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Giants' candidates for defensive coordinator thinning

Former-Bills coach Dick Jauron. (December 28, 2008)

Former-Bills coach Dick Jauron. (December 28, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

Defensive coordinator jobs continue to be filled throughout the NFL, some of them by candidates the Giants have considered, while the one in New York remains vacant.

On Tuesday night - and with preliminary plans to meet with the Giants Wednesday - Jim Haslett agreed to lead the defense in Washington. Then Wednesday morning, after telling the Giants earlier in the week that he would give the Chiefs "first shot" at signing him, Romeo Crennel became the new defensive coordinator in Kansas City.

The Giants' position remains empty since the firing of Bill Sheridan a week and a half ago.

Crennel joins a Chiefs team full of familiar faces. He won Super Bowl titles in New England with offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and GM Scott Pioli. Haslett coached in the UFL this fall and brought his team to the championship game.

The only candidate with a confirmed interview with the Giants is Perry Fewell, who met with coach Tom Coughlin last week, and the Giants have not made him an offer. Fewell interviewed with the Bears on Monday and his agent said he was "anticipating options," but so far neither the Giants nor the Bears have offered him the job.

The Giants expected their search to be thorough and painstaking from the beginning. Several possible candidates remain available, including Dick Jauron, a coordinator under Coughlin in Jacksonville who many believed would be an immediate short-lister. But Jauron has not been contacted by the Giants about the position, according to league sources.

It could be that Coughlin is waiting to interview candidates at some of the college all-star games later this month. Or he could be waiting for a candidate to emerge from one of the eight teams still competing in the playoffs.

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