Earlier this week, it was regarded as a foregone conclusion that former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin would become the next offensive coordinator of the Giants, the first key hire on the staff of Ben McAdoo. Instead, Philbin opted to join the Colts, working as offensive line coach and assistant head coach to Chuck Pagano.
While the decision may have resulted from a stew of factors over which Philbin may have agonized, choosing the Colts — whose Kumbaya moment between Pagano and G.M. Ryan Grigson may turn out to be a short-term detente at best — over the Giants could be a reflection that Philbin views a step down to position coach Indy as more stable than working as a coordinator in New York.
“I think he’s a talented man, talented coach, one of the best I’ve been around, think the world of him, but, like I said, the staff is fluid and there’s nothing to report at this time,” McAdoo said Friday, before the Colts announced the hiring of Philbin.
With the Giants, the chronic problems in performance may run far deeper than the former head coach, Tom Coughlin. With offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo promoted, G.M. Jerry Reese still on the job, and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo likely returning, a franchise that touts continuity could be on the front end of another Ray Handley experience.
The idea that Indy would be more attractive to Philbin, after a full season of full-blown dysfunction, should be troubling to any Giants fans who believe that Coughlin out and McAdoo up will change things. Even in the watered-down NFC East, it may not matter.