Report: Giants contact Crennel

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has reached out to Romeo Crennel about his opening at defensive coordinator, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. It's not a surprising move considering that Coughlin and Crennel worked together for three years on Bill Parcells' Giants staff.

"I know they've talked," Crennel's agent Joe Linta told the Star-Ledger. "And I'm sure they weren't just calling him to say hi."

Coughlin is expected to go through a very thorough search, but it wouldn't surprise me if he chooses someone he's coached with before. Crennel helped make the Patriots the team of the past decade. He would have instant credibility in the Giants' locker room. Of course, Todd Haley has already hired another member of the the Parcells coaching tree, Charlie Weis, in Kansas City and could go after Crennel next.

The only issue with Crennel is that he's a believer in the 3-4 scheme. The Giants have been drafting for the 4-3 for years and it would be virtually impossible to make an overnight change. But Crennel could certainly bring some 3-4 elements to the 4-3.

The Giants are fortunate that there are so many talented defensive assistants on the street right now.