Jim Schwartz frontrunner for Giants job


After a disastrous 2017-18 season for the New York Giants (3-13) finally came to an end on Sunday with an 18-10 win over the Washington Redskins, Big Blue will dive head-first into a search for a new head coach.

Schwartz is expected to interview in NY next week, while the Eagles are on a bye week entering the playoffs.

Giants owner John Mara has indicated that the team would like its next coach to have previous head coaching experience in the National Football League, and Schwartz spent five seasons in that role with the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. Schwartz is the first reported interview for the opening created when the Giants fired Ben McAdoo on December 4.

"It has to be somebody who has either had head coaching experience or at least has been a coordinator for a significant period of time because I think if you don't have that, the odds are really stacked against you", Mara said on Friday.

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Nick Caserio isn't heading to NY to take over as the Giants general manager, but Patriots assistants Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia remain at the top of the team's list of head coaching candidates. He went 29-51 during that span, but he took the Lions to the playoffs just three seasons after they went 0-16. He coached the Detroit Lions for five seasons, with his tenure ending in his dismissal after the 2013 season.

Schwartz has served as Philadelphia's defensive coordinator for the last two years.

McDaniels, who returned to New England following stints in Denver and St. Louis, has been the Patriots' offensive coordinator since 2012.

Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is a logical candidate for the Giants because he spent four years with Gettleman in Carolina.