Joe Schoen’s top lieutenant and Brian Daboll’s lone holdover coordinator have second interviews this week for potential promotions with other teams.
Kafka, 36, was a finalist for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job that Jonathan Gannon landed last year. And he interviewed this year for a Tennessee Titans vacancy filled by Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan.
Brown, 35, the Eagles’ former director of player personnel, had two interviews for this month’s Carolina Panthers GM vacancy filled by in-house candidate Dan Morgan.
If Kafka gets the Seahawks job, the Giants will be looking for new coordinators on all three sides of the ball.
He has stiff competition in Seattle, though: Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is a strong candidate to rejoin his former team as head coach, and Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham — the former Giants DC — is in the mix, as well.
If Brown gets the Chargers job, meanwhile, the Giants will receive a third-round compensatory draft pick in both 2024 and 2025. That stems from an NFL resolution intended to encourage the promotion of Black and minority candidates.
ADDING DEPTH TO DEVELOP
Cota, 24, was an undrafted free agent rookie originally signed by the Lions. He led Detroit with four catches for 60 yards in a preseason win over the Giants, then spent most of the season on the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad before hooking on with the Houston Texans late. The son of former NFL safety Chad Cota has no regular season experience yet.
Morrissey, 25, a Raiders 2021 seventh-round pick, played in 14 games over the past three years for the Texans, including just one game as a backup in 2023.
BRING ON THE NEW GUYS
The Giants will play half of their eight road games against head coaches in the first year with their new team next season.
Brian Daboll’s team will travel in 2024 to face the Washington Commanders, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers, all teams that are interviewing candidates to replace fired coaches. The Giants also will host the Commanders at home as an NFC East foe.
Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson and Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris appear to be the leading candidates in Washington. Quinn’s name gets mentioned most in connection to the Seahawks’ vacancy, but they have cast a wide net and are coming out of a long run with a defensive head coach in Pete Carroll.
Bill Belichick is considered the front-runner in Atlanta, although the Falcons have explored a wide range of candidates, including Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik. And the Panthers are considering coordinators on both sides of the ball, including the Rams’ Morris and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales.