New York Post

Jints ready if OC or DC land HC gig


Brian Daboll did such a good job hiring Giants coordinato­rs last offseason that he might have to do it again sooner than later.

Offensive coordinato­r Mike Kafka interviewe­d Sunday to be the head coach of the Colts, Texans or Panthers, while defensive coordinato­r Wink Martindale interviewe­d with the Colts. Because the Giants are out of the playoffs, the stocks of Kafka and Martindale could heat up as searches become more urgent and openings get filled. Teams cannot interview coaches of the four remaining playoff teams until Jan. 30 at the earliest.

If Martindale was to be hired, the Giants could turn to an in-house candidate in hopes of running the same blitz-heavy scheme. Outside linebacker­s coach Drew Wilkins would be a top candidate to coordinate for his mentor Martindale unless he wants to create his own identity, and defensive backs coach Jerome Henderson is overdue an opportunit­y after 16 years as an assistant.

“Being around Wink, if a player shows up, he’s going to feel like an All-Pro. Well, as a coach, if you are around Wink long enough, you feel like Bill Parcells,” Wilkins told The Post. “He inspires that confidence in everybody. So, I do feel like I’d be ready for an opportunit­y. But I absolutely love the Giants, and the way the Mara and Tisch families take care of your family and make this place feel like home.”

The Giants are less likely to turn in-house if Kafka is hired, though Daboll’s other two finalists in last year’s search could be available: Texans offensive coordinato­r Pep Hamilton could be replaced by a new head coach, and Browns wide receivers coach Chad O’Shea just interviewe­d for the Jets coordinato­r vacancy. Daboll’s influence on the playbook and game plans also helps on that side of the ball.

“You always have to have a plan because you never know what’s going to happen if Wink gets a job, if Kafka gets a job,” Daboll said. “So, you have to go through the whole process.”

Martindale told Daboll about Wilkins last offseason that “if it doesn’t work out with me, you need to hire this guy. He is a special talent in this league.” They spent nine seasons together on the Ravens’ staff and outside linebacker Jihad Ward, who played under Wilkins in both places, refers to Wilkins as “Wink Jr. — a good teacher who wants to see everyone win and get better.”

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