How new Colts coach Frank Reich is key to Giants offensive coordinator search

Josh McDaniels spurned the Colts to stay with the Patriots, but he also cost the Eagles and Giants some others coaches in the process: Follow the chain reaction.

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Josh McDaniels’ didn’t just mess with the Colts when he backed out of an agreement to become head coach in order to remain as Patriots offensive coordinator.

He sent a ripple effect through the NFC East Division.

The Colts announced Sunday the hire of Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich as their new head coach.

That means the Eagles have lost their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo) since winning Super Bowl LII.

It also means the Eagles would have to be willing to lose a third offensive assistant coach by granting the division rival Giants an opportunity to interview contracted running backs coach Duce Staley to be their offensive coordinator.

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The Eagles have a track record of blocking assistant coaches — the Jets were denied permission to interview DeFilippo last offseason.

And the Giants already have experienced the frustration once, as the Vikings denied the Giants’ request to interview quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski.

Stefanski, who was the top choice of Giants coach Pat Shurmur after they worked together in Minnesota in 2016 and 2017, will remain quarterbacks coach under DeFilippo.

That left the Giants to turn to two other reported Plan B options: Staley and former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

But Staley could have two other appealing options besides the Giants even if he received permission to seek other opportunities:

  • Stay with the Eagles — where he was a fan favorite player and interviewed for the head coach vacancy in 2016 — and move up the ladder, possibly to offensive coordinator.
  • Follow Reich to the Colts

But that’s not the end of the ways in which Reich’s hire can impact the Giants.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard is a former teammate of Bevell’s when the two turned around then-doormat Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez. He was said to be a top choice to be the Colts offensive coordinator under McDaniels, and that might still be the case under Reich.

CBS Sports’ Jason LaConfora reported the Colts and Bevell have been in talks for weeks.

So if Reich hires Bevell and the Eagles retain Staley, Shurmur could be forced to turn to Plan D.

The Giants narrowly avoided a Plan D in their head coaching search by landing Shurmur, who also interviewed with the Cardinals.

Maybe this all was McDaniels’ evil plan to pay back the Giants and Eagles for costing the Patriots another three Super Bowl rings.

Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find our Giants coverage on Facebook.


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