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Giants interview Dennis Allen for defensive coordinator; Steve Spagnuolo is up next

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen answers a

Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen answers a reporter's question during a media conference following a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, England, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Credit: AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Dennis Allen interviewed for the Giants' open defensive coordinator position on Tuesday and Steve Spagnuolo will follow him on Wednesday, according to a source. That will bring the list of known interviewed candidates to four by the end of Wednesday as Tom Coughlin could begin the process of tightening the wide net he has cast to find a replacement for Perry Fewell.

Coughlin previously interviewed Washington defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson. Reports from Washington indicate that Morris is no longer considered a candidate.

Spagnuolo remains the most intriguing possibility. He was the Giants' defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 under Coughlin. The Giants requested and received permission from the Ravens to interview him on Monday. Spagnuolo has been with the Ravens for two years and in 2014 was their defensive backs coach and assistant head coach.

"That's not something we would want to hold him back from as an opportunity," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That's something he deserves an opportunity to look at."

Allen, perhaps the least known of the candidates to Giants fans, was coach of the Raiders for two-plus seasons and was the defensive coordinator of the Broncos for one season in 2011 before that. He was also the secondary coach for the Saints from 2008-10.

It's unclear if Coughlin has any interviews lined up beyond Spagnuolo's. One candidate who could emerge is Jim Schwartz, the former Lions coach whose contract as the defensive coordinator of the Bills was terminated by Rex Ryan on Tuesday.


Odell honored

The awards are starting to roll in for Odell Beckham Jr., who was named the Rookie of the Year by voters of the Pro Football Writers Association. Beckham also was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and one of two receivers on the All-Rookie team announced by the media organization.

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Beckham is the first Giants player to receive the PFWA's Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He is considered a shoo-in to be named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and is one of five finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award, which is voted on by fans. Both of those awards will be announced Jan. 31 in Arizona, the night before the Super Bowl.


Giant steps

The Giants signed DB Trevin Wade and OL Emmett Cleary to reserve/future contracts. Wade has played in 15 regular-season games for the Browns and Saints. Cleary has spent the last two seasons on the practice squads of the Bucs and Bengals.

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