Jim Schwartz frontrunner for Giants job

We'll find out if the coaching search will follow a similar script.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Giants are supposedly going to first interview current Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for their head coaching position. With the Eagles on a first-round bye, Schwartz will be the first candidate to interview with the G-Men. Schwartz is the first reported interview for the opening created when the Giants fired Ben McAdoo on December 4.

Giants co-owner John Mara introduced Dave Gettleman as the franchise's next general manager on Friday. The inexperienced McAdoo was sacked just 12 games into his second season.

Both have been in the mix for head coaching jobs in the past few years. "It's not impossible for you to succeed without that, but I think the more experience that that individual has as either a head coach or as a coordinator on either side of the ball, I think is very important". He coached the Detroit Lions for five seasons, with his tenure ending in his dismissal after the 2013 season. In Buffalo, Schwartz's defense was the NFL's best statistically, but he was not retained when Rex Ryan took over for Doug Marrone after the season. Detroit reached the playoffs once as a wild card team in 2011 and was bounced by the New Orleans Saints.

Schwartz was sacked by the Lions after going 7-9 in 2013 and served as the Bills' defensive coordinator in 2014. The Halethorpe, Maryland, native has held that title with the Titans (2001-08), Bills (2014) and Eagles (2016-present).

It seems to be obvious that the Giants are looking for experience at head coach. Steve Spagnuolo has since served as interim head coach. Other names mentioned are Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.

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