After an embarrassing two weeks, the New York Giants are very likely only 6 days away from beginning preparations for 2011. With the new year approaching, I thought it would be smart to go through some of the current members of the organization whose futures with the club are either hot button issues or otherwise in doubt. The piece is a long one and it is broken up into three sections: Out/On The Bubble/ In. As always feel free to let GFB know what you think.

OutHC Tom Coughlin: While ragging on Coughlin has been an overused go-to option for writers and pundits league wide lately, the blade is swinging ever closer to his neck after yesterday’s loss. There is an argument for keeping him of course. His tenure thus far in New York has been an upgrade from a bleak stretch of time in the team’s history that spanned from 1992 through 2003. After a rebuilding period in 2004, Coughlin fielded an overall competitive squad from 2005 through 2008 and obviously brought New York an impressive Super Bowl win. But things have not been quite the same for the Giants since jumping out to an 11-1 start in 2008. Following up a Super Bowl run with 3 months of utterly dominant football, the Giants stumbled at home against Philadelphia that season and ultimately lost to the Eagles again in their first appearance of the playoffs. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn into a 3-5 finish and 2010 saw a historical single game collapse, an unspeakable rash of turnovers, and an overall failure to execute on special teams. Coughlin, who is historically quite reliable when it comes to challenges, blew the Giants final challenge of yesterday’s game on an obvious unfavorable ruling and thus was unable to protest against at a late Eli interception on a key drive that was clearly caught out of bounds.

With the Giants now needing help from Chicago to stumble into the playoffs (a tournament that they really don’t deserve a spot in), Coughlin’s time here may be up. The X-factor is the single year remaining (after this season) on his contract. The Giants would prefer not to allow a head coach to continue his duty with no job security ahead of him (lame duck situation) and with Coughlin’s age and recent performance mixing into the equation, it does not appear that the front office will be willing to recommit to him long term. This is especially true with NFL icon and multiple Super Bowl winning coach Bill Cowher expressing a serious interest in returning to work. Cowher, also a tough-minded coach and proponent of ground game football, would be the perfect fit for a team stocked with talent and ready to be serious contenders immediately. The Giants fit that description. When Coughlin took them over, they declared roster bankruptcy and rebuilt. There will be no need for major overhauls this time and Cowher has expressed interest in being the Giants next leader.

ST Tom Quinn/OC Kevin Gilbride: With Coughlin likely on his way out, these coordinators won’t be far behind. You can make an argument to save Gilbride’s job but the play calling hasn’t been stellar or even consistently effective for that matter. Quinn on the other hand is done regardless. Forget Matt Dodge’s struggles, those are out of the coordinator’s hands. Blocking on specials has been atrocious in 2010. Don’t blame the lack of production on losing Domenik Hixon or the ineffectiveness of Darius Reynaud. Even explosive returners like DJ Ware, Will Blackmon, and Aaron Ross were unable to find any room to make a play this year. Both of these guys will be replaced by whoever the new coach (Cowher) brings in.

C Shaun O’hara: Once a poster boy for a franchise that prides itself on swampland Jersey roots and conservative/hardnosed play, Hillsborough product Shaun O’hara was the key cog on a stellar offensive line. Times have changed. The aging center who arrived in 2004 as part of the revamped Giants roster, sat out 6 games this season due to injury. His absence, despite occurring during a plague of O-line injuries, was actually not a blow to the team’s offensive performance. With Adam Koets and then eventually Rich Seubert proving to be suitable alternates, Shan Andrews and Kevin Boothe helped shore up the left side. It was during this time that both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs starting enjoying consistent rushing success. O’hara will be entering his 12th NFL season and while he will only be 34 years old, it may be time for him to move on to another squad at least. Barely making it through training camp in 2010, O’hara appears to have “lost a step” on the field and is unable to generate enough momentum to sustain key blocks on the interior. While Adam Koet’s trip to IR denied the Giants an extended look at his abilities and thus a replacement isn’t necessarily on the roster yet, it is very likely that the Rutger’s alum will not be in a Giant uniform in 2011.

KR Darius Reynaud: Acquired in a trade with the Vikings that was the result of a sudden need for Sage Rosenfels following Jim Sorgi’s trip to IR, Reynaud was expected to be an apt fill-in for Domenik Hixon. Instead, Reynaud (who was tossed into the deal with New York as an afterthought) could barely handle signaling for a fair catch let alone muster a sizeable return. Unlike Hixon, he is not an effective option as a receiver either. The writing was on the wall today when Coughlin opted to sit Reynaud despite the unavailability of a true PR option today because of Will Blackmon’s injury. Don’t count on Reynaud making an appearance in camp next spring.

WR Michael Clayton: If he hasn’t been used as a receiver yet, it is unlikely he ever will. So far, Clayton’s contributions have been limited to blocking on run plays and special teams duties. It is hard to imagine him being a part of a crowded receiver competition next spring.

WR Duke Calhoun: Calhoun didn’t make the roster as a receiver. He squeaked into the 53rd spot because the Giants felt he could be a solid contributor on special teams because of his athletic build and quickness. They were wrong. If he couldn’t stand out this year, a season where no one had stepped up until Michael Coe and Devin Thomas came to town in late November, he is expendable for next year.

QB Jim Sorgi: Sorgi was brought in to be the immediate backup behind Eli Manning. Though he wasn’t given much time to show his stuff, his body of work in the preseason was not impressive before his injury. Ideally, a veteran backup QB has playing experience and Sorgi doesn’t since he spent the bulk of his career behind the other Manning in Indianapolis. A damaged arm and no real experience won’t be enough to bring him back.

FB Madison Hedgecock: See Bear Pascoe.

DE/OLB Mathias Kiwanuka: The neck injury that Kiwanuka suffered is very similar to what ended the career of a relatively young Antonio Pierce during the 2009 season. Therefore, not only is Kiwi out, he quite possibly will never play professional football again. This is a blow for the Giants because you would have to think that they were hoping to not have to worry too much about the DE position after spending several high draft picks on it recently. However, the key to the Giants defensive success (when they don’t collapse) is rotating pass rushers so that they stay fresh throughout the season and ideally playoffs. With Osi Umenyiora admitting that his chronic hip problems will eventually force him to take time away from the game, the Giants may very well be down to Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck as the main event with just Dave Tollefson in 3rd. Either a draft a pick or a free agent pickup will be needed to round out this position group should Kiwanuka be unable to return.

BubbleWR/KR Domenik Hixon: I know it seems crazy to think the Giants wouldn’t want him back after a disastrous season in the return game….and I agree it is. Of course the Giants will want to find a way to resign the soon to be FA Hixon. The catch is, Hixon may not want to return. Hixon started training camp in 2009 as a starting receiver opposite Steve Smith. He had shown flashes of potential at the position in ’08 but also had a key drop in a fateful game against Philadelphia as December began. Mario Manningham’s quick transformation from bumbling rookie to nifty threat with Amani Toomer-like footwork eventually sent Hixon back to the reserve ranks behind Hakeem Nicks. He headed into 2010’s camp as a star return man but governed by a 4th at best opportunity on the depth chart. Assuming that he makes a full recovery from his ACL injury (if it ever will fully heal it will be before camp because the injury will be over 13 months old by then), Hixon could find himself receiving attention from other teams that have openings at the second and third receiver positions. Teams like the Rams, Browns and Bears among several others could all use some help at receiver. Many of the options will be legitimate contenders but even if they aren’t, the young Hixon already has a Super Bowl ring to fall back on and a chance to do more than return might lure him away from Jerry Reese’s best maneuvers. He’s on the bubble because the Giants will do everything they can to keep him but his status is far from certain. The next bubble selection will have a lot to do with Hixon’s future.

WR Steve Smith: Steve Smith followed up a career year in ’09 with a slower but steady start in 2010. Teaming with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, Smith rounded out the top three receiving rotation referred to as “Jet Blue.” Before injuring his pectoral muscle in November, Smith had transitioned to a more possession type role and served as Eli’s main target when short gains were needed to move the chains. He wasn’t considerably tall or the fastest receiver on the field but his reliable hands (especially in traffic) helped draw defenders’ attention away from the explosive Nicks and Manningham. His latest injury, an MCL tear, could possibly keep him out until next preseason or later. Even then, his conditioning/speed/cutting ability may be still hampered. Add in the fact that he was playing in the final year of his rookie contract this season and his status is now a big question mark. What do the Giants do if Smith is unready to compete in training camp? What if he will be available but not quite 100% ready talent wise until 2012? Even if his job is claimed to be open for him when he can return, a strong showing by another receiver in training camp (a receiver that is healthy and ready to contribute immediately) won’t be ignored or unrewarded.

If Smith won’t be 100% ready for a return by July, the most likely scenario will be that he signs a 1 year deal with the Giants (they won’t want to give him away for free and other teams will not be as willing to shell out a big contract yet) and begins the season on the PUP with hopes of returning by November and earning a long term deal with New York or another club in 2012. His absence would create a hole in the top 3 rotation, a role that Hixon may stick around to fight for. Even then however, he will be battling a healthy Ramses Barden who will be given a shot to earn a more prominent role. Barden may ultimately be the better option over Smith anyway because of his size. If he can stay injury and mistake free (if his pre-injury performance against Dallas was an accurate preview), a big target for Manning to throw to could persuade the Giants to downgrade Smith’s offensive role. As the past two seasons have shown, Manning plays better down the stretch when he has a tall receiver that he can just throw the ball somewhat towards to bail him out of a jam.

WR Derek Hagan: Despite being cut after camp this season, Hagan was rushed back to duty after Steve Smith and Ramses Barden were injured. While Hagan lacks the speed and big play ability of the current “Jet Blue” trio, he has reliable hands and is quite sizable for a receiver. He is on the bubble because as a receiver, he’s the equivalent of a QB saddled with the label of “game manager.” He won’t lose the game for you, but he won’t necessarily win it either. Should Barden prove that he’s finally learned how to catch the ball consistently and that he can stay out of the trainer’s office, the quota for large Big Blue receivers might be filled without Hagan.

LB Keith Bulluck: The accomplished OLB from Syracuse made a name for himself in Tennessee after a decade of terrorizing offenses. A year ago he suffered an ACL injury and likely signed on with the Giants this summer before it had fully healed. Allowed to play his natural outside position after Jonathan Goff proved himself in August, Bulluck is currently near the end of a 1 year deal with his hometown team. The Giants had hoped that Clint Sintim would progress this year to the point that he could be utilized as a starting weak side backer but instead the UVA alum took a step back and was contributed mainly on special teams until his own ACL injury ended his season two weeks ago. Moral of story, Bulluck may get invited to stick around while the Giants give Sintim one more year to groom. If Sintim is healthy enough to return on time for camp, the Giants won’t likely feel comfortable handing him the keys before a couple months of marked improvement. If Bulluck wants to keep playing, the Giants should be happy to have him

DC Perry Fewell: He’s on the bubble because his performance throughout the majority of the season was quite impressive and a better position may open up elsewhere. However, his December collapse will likely keep him from obtaining a head coaching position for a bit longer.

InQB Eli Manning: I know I’m stating the obvious here so hold on and let me explain. Manning’s overall successes between late 2007 and present day; including a Super Bowl win/MVP, a 11-1 start in 2008, an over 4,000 yard season in 2009, and 30 TD tosses in 2010; have helped cushion the blow of his over 20 interceptions this year. A franchise QB with a historically lucrative contract, Manning isn’t going anywhere in 2011. He is on this list because of his overall future.

Three years ago, the great debate regarding Eli and Peyton had serious fuel to burn with. Both Mannings had won their first and only Super Bowls thus far in consecutive years. Eli had engineered a once in a lifetime miracle drive that helped beat the highly favored team that had also tried to stand in the way of Peyton’s Super Bowl hopes only a year before. The younger brother had also managed to glide through three playoff games without so much an intercepted pass (no really, take my word for it). His lone Super Bowl interception was the result of a ball thrown directly into the chest of a rookie Steve Smith who simply bobbled the ball into a defender’s grasp. As I’ve already gone over, 2008 was an overall success despite a late season loss of momentum and 2009 saw Eli have the best statistical season of his career despite a dismal record 8-8 record. But now, not only are the Giants caving inward, their QB’s 30 touchdown passes are nearly rivaled by his 26 turnovers. Peyton on the other hand has overcome mid season struggles to right the ship of a shambled offense and place the Colts within one win of the playoffs. A poor statistical showing for Eli in 2011 (especially one plagued with poor decisions and turnovers) could be a large straw on a tiring camel’s back. Perhaps placing Eli on the bubble this time next year won’t seem like a crazy notion if his falters carry into a consecutive season. True, a lot of improvement is needed from his targets and route runners, but improvement must occur for Manning to see the end of his blockbuster contract.

TE Kevin Boss: Why is Boss in question? Inconsistency. Boss has the size and wingspan needed to be a Pro Bowl caliber TE. Unfortunately, mental mistakes severely hampered him this season. After a minor bump in the road on the injury front early in the season, Boss has proven to be more durable than ever in 2010. Unfortunately he has also proven to be a slow starter. While he may make a clutch catch or a big play somewhat regularly, that big play usually follows a bad first half of dropped balls and other slip ups. Against Jacksonville, for example, Boss dropped two passes and committed a critical holding penalty that erased a Manningham TD early on. He would later rebound to make the game winning score after a brilliant stiff arm move. He’s big and tall and that’s just how Manning likes him. He’s unquestionably tough and a great ambassador for the team on and off the field but he needs polish. Boss would be well served to spend several weekends this offseason tossing the ball around with Eli so that he can master his craft and have a breakout 2011. The Giants need upgraded play at the TE position.

G/C Rich Seubert: Many wrote Seubert off going into this season. The longest tenured Giant and a fan favorite, Seubert fought back from a severely fractured leg in 2003 to return to the starting lineup four years later at left guard. As part of one of the most dominant offensive lines of all time, Seubert took home a Super Bowl title in 2007 and helped both Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs reach the 1000 yard rushing milestone in 2008. After playing through pain in 2009 and suffering a broken hand in training camp this August amidst talk of sending him to the bench in favor of Will Beatty, the veteran lineman rivals Kenny Phillips for comeback of the year. Not only did he hold down his starting guard spot, he also proved to be a more than serviceable center when both Shaun O’hara and Adam Koets were lost. While his partner, O’hara is likely headed towards the door, Seubert may just have made a big enough impression to ensure a shot at next year’s starting O-line as well. That said, his presence on next year’s roster may once again be as a backup as the Giants will be eager to give Shawn Andrews an opportunity to entrench himself as a long-term option inside of David Diehl.

RB Brandon Jacobs: It looked like the 265 lb monster was headed towards the door earlier this season when a dismal 2009 and a demotion in 2010 left the big back looking more and more like Ron Dayne every snap. A mid to late season surge in the running game thanks to the contributions of both he and Ahmad Bradshaw will likely help keep Jacobs in a Giants uniform. However, New York would be wise to pick up some insurance for their feature backs. That insurance may already be on the roster in DJ Ware but don’t be surprised to see New York look to bolster this position group in the draft. Also, Bradshaw will obviously be offered a contract extension shortly (scheduled to be a FA) and there is no reason yet to believe that he won’t opt to stay with the Giants should they meet his salary requirements.

WR Devin Thomas: In 2008, Thomas was a rising star out of Michigan State who was looking to make a name for himself on the Redskins roster. Small but versatile, the athletic Thomas has lots of potential and was reportedly high on the Giants draft board but was made unavailable before they were able to select him. After barely more than two lackluster seasons, the Redskins released Thomas a couple months ago. After a couple week stint in Carolina, Thomas was released again and eventually added to the Giants roster to help shore up a battered receiving corps. He made an impact in his first game in a blue jersey, ironically against Washington. He blocked a punt deep in the opponent’s territory and provided a special teams spark that the team has been lacking overall throughout the season. Thomas will be likely be offered a short contract extension to see what he can do both on offense as well as on special teams with a full training camp of playbook memorization behind him. Thomas should have a legitimate shot at becoming a major weapon in the passing game next season. While the Giants may not be a long-term fit for him, he will need a place like New York to establish himself as a good investment for other offenses.

WR Victor Cruz: It is unfortunate that a rash of injuries at other positions forced the Giants to place Cruz on IR instead of letting him wait out a hamstring injury. Being activated only for games that already featured a healthy top 4 receivers, Cruz was not given much opportunity to show if he could run with first string defenses. The answer would have likely been no. While the young player displayed great ball skills and impressive speed against 3rd string opposition this past August, he has yet to be tested against skilled defensive backs. Still, he is explosive and likely full of potential talent waiting to be tapped. The Giants like him and the fans will riot if he gets cut without another season to prove himself. Who knows…with Smith hampered he could very well be a future Giants starter. Regardless of his depth chart positioning though he will be returning in ’11.

FB Bear Pascoe: He’s earned it folks. Despite getting cut after camp in favor of a 1 ½ TE roster (Travis Beckum), Pascoe found himself quickly called back into duty from the lowly practice squad when Kevin Boss suffered a concussion. What could have been a brief tour of duty on the main roster became a long-term stay when Madison Hedgecock went down with a hamstring injury. Pascoe filled in beautifully at fullback and provided more than just reliable run blocking. Pascoe’s skills as a tight end gave him the ability to provide the out of the backfield threat that the Giants had always tried to get from Hedgecock. Eventually banished to IR, it is unlikely Hedgecock returns to the Giants in 2011. Pascoe won’t be going anywhere and the Giants never spend a roster spot on a true backup FB.

P Matt Dodge: Dodge has talent. What he doesn’t have is consistency. For those of you (like me) who are worried that if he isn’t comfortable by now he may never be, I have a small piece of consolation. Think about how many young, inexperienced punters you’ve seen in the league (compared to all other positions) over the past couple of decades. There haven’t been many. Most of us are accustomed to experienced veterans handling their jobs well. Only time will tell if that will eventually be Dodge. He’ll get one more year to settle down and my guess is that he’ll have a successful campaign next in 2011.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Keith Bulluck, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Dodge, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced on Saturday that he will forego his senior season and has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

"And now, it's time for me to take the next step in my journey," Simmons said in a statement he posted to his social media accounts. "Today, it is with great humility and gratitude that I announce that I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. While I am incredibly excited about the opportunities and challenged that await me, please know that a part of my heart will always remain here in Clemson, South Carolina."

Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker has seen his draft stock soar, particularly after a very strong performance in the National Championship game against LSU, a game in which he may have played himself into consideration for the Giants with the fourth overall pick.

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On Friday, the Giants officially announced the hiring of Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett joined the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss returning to the team he once played for, his initial conversations with Judge, and his opinion on Daniel Jones.

During his playing career, Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2000-03, and now that he's back with Big Blue, he's excited to get to work with such a storied franchise.

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It appears Odell Beckham Jr.'s wild night following LSU's national championship victory won't land him in any trouble with the New Orleans Police Department after all.

On Thursday, the NOPD issued an arrest warrant for the former Giants wide receiver, accusing the wide receiver of simple battery on a police officer after he was caught spanking a member of the department in the LSU locker room following the game.

But ESPN reports that the officer has signed an affidavit saying that he does not want to pursue charges. The arrest warrant could be withdrawn as early as this weekend.

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Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Giants head coach Joe Judge certainly knew what he was getting when he brought in Jerry Schuplinski as his quarterbacks coach. The two coached together with the Patriots for six years from 2013-2018.

Schuplinski joined the Dolphins in 2019 as their assistant quarterbacks coach, where former Jet quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of his charges. The 14-year NFL veteran was more than impressed with what he saw from him.

"I got to see it from two different sides," Fitzpatrick told The Post. "He had to talk to me, treat me and coach me a different way than maybe he had to treat young guys like Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock in our room. His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Giants have hired Burton Burns as their new running backs coach, according to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Burns, 67, was the associate head coach and running backs coach at Alabama from 2007 until 2018.

His ties to Giants head coach Joe Judge go back to Alabama, where Judge was a special teams assistant from 2009 to 2011.

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants added an experienced former head coach to Joe Judge's staff on Friday, hiring Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator.

Giants fans likely know all about Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach, as he went 85-67 over 10 seasons with Dallas.

But here are some things you may not know about the Giants' new OC ...

- Garrett, 53, was born in Abington, PA. He spent time growing up in Ohio and New Jersey, before playing quarterback at Princeton University, where he majored in history. In 1988, Garrett was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

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The Giants bosses thought enough of Jason Garrett that they planned to interview him for their head coaching job last week. They always knew he'd be tough to sell to their fan base, though.

Selling him as their new offensive coordinator is going to be a lot easier. And it makes much more sense.

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Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the Giants offensive coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Ed Werder, and later made official by the team. The Giants also offically announced Patrick Graham as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.

Garrett was let go by the Cowboys on Jan. 5 after going 85-67 over 10 seasons as the team's head coach, and his contract officially expired on January 14.

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN that an arrest warrant was issued to former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., accusing him of simple battery of a police officer.

Beckham was in New Orleans on Monday night to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship, and was seen handing out money to LSU players while celebrating with the team after the game. 

While celebrating with the team in the locker room, Beckham was also seen slapping a male police officer on the butt. And now some sportsbooks have released odds on Beckham being fined for battery or even being sentenced to jail time in 2020.

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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)

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has interviewed for with the Panthers and Jaguars this week as he looks to return to an NFL sideline for the first time since 2017.

The Athletic's Joe Person reported Thursday that new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule brought in McAdoo to interview for an unspecified role. Former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has already been brought on as the new Carolina offensive coordinator.

However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McAdoo met with the Jaguars this week specifically about their offensive coordinator position. Jacksonville fired fromer OC John DeFilippo after one year with the team.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants' search for assistants to fill out Joe Judge's staff is ongoing. Here's the latest on the offensive coordinator job...


Jan. 17, 8:45 AM:

Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be interviewing with the Giants this weekend, reports Chris Mortensen.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Odell Beckham Jr. is already in trouble with LSU and the NCAA for handing out wads of cash to players after the NCAA football championship on Monday night.

Now he's in trouble with police, too.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former Giants receiver on Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN, accusing Beckham of simple battery of a police officer. The charge is based on a video that showed him slapping a male officer on the butt in LSU's post-game locker room.

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Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Joe Judge seems likely to hire an experienced offensive coordinator, and it might turn out to be Jason Garrett. But the new Giants coach had hoped to talk to Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll about the job first.

The 44-year-old Daboll, who was on the New England Patriots staff with Judge from 2013-16, was high atop Judge's wish list when he was hired by the Giants, multiple sources told SNY. The Giants requested permission for Judge to interview Daboll, the sources said, but that permission was denied by the Bills.

That wasn't surprising, considering it would've been a lateral move for Daboll, who was a big part of why the Bills finished 10-6 this past season and made the playoffs for just the second time in the last 20 years. He's also earned rave reviews for his work with second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll was so highly regarded that he interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last week, and was reportedly a "sleeper" candidate before they hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski instead.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants the media to leave him alone, yet he found himself in the spotlight yet again following the National Championship where his alma mater LSU Tigers came away victorious. 

Beckham, who was joined by LSU and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry among other former Tigers players, was able to celebrate with the team on the field and in the locker room after the game. And during that celebration, Beckham was seen handing out cash to players as he shook their hands for winning the contest over Clemson. 

LSU was quick to say the money was fake, but their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow killed that claim during the latest episode of Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take

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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 main news coming from the Giants facility Wednesday is that former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is in the building to interview for the offensive coordinator job, but that wasn't the only information coming out of East Rutherford.

The Giants let go of outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson, defensive backs coach Evertt Withers and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan. These coaches join the likes of tight ends coach Lunda Wells, inside linebackers coach Bill McGovern, and others as those who have left as new head coach Joe Judge builds his own staff. 

The remaining coaches from Pat Shurmur's staff include running backs coach Craig Johnson, offensive line coach Hal Hunter, assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson, defensive assistant Bobby Blick and special teams assistants Tom Quinn and Anthony Blevins

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A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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The man who helped resurrect the Giants franchise and built their first two Super Bowl champions will finally take his long-overdue place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The late George Young, the general manager of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s, was selected to the Hall's special "Centennial Class" of 2020 on Wednesday morning. He was chosen by a "blue ribbon" panel as one of three "contributors" in what will be a monster, 20-person class when he's officially inducted later this year.

"George Young's career is the very definition of a Hall of Famer," said former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who was Young's assistant and later his successor. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of George or something I learned from him. The only bittersweet part is that he's not here."

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells, whose status with the team was up in the air with new head coach Joe Judge still assembling his staff, is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the Cowboys, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Wells had been with the Giants since 2012.

His first role with the Giants was as an offensive assistant in 2012. He then served as their assistant offensive line coach from 2013-2017 before becoming tight ends coach prior to the 2018 season.

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The Giants have given new head coach Joe Judge the freedom to choose his own assistants, though his bosses have certainly made their preference for an experienced staff clear. John Mara even said publicly that "having experienced people on both sides of the ball is going to be critical," and that an assistant with head coaching experience "would be great," too.

Judge didn't meet that criteria when he hired Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator. That's why his next big hire -- offensive coordinator -- will be so interesting to watch.

There are many experienced candidates available for the 38-year-old Judge, including a few that sources say he is considering. It's unknown whom he plans to hire, or if he feels any pressure to bring in someone with head coaching experience. But it's expected that his choice will become clear by the end of the week.

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Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)
Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)

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Patrick Graham isn't just going to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. He's going to be their assistant head coach, too.

The 40-year-old has been given both those titles by new Giants head coach Joe Judge, according to multiple sources. That's not only a sign of the respect Judge has for his new top assistant, but it also explains why he wasn't blocked from leaving his job as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. They couldn't block Graham from leaving for a job that is technically a promotion.

Graham also will likely get a raise over the normal salary for a defensive coordinator, though the terms of his deal with the Giants were not available. It's also unclear what other duties Judge will give his "assistant head coach."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Pro Football Writers of America have released their All-Rookie Team for the 2019-20 season, and one Giant has made the list. 

DL Dexter Lawrence, the 17th overall pick by New York in the 2019 NFL Draft, has made the cut after a solid rookie season. 

Lawrence was actually Pro Football Focus' top-graded rookie after the first six weeks. He had totaled two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss in those contests. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern 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)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern 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 will not be bringing back linebackers coach Bill McGovern or defensive line coach Gary Emanuel next season, per The Post's Ryan Dunleavy.

Moving on from Emanuel was a given after new head coach Joe Judge brought on Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach on Monday. This will be his first NFL coaching job after spending time with Alabama along with Ole Miss, which is how the two coaches have a connection. 

As for McGovern, it does make sense to get a breath of fresh air at linebackers coach. This unit has been sub-par for a few years now, and Judge recognized that. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also has a history as a linebackers coach.

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Ryan Connelly, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski 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)
Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski 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)

Jerry Schuplinski is expected to be hired as the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Schuplinski coached with the Patriots during the same time as new Giants head coach Joe Judge. From 2013-18, he first served as an offensive assistant and then as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

He spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants are hiring Freddie Roach to be their defensive line coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

This will be Roach's first NFL coaching job. He served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss for the last three seasons.

Roach has also coached at Alabama, with his time there overlapping new Giants head coach Joe Judge's tenure there as a special teams assistant from 2009-2011.

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before he was ultimately hired by the Giants as head coach, Joe Judge nearly missed his interview for the job.

Judge opened up on his hectic process, interviewing with Mississippi State before he did the same for the Giants, in Peter King's Football Morning in America column.

Upon interviewing with the Giants last Monday morning, Judge got off at the wrong train station.

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John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)
John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)

As the Giants continue their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo, adding another potential candidate to the pool Big Blue was already considering.

The firing of DeFilippo was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

According to Rapoport, the firing came as a surprise.

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Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)
Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge wasted no time in getting a key hire added to his coaching staff Sunday, when he reportedly brought Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham aboard for the same position with New York.

Graham, who turns 41 on Jan. 24, joins Judge just three days after the Giants introduced the former New England Patriots assistant.

The two coached together under longtime Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from 2012-15, but perhaps Graham's Giants ties make for the more intriguing aspect of Judge's move to bring him on to run the defense.

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Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)
Patrick Graham (Mark Hoffman)

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The most important hire Joe Judge will make for his new Giants coaching staff will be his offensive coordinator, who will be entrusted with the development of franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. Perhaps nobody will end up being more important to the long-term success of the franchise.

His new defensive coordinator, though, could come close.

Patrick Graham, who spent last year as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, will get that job with the Giants, a source confirmed, and will be entrusted with the growth of a very young and incredibly underachieving defense. That unit has been the real Achilles heel of the Giants the last three years, including two ugly seasons under outgoing defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

SNY sources say Shurmur had several options, but the Broncos made a big push because they really wanted an experienced play-caller.

The Vikings, Browns and Bears had reported interest in Shurmur, but it look like he'll be heading to Denver.

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The Giants are searching for their next defensive coordinator under Joe Judge. Here is the latest on potential candidates for the job...


Jan 12, 5:36 PM:

The Giants are hiring former Miami Dolphins DC Patrick Graham for their defensive coordinator role, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Graham becomes Joe Judge's first big hire as head coach. The Dolphins are reportedly expected to promote cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to DC.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge is getting his roster of coaches together on his staff, but at least one will be an in-house hire.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants will retain wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert under Judge.

Former Giants coach Pat Shurmur brought Tolbert to the Giants in 2018 when he was first hired by the team. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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The 2019 season was widely expected to be the final one in Eli Manning's career, but the 16-year veteran quarterback has yet to make a decision on his future and has left the door open to possibly coming back.

Giants co-owner John Mara spoke to WFAN early Friday morning and said that although Manning's role as starting quarterback is over (with the ascension of Daniel Jones), there are still other options available for him to stick around.

"I haven't closed any doors on that," Mara said about Manning finding another role within the organization during an appearance on WFAN's Moose and Maggie Show. "Eli came to see me a few days ago, and we had a nice, long talk, but I don't think he's fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I've told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again."

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New head coach Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The financial details of the contract have not yet been reported.

Judge, 38, was introduced on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, with John Mara saying Judge's interview was perhaps the best he's ever been a part of and Judge following that introduction with an intense and at times riveting press conference.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - From the moment Dave Gettleman learned he wasn't fired, he vowed to do whatever his bosses wanted in the best interests of the team. If that meant giving up some of his power or even final say over personnel decisions, he said he'd do it.

In the end, he didn't have to. And it turns out, no one asked.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Giants head coach Joe Judge
Giants head coach Joe Judge

There are many words you can use to describe how Joe Judge sounded during his introductory press conference as Giants head coach: intense, passionate, to-the-point, and inspiring are among them.

In fact, Judge looks like he's going to be a walking quote card during his tenure with the Giants, as he had some brilliant lines while making his opening remarks and answering questions from the media in attendance.

While there are a plethora to choose from, here are 10 of the best quotes from Judge that shed light on what type of man and coach the Giants have hired…

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin had people wanting to run through a wall for him five minutes into his introductory press conference back in 2004. Three years later, he was nearly run out of town, one year before winning a Super Bowl.

Ben McAdoo was mocked for his goofy haircut and ill-fitting suit in 2016, then went 11-5 as a rookie head coach before the walls caved in one year later.

And two years ago, Pat Shurmur looked every bit the "adult" the Giants needed -- a mature, calm, football lifer. Two years later, he was out with a record of 9-23.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with new Giants head coach Joe Judge about his process and plans for Big Blue.

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After being introduced by John Mara on Thursday as the new head coach of the Giants, Joe Judge hit the ground running, outlining exactly who he is and exactly how he'll coach the team during an incredibly intense, focused half hour press conference.

And Judge understood that one of the big questions coming into it was who he was. He asked that question and answered it during his opening remarks.

"What I'm about is an old school, physical mentality," Judge explained. "We're gonna put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are proud of. This team will represent this area. We will play fast. We will play downhill. We will play aggressive. We'll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes. We'll play every play like it's a history in a life of its own with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves."

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants' next head coach is whether or not he'll have any say in the players he has on his 53-man roster. 

And the reason behind that question is because of how old school GM Dave Gettleman is. But Gettleman doesn't understand where that comes from. 

"It's going to be collaborative," Gettleman told reporters after Judge was officially introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday. "I don't understand where that notion comes from. It's got to be coming from people who have never worked with me."

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Giants co-owner John Mara was sold on Joe Judge the second his interview to become head coach finished Monday afternoon. That's exactly what he said in his opening remarks to introduce Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After speaking with co-owner Steve Tisch on Tuesday morning, Mara said Tisch felt the exact same way. Tisch said "the more homework we did, the more Joe Judge's character stood out."

Reports surfaced that explained how Judge provided that wow factor in his interview, and Mara took it a step further with this remark:

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Freddie Kitchens
Freddie Kitchens

While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side. 

Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season. 

Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL. 

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SNY went around and asked random people on the street who Joe Judge is, and some of the answers were pretty out there.

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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants will be officially making Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday, as he'll take the podium to introduce himself to the media at MetLife Stadium. 

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as GM Dave Gettleman were quick to pivot to Judge after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule signed with the Panthers to fill their head coach vacancy. This came after Judge wowed the Giants in his interview on Monday, which convinced Giants brass that he was the guy for them. 

However, Judge is still foreign to many Giants fans, who are still trying to figure out exactly who the 38-year-old is and what he brings to the table. And there's no better platform to fill in the blanks than this press conference. 

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Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

It's no secret that Matt Rhule was the Giants' top candidate to fill their head coach vacancy. And the Panthers knew that when owner David Tepper, GM Marty Hurney and communications/external affairs director Steven Drummond traveled to Waco, TX to meet with Rhule on Monday. 

The Athletic's Joseph Person chronicled the Panthers' journey that led to Rhule standing on a podium Wednesday to be introduced as the team's new head coach.

Instead of going to his home like the Panthers, Giants brass had a plane waiting for Rhule in Waco that was set to bring him to New York. Because of that, Tepper added on an extra year to his initial six-year offer, bringing it to seven years and a whopping $62 million. 

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