Defensive end Justin Tuck has announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.
"It's been like a tug of war, and finally the rope broke," Tuck told FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo. "And where I fell was retirement." The longtime Giant spent the past two seasons in Oakland, notching only six sacks in 20 games as a torn pectoral cost him most of 2015. Tuck registered four 10-sack campaigns during his nine years with the Giants, and heads into retirement with 66.5 total quarterback takedowns. In addition to his two Super Bowl titles, Tuck was a first-team All-Pro in 2008. He was slated for free agency before hanging up his cleats.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Giants are interviewing ex-49ers coach Mike Singletary for their linebackers coach position on Thursday.
Singletary most recently served as the assistant head coach/linebackers with the Vikings in 2013. He has been out of the league the last two seasons. Singletary and coach Ben McAdoo worked together with the 49ers in 2005.
The New York Daily News reports ex-Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is expected to be named the offensive coordinator for the Giants.
New Giants coach Ben McAdoo worked under Philbin in Green Bay, so the two likely have a close relationship. Philbin did not call the plays while he was a coordinator with the Packers, and that will likely continue under McAdoo in New York. Philbin was fired by the Dolphins after a 1-3 start this season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is an offensive coordinator candidate with the Giants.
New Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coached Green Bay's quarterbacks when Philbin coordinated the Packers' offense under Mike McCarthy. Philbin and McAdoo are tight, and several reports indicate Philbin will be joining McAdoo's staff. We suspect McAdoo will continue to call the Giants' offensive plays.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the 49ers are no longer in the running for Bengals OC Hue Jackson.
It suggests either the Browns or Giants could be closing in on a deal to make Jackson their new head coach. Kawakami reports the 49ers could "double back" on Jackson, but that seems unlikely.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns "remain very focused" on Hue Jackson.
Jackson is scheduled to interview with the Giants Thursday, but La Canfora believes Cleveland could try to beat them to the punch by making a formal offer Tuesday. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam skipped the owners meetings in Houston reportedly in an attempt to land Jackson. It is unclear why Jackson would choose a dysfunctional franchise like Cleveland over the Giants, but it appears to be a real possibility.
The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants' interest in Bengals OC Hue Jackson is "serious."
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Jackson is expected to interview with the Giants Thursday. Jackson has other suitors, most notably the Browns and 49ers, but he will at least hear what New York has to say. The Giants have serious talent deficiencies on defense, but they have a franchise quarterback and a top-tier wide receiver. That is considerably more than what Cleveland or San Francisco can offer.
Giants officially requested to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson.
As was expected. Jackson should interview with New York early this week. Reportedly the "front-runner" in San Francisco, Jackson will have his pick of the litter now than Adam Gase is off the market. Jackson has also met with the Browns.
Ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy Monday.
The Giants are reportedly looking for someone with experience, and that is something Smith brings to the table after running the Falcons from 2008-14. Smith went 66-46 with four playoff appearances over that span, but the wheels fell off over the final two seasons. Smith is also rumored to be a candidate in Tampa Bay.
The Giants are expected to request permission to interview Bengals OC Hue Jackson for their head-coaching vacancy on Monday.
Jackson has been heavily linked to the Browns and 49ers after interviewing with them over the weekend, but the G-Men appear poised to throw their hat into the ring. The Titans could also enter the mix should they hire a general manager in the next 48 hours. Jackson's Bengals season just ended Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising if he were a head coach by the end of this week.
N.J.com's Jordan Raanan expects Bengals OC Hue Jackson to "join the mix" for the Giants' head coaching vacancy.
No meeting is on the books and Jackson has already scheduled interviews with the 49ers and Browns. Jackson is considered the frontrunner for the Niners' job though Chip Kelly and Dirk Koetter are also being considered. Jackson went 8-8 with the Raiders in 2011 in his lone year as an NFL head coach. Teryl Austin, Doug Marrone, Mike Smith, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo are a few of the other candidates hoping to replace Tom Coughlin.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants will interview ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith for their head-coaching vacancy.
Smith interviewed for the Dolphins job which eventually went to Adam Gase and is rumored to be a candidate in Tampa Bay as well. With plenty of upside hires -- including current OC Ben McAdoo -- available, bringing in an uninspiring retread like Smith would show a disturbing lack of vision.
Bears OC Adam Gase is interviewing for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy Friday.
The Dolphins reportedly made a "strong, strong push" to keep Gase in Miami, but he is honoring an interview set up earlier in the week. The hottest coaching candidate on the market, Gase may have to make his decision before other coaching dominos being to fall.
Lions DC Teryl Austin will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.
Austin interviewed with the Browns and Dolphins earlier this week. Austin satisfies the Rooney Rule for the teams that interview him, but it's unclear if he's emerged as a serious head-coaching candidate anywhere so far.
The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants will interview Panthers DC Sean McDermott for their head-coaching vacancy.
McDermott is eligible to do interviews this week because the Panthers earned a first-round bye. He has NFC East roots after spending 12 seasons with the Eagles from 1999-2010. McDermott was fired when coach Andy Reid left town and has been coordinating the Panthers' defense ever since. He's expressed interest in the Eagles' opening and will interview with the Browns.
Jaguars OL coach Doug Marrone will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy on Saturday.
Marrone is clearly still highly thought of around the league despite quitting on the Bills after the 2014 season. He's already drawn interest from the Browns and Dolphins in addition to the Giants. Marrone's offensive line was terrible in Jacksonville, but he apparently has the head-coach qualities.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants have requested permission to interview Bears OC Adam Gase for their head-coaching vacancy.
The Giants join the Eagles, Browns and Dolphins in pursuit of perhaps this year's hottest coaching candidate. Gase oversaw some of the best offenses in league history in Denver before reviving Jay Cutler for the Bears. He's more than earned a chance to lead a team.
Giants CEO John Mara would not rule out trading a draft pick for a coach.
Mara is almost certainly referring to Sean Payton, who reportedly can be had for a second-round pick. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday Payton was "monitoring the situation" in New York, which means he is likely interested in the job now that Tom Coughlin has resigned. Several other teams are rumored to be interested as well.
Giants CEO John Mara suggested Tom Coughlin could return to the team in a consultant or advisor role.
Mara praised Coughlin's abilities as a talent evaluator and seemed serious about bringing the former coach back. In his press conference Tuesday morning, Coughlin would not rule out a return to coaching, although a return to a front-office role might make more sense for the 69-year-old.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Saints coach Sean Payton is "monitoring the situation" with the Giants.
"Very closely," Rapsheet added for emphasis. We don't doubt that a coach who is rumored to want to move on is monitoring the best opening in football. Payton can "monitor" all he wants, but it could mean nothing if the Saints can't find trade compensation they approve of.