Since Tom Coughlin took over as Giants head coach in 2004, the Giants have finished in the top 10 in total offense six times and finished twice more in the top 15. In 2013, the Giants dropped to 28th in overall offense (19th passing, 29th rushing).

The sudden drop in production and success can be attributed to a number of factors. Injuries, age, poor planning, lack of depth and dearth of talent due to failures in the draft all converged on the Giants last summer. They opened the season with six straight defeats but managed to recover thanks to a soft schedule that saw them play a string of teams who were without their starting quarterbacks.

They finished 7-9 but there was no avoiding the obvious - an overhaul on the offensive side of the ball was needed...

Scoring: 18.1 PPG Rank: 28th - 2013 saw the lowest point output in the Coughlin Era, after ranking in the top 10 every season since 2008. Only four teams ranked lower: The Jets, with a rookie QB, and the Texans, Jaguars and Bucs - all who drafted in the top seven in last week's draft.

Turnover Ratio: -15. Second-worst in the NFL after Houston (-20). The Giants committed a league-high 44 turnovers, (29 INT, 15 fumbles). It could have been worse had the Giants not amassed 29 takeaways of their own. Eli Manning set a franchise record with 27 INTs.

Completion Pct: 57.3% - Tied for 28th in the league. Inexcusable when you have a QB with a cap number near $20 million and a Pro Bowl receiver surrounded by No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks.

Passing TDs: 18 - Tied for 27th in the NFL. By far the lowest output of Manning's career.

Receiving TDs: WR Hakeem Nicks had 56 receptions but none in the end zone. Rueben Randle led the team with six, and Victor Cruz and TE Brandon Myers scored four apiece.

Passer Rating: 67.6. Another inexcusable showing. It was next to last in the NFL. Only the Jets were lower, at 66.6.

Sacks: Eli Manning was sacked 39 times, a career high, as compared to just 19 times in 2012. Curtis Painter was sacked once, raising the team total to an even 40.

Rushing: Ranked 29th in the NFL in yards gained and were also 29th in YPC with 3.5. The Giants also fumbled 12 times on rushing plays, losing seven.

Third Down Pct: 32.7% (30th in the NFL). The Giants went 6-for-12 in fourth down attempts. For the record, they finished 27th in the league in first downs.

Red Zone Efficiency (TD only): 47.2%, which was good for 30th in the league. By comparison, big brother Peyton's Broncos had a RZ percentage of 72.7.

So, what happened?

Injuries, injuries and more injuries. The Giants led the league in starter games lost to injury with 91, with 26 of those games along the offensive line. By Week 17 they were down to just three of the eleven opening day starters on offense.

It's a miracle that this team finished 7-9. They actually could have had an even better record had they not thrown their two games against Dallas in the trash and let the Bears off the hook in Chicago.

The offense moved slowly. From the inception of the play and the deliverance of it to the huddle, to the execution. OC Kevin Gilbride and his staff regularly took too long to call a play and get it into Eli, forcing him to hustle to get the team lined up and giving him less time to audible. As the season went on and the faces changed, it's widely suspected that many of the players on the field did not know their assignments on many plays, hence the miscommunication in the passing game.

Eli also called way too many time outs as a result, crushing any momentum the team had built. They also committed eight false starts, fourth highest in the league.

The offensive line had a rash of injuries. All-Pro guard Chris Snee (hip) was lost for the season, as was center David Baas (knee). The Giants countered with players such as Jim Cordle and James Brewer, who were overwhelmed at times. To add the to the misery, OT Will Beatty had a sub-par season.  As a result, the Giants offense was sluggish and out of sync for most of the year. Manning was under constant pressure and the rushing attack screeched to a halt. Not having fullback Henry Hynoski for the entire season didn't help, either.

It's difficult to call the rushing game an attack at all. Andre Brown and David Wilson were supposed to split the carries, but that plan was quickly scrapped when Brown re-injured his leg before the season and missed the first eight games. Wilson lasted only five weeks before being shelved with a potential career-threatening neck injury. The Giants turned to Da'Rel Scott, but he stayed true to form by getting injured in his first taste of duty.

The team had no choice but to bring back Brandon Jacobs and sign veterans Jon Conner and Peyton Hillis. Those players infused some life back into the offense and were shortly joined by Brown in Week 9 to stabilize the rushing game.

The passing game was littered with a slew of disconnects and breakdowns. Manning was not sharp and made far too many risky throws. Nicks was productive, but he never quite seemed to be the same player he was before his injuries. Randle was inconsistent, running incorrect routes and even looking confused at times. Cruz had to deal with extra defenders blocking his routes and limiting his ability to break off long gains.

Brandon Myers was brought in to take over the TE duties. He proved to be a below-average blocker and a station-to-station receiver. Myers never clicked with Eli and missed on some big plays which cost the Giants in several games.

What's being done to fix the offense?

Coaching: OC Kevin Gilbride retired and Coughlin fired old cronies TE coach Mike Pope and RB coach Jerrald Ingram. He hired Green Bay assistant Ben McAdoo to replace Gilbirde, and brought in Danny Langsdorf as the new QB coach. Craig Johnson was hired to coach the RBs. The overhaul didn't stop there. Sean Ryan (QBs) was moved back to WR coach, replacing Kevin Gilbride, Jr., who will take over the TEs. OL coaches Pat Flaherty and Lunda Wells are the only mainstays from 2013.

McAdoo's system will be a Giant-sized version of the west coast offense. The general impetus will be to put pressure on the defense by adapting an "up-tempo" pace. Eli has always performed well in a spread-out, no-huddle environment. It will keep him focused through simplification and hopefully help him maintain sharpness with shortened pass routes and higher-percentage throws.

Langsdorf will be a refreshing voice in Eli's ear, keeping him on task, helping him to cut down on mistakes and avoid taking too many risks. Johnson will bring a new wrinkle to the team's running backs, emphasizing both the rushing and receiving aspects of the game.

Flaherty is one of the game's top OL coaches and will be charged with the task of integrating the old with the new. Gilbride, Jr. is considered one of the league's top young coaches and is being given the difficult task of not only following in Pope's footsteps, but making something out of an under-performing unit. Ryan is back handling the wideouts, where he helped Victor Cruz become a star a few years back.

Quarterback:  The mission this offseason is to get Eli some much-needed help, which management did by getting him new coaches, new players and and a risk-proof strategy. Now it is up to him to break his old habits of locking his eyes on receivers, telegraphing passes and trying to fit throws into unreasonable windows. He also must take his leadership role more seriously and be more demanding of his teammates.

Offensive Line: This has been the area pundits have been pointing at the most as the main culprit of the downfall of the offense, but things are looking up.

In free agency, Jerry Reese signed the massive Geoff Schwartz to play LG, JD Walton to play center, and veteran starters Charles Brown and John Jerry to supply some depth. In the draft, Reese grabbed Colorado State center Weston Richburg in the second round. Richburg is perfect for McAdoo's system - a mobile lineman that can pull and get to the second level. He can play guard as well. The plan is for Richburg to take over the center position.

Returning are Justin Pugh, who started all 16 games as a rookie at RT. He has gained ten pounds over the offseason and is gaining both confidence and skill with each game. Will Beatty's season ended with a broken tibia and his status for 2014 remains uncertain. If he's healthy, he'll start at either left or right tackle.

Chris Snee plans to return for one more season as the elder statesman. His hip appears to have healed and he will either start at RG or provide backup. The starting lineup, if all goes well, will be: LT Beatty, LG Schwartz, C Richburg, RG Snee and RT Pugh. With veterans like Jerry, Brown and Walton, the Giants' line will be back in business in 2014.

Running Back: A complete retooling. Brown and Scott are gone. Former Raider and Jaguar Rashad Jennings and NCAA rushing champ and Heisman finalist Andre Williams are in. Michael Cox and Hillis are both returning. David Wilson has yet to be cleared by doctors. Hynoski has re-signed to challenge Conner at fullback.

The Giants traditionally keep four RBs and on FB. All questions will be answered should Wilson not be cleared by training camp. Jennings is both a productive rusher and receiver. Williams is a hammer that gains positive yards. However, his receiving skills need to be honed. Hillis is a tough runner whose best asset is receiving the ball via short passes. Cox is a big runner with a lot of potential and is valuable on special teams. If Wlison makes it back, he'll be relegated to third-down duty.

The Giants needed more versatility and durability in this unit and it looks like they've gotten it. Jennings is a multi-pronged weapon that will see the majority of the snaps. Williams will get his shots in as well, softening the defense while shoring up the short yardage and goal line packages. Coughlin should have no issues with this group. Everyone, with the exception of Wilson, blocks well.

Tight End: We will find out shortly if Reese is right about Adrien Robinson. It appears to be his job to lose. He'll be pushed by Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells and Xavier Grimble in training camp. Kellen Davis is a proven blocker and short-yardage and red zone option.

Gilbride, Jr. will try to unleash the speed of Robinson and the size of Donnell. If that looks to be too tall a task, they could go with the other two players. Fells has produced in a previous life and Grimble was reportedly misused at USC and could end up being a pleasant surprise.

A veteran, most notably Jermichael Finley, could come into the mix this summer should things not work out among this group. No matter who gets the job, the TE is integral to the offense and someone must produce at this position for the Giants to be successful.

Wide Receiver: The team's No. 1 - Hakeem Nicks - is gone, off to Indianapolis via free agency. The Giants decided to use the draft to replace him by taking Odell Beckham, Jr. with the 12th overall pick. Beckham is a dynamic player who, like Nicks, simply makes plays. He runs solid routes, has big hands and has a 40-inch vertical leap.

Beckham will line up in Nicks' spot, but could also line up in the slot, if needed. He will take the pressure off Cruz and Randle, which is key. Cruz performs better from the slot and Randle struggles to get separation in double coverage.

The depth is solid with Mario Manningham returning and Jerrel Jernigan becoming more of a known quantity. Mario is not quite 100% so his participation is questionable at this point. Trindon Holliday was brought here to return kicks but can also play wideout, if needed. Former UMass product Julian Talley has been quietly waiting his turn and could factor into the mix.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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)

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Steve Wilks had the Giants' full attention on Tuesday, and a real chance to win their head coaching job.

Wilks, the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator and a man long-assumed to be new GM Dave Gettleman's guy, met with the Giants in New Jersey in what might turn out to be the most important interview of their head coaching search so far. He was interviewed, as the previous four candidates were, by Gettleman, co-owner John Mara and assistant GM Kevin Abrams. And even co-owner Steve Tisch was on hand -- the first interview he has participated in so far.

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The GEICO SportsNite panel discusses the possibility of Eli Manning ending up in Jacksonville and suiting up for the Jaguars next season.

Giants QB Eli Manning is facing an uncertain future with the team, with new GM Dave Gettleman potentially selecting Manning's heir-apparent with the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars advanced to the second round of the playoffs despite the poor play of Blake Bortles.

Does the uncertainty surrounding Bortles and the presence of former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin in Jacksonville (he's the VP of football operations), make Manning to the Jaguars a strong possibility? The GEICO SportsNite panel discusses in the video above... 

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(Kim Klement)

The Landon Collins-Eli Apple feud may be ending soon after Collins admitted their relationship can be repaired. 

It appears Collins is done fighting with his teammate as he voiced his support for Apple while at the NCAA national championship game in Atlanta Monday night. 

"My relationship can be repaired with him," Collins told The Post's Zach Braziller. "Our relationship can be mended. I don't know what his mindset is right now. He's kind of all over the place right now. You can see that with his Twitter rant. We got to have an understanding why he's playing football, because you got to be playing football to be one of the best players, not to be on the team and blowing your opportunity."

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Despite his records and championship titles, Giants S Landon Collins wouldn't want Bill Belichick as his head coach. 

It was rumored a power struggle in the Patriots' organization could see Belichick find employment elsewhere. However, he said he "absolutely" plans on coaching the Pats in 2018

Collins likened Belichick's style of coaching to that of his former coach at Alabama -- Nick Saban. Saban's style may have made Collins into the Pro Bowler he is today, but that doesn't mean he wants to be in that environment again. 

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Steve Tisch (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
Steve Tisch (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch will sit in on Panthers DC Steve Wilks' interview on Tuesday, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Wilks, whose interview will take place in the New York/New Jersey area, will be the fifth candidate interviewed for the head coaching job.

It will be the first interview Tisch is present for.

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Giants interested in Nick Saban? 00:03:05
The Daily News Live panel debates if the New York Giants should interview Alabama's Nick Saban for their head coaching vacancy.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveNick Saban finished his 11th season at Alabama on Monday night when his Crimson Tide defeated Georgia in the national championship game in Atlanta. With that over, will he be a candidate to become the next head coach of the Giants?

When it comes to Saban and the Giants, nothing can be ruled out. There is no indication at all that the 66-year-old Saban is willing to bolt Alabama to return to the NFL with the Giants, nor is there any indication that the Giants are willing to consider him again. What there is, though, is a history of the Giants and Saban dancing around each other. They nearly hired him as their head coach in 1997, and he may have tried to get the job through a back door as recently as 2016.

That last dance is the reason Saban's name can never be completely dismissed.

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New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason (52) calls a defensive play against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason (52) calls a defensive play against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Former Giants and Panthers linebacker Jon Beason said he believes Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks would be great as a head coach.

"He is a hard-core, intense, great coach,'' Beason said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz. "He plays the, 'Hey man, c'mon guys' role, but if he sees guys goof off, he will -- without hesitation -- coach Wilks will stand up in the room, address guys in an authoritative manner and everybody will stop what they're doing. He will have the floor and address it. That's the whole room. That's who he is."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catching the ball during pregame at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catching the ball during pregame at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be recovering well as he posted a video to his Instagram story showing his ankle recovery training. 

Beckham is doing ladder work in the video, but more importantly, showing everyone that his ankle appears to be healing just fine.

The 25-year-old fractured his ankle during the Giants' Week 5 matchup with the Chargers, which required season-ending surgery to repair. He had also badly sprained his ankle in a preseason matchup with the Browns that kept him out of the first game of the season against the Cowboys.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul mocked a tweet suggesting the team's new GM Dave Gettleman should get rid of his contract.

The Twitter account, NYGDaily, made a 10-step plan for Gettleman to check off now that he is in his new position. Pierre-Paul, seeing that him leaving the Giants was on the list, posted it to Instagram saying he finds that notion comical. The post has since been deleted.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants are taking Monday off from their head coaching search, and they conceivably could be ready to end it by mid-week. That makes this the perfect time to take a look at where their search stands, and to answer a few important questions about who their next head coach might be:

Who have they interviewed?

So far they've interviewed four candidates: Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, and Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur...

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Daily News Live: Belichick in NY 00:04:34
The Daily News Live crew debates the possibility of Bill Belichick coaching the Giants in 2018 and what it would mean for the Giants.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Bill Belichick became the latest to hit the brakes on the out-of-control fantasy that he could be the next head coach of the Giants, when he said on Monday that he "absolutely" intends to coach the New England Patriots next season.

Yes, coaches can lie, and sure anything is possible, but Belichick's statement is just the latest splash of cold reality water on the reports and rumors that he could be available to the Giants, who are searching for a new head coach. Belichick, when issuing his denial, made it clear he has no time for such nonsense.

"Right now my interest is in trying to do the best I can for our football team to get ready for Saturday night against Tennessee (in the AFC divisional playoffs)," Belichick said. "That's where my total focus is."

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The latest Giants player to offer advice to CB Eli Apple was WR Odell Beckham Jr., and he made it known to the world on Twitter. 

Apple intially posted a tweet aimed at those who have spoke bad about him this season, and that he would prove them wrong next year. However, Beckham pleaded his teammate to work hard out of the spotlight and the results will follow. 

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Jan 28, 2016; Kahuku, HI, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy (C) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talk during Team Rice practice for the 2016 Pro Bowl at the Turtle Bay Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 28, 2016; Kahuku, HI, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4), Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy (C) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talk during Team Rice practice for the 2016 Pro Bowl at the Turtle Bay Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Bears will hire Chiefs OC Matt Nagy as their new head coach, reports Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.

Prior to reportedly deciding on Nagy, the Bears also had interest in Giants head coaching candidates Josh McDaniels (current Patirots OC), Pat Shurmur (current Vikings OC), and Steve Wilks (current Panthers DC).

The Giants' contingent of co-owner John Mara, GM Dave Gettleman, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams interviewed McDaniels, Patriots DC Matt Patricia, and Shurmur within the last few days. 

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The Gettleman Bunch: DC Wilks 00:00:41
SNY.tv takes a look at Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as a candidate for Giants head coach.

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks may not have head coaching experience, but his fellow coaches and players believe he is worthy of an opportunity. 

Wilks is expected to interview for the Giants' vacant head coaching spot as early as Monday. The-48-year-old, who is expected to see interviews with the Bears, Colts, and Lions, deserves these looks from teams to be their next head coach, according to Panthers head coach Ron Rivera. 

"Yes, I believe the Giants are first on his agenda," Rivera told The Post's Peter Finney Jr. "I think Steve deserves the opportunity. He's a heckuva football coach, and he's done a great job. He's had a lot of success in his career, and I know a lot of people are reaching out to him. I think he'll get his opportunity."

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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 Giants could interview Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks for their head coaching vacancy as early as Monday after Carolina was eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday.

Wilks, who had also worked with new Giants GM Dave Gettleman in Carolina, is one of several candidates New York is expected to heavily pursue to be their new permanent head coach. Wilks confirmed the Giants sent a request to interview him, but could not do so with the Panthers playing this week and still in Super Bowl contention.

After the Panthers lost 31-26 to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the NFC wild-card round, Wilks can begin interviewing as early as Monday.

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