The search for the next Giants headcoach is obviously a fluid situation, one that changes by the hour.
One of the top names on the market, Adam Gase, appears to be headed to Philadelphia but there is no official word on that just yet.
If Gase does go to the Eagles, here are the top names that will be remaining:
Sean McDermott, Panthers defensive coordinator
McDermott will secure a job somewhere by the end of the month. He reportedly interviewed with the Browns on Thursday. McDermott is only 41-years-old, so that may be something of a risk for the Giants’ historically prudent front office.
Josh McDaniels, Patriots offensive coordinator
His name was mud just a few years back, but McDaniels is the odds-on favorite to become the first Bill Belichick assistant to become a great head coach. The man who calls the plays for Tom Brady can be picky at this stage of things as he will want to go to a place that has a legit quarterback already on the roster. He is said to be highly interested in the Tennessee job, with Marcus Mariota in place, and the newly opened Tampa Bay job is also appealing (with Jameis Winston under center). But if McDaniels wants to win right away, teaming up with Eli is a hell of an option.
Like McDermott, McDaniels is young (39) … but then again he’s an old 39.
Bill Cowher, former Steelers head coach
It’s long been said the Cowher covets the Giants job as the front office in New Yorkis just as stable as the one in Pittsburgh. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio wrote this week that Cowher would want full control of the Giants personnel decisions – which would mean Big Blue would have to fire GM Jerry Reese. A brash move like firing a guy who was recently told his job is secure would be out of the ordinary for the Giants, but if the prize is Cowher – who has been one of the top coaching candidates on the market for a decade – anything is possible.
At this point, the hiring of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo or defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would be the definition of “boring.” But sometimes, “boring” is wise. The Giants don’t need to make a big splash. They need to hire the right guy. And a tweaking, like putting McAdoo or Spagnuolo in charge – might be safe and smart.