The New York Giants may be interested in current New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their open head coaching position.
“It is now on John Mara to fix his broken franchise.”
McDaniels is usually a popular name when coaching searches begin. The Patriots have the best offense in the NFL under his guidance. He’s relatively young at 41. Guys who work under Bill Belichick, perhaps the best coach of all time, often get extra consideration, and all those Super Bowl rings don’t hurt.
That said, McDaniels failed miserably as the head coach of the Denver Broncos. He was hired to replace Mike Shanahan back in 2009. He blew up the No. 2 offense in the NFL from the year before, trading quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears and drafting quarterback Tim Tebow. Denver went 8-8 in 2009, despite a 6-0 start, and then went just 3-9 in 2010 before McDaniels was fired. The offense had declined tremendously, despite McDaniels’ reputation as an offensive guru.
That’s not to say McDaniels can’t succeed. Some situations just don’t work and the controversy with Cutler got things off on the wrong foot. But the Giants will certainly be wondering if he’s merely a brilliant offensive coordinator when he’s coaching Tom Brady, perhaps the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
Plus, the Giants already named an interim coach in Steve Spagnuolo, who has a good shot at the job.
“Following the dismissal of general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday, Kevin Abrams and Steve Spagnuolo were named interims at their respective positions in the Giants’ hierarchy,” reported Dan Salomone of the team’s official website.
Spagnuolo went head-to-head with McDaniels in Super Bowl 42 and his defense beat the undefeated Patriots.