UPDATED:2:14 p.m. ET on 1/18/2018
The New York Giants fired Ben McAdoo after 29 games and an awful second season. With McAdoo gone, the Giants are looking for an outside hire to help get the Giants back to the top of the NFC East. While the Giants are close to making a hire, they are still considering several candidates.
As the Giants move forward, here are the top 5 coaching candidates. A hire could be announced in just a few days.
5.) Frank Reich, Eagles offensive coordinator
Reich is one of the hottest names in the NFL right now with the success of the Eagles this season. Carson Wentz, in his second year, emerged as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league before his injury. 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.
4.) Jim Caldwell, Former Lions head coach
Jim Caldwell is 62 years old with a ton of coaching experience, coaching in the NFL since 2001. He has a record of 62-50 in the regular season as a head coach with the Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts. The only time Caldwell has been an offensive coordinator was with the Baltimore Ravens from 2012-13. The Lions went 9-7 this past season and after their Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, he was fired.
3.) Mike Mularkey, Former Titans head coach
Mularkey was the Steelers offensive coordinator from 2001-03 and his creative play calling earned him the nickname "Inspector Gadget." Since then, Mularkey has bounced around the NFL with the Bills, Dolphins, Falcons, Jaguars, and Titans. This past season the Titans went 9-7 and won a playoff game, the first playoff victory of Mularkey's career.
2.) Steve Wilks, Panthers defensive coordinator
Wilks is 48 years old and in his first year as a defensive coordinator. The Panthers defense didn't miss a beat with Sean McDermott in Buffalo this year, a credit to Wilks. He's well-regarded in the coaching world, with a background in the secondary. Wilks is a strong candidate for the Giants job, in part because of his relationship with GM Dave Gettleman. He has a very good shot to land this job.
1.) Pat Shurmur, Vikings offensive coordinator
The Giants are targeting Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to be their next head coach, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Vikings are still in the playoffs, but as soon as their season is over, all signs are pointing to the Giants hiring Shurmur.
The Vikings 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. Shurmur, especially if the Vikings lose this weekend, could end up with the job Monday.
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