Giants head coach rumors: Steve Wilks to interview Tuesday

Giants head coach rumors: Steve Wilks to interview Tuesday”

The Giants are talking to Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks today, and they'll be prepared to make a decision quickly if he impresses them.

Wilks, 48, met with with team president John Mara, GM Dave Gettleman, assistant GM Kevin Abrams and chairman Steve Tisch at the team facility in East Rutherford. He's been referred to as a hard-nosed leader with his players, and considering the discipline issues the Giants have had, Wilks' no-nonsense approach is appealing.

The Panthers' defensive coordinator worked four years with newly-hired Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, and from reports out of NY, it appears Wilks is drawing an important attendee to his meeting. Former Giants Super Bowl hero Chase Blackburn is also on staff in Carolina, so maybe he joins the new staff, too.

The search for Chuck Pagano's replacement as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts will likely intensify greatly this week. This was the first interview Tisch has attended, although he has been briefed on the previous interviews with Steve Spagnuolo, Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels and Pat Shurmur and will participate in the next round of meetings. The Giants will meet Wednesday with Eric Studesville, who was the Broncos' running backs coach and assistant head coach until he was dismissed following the season.

Coaches on teams with a bye - and the Eagles were won - needed to interview prior to the end of wild-card weekend.

Here's a closer look at New York's coaching candidates so far.

Wilks will interview with three teams.

The only candidate to interview who is now available is Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who served as interim head coach for the final four games of 2017. Perhaps that experience will assuage Giants ownership that Wilks, considered a charismatic coach and strict disciplinarian, is worth a shot. Gettleman has also said that it is preferable, but not a dealbreaker.

The biggest hurdle for Wilks is that he has no prior head coaching experience in the NFL. "You need intelligence. You need leadership and on the assumption that you hire an intelligent guy, you're going to have a guy with vision".

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