The New York Giants have interviewed former New York Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers for a defensive staff spot.
The New York Giants were able to interview a former New York Jets coach for a staff spot. Former Gang Green defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers met with the Giants on Thursday, per Tom Rock of Newsday.
The Giants currently don’t have an opening on their staff; however, they could still bring in Rodgers to improve the defensive side of the ball. The Giants’ front office would create this position just for him.
Rodgers would assist Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The coach is coming off his first season as DC for Big Blue, and his side of the ball could use some improvement.
The Giants’ defense was ranked 21st in the NFL for the 2018 season. They also allowed 47 sacks, the most that Giants quarterback Eli Manning has taken in a single season throughout his entire 15-year career.
The Giants’ job may not be the only position that Rodgers is considering, though. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may offer him their defensive line coach job.
Former Jets head coach Todd Bowles was just announced as the defensive coordinator for the Bucs on Friday. Rodgers thus could have the opportunity to join Bowles, as they’ve worked together for the past four seasons in New York.
Before joining the Jets’ staff, Rodgers was the defensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins. He worked for them from 2008 to 2014.
In that tenure, he was able to work with former Dolphins and current Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon. However, the Giants may release Vernon this offseason. So, if Rodgers was to take the job, he may not even get the chance to work with one of his former players.
Whether or not the Giants make any hires, fixing the defense needs to be a priority this offseason. Looking to hire personnel to improve that side of the ball is definitely a start.