The breathtaking loss of patriots on Saturday night in an AFC wildcard playoff game directly affected the planning of the coaching search the Giants are currently undertaking.
There are no more games for the patriots to prepare for, which means that their offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is ready to talk to interested teams about vacancies in head coaching. The Giants have McDaniels on their list and are expected to meet with him on Monday. McDaniels previously announced that interviews would take place on January 10, but that was before the Patriots were eliminated by Titans 20-13 at Gillette Stadium.
McDaniels jumps ahead of Matt Rhule, who will meet the Giants on Tuesday. The Baylor coach – and Giants' assistant in 2012, his only year in the NFL – was on vacation with his family in Mexico. He'll talk to the Panthers on Monday and the Giants the next day.
The Giants plan to interview a seventh candidate, Patriots Special Team coordinator Joe Judge. This meeting is expected on Wednesday.
McDaniels will be busy. He has reportedly sparked interest from the Browns and Panthers and the Giants and will meet with all three teams earlier this week. The Giants can rethink their notes from two years ago when they interviewed McDaniels in 2018 before hiring Pat Shurmur. This hiring cycle ended with McDaniels agreeing to become the Colts head coach before abruptly changing his mind and returning to the Patriots.
The Giants have completed four interviews: Cowboys defensive pass coordinator Kris Richard, Chiefs defensive pass coordinator Don "Wink" Martindale, and Mike McCarthy, former Packers head coach. The group believes that McCarthy has the most serious chance of getting the Giants job. Rhule is also considered a strong contender – most likely the strongest – in his interview.
McDaniels and the Giants don't seem to be a solid game considering General Manager Dave Gettleman is in his place and McDaniels is likely looking for more input and control over the list and personnel choices the Giants would give him.
With the patriots from the playoffs, the intrigue surrounding Bill Belichick and his future began with the franchise, which made him a dynasty. There is speculation that Belichick's contract has either expired or contains an exclusion clause that could make him a free agent. His admiration for the Giants is no secret – he started working for the Giants and often becomes poetic about his time in New Jersey – and when he tries to rebuild another team, the Giants make the most sense. Belichick worked magically with Tom Brady and could try to do the same with Daniel Jones.
This is a longer scenario, but Belichick (just ask the jets) has done some shocking maneuvers in the past to leave places where it wants to end.
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