EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The Giants were reportedly interviewing two candidates Thursday for their head coaching vacancy.
The team was scheduled to interview its own defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, according to multiple reports.
The Giants are looking to replace Tom Coughlin, who stepped down Monday after 12 years. Team co-owner John Mara said at Coughlin’s farewell news conference this week that Spagnuolo and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo would be considered for the job. McAdoo reportedly interviewed Tuesday.
The Giants also were working to line up interviews with Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase and former Bills coach Doug Marrone, according to reports.
Spagnuolo, 56, led the Giants defense in 2007-08 before being hired as head coach of the St. Louis Rams. In three seasons in St. Louis, his teams compiled a dismal 10-38 record before he was fired.
After serving on the staffs of the Saints and Ravens, Spagnuolo returned to the Giants in 2015, but his defense was ranked last in the NFL, allowing 420.3 yards per game.
Austin, 50, just completed his second season as Detroit’s defensive coordinator. His units were ranked in 31st and 18th in 2014 and ’15, respectively.