Schwartz Expected to be at Top of Giants’ Coaching Search
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Jim Schwartz still has work to do in Philadelphia but the highly-regarded Eagles defensive coordinator figures to be on a number of shortlists for head-coaching vacancies.
The New York Giants are the first potential suitor to emerge and are expected to interview Schwartz during the Eagles' bye week between the regular-season finale against Dallas and the divisional round of the playoffs.
The Giants are a dismal 2-13 coming into Sunday and have already fired both head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese. Steve Spagnuolo is finishing out the string as the interim coach but new GM Dave Gettleman has no interest in moving forward with him.
Giants owner John Mara said the team will be looking for an experienced coach, and Schwartz previously piloted the Detroit Lions for five seasons before being fired after the 2013 season, inheriting the only 0-16 team in NFL history (pending Cleveland's game on Sunday) and turning them into a playoff team by his third season.
Gettleman has also at least hinted that he wouldn't mind bringing Eli Manning back, a scenario that would point toward a defensive head coach. If New York was sold on the rebuild and set to take a quarterback with what might be the No. 2 overall pick, an offensive mind might be the better choice.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen