Source: Mike Sullivan to interview for job of Giants offensive coordinator
Mike Sullivan, the odds-on favorite to become the Giants' next offensive coordinator, will interview for the job this week, a person familiar with the search confirmed.
Sullivan, a former Giants staffer who spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator and play-caller for the Buccaneers, is expected to arrive in the area Tuesday and meet with the team's decision-makers either Tuesday night or Wednesday.
Sullivan, 46, was fired along with the rest of the Tampa Bay staff last week. His offense was last in the NFL in 2013, but in 2012 it was ranked ninth. The Giants' offense was ranked 28th in 2013.
The Giants' opening at offensive coordinator was created last week when Kevin Gilbride decided to retire. Gilbride served as the offensive coordinator for seven seasons, which included two Super Bowl championships. Both of those titles came with Sullivan on the staff.
When the Giants won Super Bowl XLII to cap the 2007 season, Sullivan was the wide receivers coach. He was promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2010 and held that position for the run to Super Bowl XLVI in the 2011 season. Then he joined Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano's staff.
Sullivan also was a quality- control assistant on Tom Coughlin's staff with the Jaguars in 2002 and 2003.
Even before Gilbride announced his retirement, there seemed to be some momentum for Sullivan to rejoin the Giants.
"We obviously think very highly of him," co-owner John Mara said of Sullivan last week.
Notes & quotes: The Redskins confirmed that Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interviewed for their head-coaching job Monday. Fewell is part of a crowded field of candidates. He is the fifth to interview and reports indicate the Redskins have requested permission to speak with six others, including Bengals offensive and defensive coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer and 49ers offensive and defensive coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangio . . . Giants left tackle Will Beatty had surgery last week to repair the right tibia fracture he suffered in the regular-season finale, but he suffered no ligament damage to the knee and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2014 season.