It is no secret that New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur is on the hot seat. Many names have been bandied about as a possible replacement if Giants ownership decides to make a move. The Giants have a strong sense of their own team history and it would not be a surprise if they bring someone in who used to be a member of the organization. Here are six candidates for the job.
Fox was the Giants defensive coordinator from 1997 – 2001 under Jim Fassel. He has been a head coach before with the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. Since Fox has been in the NFL for a long time he has many connections to different coaches who can help fill out his coaching staff. Additionally, by going with a defensive head coach instead of an offensive head coach, Fox could bring in a good offensive coordinator who will only have to worry about getting the best out of quarterback Daniel Jones and not worry about all the things a head coach worries about.
John DeFilippo was a member of the Giants in 2005 and 2006 as a low-level assistant under Tom Coughlin. Since then he has been a quarterbacks coach or offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (twice), New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars. He is well respected amongst his peers and has done well with numerous quarterbacks. He also fits the mold of the new, young, offensive-minded head coaches that have been getting most of the head coaching opportunities over the last few years.
Jason Garrett played quarterback for the Giants from 2000 – 2003. He is currently the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and his contract is up at the end of the season. There have already been plenty of rumors as to who might be taking over for Garrett in Dallas, which means that Garrett can join the Giants. Garrett has done a good job as a head coach and it would be a real coup for the Giants to take Garrett away from the Cowboys. Additionally, with the Cowboys, Garrett has a top of the league running back and a quarterback who has improved each year under Garrett’s tutelage, which bodes well if he gets the Giants job.
Like Garrett, Dan Campbell played for the Giants and in fact, they were teammates as Campbell played tight end in New York from 1999 – 2002. He also played for Bill Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys and Parcells is a big advocate of Campbell’s abilities as a potential head coach. Campbell’s coaching career has seen him as an assistant to Tony Sparano, Joe Philbin and Sean Payton. In 2015, while with the Dolphins, Campbell became the interim head coach after Philbin was fired. He has been linked to some head coaching openings in recent seasons and that could be a driving force to help Campbell land the Giants job.
Another former player, Matt Cavanaugh was a backup quarterback for the Giants in 1990 and 1991. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Washington Redskins coaching staff, but with Jay Gruden getting fired earlier this season it is probable that most of the Redskins coaches will be available and Cavanaugh might be the right fit for the Giants. Not to make a joke out of this, but Cavanaugh was the Redskins’ quarterback coach under offensive coordinator Sean McVay and took over for McVay as coordinator when McVay was hired by the Rams. Seemingly anyone who has been associated with McVay is getting job opportunities, so maybe Cavanaugh can be the next in a long line of McVay-ites to be hired.
One of the most intriguing names is Matt Rhule. Rhule was the assistant offensive line coach for the Giants in 2012 and since has been a head coach in college. A big advantage for Rhule is that he has changed losing cultures at Temple and Baylor. The Giants have struggled over the past few years and someone who will bring stability is a big advantage. The only concern would be who he would be able to fill his coaching roster with. Last off-season Rhule took himself out of the running for the Jets opening because they wanted to dictate who his assistants would be, could that be a deal-breaker for the Giants? I don’t know!
Over the next few weeks, I will continue to feature articles for possible coaches for the Giants in 2020. There needs to be a change as the status quo is unacceptable.