Potential Coaching Options After Judge

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With Joe Judge out as head coach of the New York Giants will be in heavy competition with other teams to fill their head coaching position and general manager position. For now we will focus on head coach candidates that can be targets for the Giants.

The Giants organization has not had any luck in hiring head coaches since Tom Coughlin was fired in 2015. Hopefully they have learned from the multiple coach firings since then and can get something right this time.

This list is going to be dominated by offensive coaches because offense rules the game.

Brian Daboll (Bills Offensive Coordinator)

Daboll is one of the best offensive coordinators in the league. He was instrumental in turning Josh Allen into an MVP candidate after scouts considered him “project” out of college. Daboll has worked for many coaches and teams like the Bills, Patriots, Chiefs, Dolphins, Browns, and Jets. He is 46-years old and primed for a shot at a head coaching position.

Byron Leftwich (Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator)

After a 10-year career as an NFL quarterback, Leftwich has since mentored under Bruce Arians. Tom Brady’s arrival to Tampa has benefitted his play calling but has also put Brady in positions to be very effective with the talent around him. Leftwich was also calling plays in the Bucs’ Super Bowl run. He had a hand in making Brady lead the league in passing touchdowns this season at the age of 44. Leftwich is a rising star in the NFL.

Kevin O’Connell (Rams Offensive Coordinator)

Coaches under the Sean McVay tree have found success in other places like Packers’ Matt LaFleur, Bengals’ Zac Taylor, and Chargers’ Brandon Staley. It’s not a bad idea to see if O’Connell can replicate that success for the Giants like his former colleagues. The Rams offense this season ranks in the top 10.

Doug Pederson (Former Eagles Head Coach)

Out of the candidates listed, only Pederson is a former head coach and Super Bowl champion. He led the Eagles to a title in 2017 in his second season. Under Pederson, the Eagles had a winning season in three of his five seasons before being fired a year ago. He is the most experienced and has proven he can lead a team to a championship.

Eric Bieniemy (Chiefs Offensive Coordinator)

Bieniemy’s name has been circling open head-coaching positions for a few years now but always seems to come up short. He has been the coordinator of one of the most explosive offensives to ever play on a football field. With the number of coaching positions available, this could likely be the year he gets an opportunity.

Honorable Mentions

Nathaniel Hackett (Packers Offensive Coordinator): Hard to determine how much credit he deserves on the Packers offense since he doesn’t call plays.

Jim Harbaugh (Michigan Head Coach): Not likely to coach a rebuilding team.

Don Martindale (Ravens Defensive Coordinator): It’s an offensive league, making it difficult for defensive-minded coaches.

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