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Giants to interview former Falcons coach Mike Smith

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The Giants are casting a wide net in their search to replace Tom Coughlin, and are looking at another veteran option.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Former Falcons coach Mike Smith will interview with the Giants Monday.

Smith did a good job building the Falcons into perennial playoff contenders, winning 56 games in his first five seasons there. But winning 10 in his last two seasons there convinced them it was time for a change. He also interviewed with the Dolphins, as he looks to get back in the game after a year off.

The 56-year-old Smith joins a list of candidates which was reduced by one when Adam Gase was hired by the Dolphins Saturday. Gase interviewed with the Giants last week.

The Giants interviewed Doug Marrone on Saturday, and have also talked to coordinators Steve Spagnuolo and Ben McAdoo, along with Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

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22 Responses to “Giants to interview former Falcons coach Mike Smith”
  1. joedirte says: Jan 9, 2016 2:54 PM

    He has a very similar resume to coughlin before he took the Giants gig

  2. eliwinsnyg says: Jan 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    Ughhh who is next Greg schiano!!

  3. coltzfan166 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    I’m probably one of the few who thinks this would be a good hire. But he did take the Falcons to like five playoff appearances before collapsing in 2013. Sometimes players just start tuning out their coaches after awhile and both sides just need a change. I think Smith is a good coach and would at least get the Giants back into the playoffs.

  4. bossytrottiergillies says: Jan 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    No thanks. No one needs another Fassel

  5. irishking says: Jan 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    There has been no mention of Brian Kelly who I once though was highly desirous of becoming the Giants’ HC.

  6. pastanow says: Jan 9, 2016 3:22 PM

    I can see his pressers with the New York media talking about the “process.” He might call a of couple errant time outs too during his presser.

  7. iberiasaint says: Jan 9, 2016 3:42 PM

    The Saints owned Mike Smith and were sorry to see him leave the Failcons. Saints are in the process of owning Quinn (2-0) Who Dat?

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:44 PM

    irishking says:
    Jan 9, 2016 3:14 PM
    There has been no mention of Brian Kelly who I once though was highly desirous of becoming the Giants’ HC.
    ———–

    Because he wants full control and knows he’s not getting it here. Therefore, no mention.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:44 PM

    Dear God NO.

  10. catfish252 says: Jan 9, 2016 3:54 PM

    Mike Smith is a great guy and a half-way decent coach, but definitely not Giant material. Please Do Not Hire Mike.

  11. gammynomnom says: Jan 9, 2016 4:25 PM

    It will be interesting to see what Smith could do with a real QB, e coached matt Ryan up to his ceiling and Ryan has settled in to his below average lot in life. Great guy, great coach.

  12. bunjy96 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:05 PM

    Heard he was going to Tampa to join back with Koetter

  13. boycord says: Jan 9, 2016 5:05 PM

    As a Giants fan, this is very uninspiring.

  14. manderson4150 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:09 PM

    Retread they can do better

  15. dasheisenberg says: Jan 9, 2016 5:10 PM

    Giants force out Coughlin for ………wait for it……….
    Mike Smith? LOL

  16. ravensfan56 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:19 PM

    The Falcons and Matt Ryan have been irrelevant for their entire existence. Pathetic. Joe Flacco will always be better than that fraud QB down in Atlanta.

  17. csbanter says: Jan 9, 2016 5:42 PM

    The Giants job is not the cream of the crop, especially with its roster. Maybe they realize this and have decided to go for guys like Mike Smith.

  18. jag1959 says: Jan 9, 2016 5:46 PM

    Heck No! I am all for bringing in a defensive minded HC, since improving the D is the obvious priority, just not one who ‘lost’ a decent team.

  19. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2016 6:25 PM

    This guy may be the worst NFL coach of the last decade, even worse than Wrecks.

    He single handed lost multiple games due to his poor decision making while coaching Atlanta.

  20. jag1959 says: Jan 9, 2016 7:28 PM

    csbanter says:
    Jan 9, 2016 5:42 PM
    The Giants job is not the cream of the crop, especially with its roster. Maybe they realize this and have decided to go for guys like Mike Smith.
    _____________________

    Have a suspicion this is trolling but will respond anyway. The Giants roster is not what it should be but in comparison the other teams currently seeking a head coach it’s not any worse than any and better than some. It does come with a proven QB and an offense that doesn’t need anything particularly hard to come by. The D does need a lot of work but there’s ample salary cap space and they will be drafting 10th. The major problem is not the roster but the GM and their decision to keep Reese is likely the greatest detriment a likely candidate would perceive.

    Again, looking at the the other teams currently in the market. Only the Titans job might look better at first blush because of the first pick but their ownership situation is not stable, their QB is unproven and the HC position there is a turnstile. The Giants are a flagship franchise with a history of noninterference in football operations by a strong patient ownership, a franchise QB and great facilities ‘in’ the country’s biggest market.

  21. jfcol says: Jan 10, 2016 8:39 AM

    I hesitate to say anything because I think Smith is a really good guy. But as a longtime Falcons fan, I never thought he was “the guy.” In pressure situations he would seize up and make bone headed decisions. I think he’s a solid football guy but if you listen to interviews or watched Hard Knocks, you’d realize that he’s just not that bright.

  22. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 10, 2016 10:28 AM

    He has had Matt Ice and Jones and did nothing
    Please do not hire this guy
    Promote the water boy

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