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Crennel to interview for Giants 'D' coordinator opening?

Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel watches from the

Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel watches from the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Cleveland. (November 6, 2008) Credit: AP

Romeo Crennel and the Giants have been in contact about the defensive coordinator position, but they have not had in-depth conversations about the job.

"[They're] nothing more than Facebook Friends at this point," Crennel's agent, Joe Linta, said of the casual nature of talks between his client and the Giants.

But hey, isn't Facebook where you go to rekindle old flames and reconnect with long-lost chums?

Crennel certainly qualifies as that for the Giants, having been an assistant coach for the team for 12 years, three of those years on a staff that included Tom Coughlin. The two have remained close - Coughlin attended Crennel's daughter's wedding a few years ago - so the getting-to-know-you phase of the interview probably will be glossed right over.

When Crennel returns from a vacation on Monday, though, it's expected that the chitchat will end and the nuts-and-bolts will begin. Although no formal interview has been scheduled, both sides appear to be intrigued by the other.

Crennel, who did not coach in 2009 after being fired as coach of the Browns and undergoing hip-replacement surgery, would be interested in the job, Linta said. And if the Giants are reaching out to Crennel, it's not just to catch up on old times.

Crennel will likely be the second candidate to interview for the job. Perry Fewell met with Coughlin Thursday and left without an offer, although that doesn't mean things did not go well. Fewell is expected to meet with the Bears about their defensive coordinator vacancy early next week.

The Giants aren't expected to make any decision on a replacement for Bill Sheridan until next week at the earliest, following through on promises for a thorough search.

Crennel won Super Bowl rings with the Patriots as their defensive coordinator and is schooled in the 3-4 system. The Giants have run a 4-3 in recent years.

But the Giants have made it clear that a scheme will not prevent them from hiring the best coordinator they can find. Fewell, for instance, has a background in a Tampa-2 defense. And most 3-4 defenses spend some time with four down linemen.

Earlier this week a source told Newsday that the Giants are more committed to "getting better" than they are committed to their 4-3 playbook.

We'll have to wait and see if they are committed to Crennel.

Ross headed west? ESPN reported that Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, 35, will interview for the general manager job in Seattle on Monday. In two years with the Giants, Ross has overseen a draft-preparation process that brought them first-rounders Kenny Phillips and Hakeem Nicks. He spent time in the scouting departments of the Eagles and Bills before coming to the Giants.

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