New York Giants' Offseason: Facts, Rumors, and Some Conjecture

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IJanuary 11, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 30, 2006 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It's really hard to concentrate on the playoffs these days, knowing the future of your own team is so uncertain.

Giants fans and pundits are currently kneeling with their collective ears to the ground for any rumbling whatsoever on the coaching front.

Allow me to catch you up, give you my educated take and then field your questions and comments...



Bill Sheridan is out at defensive coordinator and Mike Waufle as defensive line coach. Neither has been retained by the team to be considered for another position. They're gone.

Former Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator and interim head coach Perry Fewell was interviewed by the Giants for the open DC spot last week. Thus far, he is the only candidate that has been formally interviewed.

CEO/President/Co-Owner John Mara met with the media to voice his displeasure with the club's performance.  He vowed changes and at the same time endorsed GM Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin. Their jobs are safe, for now.



A Florida radio station reported that Tom Coughlin is considering retiring from coaching.  

This rumor is not true . Coughlin, 63, has no immediate plans to retire. He is under contract until 2011 and the Giants are still into him for approximately $10 million.

Kevin Gilbride has been rumored to be the next offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears .

These rumors are half-true.  The Bears may want him, according to CSNChicago, but he is under contract with the Giants for another season.

As far as I know, the Giants have not been approached by the Bears to speak to Gilbride.

Marc Ross, the Giants' Director of College Scouting, is in the running for the GM job in Seattle

True.  Ross is one of many candidates still being considered for the job. It has been discussed whether or not he is a serious candidate, though. Many believe his consideration for the opening may only be to appease the Rooney Rule.  I would hope that is not the case.



Romeo Crennel may be interviewed this week for the Giants' DC job. He has been on vacation and has not been available for an interview. Crennel, it has also been reported, has considered an offer from Kansas City, where former Patriots' GM Scott Pioli now reigns.  There is also a report suggesting that Crennel may return to New England to bolster the sagging defense there.

Fewell's interview with the Giants apparently went well, but sources feel he will take the DC job in Chicago if offered.

Getting back to Gilbride, he will not leave the Giants unless he is fired or offered a head coaching position elsewhere. The former seems unlikely, due to the close relationship he has with QB Eli Manning.  The latter has not yet materialized, although Gilbride's name has come up in regards to the open Buffalo job.

Glibride has also been mentioned as a candidate for the Raiders' head coaching position should Al Davis decide not to retain Tom Cable.



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