1. Hire a Head Coach

With Tom Coughlin “stepping down” from the helm of the New York Giants following last Sunday’s 35-30 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, co-owner John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese will be forced to find a replacement for their beloved longtime head coach.

According to sources, the team has already interviewed current coordinators Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, and external options (Detroit Lions DC) Teryl Austin, (former Buffalo Bills HC) Doug Marrone and (former Atlanta Falcons HC) Mike Smith.

So who should the Giants hire?

Well, in an article on Big Blue View, multiple writers provided their take on what qualities a candidate would ideally possess. They compiled a list that included: integrity, adaptability, management ability, personality, comfort, humility and humor.

While McAdoo, 38, would be the youngest head coach in the league and would have to answer to why the Giants finished at 6-10 over his two seasons as offensive coordinator, he is still a legitimate candidate for the head coaching vacancy.

“I think our offense certainly improved,” Mara said. “I think he’s proven himself to be a very good teacher, has a very good handle on our offense. I think he communicates very well. I think he shows some leadership skills. I think he has some good qualities.”

One NFL source told NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan that McAdoo is the “next Andy Reid.” He comes across as dedicated, likeable, militaristic and regimented, and carries himself like Coughlin — the 38-year-old version of Coughlin, at least.

“Yeah, I would think so,” quarterback Eli Manning said in response to a question about McAdoo’s status as a head-coaching candidate. “I think there are some similarities between him and coach Coughlin, and their passion for football. He loves it. He loves thinking of concepts and plays, and what’s going to work, and talking about it, and going over scenarios and situations. I think he’s been a coordinator now two years. I think that’s a possibility.”

SOURCESeth Wenig, AP
Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.