For the final few weeks of the 2021 NFL regular season, it was reported pretty much everywhere that the New York Giants were going to bring back Coach Joe Judge for a third season in 2022 because he was so impressive in initial interviews and was from the Bill Belichick coaching tree. However, the Giants and Judge so embarrassed themselves down the stretch that the team fired Judge on Tuesday. SportsLine offers early odds on the next Giants head coach, with Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy as co-favorites on the NFL odds.
Judge, a first-time head coach, went 10-23 in his two years and became the third consecutive Giants coach to be fired after two seasons or less, following Ben McAdoo (13-15) and Pat Shurmur (9-23). Expect New York to look for an offensive-minded guy as in Judge's two years, the Giants ranked last in points per game (15.6), last in yards per play (4.8), last in touchdowns per drive percentage (14), last in points per drive (1.5) and last in offensive efficiency (31.7). Judge was previously New England's special teams coordinator.
In firing Judge, Giants owner John Mara said: "We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach." New York GM Dave Gettleman previously had retired; he would have been fired if he hadn't.
Big Blue is giving its first interview for the GM spot to Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, so one of the favorites has to be Buffalo's Daboll as the next coach. Daboll, who was on the Patriots staff with Judge from 2013-16, was atop Judge's wish list last year to be the offensive coordinator, but the Bills didn't grant New York permission to interview him. Daboll reportedly also will interview with the Bears and Dolphins at a minimum.
Another candidate on the Giants' GM list is Kansas City executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, and if hired he could bring Bieniemy with him. Bieniemy did interview for the New York job back in early 2020 before Judge got it. Some believe Bieniemy might be the favorite for the Minnesota job.
The Giants could help weaken the division-rival Cowboys by hiring Dallas OC Kellen Moore, who obviously knows the NFC East well -- although he's only 33 and has never been a head coach (like Judge). Miami has requested to interview Moore.
We have to mention Michigan's Jim Harbaugh because he has been linked to every opening, but he really has no ties to the Giants compared to, say, the Bears and Raiders. Another college coach linked to NFL openings is Iowa State's Matt Campbell, who is young at 42 and a highly regarded leader.
New York has officially requested an interview with Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, so Baltimore OC Greg Roman could be a coaching candidate – although perhaps his star dimmed a bit this season.
Would the Giants go back to the Belichick/Patriots tree for New England OC Josh McDaniels? Seems unlikely. Former Dolphins coach Brian Flores also is from that tree, and he's a defensive guy – but from Brooklyn, for what that's worth.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Who will be the Giants' next head coach?
- Brian Daboll +300
- Eric Bieniemy +300
- Kellen Moore +500
- Doug Pederson +600
- Byron Leftwich +700
- Jim Caldwell +800
- Brian Flores +1000
- Nathaniel Hackett +1100
- Josh McDaniels +1200
- Greg Roman +1300
- Matt Campbell +1500
- Patrick Graham +1800
- Jim Harbaugh +2000
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