An early question the Giants will put to Matt Rhule on Tuesday when interviewing him about his head coaching position – a position he prefers to fill:
What is the composition of your coaching staff, starting with the coordinators?
Two years during which Pat Shurmur directed the show, Giants ownership and the Front Office did not maintain the quality of the lessons during the week and the adjustments during the games in too many areas. Some of them started with Shurmur, of course, but the feeling is that the people Shurmur put together didn't give the team the best chance of success.
44-year-old Rhule has to assure co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, general manager Dave Gettleman and deputy general director Kevin Abrams that his first NFL staff will be a desirable mix of college people and at least some proven NFL coaches.
Rhule was a finalist for the Jets' job last year, but was never offered as a job because the two sides disagreed about Rhule's planned staff. A source reported the post that Rhule Sean Ryan, then the Texas quarterback coach, hired his offensive coordinator and preferred the Jets Adam Gase. Rhule had no interest, stayed in Baylor and the Jets hired gases as the head coach.
The Giants already know a lot about Ryan, who worked for nine years and was hired by Tom Coughlin to train wide receivers and quarterbacks. Ryan, 47, started coaching at the University of Albany in 1998 and was the Quarterbacks coach for Matt Patricia for the Lions last season. Ryan has never been a play caller in the NFL, but could again play a coordinating role for Rhule because the two are close – they've worked with the Giants for a year. Ryan remains highly regarded in the Giants front office and is believed to be welcome to bring him back. Getting Ryan out of Detroit could be a very strong offer.
Anyone who takes over the Giants offensive has the task of further developing quarterback Daniel Jones. Ryan has worked with Eli Manning for the Giants, Deshaun Watson for the Texans and Matt Stafford for the Lions.
Rhule has also worked with Phil Snow for many years. When Rhule was hired as Temple's head coach in 2013, he hired Snow to lead his defense. When Rhule was hired in Baylor in 2017, he brought Snow back to head his defense. The expectation is that Rhule wants Snow to run or at least play an important role in his defense with the Giants. Snow, 64, has never had a defense in the NFL. He spent four years with the Detroit Lions, served as a defense assistant in 2005 and trained linebackers for the next three years.
The Giants have already interviewed Kris Richard about their job as head coach, and charismatic Richard could be considered as a defense coordinator. He was the coordinator of the defensive passing game for the cowboys and before that the defensive coach in Seattle for the famous Legion of Boom.
You can find more information about the Giants in the latest episode of the podcast "Blue Rush":