Giants were ‘stunned’ that Matt Rhule chose the Panthers
Panthers gave Rhule everything he wanted, wouldn't let him leave.
Giants source says they're "stunned."
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 7, 2020
The Giants were set to interview Rhule on Tuesday, but they never got the chance because an agreement was already in place with the Panthers. The former Baylor Bears head coach is a New York City native and was an offensive line coach under Tom Coughlin; therefore, many believed he would choose the Giants job if he were offered it.
He is well regarded as a program builder turning around two programs already with the Temple Owls and Baylor. So now that Rhule is out of the question, where do the Giants go?
The Giants are set to interview with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on Wednesday. McDaniels was also scheduled to interview with the Panthers on Tuesday but didn’t get the chance with Rhule getting the job.
The other candidates for the job are Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge, Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, and Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard. According to Darryl Slater of NJ.com, former Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett could also be a candidate for the job.
It’s unclear who is the favorite for the job now, but they need to get this hire right. The future of this franchise hinges on the development of Daniel Jones, so whoever gets hired needs to continue to push him in the right direction.
If there is mutual interest between the Giants and McDaniels after Wednesday’s interview, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them work towards an agreement quickly.