Despite leading the Giants to a playoff appearance in his first season, Giants coach Ben McAdoo couldn't survive a second.
The team cut ties with McAdoo on Monday after he posted a 13-16 record in his 29 games in charge, including the postseason.
There is no shortage of potential replacements, and BookMaker.eu has compiled an impressive list of contenders.
MIKE SMITH +350
JOSH MCDANIELS + 400
FRANK REICH +550
TERYL AUSTIN +550
MATT PATRICIA +1200
DAVE TOUB +1500
SCOTT LINEHAN +1500
JIM HARBAUGH +1800
JIM SCHWARTZ +2000
PAT SHURMUR +2200
BRIAN KELLY +2300
JON GRUDEN +2500
BILL COWHER +6000
DAVID SHAW +6000
NICK SABAN +8000
Former Falcons head coach and current Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith leads the pack at +350, meaning a $100 bet will net you a $350 profit. He certainly has the chops to cut it as head honcho but this season hasn't been a highlight reel of success. Wait for the Bucs to have a rebound season next year and then teams will come calling.
Josh McDaniels alienated one fan base in Denver, could he do it again in the Big Apple?McDaniels certainly has the experience for another coaching job, but his sometimes aloof demeanor can be off-putting. It's only a matter of time before the Patriots offensive coordinator lands somewhere else, but there are some personality similarities to McAdoo that might unsettle Big Blue brass. Possible but I seriously doubt he lands at MetLife.
The surprising Eagles are one of the NFL's highest-scoring offenses and coordinator Frank Reich has been a big reason for the team's success. Going with the divison rival Giants seems well within the realm of possibility. He has no head-coaching experience which could strike against him.
At 11/2, these are extraordinarily favorable odds for Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. He's well-respected but the team has struggled on D the past couple of weeks, including coughing up 44 points to the not-so-high-powered Ravens on Sunday. No way.
It might finally be time for Matt Patricia to fly the Patriots' coop for greener fields. He's 43, has a thick skin and is a consistent winner. Sure, New England has given up a ton of yards on defense this season, but its doesn't break the scoreboard. Regardless of how the Patriots' season ends, Patricia has to be considered one of the top contenders for the Giants job. And at 12/1 this sure seems like a bargain.
Any momentum Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub had accumulated has likely ebbed during his team's recent 1-6 slump. Pass.
Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has NFL coaching cred, but his 11-25 career record leading the Rams doesn't wow anybody. It sure won't wow the Giants.
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The bloom is off the rose in Ann Arbor, and restless Michigan fans are openly grousing about Jim Harbaugh. From the moment he returned to his alma mater, Harbaugh has embraced the atmosphere. Winning changes everything and his team isn't far off from from enjoying a big season. He'll be wearing maize and blue as long as he wants.
In his second year as defensive coordinator for the Eagles, Jim Schwartz has turned Philly's D into a tenacious, swarming horde of mercenaries. Despite his numerous achievements, he'll be hard-pressed to live down his 29-51 record with the Lions. No dice.
Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has done wonders in Minnesota. The Vikes are 10-2 with third-string quarterback Case Keenum. He's likely to get plenty of calls this offseason, but for now, he's having fun in Minneapolis. At 22/1 though, this bet is worth taking a flier.
Five years ago, he was in the national title game, last year he went 4-8. Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly has no pro experience and I'm not sure his gruff demeanor would mesh well with pro players. Very unlikely.
"Monday Night Football" host Jon Gruden earns $6.5 million a year doing his shtick. Love him or hate him, he's become an "MNF" fixture. No way he leaves this cushy gig.
For over a decade, every time a coaching vacancy pops up, Bill Cowher's name is bandied about. He's settled into his CBS TV gig quite nicely and has publicly stated he's peachy right where he is.
David Shaw is the second Stanford head coach on the list. In his seven years there, the worst he's finished is 8-5. He earns just short of $4 million a season and there's no good reason he'd want to leave that level of comfort and success.
Had the Crimson Tide been left out of the College Football Playoff, a seething Saban might have mulled a move to the pros. With five national championships, there's very little he needs to prove at the college level. But he's also 66, and I don't know if he has the patience to rebuild a mess like the Giants.
Two other possible contenders still have NFL head-coaching jobs: Bruce Arians and John Pagano. The Colts have struggled mightily under Jacoby Brissett, and Pagano has managed to deflect some, if not all, the blame. Arians is in a similar situation. Despite losing Carson Palmer, the Cards are still 5-7. The team won last week with Blaine Gabbert in command. Arians is well-respected in the league and owns an impressive 55-32-1 NFL coaching record. If Arizona does shove him out the door, he'll have several high-profile options available.