Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is expected to interview for the New York Giants’ head coach job in the next week, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
Pro Football Talk first reported the Giants’ interest in Schwartz on Friday. NFL insider Mike Silver also recently said he expects Schwartz to be a “strong candidate” for New York’s vacancy.
Speaking to reporters last week, Giants owner John Mara said his organization is looking to hire a former head coach or a coordinator with extensive experience. Schwartz certainly fits the bill in that regard.
Losing Schwartz could potentially hurt the Eagles’ defense. Philadelphia’s had success under him. The Eagles finished fourth overall in defensive DVOA last season and fifth overall this season.
If the Eagles lose Schwartz to the Giants, it wouldn’t be crazy to think Philly might hire the interim head coach he’s replacing. The Eagles reportedly preferred Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo before hiring Schwartz in 2016.
Schwartz might not be the only coaching staff member the Eagles lose this offseason. Quarterback coach John DeFilippo, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and even special teams coordinator Dave Fipp have all been brought up as potential head coach candidates.
Having a strong coaching staff has largely played into the Eagles’ 2017 success. Replacing coaches will be a challenge for Eagles head coach Doug Pederson and EVP of football operations Howie Roseman moving forward.
UPDATE: There are some conflicting reports about Schwartz being the “favorite” for the Giants job.
As of this morning nothing has changed according to my sources. Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia clear favorites for Giants job and, if he’s fired, Bill O’Brien, too. Pat Shurmur next. Lots of Jim Schwartz rumors this weekend, but he’s not near the top. https://t.co/dq5aQe5yx9— Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) December 31, 2017