Tom Coughlin resigned as the New York Giants head coach on January 4, 2015, so the team is now looking for a new head coach. Here is a list of the top candidates the Giants should be looking at to be their next head coach.
The list is not based upon speculation but upon what each of the candidates has already proven he can do as a head coach. With a 35-year-old QB in Eli Manning, who has won two Super Bowl MVP Awards, the Giants cannot afford to rebuild the team over the next three or four years. They need a head coach who can win now with a proven veteran quarterback.
1. Sean Payton
If he’s available, Sean Payton is a no-brainer to be the next head coach of the New York Giants. Payton has a career record of 87-57 (.604) as a NFL head coach and he’s already won a Super Bowl and he’s just 52 years old. That is far and away the best coach the Giants can hire and Payton was the team’s quarterbacks coach in 1999 and offensive coordinator from 2000 to 2002. So he was on the staff for the 2000 Super Bowl team.
2. David Shaw
Since taking over for Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, David Shaw has a record of 54-14 (.794) as the Cardinal head coach. There’s every reason to believe that Shaw would make an excellent NFL head coach and he’s just 43 years old. Shaw has said he loves it at Stanford so he might not want to coach in the NFL but why not call him and see if he’d talk about the job if you can’t get Sean Payton?
3. Brian Kelly
Brian Kelly has a career record of 55-23 (.705) as Notre Dame head coach and he’s 108-45 (.706) overall as a college coach at the FBS level. Kelly also won two D II championships at Grand Valley State in 2002 and 2003. He’s 54 years old. Kelly would probably make a very good NFL head coach but he’s said he wants total control if he goes to the NFL. The Giants won’t give him that but he’d be likely be a good hire.
4. Chip Kelly
Before you go crazy, Chip Kelly is 26-21 as a NFL head coach and 46-7 as a college coach at Oregon. Kelly showed he can coach in the NFL over his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles when he went 10-6 each season. In 2015, Kelly was given total control in Philadelphia and he showed player personnel is not his strong point. So just hire him to be the head coach and not the GM and he’ll probably be fine.
5. Everybody Else
All the other names mentioned for the Giants job are unproven NFL coordinators like current Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels (11-17 as NFL head coach), Bengals OC Hue Jackson and Panthers DC Sean McDermott. Why hire one of them if you can get one of the proven head coaches listed above?