NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mike Smith, a former NFL Coach of the Year who guided the Atlanta Falcons to five straight winning seasons, interviewed for the Giants‘ head coaching vacancy Monday.
Smith, 56, spent seven seasons in Atlanta, compiling a 66-46 record. But for all the regular-season success his teams enjoyed, Atlanta had just one playoff victory under Smith.
He was fired in December 2014 after back-to-back losing seasons and was out of football this past season.
ESPN reported Monday that the Giants have also requested to interview Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who has already met with San Francisco and Cleveland. Jackson served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011, but was fired after the team went 8-8 and a new general manager took over.
The Giants have reportedly already met with their own offensive and defensive coordinators, Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo, Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, former Bills coach Doug Marrone and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. The Miami Dolphins hired Gase as their head coach over the weekend.
The coaching search will likely be delayed a couple of days this week, as co-owner John Mara is scheduled to travel to Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday for a special owners’ meeting to discuss the possibility of a team or teams relocating to Los Angeles.