Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (11-2): Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will learn from this road loss and only get better, because that is the type of team that they are. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (10-3): It was an equal mix of offense and defense for the Saints on Sunday night as they routed the Panthers and took sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Drew Brees racked up 313 yards through the air with four touchdowns, while the Saints defense led by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, put a stranglehold on the Panthers offense, giving up just 239 yards and sending Carolina home with their first loss in eight games. Brees became the fifth quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards and the Saints look unstoppable at home, but it looks like they will be on the road if they make it to the NFC Championship game with Seattle having home-field advantage as the standings are right now. New Orleans will take on the Panthers one more time on the road in week 16, which could be a huge game if the Seahawks falter down the stretch. Rankings last week: 3

 

3. San Francisco 49ers (9-4): A huge win for the Niners at home as they kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC by handing the Seahawks just their second loss of the season. It looks like the NFC playoffs will run through Seattle, but the Niners are doing everything they can to change that. Frank Gore had another big week, rushing for 110 yards on 17 carries, including a 51-yarder that set the Niners up in FG territory to drive home the game winner with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Colin Kaepernick didn't have perfect day, but he didn't have to; San Francisco was able to find a gritty win that was well deserved in my book. This group of guys is starting to look like the team that went to the Super Bowl last year....watch out NFC, the Niners might have your number. Ranking last week: 4

 

4. Carolina Panthers (9-4): An unfamiliar feeling for the Panthers as they were destroyed by the Saints on Sunday night by a final score of 31-13. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense stumbled all game against a stingy Saints defense, with Newton finishing the day with just 160 yards and a single touchdown. The defense has no answer for Drew Brees and the Saints attack, since not many teams do, but the 31 points allowed were the most all season, and a team that allows under 220 yards passing, gave up over 300 to the future Hall of Famer Brees. Can Carolina hang with the big boys in the NFC? A win against the Niners tells me yes, but the demolishing by the Saints, tells me no. Ranking last week: 2

 

5. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5): It was easily the most interesting game of the week due to the snowy weather conditions in Philly, the Eagles came away with a big win against the Lions to give them sole possession of first place in the NFC East. With poor visibility conditions and the field being covered in inches of snow, LeSean McCoy had himself a day running the ball, rushing for a franchise-record 217 yards on 29 carries with two critical touchdowns, one that tied the game and the other that put the Eagles in the lead. Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season after throwing 19 consecutive touchdowns, and the weather was easily to blame for his sloppiness. While neither team expected that much snow, it was the Eagles who were more prepared to deal with the wintery conditions and McCoy running was the only thing pretty about the game. Ranking last week: 6

 

 6. Chicago Bears (7-6): The Bears offense looked unstoppable against the Cowboys on Monday night, which isn't really saying much. Josh McCown had his best game of the season, throwing for 348 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Matt Forte supplied a strong running game, racking up 102 yards on 20 carries in the cold tundra that is Chicago. With the combination of McCown, Forte, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffrey, this Bears team won't have a problem scoring; it is the defense we have to worry about. Ranking last week: 9

 

 7. Detroit Lions (7-6): The Lions have dealt with their fair share of snow in Detroit, but they were definitely not ready for the weather conditions they faced in Philly. With snow falling fast, the Lions were down even before the game started, as Reggie Bush re-aggravated a calf injury during warm-ups when he slipped on the field; and the day would only get worse for the Lions. While they had the lead with less than a quarter to go, the Lions couldn't find a way to stop LeSean McCoy and by the time the final whistle had blown, the Eagles had blown the doors off the game. It was a tough due for Matthew Stafford and the offense as they had a difficult time finding any momentum with such bad playing conditions. Stafford finished the game with just 148 yards, completing 10-of-25 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions, but fumbled the ball a whopping FIVE times, coupled with backup Joique Bell's two fumbles; the offense was really fighting themselves for most of the game. Ranking last week: 5

 

8. Arizona Cardinals (8-5):  Carson Palmer picked apart the Rams defense and led his team to their eighth victory of the season, throwing for 269 yards with one touchdown, while completing 84% of his passes. The Cardinals defense, which has been a strong point all season, picked off Clemens twice, returning one for a touchdown, and held the Rams to just a single touchdown until a meaningless TD late in the fourth quarter. I said it a couple of weeks ago, this team is not going to be an easy out, come playoff time. Ranking last week: 8

 

9. Dallas Cowboys (7-6): Everyone knew how bad Dallas' defense is, but are they really THAT terrible? In the Monday night football game against the Bears, the Cowboys defensive unit allowed 490 yards, 45 points and didn't force a punt from Chicago the entire game. While everyone can blame Tony Romo, as they usually do, this one isn't on him; their offense had one heck of a game. The Cowboys find themselves in a tough spot as they are one game behind the NFC East leading Eagles with three games left. Looking at the schedule, games against the Packers and Redskins shouldn't be as difficult as once imagined; which would cue an division title matchup against Philly in the last week of the season. Ranking last week: 7

 

  10. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1): Matt Flynn heard a serious case of the boo-birds raining down from Lambeau Field at halftime as the Packers trailed by double-digits, but found a way to lead his team to victory against the lowly Falcons. Flynn was able to connect with eight different receivers, finishing with 248 yards and went 24-for-32 passing with one touchdown and one interception on the day, while the defense did a good job of holding Matt Ryan and Atlanta scoreless in the second half. Will Aaron Rodgers come back and somehow find a way to get the Pack into the playoffs? If anyone can do it, it's him. Ranking last week: 11

 

  11. New York Giants (5-8): The team that started the season with six straight losses has finally returned. Eli Manning and the Giants couldn't find the endzone until the third quarter, while their defense couldn't put a lid on Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense in a game that was over by halftime with San Diego up 24-0. Do the changes start at the top with GM Jerry Reese? Will Tom Coughlin be around next season? Has DC Perry Fewell and OC Kevin Gilbride sealed their fate? Sounds like it might be a fire-sale for Big Blue in the offseason. Ranking last week: 10

 

12. St. Louis Rams (5-8): Another blowout for the Rams as Kellen Clemens two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 25 yards on 14 carries by Zac Stacy was about the only offensive contribution by St. Louis in their loss against Arizona. Questions exists on both sides of the ball, and even with Sam Bradford healthy behind center, this team needs some more weapons. Ranking last week: 12

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9): Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers only needed 90 yards through the air to seal a victory against the Bills on Sunday. Bobby Rainey had another stellar game on the ground, rushing for 127 yards on 22 carries; and racked up most of the yards on an 80-yard carry on the first drive of the game. The Tampa Bay defense was able to pick off E.J. Manual four times and held Buffalo to just two FG's. Ranking last week: 13

 

 14. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1): The NFL world held their collective breathe as Adrian Peterson went down holding his leg late in the game, but to the hopes of many, an MRI the next day showed no ligament damage. AP might call it a day (see what I did there) and sit out the next couple of games since the Vikings season is down the drain anyway. Minnesota is another team in the race for the #1 draft pick in the draft and a chance at a top QB could be all but signed as of right now. Ranking last week: 14

 

15. Atlanta Falcons (3-10): The Falcons are poised for a very high draft pick this offseason and tanking the final three games might be useful to them. Their loss to the Packers this past weekend showed faults on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. It is tough to tell how the Falcons will rebuild once all of their players become healthy, while uncertainty definitely exists with the future of Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez.  Ranking last week: 16

 

16. Washington Redskins (3-9): It doesn't get much worse for the Redskins as they were blown out by the Chiefs at home by a final score of 45-10. It is doubtful that head coach Mike Shanahan will be around next season, especially if he is thinking about shutting down RGIII for the remainder of the season. About 25 fans stuck around after halftime, I wonder how many will be around next season. Ranking last week: 15

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

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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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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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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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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Ron Chenoy)

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

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

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

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

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

At least for now.

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

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

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

Is your head spinning yet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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