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Whatever happened to Jim Schwartz as a Giants’ coaching candidate?

As the coaching carousel began to spin, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz emerged as an early favorite for the job. But then the Giants didn’t promptly request permission during the bye week to interview Schwartz. Then, after PFT pointed out that the Giants hadn’t requested permission to interview Schwartz, they did. Then, the Giants didn’t [more]

Carl Banks confident in college teammate Pat Shurmur making it as Giants head coach

Former Giants linebacker Carl Banks only spent one year at Michigan State with Pat Shurmur as his teammate. However, the Giants Ring of Honor member is confident that Shurmur will be able to hold his own in New York as the next head coach of Big Blue. “He’ll make it,” Banks said, via Paul Schwartz [more]

Tuesday’s PFT PM, Five-Down Territory edition

If you haven’t heard (in other words, if you’ve been ignoring the various posts promoting it), there’s a PFT PM podcast, a four-or-five-times-per-week afternoon-drive look at NFL news and analysis. Also, I answer plenty of Twitter questions, typically without looking at them in advance, a handy excuse for when the answers suck. Hopefully, today’s episode [more]

Browns interview Ben McAdoo for offensive coordinator

The Browns are bringing in another candidate for the offensive coordinator job on Hue Jackson’s staff. Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is interviewing for the Cleveland offensive coordinator job today, Mary Kay Cabot of reports. The Giants fired McAdoo in the midst of a miserable 2017 season. But while his reputation took a [more]

Mike Holmgren hopes Pat Shurmur lightens up this time

Mike Holmgren obviously thinks Pat Shurmur is a good coach — he hired him in Cleveland. But he hopes Shurmur makes some changes in his next job, which could allow the talents that are clearly there emerge to a greater degree. Holmgren told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that Shurmur could stand to [more]

Odell Beckham Jr tweets support of Pat Shurmur as new Giants head coach

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to be hired as the next head coach of the New York Giants once his postseason run with the Vikings comes to an end. While any agreement with Shurmur can’t be executed until Minnesota’s season in over, that hasn’t stopped Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from expressing [more]

Report: Seahawks bring back Mike Solari as OL coach

The Seahawks have filled another vacancy, reuniting with offensive line coach Mike Solari, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. Solari spent the past two seasons with the Giants. He previously coached in Seattle in 2008-09. He began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 1987 and interviewed with Dallas last week as it sought [more]

NFL teams continue to make mockery of the rule regarding assistant-coach hires

Technically, teams looking to hire head coaches can’t hire assistant coaches from other teams that are still playing until those teams are finished playing. But technically doesn’t matter; more and more often, teams have a wink-nod deal with their next head coach while he’s still employed as an assistant coach with another team. Last year, [more]

Report: Pat Shurmur expected to take Giants job

League rules prohibit teams looking for head coaches to agree to deals with coaches still involved in the playoffs. But the league’s own media operation illustrates how flimsy those rules are with the latest round of reporting. Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network just filed the latest “news” as it pertains to the Giants opening, [more]

Pat Shurmur emerges as the potential successor to Ben McAdoo

With Matt Patricia reportedly heading to the Lions, the Giants are down to two finalists, apparently, for their vacant head-coaching job. They are, based on prior reports, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. The current thinking in league circles is that McDaniels will go to the Colts, if he goes [more]

Titans will pick 25th, as more spots in draft order set

Four more teams know where they’re picking in the 2018 NFL Draft, as a result of the weekend’s results. The Titans will pick 25th, as they have the lowest record of the divisional round losers, followed by the Falcons, Saints and Steelers. The 29th and 30th picks will be held by the losers of the [more]

More talk that Matt Patricia is likely the Lions’ head coach

PFT reported last weekend that the Patriots were bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave for Detroit as the Lions’ next head coach, and although there’s been plenty of reporting linking Patricia to the Giants, Detroit still appears to be the likely destination. Although Patricia can’t formally take a job until the Patriots’ postseason [more]

Teams with vacancies likely waiting for coaches who are still coaching

The Cardinals, Lions, Giants, and Colts continue to search for coaches. The prevailing thinking in league circles is that the searches have ended, and that they’re simply waiting for the opportunity to formalize their hires. They can’t, because all four teams are believed to be targeting coaches who are still coaching as assistants with teams [more]

Bears add Kevin Gilbride Jr. to coaching staff

After eight seasons with the Giants, Kevin Gilbride Jr. is heading to Chicago. Gilbride has been added to new Bears head coach Matt Nagy’s staff as the team’s tight ends coach. The son of the former Chargers head coach, the younger Gilbride took a job on the Giants’ staff when his father was the offensive [more]

Report: Giants have a fourth “sleeper” candidate

The Giants have interviewed six potential head coaches, and reportedly reduced that to a shortlist of three finalists. But with four jobs open and the possibility the finalists might be looking for something else, they need to have a backup plan. According to Tom Rock and Bob Glauber of Newsday, they have one, with a fourth [more]

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