With a disappointing 6-9 record and Tom Coughlin on the hot seat, the New York Giants could likely be seeking a new head coach after this season and the search will be conducted with a short list of candidates in mind. The favorites are their two coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, and current New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Payton is still under contract for another season, but may not be extended after this year and released. The Giants would certainly be interested should that happen. McAdoo was brought in last season, according to some, to be Coughlin's heir apparent. But after two seasons, many have begin to think that may not have the leadership and mettle to be a head coach.
CBSSports.com's Jason LaCanfora writes that the Saints will be reshuffling their front office this offseason and may let Payton walk. LaCanfora points out the Giants, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts as possible landing spots for Payton.
LaCanfora believes McAdoo and Spagnuolo will both receive strong consideration from ownership if Coughln is sent packing.
But first, the Giants have to figure out what to do with their executives and coaches. Depending on who stays and goes will determine the type of head coach they will hire, if they even go in that direction.
CEO John Mara has to decide if he still wants Jerry Reese as his GM. But that decision may hinge whether they believe Coughlin should be spared. A complete blow-up is not out of the question.
Both men did their jobs this season. Reese brought in enough talent to compete in 2015. The problem was many of the players in what they considered the core of the team got hurt.
Reese maybe could be blamed for putting too many chips on oft-injured MLB Jon Beason, but that's it. DE Jason Pierre-Paul caused his own issues and WR Victor Cruz lost his season to, well, who really knows?
But Reese needed safeties and he brought in a group of young talent thought to be able to fill the roles. Only Landon Collins remains of that group thanks to injuries.
Coughlin gets the trickle down of Reese's actions. He had enough talent to battle for the NFC East in September, but by Christmas his roster would have a hard time winning the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
We're going to find out who the Giants want to run their team in the next two weeks or so. If Payton is unavailable and their list is down to their coordinators, they just may stand pat.