In the last six games before Sunday’s matchup with the San Diego Chargers, Eli Manning had only thrown three interceptions. Not bad, considering how Manning struggled early on with turnovers.

But Manning and the Giants looked like they did the first half of this season in the 37-14 loss Sunday in San Diego.

Right from the start, Manning looked terrible against the team the drafted him back in 2004. The fans were quick to remind him through a chorus of “boos” about what they thought of his decision to spurn the city and go play in New York.

Big Blue’s first four drives featured two three-and-outs, a punt and a Manning interception. He threw a pass that Rueben Randle likely should have caught, but just as the Giants’ luck has gone all season, the ball deflected right into the arms of Chargers’ linebacker Donald Butler.

Naturally, that turnover resulted in a Keenan Allen touchdown. The Giants are the only team in the NFL to turn the ball over at least once in every game this season.

The Chargers’ defense had allowed the fewest number of three-and-outs all season, but the Giants have made a habit of hapless offensive drives this season.

Later on, Andre Brown lost a fumble for the first time of his career. Of course, that turnover also led to a Chargers’ touchdown – a scoring reception from Danny Woodhead.

With the game totally wrapped up, Manning drove the stake deeper into Giants’ fans’ hearts with his league-leading 20th interception of the season. It was the Giants’ league-leading 34th turnover of the season.

Hakeem Nicks actually showed up in this one. He had the one big catch in the first quarter on the drive that resulted in the interception. His other long grab came right as the half ran out. He also added a big catch on a deflected pass that he turned into a first down.

Maybe Nicks is finally seeing that this season is on the verge of ending and that he’s in a much worse position than he was this past offseason to negotiate a new contract – whether that’s with the Giants or another team.

It was at least nice to see the team come out in the second half and score a touchdown in the red zone off a Philip Rivers’ fumble. That drive also included a fourth-down conversion – the Giants are now 5-of-10 on fourth down this season. Big Blue scored touchdowns on back-to-back drives to open the second half, but that was the extent of the team’s offense.

Even during the Giants’ recent streak of winning 5-of-6 games, they really didn’t beat a legitimate opponent. With wins by the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals, the Giants have officially been eliminated from playoff contention – the Cardinals hold the tiebreakers based on conference record.

After the 0-6 start, missing the playoffs was basically inevitable, especially given the team’s propensity for turning the ball over. The Giants at least made it somewhat interesting for a few weeks, but what a disappointing season overall.

They can now either fold completely or accept the role as spoiler.

Follow Jim Mancari on Twitter @JMMancari.

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Aug 31, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 31, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants are hiring former Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher as their next defensive coordinator, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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Aug 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Carter (86) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Aug 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Carter (86) catches a pass in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Giants have claimed former Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Carter, reports ESPN NFL Reporter Field Yates.

 

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A year ago, after his first year as a starting quarterback at Wyoming, Josh Allen took a summer job as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It was his first job working alongside Eli Manning.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Pat Shurmur told the Giants that he believes he can win with Eli Manning as his quarterback, which is exactly what his soon-to-be new bosses wanted to hear. They don't believe Manning is finished. They also don't know who'll replace him when he is.

So the only thing that makes sense -- the only thing that ever made sense -- is for Manning to return as the Giants' starting quarterback in 2018. And if GM Dave Gettleman puts the right team around him -- and the right offensive line in front of him -- there's absolutely no reason to think that the 37-year-old Manning can't win.

That, of course, is exactly what the Giants plan to do, according to multiple sources familiar with the plan. The Giants will build around Manning in the short-term, while grooming his successor for the long-term. And whether that successor is Davis Webb, their third-round pick from a year ago, or a quarterback they take with the No. 2 pick in the draft, that's still to be determined...

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In CBS Sports' latest mock draft, the Giants select UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Rosen has been connected with the Giants through multiple mock drafts, and it comes as no surprise given Eli Manning's age. The Giants are also in the midset of a front office switch, and new GM Dave Gettleman may want his own franchise quarterback of the future to work with this season. 

The 6-foot-4, 218 pound quarterback is highly touted as a potential No. 1 pick, and with this mock draft having the Browns select USC QB Sam Darnold, Rosen will find his way to Big Blue on Draft Day...

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Breaking: Giants hire Shurmur 00:04:16
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discuss the breaking news that the New York Giants have hired Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as their new head coach.

The Giants officially named former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach on Monday.

"I am looking forward to getting to work with [Giants GM] Dave Gettleman and [Giants assistant GM] Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team," Shurmur said in a press release. "I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support."

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Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Amid the Giants' announcement that they hired former Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as head coach, several players reacted positively to the news.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Shortly after the Giants began their head coaching search, a team source described the pool of candidates as "uninspiring." That wasn't an indictment on their abililties. Their names just didn't generate any buzz.

But just because there was no Bill Belichick, Nick Saban, or Jon Gruden in the (realistic) group doesn't mean the Giants didn't pick a winner. Pat Shurmur, as dull as the hiring may seem, might just be the right guy to turn the Giants around.

Shurmur was officially named the Giants' head coach on Monday, and will be introduced on Friday. And while he doesn't come with a handful of Super Bowl rings, TV fame, or a Q rating, he comes with plenty of experience and a trail of NFL success. He may seem like a bland choice based on name recognition, but he's a far better choice than the man he's replacing...

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The Football Night in New York crew reacts to what is a nightmare Super Bowl for New York football fans: Philadelphia against New England.

The Giants, who have beaten the Patriots in the Super Bowl twice, will watch them go up against their bitter division rivals.

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Carolina Panthers assistant head coach Steve Wilks against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Carolina Panthers assistant head coach Steve Wilks against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals have found their successor to Bruce Arians as they closed a deal with Panthers DC Steve Wilks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Arizona was supposed to have second interviews with Patriots' linebackers coach, Brian Flores, and Eagles QB coach, John DeFelippo. However, Wilks made a great impression on the Cardinals in his second interview last Friday that they made up their mind. 

Wilks received an interview for the Giants' open head coaching spot, but was informed that he was out of the race after the first round of interviews. He was Giants GM Dave Gettleman's guy having worked together in Carolina during Gettleman's stint from 2013-16.

The 48-year-old finished his first season leading the Panthers' defense as a coordinator. Prior to his promotion, Wilks worked as a secondary coach from 2012-16. 

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Pat Shurmur (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Minnesota Vikings' remarkable season came to an end on Sunday. And now the Giants search for a new head coach is about to end, too.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Dave Gettleman will evaluate quarterbacks in the upcoming draft class but wants Eli Manning to remain as Giants quarterback, sources told ESPN.

 

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Vikings OC and soon-to-be Giants head coach, Pat Shurmur, continues to get support of former players -- this time from his days as the Browns' head coach. 

Shurmur may have gone 9-23 while in Cleveland, but that doesn't mean he didn't make an impact on his players during those two seasons. Veteran Pro Bowler Joe Thomas was one of those players, and he saw first hand how Shurmur's quiet composure can work to his advantage when trying to connect with players. 

"He's pretty good," Thomas told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "He's got a good sense of humor. He can relate to the players, he's able to tap into the players with that humor and little bit of quirkiness that he has, and I think he makes it fun for the guys, makes them want to play for him...

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to reporters after a news conference introducing him on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to reporters after a news conference introducing him on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (Adam Hunger/AP)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman is planning to meet with Giants scouts and present significant changes in the team's scouting and draft operations, reports the New York Post.

 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have reportedly hired Thomas McGaughey as the team's new special teams coordinator, according to Joe Person of Charlotte Observer. 

McGaughey had spent the last two seasons as the Panthers ST coordinator before former Giants captain Chase Blackburn was promoted to that role this offseason. McGaughey was offered the Browns ST coordinator job but decided to decline it as he was confident Dave Gettleman would offer him the job in New York. 

The Panthers special teams unit was productive under McGaughey, leading the league in blocked field goals in 2016. They also limited opponents to an average of 18.1 kick off return yards, which was best in the league. 

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Oct 28, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes place kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) misses a tackle as Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown on a kick return in the first half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Oct 28, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes place kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) misses a tackle as Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley (26) scores a touchdown on a kick return in the first half at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Could the Giants pass on taking a quarterback no. 2 overall in the draft? According to NFL.com's first mock draft, that's exactly what they'll do, and draft RB Saquon Barkley instead.

Barkley, in his junior season at Penn State, rushed for 1,271 yards and 18 touchdowns while winning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for the second time. He added another 632 receiving yards on 54 catches with three touchdowns. He returned two kicks for touchdowns and even threw a passing touchdown. His 3,843 career rushing yards at Penn State fall just 90 yards shy of breaking the school's career rushing record, held by Evan Royster.

NFL.com draft expert Daniel Jeremiah has the Browns selecting Sam Darnold, leaving the Giants free to likely pick Josh Rosen, or Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield or Lamar Jackson should they rate one of that trio ahead of Rosen. But he believes, currently, that they'll go for Barkley instead...

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May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall answers questions from the media during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall answers questions from the media during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Following Robby Anderson's arrest, former Jets teammate and mentor Brandon Marshall believes Anderson is 'hurting himself tremendously' and hopes the Jets star reaches out to head coach Todd Bowles for help. Marshall also said he'd offer Anderson some tough love.

Anderson was arrested on nine charges in Florida on Friday. The charges, according to police records, are resisting an officer/obstruction without violence, harm to a public servant or family, fleeing/eluding while lights/siren active, reckless driving, failure to drive in a single lane, two counts of disobeying/avoiding a red light, speeding, and turning without a signal. 

"He has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a Jets' all-time great, and a superstar in this league," Marshall told Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media. "Right now, he's hurting himself tremendously..." 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Amid the likelihood that Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will become the next head coach of the New York Giants, Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs believes Shurmur's style will benefit the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr.

"He's gonna call plays that work for you," Diggs said, according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "He's gonna do what you're good at. He's not gonna make it hard. He's gonna make it as easy on you as possible. Whatever you're good at, he's gonna let you do. That's it. As a player that's what you want. So whatever you do well, he's gonna let you do it to the best of your ability -- and a lot."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

New Giants general manager Dave Gettleman had his long-anticipated first meeting with Eli Manning, and said it went 'great.' 

There is more uncertainty than ever before regarding Manning's future in New York. The Giants have the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft which is stocked with quarterbacks to choose from, with Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson expected to be selected in the first round. ESPN, Bleacher Report and NY Post all have the Giants selecting Rosen at no. 2.

"Yes, it was a great meeting,'' Gettleman said, via Paul Schwartz of NY Post. "Eli, obviously on this team, there's only three guys who are still here from when I left. Eli, Zak DeOssie and JPP [Jason Pierre-Paul]..."

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5 scenarios: Giants lose Shurmur 00:00:58
SNY.tv takes a look at the five scenarios where the Giants lose out on hiring Pat Shurmur as head coach.

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There's a reason that sources say its "likely" Pat Shurmur will be the Giants' next head coach, instead of saying he'll "definitely" be the guy. For one thing, NFL rules prevent teams from hiring new coaches off teams that are still in the playoffs.

And for another, there are still things that can happen to blow this deal up.

None of them are likely things, and none of them are expected, but everyone knows that nothing is official until a contract is signed. For Shurmur, that could happen as early as Monday or as late as Feb. 5, depending on whether the Minnesota Vikings reach the Super Bowl. In the meantime, minds can be changed. Circumstances can change. The pool of available candidates could even change...

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They may be pitted against each other, but some Eagles players have nothing bad to say about their former coach, Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur will be on the opposite sideline with a Vikings headset on at Lincoln Financial Field facing his former team with a Super Bowl berth on the line. It will be weird for the 52-year-old having spent many seasons with the Eagles, from 1998-2008 as a position coach as well as a return from 2013-15 as the team's offensive coordinator. 

Now, he acts as the Vikings offensive coordinator, and has received nothing but praise from head coach Mike Zimmer and others within the organization. He also made an impact with several Eagles players that won't forget what he has done for their careers.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

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Pat Shurmur might not be the hottest assistant coach on the NFL's head coaching market, but NFL writers around the country have voted him the best.

Shurmur, the current Vikings offensive coordinator who will likely soon be the next head coach of the Giants, was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year on Thursday in a vote by the Pro Football Writers of America. He earned the award by directing an offense that lost its starting quarterback and running back early in the season but still ranked 10th in the league in scoring and 11th overall.

Under his watch, journeyman quarterback Case Keenum had a career season to help the Vikings to a 13-3 record and berth in the NFC championship game.

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The Giants may not be getting their top choice for their next head coach, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes they're getting one who will be "successful," and who has "earned the right" to be a head coach - if they end up hiring his offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur.

Nothing is official yet, of course, but with sources saying it's "likely" that Shurmur will take over the Giants when the Vikings' season is over, Zimmer told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday that Shurmur will be a good one.

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In ESPN Mel Kiper's first mock draft, he has the Giants selecting UCLA QB Josh Rosen with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

Rosen has been connected to the Giants in other mock drafts, including Kiper's partner Todd McShay. Like his co-worker, he thinks the Giants need to look toward the future, and Rosen is the best option for New York with their high pick. 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When the coaching carousel began in early January, the rumor was that Pat Shurmur wasn't riding it alone. Some people around the league believed that wherever the coach ended up, current Vikings quarterback Case Keenum would end up, too.

So now that Shumur is "likely" to be the next coach of the Giants, according to multiple sources, does that mean that Keenum is likely to be their next quarterback too?

Likely not...

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins gave his stance on the vulgar video an Albama student posted to Instagram using racial slurs.

Collins, who played his college football at Alabama, took to Twitter to address the situation, saying he doesn't want people spewing racial slurs to support the Alabama football team. 

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 (Danny Wild)
(Danny Wild)

Giants rookies TE Evan Engram and DT Dalvin Tomlinson were both selected to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.

Engram, the Giants' 2017 first-rounder, dazzled in his rookie campaign. He hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, while helping the Giants convert on 37 first down catches. He led all torched all rookie tight ends in that category as well as finishing third in receptions, and second in touchdowns behind Steelers WR Juju Smith-Schuster, who also made the All-Rookie Team.

Among tight ends throughout the league, Engram finished sixth in receptions, fifth in yards, and tied seventh in touchdowns with fellow rookie TE, Bucs O.J. Howard. 

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Pat Shurmur may already know he's likely to be the next Giants coach, but for now, he's got other priorities. With the Minnesota Vikings still in the playoffs, he told reporters last week that his future has to be on the "back burner".

Once the Giants get to his front burner, though, he'll see he has a lot of work to do.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Among the many things that went wrong for Ben McAdoo during his two years as head coach of the Giants was the deterioration of a once-dynamic offense. Under mostly his directly last season, the Giants finished with the second-worst scoring offense in the NFL.

Now he might get a chance to take over the offense for the only team that scored less.

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GEICO SportsNite: Pat Shurmur 00:03:30
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano gives his take on the rumors that Pat Shurmur might be the next head coach of the New York Giants.

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Steve Spagnuolo was probably never going to get the Giants' head coaching job once his four-game run as interim coach was over. But Pat Shurmur getting the job might be the next best thing for him.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

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Pat Shurmur was never the favorite to land the Giants' head coaching job, and his candidacy didn't generate a lot of buzz compared to some of the other coaches they interviewed.

But it now looks like he will probably be the last coach standing in the end.

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San Francisco was among several stops offensive line coach Mike Solari has made in his career. (Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)
San Francisco was among several stops offensive line coach Mike Solari has made in his career. (Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari will join the Seattle Seahawks in the same position, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Solari, who turns 63 on Tuesday, spent two years with New York and will re-join Seattle, where he was the Seahawks' offensive line coach in 2008 and 2009.

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Daily News Live: Pat Shurmur 00:03:31
The DNL panel discusses Pat Shurmur becoming the favorite to coach the Giants next season.

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has become the Giants top target to fill their head coach vacancy, and he is expected to accept it if he is offered, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

No official deal can be made to Shurmur as the Vikings are still in the playoffs, having beaten the Saints on Sunday to move onto the NFC Championship game.

Shurmur admitted he felt he connected well with the Giants' front office during his interview. 

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(Winslow Townson)

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The Tennessee Titans fired their head coach, Mike Mularkey, on Monday morning. And when they did, the Giants' search for a new head coach got a little more complicated.

It's not just that another team is now shopping on what appears to be a limited market of candidates. It's that the Titans and Giants could be shopping in the same aisle. The Titans have long been rumored to be a potential landing spot for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels - who of course is one of the final three (or really two) finalists on the Giants' list.

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(Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants select UCLA's QB Josh Rosen with the No. 2 overall pick in Bleacher Report's latest 2018 NFL mock draft. 

Bleacher Report sees the Giants' need at the quarterback position as the first thing new GM Dave Gettleman addresses. With USC's Sam Darnold going to the Browns, Gettleman will jump on Rosen. 

However, this pick is made with Gettleman looking toward the future. There is still the case where Eli Manning and Davis Webb could be enough in his eyes. 

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Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Dec 31, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur against the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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The Giants were hoping for a little more clarity in their head coaching search this weekend. Instead, the fog from the perfect storm seems to be rolling in.

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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talk with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia before their NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talk with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia before their NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)

The Giants look to be losing out on the Patriots' coordinators as DC Matt Patricia and OC Josh McDaniels are expected to take head coaching jobs elsewhere. 

Patricia had reports earlier this offseason saying he was headed to the Lions, and that seems to be the case now, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The earlier reports were shot down by many who said the Giants were still a strong favorite to land him. In fact, it was said Patricia preferred the Giants' job over the Lions. 

The Giants also had competition with McDaniels, as the Colts emerged as a favorite to land the former Broncos head coach. Now, it appears he will be heading to Indianapolis, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McDaniels reportedly told potential assistant coaches to wait for him, meaning he plans on taking the job. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The Bears have hired former Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride to the same role, the team announced.

Gilbride had been with the Giants since 2010 and had been the TE coach since 2014. This season, Gilbride oversaw TE Evan Engram, who enjoyed an impressive rookie season. Engram had 64 catches for 722 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

Gilbride is the fifth Giants assistant to find a new job this winter. Adam Henry joined the Browns as wide receivers coach, Mike Sullivan left the team for the Broncos to be their quarterbacks coach, Frank Cignetti left to join Packers QB coach and defensive line coach Pat Graham joined the Packers in the same role.

The Giants continue their search for a new head coach, who will have ample room to stock the staff as he sees fit. 

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Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Way back in 1993, the Giants were looking to replace Ray Handley after his disastrous two years as head coach. They settled on Tom Coughlin as the right man to save the franchise. But he chose to stay at Boston College instead.

When Coughlin spurned them, they turned immediately to Dave Wannstedt, the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys dynasty and the hottest assistant coach on the market. They offered him the job too, but he chose the Chicago Bears.

Then Dan Reeves called the Giants, who at the time seemed stuck in a desperate search to give away a job nobody seemed to want. The Giants hired the former Broncos coach, even though everyone knew he wasn't the guy they wanted...

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New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talk with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia before their NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talk with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia before their NFL football game against the New York Giants Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) (Winslow Townson/AP)

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The Giants appear to be down to a final three candidates to be their next head coach, and whichever one they choose may have a difficult choice to make. All three of their finalists could be offered another job, too.

And the Giants job may not be the best of what's left.

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New York Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara holds a press conference in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara holds a press conference in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels and Pat Shurmur are emerging as the three most likely candidates to be the next head coach of the Giants.

What happens next, though, will be interesting because all three could have other options, too.

That makes the coming days a delicate dance for the Giants as they will try to identify their top choice and lock him into at least a handshake agreement, while keeping the others on the hook just in case. That process will likely begin in earnest this weekend, after all three coach their teams in NFL divisional-round playoff games...

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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants have finished their first round of head coaching interviews, and may have a second round. For now, there are favorites among their list of candidates.

Here's a look at who the Giants have already interviewed, and who the favorites are among the group...

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Jul 30, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) talk with New York Giants wide receiver coach Adam Henry at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jul 30, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) talk with New York Giants wide receiver coach Adam Henry at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Giants wide receivers coach Adam Henry has left the team to join the Browns coaching staff on a three year deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Henry had been with the Giants for the past two seasons and was Odell Beckham Jr.'s WR coach at LSU, a job he held from 2012-14. 

Henry is the third Giants assistant to find a new job this winter. Mike Sullivan left the team for the Broncos to be their quarterbacks coach and Frank Cignetti left to join Packers QB coach. Defensive line coach Patrick Graham has interviewed for Packers DL coach job, too.

The Giants continue their search for a new head coach, who will have ample room to stock the staff as he sees fit. 

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Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second quarter of New England's 26-6 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second quarter of New England's 26-6 win over the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

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The Giants decision makers are meeting on Thursday to discuss the six candidates they've interviewed so far in their search for a new head coach. Their hope is to come to consensus -- either on the new coach or on what they plan to do next.

All options appear to be on the table, according to multiple sources familiar with their search -- including most of the six candidates, the possibility of a second round of interviews, and even the possibility of interviewing someone else. Their first thoughts, though, will be about the six men they've talked to over the past week. Here are the pros and cons of those candidates that they are likely to discuss (in the order of their interviews):

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(Ron Chenoy)

The Giants have completed all their scheduled interviews for head coach, and could have a second round of interviews, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The frontrunner at this point is Patriots DC Matt Patricia, according to Vacchiano, who has Patriots OC Josh McDaniels and Panthers DC Steve Wilks also near the top of the Giants' list. 

Along with Patricia, McDaniels (who is also drawing interest from the Colts), and Wilks, the Giants interviewed Vikings OC Pat Shurmur, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, and former Broncos assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville

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Daily News Live: Patricia 00:04:56
The Daily News Live panel discusses the rumor that Matt Patricia from the Patriots has become the leading candidate for Giants head coach.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants wrapped up their sixth interview Wednesday in their search for a new head coach when they spoke with former Broncos assistant head coach Eric Studesville. His is the last interview the Giants have scheduled.

At least for now.

Where the search goes from here is an unanswered question for the moment, though multiple sources insisted that a decision on the next coach has not yet been reached. There is the possibility that a second round of interviews could take place with one or two candidates -- perhaps with co-owner Steve Tisch present, since he only sat in on one. There is a smaller possibility that they will speak to other candidates, too, early next week...

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Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 5, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: One day Matt Patricia is reportedly heading to the Lions, the next there's a report that "all signs are pointing" to him taking over the Giants. One day Josh McDaniels is the Giants' favorite, the next he's headed to the Colts. One day Jim Schwartz is the Giants' favorite, the next he's not even being interviewed.

Is your head spinning yet?

That's understandable, because the Giants' head coaching search has had more twists and turns than a regular episode of General Hospital in the 10 days it's been officially underway. There have been four different favorites according to various reports and multiple sources. There have also been two wild fantasy candidates tossed into the mix.

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The Gettleman Bunch: Patricia 00:00:41
SNY.tv takes a look at Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as a candidate for Giants head coach.

Patriots DC Matt Patricia favors the Giants' head coaching job over the Lions, reports Peter King of SI

Reports in recent days had indicated that Patricia was expected to land with the Lions, but a source indicated to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Patricia to the Lions wasn't a done deal.

Patricia, who interviewed with the Giants last week and is also drawing interest from the Cardinals, has been one of the favories for the job (along with McDaniels), Vacchiano reported.

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The Daily News Live panel debates if the New York Giants should interview Alabama's Nick Saban for their head coaching vacancy.

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The idea of Nick Saban taking over the Giants was a fun bit of speculation in the aftermath of him winning another championship at Alabama on Monday night.

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