several years and should get another chance to be a head coach in 2018.
- Jim Harbaugh – Don’t think for a second that Harbaugh wouldn’t love an opportunity to be back in the NFL. Harbaugh had great success with the San Francisco 49ers before being fired in 2014 after going 8-8 (he has finished under .500 only twice in his entire 14-year head coaching career). Harbaugh is another guy who will one day get another opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. The kicker is Harbaugh being able to have control and being able to make decisions with the front office on player personnel and more. Harbaugh could be a great fit for the Giants that can restore the “G-Men” to their winning ways.
Presumably, the Giants will sign a new general manager before they sign a new head coach. The new GM could have a huge impact on who becomes the next heir to the throne. The next head coach and general manager will also have an impact on the career of Eli Manning. Will they continue to play Eli and spend a top-five draft pick to groom the next Giants quarterback of the future? Or will they release Manning and look to start a young quarterback such as Davis Webb or a future pick right away? This will be one of the biggest offseasons in franchise history. It is now or never for the New York football Giants.