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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Report: Jim Schwartz a ‘favorite’ to land Giants head coaching job

Jim Schwartz

The New York Giants will be looking for a new head coach as soon as the 2017 season ends, and one name that we continue to hear mentioned in connection with the position is Jim Schwartz.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Sunday that Schwartz is considered one of the favorites — if not the favorite — to land the Giants job. Schwartz, currently the defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to interview with the Giants next week when Philly has its first-round playoff bye.

Giants owner John Mara has indicated that the team would like its next coach to have previous head coaching experience in the NFL, and Schwartz spent five seasons in that role with the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. He went 29-51 during that span, but he took the Lions to the playoffs just three seasons after they went 0-16.

The Eagles have one of the better defenses in football this season, and Schwartz has been given much of the credit for the unit’s success. With Carson Wentz out for the season because of a torn ACL, that defense will need to remain stout in the postseason.

The Giants have been linked to at least one other high-profile coaching candidate, but that possibility may be off the table in the near future. For now, Schwartz is the guy to watch.

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