Big Blue Morning: Coaching candidates

January, 7, 2014
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On the hunt for a new offensive coordinator, the New York Giants will interview Mike Sullivan this week, NJ.com and The Star-Ledger report. Sullivan was on the Giants' staff a couple of years ago before leaving to become Greg Schiano's offensive coordinator in Tampa Bay. As everyone expected he would, Schiano lasted only a short time with the Bucs, and he and everyone else were fired last week, so Sullivan is a free agent who knows Tom Coughlin's offense. Leading candidate? Sure, you could call him that, but I'm told the Giants plan to interview others as well.

The thing to consider here, as I wrote last week when Kevin Gilbride retired/resigned/got fired/whatever, is the extent to which the Giants plan to change their offense. Again, it's really Coughlin's offense, and with the organization committed to Coughlin, it's likely they will be looking for some continuity in the wake of Gilbride's departure. Sullivan, who knows the terminology and the plays, would bring that. Though he might have some ideas for tweaks that would be welcomed, the principles would remain the same. It's possible ownership and the front office would prefer a more radical change, and to bring in a new coordinator with an entirely new philosophy. But if that were the case, I'd think they would have to get rid of Coughlin as well, and it does not appear as thought that is the plan. Which is why Sullivan makes sense.

Our man Ed Werder reports that the Giants plan to interview Dowell Loggains for the position on Wednesday. Loggains had been on the Tennessee Titans' staff since 2008 and was their offensive coordinator for the past two seasons under head coach Mike Munchak, who was fired late last week. Loggains ascended to the offensive coordinator post after former Giants assistant Chris Palmer was fired during the 2012 season.

As for the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell had his interview Monday with the Washington Redskins, who are looking for a head coach. Fewell is one of about 7 billion candidates to whom the Redskins are talking for the job, so statistically his odds are long. But if he were to leave, the Giants would obviously be looking for a new defensive coordinator.

One name to watch for that is Jim Haslett, who gave the Giants fits as Mike Shanahan's defensive coordinator with the Redskins for the past four seasons. Coughlin tried to hire Haslett as defensive coordinator in 2006, only to see him join Scott Linehan's staff with the Rams instead. Coughlin reached out to Haslett about the position again in 2010, but Haslett decided to go to Washington with Shanahan.

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