Giants to interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, DC Matt Patricia

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And though they were considering waiting until 2018 to interview more GM candidates, they hired Gettleman knowing he was their guy and knowing that many coach firings were coming across the National Football League to create a competitive coaching market.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Cardinals will interview Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores for their head-coaching vacancy.

Chuck Pagano was let go after coaching the Colts for 6 seasons. They could have interviewed coaches without a GM theoretically, but the Giants wisely preferred to hire a GM first. McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired in succession Monday amid a 2-10 season accentuated by the messy fallout from Eli Manning's benching last week. And on Monday morning, a.k.a.

McDaniels, 41, went 11-17 in his only previous stint as a head coach with the Denver Broncos before he was sacked during his second season in 2010.

Schwartz, 51, coached the Detroit Lions for five seasons from 2009-13 before being fired.

With the Patriots on a bye before the divisional round of the playoffs, both McDaniels and Patricia can interview this week and a second interview could take place once the Patriots are eliminated or in the gap before the Super Bowl.

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McDaniels, 41, has been the Patriots' offensive coordinator since 2012.

Meanwhile, Patricia has slowly climbed the ranks of potential head coaches. He also was on Bill Belichick's staff from 2002-08 and served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (2006-08) and quarterbacks coach (2004-05).

Patricia gave a similar response.

Patricia, 43, is in his sixth year as New England's defensive coordinator.

Over the last six seasons with McDaniels as offensive coordinator, the Patriots have yet to finish below fourth in points per game. Patricia also interestingly worked as an aeronautical engineer for two years in the late 90s.