With Ben McAdoo out, who's the Giants' next head coach?

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - Now that the Giants have pulled the plug on Ben McAdoo, in addition to Jerry Reese as general manager, here is a look at possible candidates to replace McAdoo long-term.

The Giants will turn to defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo - who interviewed for the job when Tom Coughlin left the organization - on an interim basis. Spagnuolo has head coaching experience in his time with the then-St. Louis Rams, although that tenure did not go well.

These are some of the possibilities:

Mike Smith

The veteran former Atlanta Falcons coach impressed team brass in the last round of interviews and it was believed he was a serious contender to get the job before the Giants hired McAdoo.

The 58-year-old is currently the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he compiled a 66-46 record in seven seasons in Atlanta, earning NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2010 and 2012 by various outlets (Associated Press, Sporting News).

His 1-4 postseason record is a bit of a red flag.

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Josh McDaniels

The perennial hot candidate from New England, he's an inventive offensive coordinator who has a great bond with Giants fave and coaching legend Bill Belichick, not to mention the respect of Tom Brady.

He's resisted overtures to leave the Patriots, but this would be his second shot at head coach after things did not go well in his first go-around with the Denver Broncos. Maybe McDaniels would jump at the chance to join a franchise that Belichick remains fond of with the opportunity to hand pick his next quarterback with the Giants currently in the top 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Also won't hurt if, say, the Giants make a move at general manager and lure the likes of former Patriots front man Scott Pioli. Pioli is the son-in-law of Hall of Famer and Oradell native Bill Parcells, and he used to drive to Giants training camp in the mid-1980s as a student at Central Connecticut State. A McDaniels-Pioli pairing could make some sense.

Nick Saban

Ah, the golden goose. Saban has repeatedly rebuffed overtures to leave the college ranks and his kingdom at Alabama for another chance after failing in the NFL with the Dolphins.

There were reports following Coughlin's departure that intermediaries for Saban reached out to the Giants with interest at the 11th hour. The Giants would likely have to change their front office structure somewhat to bring in Saban - he's not a coach who likes to relinquish much control in any facet - and he'd certainly be looking for a big-money contract.

Teryl Austin

The defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions accounted well for himself in the last round of interviews when the Giants were seeking to replace Tom Coughlin. 

Jim Harbaugh

Hey, you never know: what if Harbaugh is looking to get back in the NFL and likes the idea of coming to a major market where he could have the chance to pick his quarterback.

Things have not gone swimmingly in Michigan, and while the allure of a possible job in Indianapolis with his former Stanford QB Andrew Luck already there, he's a big name who would certainly change the current culture of the place.

David Shaw

The Giants wanted to interview Shaw two years ago, but the Stanford coach has refused overtures from the NFL.

The interest still might be there, especially with Shaw doing such a solid job at Stanford after succeeding Jim Harbaugh.

 

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