The New York Giants are officially in the market for a new head coach after firing Ben McAdoo on Monday afternoon.
McAdoo was hired in 2016 and led the Giants to a 10-6 record and a spot in the NFC Playoffs in his first year on the job.
In 2017, McAdoo led the Giants to a 2-10 overall record, and by most accounts lost control of the team’s locker room. But what ultimately got the 40-year-old coach fired, and will result in him forever living in infamy, was his handling of the benching of quarterback Eli Manning, which ended the two-time Super Bowl MVP’s streak of 210 consecutive starts.
The Giants have enough talent in place to have a quick rebuild. As a result, there should be plenty of interest in the their head coaching job this coming offseason. Here is a look at three potential candidates to replace McAdoo in 2018.
Josh McDaniels, offensive coordinator, New England Patriots
McDaniels’ first stint as an NFL head coach with the Denver Broncos (from 2009-2010) was nothing short of a disaster. He has since worked his way back up the coaching ladder and is now arguably the top offensive coordinator in the NFL today.
McDaniels will likely have his choice of coaching jobs this offseason – especially if the Patriots win another Super Bowl title. That said, the 41-year-old coach is widely believe to be the heir apparent to Bill Belichick, so it may take a very enticing situation and a lucrative offer to pry him away from New England.
Jim Harbaugh, head coach, Michigan
This one may be an extreme long shot, but this may be the type of situation that could lure Harbaugh back to the NFL. For starters, with the Giants on track to land a top-five draft pick, he would get to pick his own quarterback to build around. On top of that, this situation would allow Harbaugh to return to a major market and get out of the hectic world that is college football recruiting.
At the end of the day, though, it’s hard to see Harbaugh leaving his alma mater without guiding them to a national title.
Nick Saban, head coach, Alabama
This one may also be a long shot, but it’s worth mentioning – especially since Saban’s representatives reportedly reached out to the Giants before McAdoo was hired in 2016.
Saban would be costly (he’s scheduled to make $11.25 million this year), and he would likely want to be in charge of the team’s personnel department. But when it comes down to it, there may not be a better option for the Giants.