No one needs to lose Wink.
Giants defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale was a central determine to the franchise’s resurgence this season, and he’s an ideal match for New York.
“When I came here as a Giant, it wasn’t a stepping stone for me; it was a destination,” Martindale stated on Jan. 18. “I love it here in New York.”
So it’s conceivable the Giants might head off Martindale’s second scheduled head teaching interview with the Indianapolis Colts this weekend and retain him with a increase — and possibly an “assistant head coach” title — that creates head coach-like monetary safety for the soccer lifer.
It’s additionally attainable that Colts proprietor Jim Irsay aborts the search and hires confidant Jeff Saturday.
If the Colts tab Martindale for his first-ever head teaching gig, although — and he’s actually deserving of that chance — then Brian Daboll and the Giants should be able to fill his submit with a candidate who gained’t let the usual slip.
And there’s a defensive coordinator who’s teaching on the NFL’s Championship Weekend who could be a house run: the Cincinnati Bengals’ Lou Anarumo.
There is one drawback, in fact: the Bengals would have the best to dam an interview request of Anarumo for any lateral transfer, by the letter of the regulation, even when the Giants threw an assistant head coach title on prime of his DC duties.
Anarumo, 56, must be receiving head teaching interviews and provides anyway primarily based on his work the previous 4 seasons in Cincy, particularly the final two.
The Bengals have crushed Kansas City face to face in all three of their conferences the final two seasons coming into Sunday’s AFC title recreation. And Anarumo’s protection has held Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs to twenty complete second half factors in these three video games, together with six complete factors within the three fourth quarters mixed.
Beyond his robust second-half changes and confirmed outcomes, although, Anarumo grew up a Giants fan in Staten Island. He coached the Giants’ defensive backs in 2018 underneath Pat Shurmur.
Anarumo and Giants GM Joe Schoen labored collectively within the Miami Dolphins’ group for 5 years from 2012-16. The Giants interviewed Anarumo a yr in the past for his or her head teaching emptiness earlier than hiring Daboll.
Anarumo’s son, Louis, is a scouting assistant in Schoen’s entrance workplace. And Anarumo is on the doorstep of a second consecutive Super Bowl look with the Bengals.
Cincy tied for the NFL’s fifth-best scoring protection (20.1 ppg allowed) and ranked seventh in rush protection (106.6 ypg allowed).
Sometimes, even when a crew has the flexibility to dam an interview, it permits a candidate to discover alternatives in good religion anyway — particularly if an outdoor crew just like the Giants have been providing a significant increase.
Maybe the Bengals would oblige; possibly not.
The Giants must canvas all certified candidates, too, clearly.
Daboll might circle again to Steve Wilks, who simply obtained handed over by the Carolina Panthers for head coach after doing an unimaginable job as their interim boss.
The Giants interviewed Wilks in 2018 for the top teaching job that went to Shurmur and for final yr’s defensive coordinator emptiness that went to Martindale.
Daboll additionally might revisit Sean Desai, the Seattle Seahawks’ affiliate head coach for protection who interviewed for the Giants’ DC job final yr.
Giants defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson could be a powerful inner possibility.
And right here’s assuming the Giants and the Steelers’ Brian Flores aren’t making or taking any calls in the mean time with litigation pending — though Wilks is part of that lawsuit towards the NFL and homeowners, too.
Maybe Martindale will keep or not get provided the Colts job, and this dialog will probably be moot. The Giants have to be ready to swing for the fences in the event that they lose him, although, as a result of he wouldn’t be a simple coach to exchange.
IT’S A YOUNG MAN’S GAME
This weekend will function the youngest group of 4 quarterbacks ever to begin the NFC and AFC Championship Games at a mean age of 25 years and 98 days, in response to NFL Research.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, 27, is the oldest remaining beginning QB, forward of the Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow, 26, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts, 24, and the San Francisco 49ers’ Brock Purdy, 23.
Conference championship play started in 1970 with the AFL-NFL merger, and beforehand the youngest quartet was in 1996 at a mean age of 25 years and 231 days.
The 4 again then? The Green Bay Packers’ Brett Favre, the Carolina Panthers’ Kerry Collins, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Mark Brunell and the New England Patriots’ Drew Bledsoe.
This yr’s 4 head coaches common simply 46 years of age, as nicely, and it could be approach youthful if not for the Chiefs’ Andy Reid, 64. Otherwise it’s the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, 43, the Eagles’ Nick Sirianni, 41, and the Bengals’ Zac Taylor, 39.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
The Panthers’ passing over their interim coach Wilks, a Black man, to rent Frank Reich, a white man, drew quick remark from the legal professionals who’re already suing the NFL and homeowners for discrimination in hiring practices. “We are shocked and disturbed that after the incredible job Coach Wilks did as the interim coach, including bringing the team back into playoff contention and garnering the support of the players and fans, he was passed over for the head coach position by [owner] David Tepper,” attorneys Douglas H. Wigdor and John Elefterakis stated in an announcement. “There is a legitimate race problem in the NFL, and we can assure you that we will have more to say in the coming days.” Four openings remained as of Friday night: the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans and Colts. …
League sources believed Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the favourite to land the Broncos job till he determined to remain in Dallas for a second straight yr. 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans, a Black man, was regarded as a attainable Broncos selection, too, but additionally is a candidate in Houston the place he performed as a linebacker. This week will carry extra readability: Ryans, Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and Giants OC Mike Kafka are all candidates in Houston. And Ryans and the Philly coaches will be capable to interview additional after their championship video games. …
It’s no shock Denver is having a tricky time discovering a candidate to tackle this model of Russell Wilson and an unpalatable challenge within the Mile High City. …
‘Retired’ Saints coach Sean Payton, in the meantime, continues to make the rounds. It’s attainable he’ll go on this yr’s choices and wait another cycle, when extra engaging jobs might open. …
Former Giants head coach Joe Judge caught important shrapnel this week in a Boston Herald story that described inner frustrations with the Patriots’ offensive employees, together with that QB Mac Jones didn’t look after his place coach. Curiously, the story didn’t point out how New England scored 60 mixed offensive factors in rookie QB Bailey Zappe’s two begins (each wins) towards the Lions and Browns led by a younger creating participant in Judge’s room. Zappe went 41-of-55 (74.5% completion) for 497 yards, three TDs and two turnovers in these two begins when the crew averaged 33.5 factors per recreation (67 complete together with a defensive TD). The Patriots solely averaged 21.4 factors per recreation on the season. Former Lions coach Matt Patricia referred to as the offensive performs, an obligation that will probably be assumed by former Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, New England’s new OC employed this week.
THEY SAID IT
“See you all at Burrowhead Stadium.” — Chiefs go rusher Chris Jones, mocking the Bengals’ trash discuss of Joe Burrow proudly owning Arrowhead Stadium forward of the AFC title recreation.