There are a lot of changes coming very soon for the New York Giants. They’ll need a new head coach, a new General Manager and likely even a new franchise quarterback.
It sounds like New York may be close to hiring a GM, and at the very least the organization is already conducting interviews. And with that in mind, one interesting name has emerged as a candidate for the vacant general manager gig.
It’s an interesting name because not only is this person a former player, but he’s a long-time NFL scout and pro personnel director as well. Oh, and he happens to be a current ESPN personality.
That person is none other than Louis Riddick, per reports:
Riddick would be a very interesting hire because of his wealth of NFL knowledge and experience. He played in the league from 1992-1998 before becoming a pro scout for the Washington Redskins (2001-2007) and Philadelphia Eagles (2008-2013). At both stops, Riddick was promoted to director of pro personnel.
What makes Riddick really interesting for the Giants, though, is the fact that he could end up being a package deal with a very hot head coaching candidate: Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Curtis Crabtree of ProFootballTalk explains:
At the time, Riddick said he nearly got the job with the 49ers. He said that he and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels were a package deal and McDaniels wasn’t ready to leave the Patriots at the time. If that assertion is accurate, it would seem to imply the same arrangement could be at hand with the Giants should Riddick get the general manager job. If New York has an implicit understanding that McDaniels would join Riddick as head coach, it could make Riddick’s candidacy that much more intriguing.
New York, at its core, is a proud organization that has won multiple Super Bowls. This current 2-12 season may not show it, but the Giants are a few solid moves away from being a contender once again.
Perhaps hiring a GM like Riddick would be the first step.