New York Giants Coaching Hot Board: Top 10 Replacements For Ben McAdoo

The New York Giants have fired Ben McAdoo after 29 games. During his time he had a 13-16 record with the team. The Giants this season are 2-10 just after a season where the Giants made the playoffs. We expected this firing to happen considering Chat Sports wrote an article yesterday called "Here's Why Giants HC Ben McAdoo Is Guaranteed to Get Fired After Raiders Game." The benching of Eli Manning, poor communication with players and staff has lead to the firing of McAdoo.

As the Giants move forward, here are the top 10 candidates to replace McAdoo as head coach of the New York Giants:

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10.) Mike Smith, Buccaneers defensive coordinator
Smith interviewed with the Giants last season when Tom Coughlin was fired. A move that has elicited groans from Giants fans who remember his fall from grace over a 10-22 stretch to end his tenure in Atlanta. However, the team posted double-digit wins in four of his first five seasons and he's still a well-respected figure in NFL coaching and front office circles. The Buccaneers defense has been a massive disappointment this season.

9.) Steve Spagnuolo, Giants defensive coordinator 
Spagnuolo interviewed for the Giants' job last season so it wouldn't be surprising to see him go after the job again. However, it'd be a bit surprising to see him end up with the job considering the Giants want to start fresh. The Giants' defense wasn't great this season and he was a disaster as a head coach in St. Louis. 

8.) Jim Harbaugh, Michigan head coach
After a disappointing 8-4 season at Michigan, Harbaugh continues to be rumored to NFL coaching jobs. Known as a QB whisperer, Harbaugh led the 49ers to three straight NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick under center. With the Giants likely to draft a QB in the draft, bringing in a big-name coach like Harbaugh would be a great fit and give the team a fresh start. It's a long shot but the Giants may make an effort.

7.) Brian Kelly, Notre Dame head coach
The last time the Giants job came open following the 2015 season, Kelly was considered a top candidate to take over for former Giants coach Tom Coughlin.  Notre Dame’s academic issues last season and a rough end to this season have led to increased speculation that Kelly is on his way out. However he’s just a few seasons removed from a lucrative contract extension, and we’d be surprised if he leaves the Irish this year with their success. A name to watch for sure, but he might not be a primary target.

6.) Teryl Austin, Lions defensive coordinator
Austin has had a relatively short NFL coaching career to this point, but he's been extremely successful. He made the Lions one of the best units in the league in his second season on the job while overcoming a multitude of injuries to key players and helping Detroit get back to the playoffs last year. Before that, he served as the defensive backs coach of Seahawks, Cardinals, and Ravens from 2003-2013 - taking a break to be Florida's defensive coordinator in 2010. Although he doesn't have any prior head coaching experience, he is still one of the rising stars in the coaching world. Due to the Rooney Rule expect Austin to at least get an interview.

5.) Pat Shurmur, Vikings offensive coordinator
The Vikings have been one of the surprise teams this season with a 10-2 record and sitting at first in the NFC playoff picture. The offense lost Teddy Bridgewater last season due to a horrific leg injury and Sam Bradford this season but the coaching of Shurmur has reignited Case Keenum's career. Not many offensive coordinators would be able to lose two quarterbacks and still be successful, just ask Adam Gase. Shurmur was the head coach of the Browns from 2011 to 2012 where things did not go well but he has rehabbed his image in stints with Philadelphia and Minnesota.

4.) Dave Toub, Chiefs special teams coordinator
Toub is dubbed one of the greatest, if not the greatest special teams coach in the history of the NFL. Toub has turned the Chiefs special teams into one of the most feared units featuring Tyreek Hill. He is respected throughout the NFL and has a great relationship with the front office and players, which is something McAdoo never had. At 55 years old Toub is older than many first-time head coaches but will draw interest after having interviews last season.

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3.) Frank Reich, Eagles offensive coordinator 
Reich is one of the hottest names in the NFL right now given the success of the Eagles this season. Carson Wentz, in his second year, has emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. With the Giants likely drafting a quarterback to develop hiring someone like Reich makes a lot of sense. The Eagles unorthodox offense is a major reason why they have had success this season and the Giants will be looking for a fresh start.

2.) Matt Patricia, Patriots defensive coordinator
Entering the 2017 season, Patricia was one of the more coveted coaches named. The Patriots defense struggled early on but have not allowed more than 17 points the last seven games. He gets to learn from one of the greatest NFL minds under Bill Belichick and could get this great defense back on track. The former rocket scientist has done a little bit of everything since joining the Patriots in 2004. He's served as an offensive assistant, offensive line coach, a linebackers coach, a safeties coach and took over as the defensive coordinator in 2012. The buzz around Patricia picked up last year and it should only grow. He's just 43 years old and he'll get a head coaching gig in the near future.

1.) Josh McDaniels, Patriots offensive coordinator
McDaniels has rebuilt his reputation while leading the Patriots’ offense for the past five seasons after a less-than-successful head coaching debut in Denver. Its been rumored for several years that McDaniels has a strong desire to be an NFL head coach again should the right role open up. Perhaps he can bring some of the "Brady Effect" for a Giants team who will be looking for a new franchise quarterback. McDaniels shouldn't have the final say in personnel decisions, especially in the draft. That's what ruined his tenure with Denver. The Giants would be wise to pair him with a GM. 

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In meantime Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be the interim head coach.

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