The New York Giants will meet with New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on Friday as part of their head coaching search.
But there is another member of the Patriots staff they should be looking at, a name that is being overlooked and was thought to be unattainable until now.
An organization that rarely takes a risk needs to handle the upcoming series of interviews for their head coaching search with a bit of a gambler’s mentality. Within the coming weeks, Belichick might well become available if reports are true of a rift within the organization between owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady.
Kraft obviously isn’t going anywhere and Brady, well, he’s the face of the franchise and apparently forced ownership to trade away backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this season. Safe to assume that if he does, in fact, wield that kind of power that he is not going anywhere.
All of which can and might just open the door for Belichick to once again join the Giants, the only team to have beaten him in the Super Bowl. Twice.
Belichick, who has ties with the Giants as an assistant coach going back three decades, certainly would be a home run hire. Given his unprecedented success in the league as arguably the greatest head coach of all time, he would be the type of hire that would far exceed the likes of a McDaniels or a Patricia or a Jim Schwartz.
That’s not to say that any of those hires would be bad, but Belichick? C’mon he is a no-brainer. Barring a home run interview from the Giants run of the mill candidates, they have to wait and see what happens with Belichick.
Given the pieces the Giants have in place including a two-time Super Bowl MVP in Eli Manning, Belichick would be inheriting a team that truthfully isn’t far away from the playoffs.
And given his ability to maximize both young players and drain the last drops of talent from veterans, a rebuilding project like this could be ideal.
It would let Belichick return to his Giants roots and rebuild something. It’d also be a chance to get a little payback at the Patriots.
The Giants have already beaten the Patriots twice in recent years in the Super Bowl. Imagine a motivated Belichick with a veteran team getting a crack at his old team with a championship on the line.
It’s almost too good to imagine.
There is also the fact that he can potentially sign or draft a young quarterback to take over for Manning, something especially intriguing given what he’s shown he can do with the likes of Garoppolo and years before with Matt Cassel. To win with Manning, and then potentially develop another young winner, can only cement Belichick’s legacy and perhaps erase the notion that his success is all owed to Brady.
That the Giants have a decent core in place, as well as the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, makes them a fascinating rebuild.
It is a pipe dream perhaps, but one worth the wait for the Giants. Given how Belichick has handled “troubled” players in the past, he really should have no problem in the Giants locker room where some may be immature but aren’t horrible human beings.
He also would be just a 40-minute drive from Rutgers and everyone knows how Belichick loves himself some Scarlet Knights on his roster.
At the end of the day, Belichick might not move on. Perhaps the reports are overblown or just false. Maybe another Super Bowl title will heal all wounds and there won’t be a rift with Kraft or Brady after this postseason. He could also simply retire and go out on top without a substantiated blemish to deflate his legacy.
But for a Giants team in need of a rebuild and desperate for some stability, they could do a lot worse than roll the dice and wait on how things play out with the greatest head coach of his generation.