Pro Football Talk continues to push the idea that Schwartz is David Gettleman’s guy. ESPN said Schwartz is “expected to be a favorite -- if not the favorite” for the job and will interview for the vacancy this week. NFL Network also said Schwartz is expected to be a “strong favorite.”
But while the big media outlets might be connecting Schwartz to New York, one Giants beat writer is singing a different tune. Check out what Gary Myers of the New York Daily News had to say about Schwartz’s chances.
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
So, here's where Giants are right now. GM Dave Gettleman will not replace Marc Ross (who he fired) and will run draft and FA himself. 3 sources confirm Josh McDaniels & Matt Patricia are favorites with Bill O'Brien if fired. All 3 sources downplayed Jim Schwartz as candidate.— Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) December 31, 2017
So why the conflicting information?
One theory is that the big media outlets are being fed by Schwartz’s agent, who is trying to create a competitive market for his client. The Giants might have some level of interest in Schwartz, sure, but it might not be to the extent it’s being made out to be.
It’s also possible Myers could be wrong. But I’d wager it’s less likely he’s pushing an agent-driven agenda compared to the other outlets.
In addition to being expected to interview with the Giants, Schwartz has also been linked to the Cardinals head coach vacancy. Arizona has reportedly requested an interview with the Eagles’ DC.
I’ve maintained that it wouldn’t shock me if Schwartz gets a head coaching job, but I still think it’s more likely he stays around as Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator for at least another season.
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport reports Schwartz’s only interview request has come with the Cardinals so far. Not the Giants.
The Cardinals are Jim Schwartz’s only request.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2018
SECOND UPDATE: Well, Schwartz is interviewing with the Giants after all.
Giants submitted request to interview Eagles' DC Jim Schwartz for their HC job, and the interview is expected to occur this weekend in Philadelphia, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2018