The New York Giants have requested permission to interview New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.
The New York Giants have already begun their coaching search in earnest under new general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman has already identified three candidates f the job, and appears to be lining up more.
The organization has officially requested permission to interview New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia as well as the team’s offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Giants now have submitted requests to interview Patriots’ DC Matt Patricia and OC Josh McDaniels for their HC job, per source. This could be Patricia’s landing spot.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2018
McDaniels was the head coach for the Denver Broncos, finishing with an 11-17 record prior to his firing 12 games into his second season with the team. He has a unique background in coaching, working for the Pats on both sides of the ball.
He was a defensive assistant for the team for two seasons and has worked as OC and quarterbacks coach for the team in two separate stints. McDaniels is currently serving in both of those roles with the team and has spent a total of nine years as the Patriots OC.
He also worked as OC and QC under current Giants defensive coordinator and current interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo with the then-St. Louis Rams in 2011.
Patricia also has a background on both sides of the ball with the Patriots. He’s been predominantly a defensive coach, coaching the linebackers and safeties, as well as serving as DC since 2012, but he also spent a year as an offensive assistant and an assistant offensive line coach with the team.
He’s never been a head coach, but is very sought after and thought highly of around the league. He interviewed for the Cleveland Browns job in 2016. They ultimately hired Hue Jackson.
Schefter notes that this could be an ideal landing spot for Patricia. He’s shown patience in the past, waiting for the right job to come along to leave a very successful franchise.
The Giants have a good defensive unit and an offense filled with playmakers. That could be attractive to the patient coordinator.