Top candidates to replace Joe Judge as Giants’ next coach

The Giants once again need a new head coach. There are many viable options. Here is a list of possible candidates, in no particular order:

Josh McDaniels, Patriots offensive coordinator

Is McDaniels awaiting Bill Belichick’s retirement in New England? He’ll be head coach again somewhere, even after his failed first round in Denver. McDaniels did a great job with rookie QB Mac Jones; could it have the same effect on Daniel Jones?

Brian Flores, former head coach of the Dolphins

That shot earlier in the week was mind-blowing, and the Dolphins might miss it for years to come. Word from Miami is that Flores has had problems in the relationship part of her job. The way his team played on the pitch belied this, however. He’s gone 19-14 over the past two seasons. The Brooklyn native is a tough guy, but he’s a branch of the Belichick tree and does that scare the Giants off after the Joe Judge experience?

Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator

Have you seen Josh Allen play for the Bills? Pretty good, right? Daboll works very well with quarterbacks and is a five-time Super Bowl champion as an assistant and offensive coordinator. He spent a lot of time with the Patriots – is that a good or a bad thing with the Giants?

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Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers offensive coordinator

The former Jaguars quarterback is incredibly popular with his players and has the backing of Tom Brady. The Giants need a creative spirit on offense, but do they want to go with another head coach for the first time?

Patrick Graham, Giants defensive coordinator

Wouldn’t that be something? The Giants love Graham and his players think he’s a genius. The dynamics of replacing Judge, one of his best friends, could be awkward. Graham has been to Yale and has a great defensive mind, but he’s often self-effacing and the Giants will have to figure out if he’s the leader of an organization.

Todd Bowles, Defensive Coordinator for the Buccaneers

Does anyone in the NFL have a big say in this guy? Bowles is a class act, but he’s been a failed head coach (24-40) with the Jets and his laid back demeanor might not be right for him. Yet he is respected by all.

Doug Pederson, former Eagles head coach

The guy won a Super Bowl with the Eagles and there’s a statue of him outside Lincoln Financial Field. Enough said. Joe Judge tore it up at the end of last season for how the Eagles tanked in the last game, but Judge is no longer there. Pederson and his fertile offensive spirit will get another hit somewhere.

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Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinator

This guy is a rising star in the NFL and would be a godsend for Daniel Jones. Would the Giants attack one of their main rivals in the NFC East? And will his age (33) scare the Giants?

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Head Coach

Is this likely to happen? Of course not. But Harbaugh is a proven NFL winner – 44-19-1 and a Super Bowl appearance with the 49ers. It will be difficult to get him out of Ann Arbor, and his quirky style might not work in New York City.

Jim Caldwell, Former NFL Head Coach

After Joe Judge failed, the Giants might want to gain some experience, and Caldwell, 66, has plenty of it. He’s been a winning head coach with the Colts (26-22) and Lions (36-28) and when was the last time someone won something in Detroit?


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