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Even though the Giants are coming off their most successful regular season since 2008 and their first playoff berth since 2011, their season-ending, 38-13 loss in Green Bay in the wild-card round left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. It also left the Giants heading into the offseason with plenty of difficult questions.

You asked them, so I'll answer as many as I can in two installments of the first offseason edition of my SNY Giants Twitter mailbag. Here is Part II:

Is it time for the Giants to draft their next franchise quarterback? -- @kennyg825

In a word, no. I actually wrote about this here last week, and my opinion remains unchanged. I believe the Giants should keep their eyes open for an opportunity to find their next franchise quarterback, but they shouldn't move on it this early unless the opportunity is too good to pass up. Yes, if the next Aaron Rodgers fell to them at 23 they should pounce. But as of right now, I don't see the next Aaron Rodgers in this draft. Some scouts aren't sure there's a franchise quarterback at all.

Could the Giants see someone they think will be a franchise quarterback someday? It's possible. But Eli Manning is 36 years old, which even GM Jerry Reese said isn't "ancient" for a quarterback. He's got three more years left on his contract and, barring a surprise injury, is likely to play them out. He's also not exactly a quarterback in obvious decline. No, this wasn't his best season, but let's be real: It's not like his ability and numbers fell off a cliff. If this is the beginning of a decline, it's starting pretty slowly.

So I don't know why the Giants would want their next franchise quarterback sitting on their bench for two or three years. It worked eventually with Rodgers in Green Bay, but remember it was really messy for a while. Rodgers didn't want to sit. Brett Favre never actually warmed to the idea. Fans were divided and a controversy was created every time Favre struggled. Eventually, a legend was essentially forced to "retire."

I believe the Giants should wait until they know Manning is at the end, whether it's the end of his contract, or when it's crystal clear on the field that he just can't do it anymore. Who knows what opportunities there will be two, three years down the line when they're looking for a quarterback? Maybe they'll find themselves at the top of the draft again. Maybe someone will be available in trade. Maybe by then they'll have identified a Dak Prescott in the later rounds.

So wait for it. There's no reason to rush now and start the slow push of Manning out the door.

Will McAdoo stop calling offensive plays? -- @robcube

I doubt it. I think he'll consider it during the offseason. I think there might be one or two people in the front office who might even suggest it to him. I think they are going to take a long, hard look at why this offense plummeted from being in the Top 10 to 25th overall, 26th in scoring, and why it couldn't score 30 points in a game all season long or even 20 in a game over the last month.

In the end, though, I think he believes that since it's his offense, he's the best one to call the plays. I also think the Giants will defer to him on that because he called the plays in 2014 and 2015 when they were a Top 10 offense. It's not like he suddenly forgot how to do that. They have to figure out the reason those play calls didn't work.

Is it because he was somehow distracted by his other coaching duties? That since he had to oversee everything and worry about the flow of the game, the clock, etc., that he lost his feel for the offense? I guess that can't be ruled out. But there's not really a lot of evidence to support that. For one thing, he's not on an island. He does have an offensive coordinator (Mike Sullivan) who has input.

For another, they review things every week. A big complaint from fans was that the Giants used the same sets -- three-receiver formations -- most of the time. That wasn't because McAdoo was distracted or overwhelmed or somehow lost track. That's something they'd see on the film every week and discuss it for six days leading up to each game.



So ask yourself why that happened? It's because of personnel. It's because he had no good tight ends, no fullback. It's because that was, by far, the Giants' most effective personnel group. And look deeper at why McAdoo's plays didn't work. Were they bad calls? You can't say they were bad just because they didn't work. You have to ask why they didn't work.

And for that, look at all the drops. Look at the terrible blocking that killed running plays before the running backs hit the line of scrimmage, or the amount of times Manning was forced to rush his throws. It's not fair to be myopic about this.

In the playoff game in Green Bay alone, McAdoo's play calls should have resulted in touchdowns on the first two drives. But Odell Beckham, Jr. dropped an easy third-down pass on one drive, then Beckham and Sterling Shepard dropped passes in the end zone on the next one.

That wasn't a problem with the play-calling.

That's not to say McAdoo's play-calling was perfect. I would've preferred to see him get more creative with Beckham, who had a lot of catches and yards, but as far as impact had a quiet season. Defenses ganged up on him and maybe they could've done a better job of finding ways to get him open. Of course, it would've helped if Victor Cruz and the tight ends could've gotten open consistently too.

I believe that's the same conclusion McAdoo and the Giants will reach this offseason. That with better personnel on offense and better play overall, McAdoo's calls would've been just fine.

Any idea if the Giants plan to truly address TE or LB? Been reluctant to use high picks on those positions & it shows -- @EddyLongview

I'm not sure if "reluctant" is fair. Remember, last year, linebacker Leonard Floyd was atop their draft wishlist before the Bears jumped over them to grab him. There have been other linebackers they've considered in the past. Same with tight ends, though they've definitely been more reluctant to take those high for a variety of reasons.

Plus, they've tried to address linebacker. They have a couple of promising young players they like in Devon Kennard and B.J. Goodson. They brought in some underrated veterans like Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, and Kelvin Sheppard. They don't want to overspend on that spot because they are very often in nickel or dime defenses, so they're only using one or two linebackers at a time. That's a reality of today's pass-happy NFL. They'll prioritize a linebacker if he's a pass-rusher, and there aren't a ton of those readily available.

Their reasons for not fully addressing the tight end spot are different. They had a philosophy for a long time that they could develop a good tight end. They got great production out of Kevin Boss, who was a fifth-round pick. They developed Jake Ballard, an undrafted free agent. They got production out of Martellus Bennett, who at the time was a free agent that nobody wanted because he had done nothing with the Cowboys. They even turned Larry Donnell, another undrafted free agent, into a guy who caught 63 passes in 2014 and was on his way to 60-ish in 2015 before he got hurt.

Obviously Donnell regressed and Will Tye has issues with blocking and receiving so that plan has hurt them for the last season and a half. But that's still the reason they haven't spent a high pick on the position -- the feeling that they can develop tight ends.

Anyway, to answer your question about whether they plan to "truly address" the positions, I get the sense they like the linebackers they have, but they are very open to improving at tight end during the offseason. It's hard to say right now if there is a player they'd consider with the 23rd pick in the first round of the draft. There are a few interesting free agents set to hit the market -- Jordan Cameron, Jermaine Gresham, Jared Cook, and Bennett.

It's too early to say for sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dip into that free agent pool.


Can JPP and Hankins both be brought back? What will happen with Ereck Flowers? Head here to read Part I of Vacc's mailbag!


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

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

 

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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio after the game at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

Former Raiders HC Jack Del Rio is the top candidate to become Giants' defensive coordinator under likely head coach Pat Shurmur, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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(Brad Rempel)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Likely not...

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

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

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

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(Danny Wild)

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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(Brad Rempel)

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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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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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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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