As the Giants begin the search for assembling their new coaching staff here are five potential candidates for head coach, defensive and offensive coordinators. There is nothing implied by the order.
1. New Head Coach Prospects
a. Don Martindale, Ravens Defensive Coordinator – As two year defensive coordinator on the Ravens the team ranked second and third in points allowed. Believes in aggressive physical approach.
b. David Shaw, Stanford Head Coach – Record of 86-34 as Stanford head coach. Five bowl wins in eight years. Nine years NFL experience. Four years NFL Quarterback coach experience. He relies on the QB to call the right play among choices based on the defense. He believes in simple plays that look sophisticated.
c. Josh McDaniel, Patriots Offensive Coordinator – Experience with quarterbacks, defense, offensive coordinator and head coach. Seven years offensive coordinator and quarterback coach on the multiple Super Bowl Patriot teams. Believes in building plays around the strengths of your players.
d. Nick Sirianni, Colts Offensive Coordinator – quarterback coach for Phillip Rivers. Offensive coordinator for 2 years on Colts. Colts rushing yards per attempt went from 28th, to 21st to 12th. In 2017 prior to Sirianni with Jacoby Brisset as quarterback compared to 2019 with Sirianni and Brisset the Colts went from 30th to 17th on offense points scored. They improved significantly in most offensive statistics.
e. Robert Saleh, 49ers Defensive Coordinator – In three years as defensive coordinator the 49ers moved from last in points allowed (year prior) to eighth. Has 5 years experience as linebackers coach – an area the Giants need to improve.
2. New Defensive Coordinator Prospects:
a. Stephen Belichick, Safeties coach, New England Patriots – calling the defensive plays on what may be the best defense in the league.
b. Marvin Lewis, Arizona State, Special advisor – was DC on the 2000 Ravens which had one of the best defenses of all time.
c. Mike Nolan, Linebackers coach, New Orleans Saints – 1st year as DC on Giants in ’93 they allowed the least points in the league. They were in the top ten of least points allowed for 3 of his 4 years as Giants DC. (Update: Picked as Dallas Defensive Coordinator)
d. Dom Capers, Senior defensive assistant, Jacksonville Jaguars – Four of the Nine years (2009-2017) as Packers DC they were in top 12 teams of least points allowed.
e. Randy Shannon, defensive coordinator, UCF – During Shannon’s six years as the Hurricanes defensive coordinator (2001-2006), his defenses consistently finished among the best in the nation.
3. New Offensive Coordinate Prospects
a. Dan Mullen, Head Coach, Florida – A “quarterback whisperer” having tutored Alex Smith, Tim Tebow and Dak Prescott. He was brought along with Urban Meyer at a couple of Meyer’s coaching stops. He has run a spread offense, utilizing a quarterback’s ability to run, a power run game and big passing plays.
b. Jerry Schuplinski, Dolphins Assistant Quarterbacks Coach – has worked to help develop Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. was an offensive assitant three years on the Patriots. (Update: Picked as Giants Quarterback Coach)
c. James Urban, Ravens Quarterback Coach – Besides helping to improve Lamar Jackson’s passing game, Urban has previously worked with Michael Vick and AJ Green as a receivers coach. He was also an offensive assistant 2 years on the Eagles.
d. Jay Gruden, Former Redskins Head Coach- As the Bengals Offensive coordinator in 2011-2013 he helped improve the Bengals from 22nd in points scored in 2010 to 18th, 12th and 6th in his three years. After he left the Bengals dropped down to 15th. (Update: Hired as Jaguars Offensive Coordinator)
e. Joe Brady, passing coordinator/receiver coach LSU – LSU leads the nation in points per game, is second in yards per game and first in red zone conversions. Prior to LSU Brady was offensive assistant on the Saints from 2017-2018. (Update: Picked as Offensive Coordinator Carolina Panthers)
It is an exciting time to see who they will assemble as the offseason has officially started for the Giants. Enjoy the next four months as the coaching staff is assembled, players are signed and eventually the draft arrives!