It’s the first day of the offseason for 20 NFL teams and a handful of them have a few things to do before they can properly plan for 2020. One of those teams is the New York Giants. The G-Men fired head coach Pat Shurmur on Monday which means that they are looking for someone new to run their organization on the field (it has been reported that Dave Gettleman is staying on as their general manager). Many people have thought that Jason Garrett could be someone who ultimately lands that job, but as of the time of this writing he still hasn’t been formally announced as someone who will not be the Dallas Cowboys head coach in 2020.
It seems like Garrett parting ways with the Cowboys is simply a formality, and maybe he will indeed end up coaching Big Blue. Before he gets the chance to even interview though, someone from his staff in Dallas is reportedly going to do so - Kris Richard.
I’m told #Cowboys passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard is schedule to interview with the #Giants for its head coach vacancy on Thursday, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 30, 2019
If you rewound the clock a year you would see lots of talk and discussion praising Kris Richard and calling for him to be the Dallas Cowboys head coach. He was their “defensive coordinator” for this past season, his second with the team, although the title belonged to Rod Marinelli while Richard’s was technically secondary coach, and overall the defense fell short of expectations. Needless to say a lot of Cowboys fans have soured on him.
For what it’s worth, it was reported on Monday that the Giants also like Baylor coach Matt Rhule but they believe that he is also a top candidate for the would-be Cowboys job. Maybe this ultimately works out for the best as Rhule’s Bears will be playing in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia on Thursday and perhaps Dallas can get to him sooner.
This marks two straight years that Richard will interview for a head coaching opportunity as he interviewed for the Miami Dolphins job that ultimately went to Brian Flores a year ago. Maybe the Giants will end up interviewing Jason Garrett should he become available, but for now they’re getting their hands on a different Cowboys coach.