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Hakeem Nicks keeping eye on search for new Giants offensive coordinator

Hakeem Nicks speaks to the media in East

Hakeem Nicks speaks to the media in East Rutherford, N.J., after the Giants season ended with a 7-9 record. (Dec. 30, 2013) Credit: AP

As the search for the Giants' new offensive coordinator begins to take shape -- both front-runner Mike Sullivan and former Titans coordinator Dowell Loggains will interview Wednesday, according to a source -- there is at least one very interested spectator.

Hakeem Nicks.

The free-agent wide receiver said Tuesday that although he is uncertain of his future with the Giants, he is keeping close tabs on the decision-making process.

"I'm watching it," he said at an event for his Helping Hands foundation at PS 15 in Manhattan. "I feel like I'm still a part of it. I'm definitely paying attention to it."

Nicks seemed to throw his support behind Sullivan, for whatever that's worth. He noted that Sullivan would bring in the same schemes and philosophies that Kevin Gilbride had before he retired last week.

There are some who believe a more radical change is needed for an offense that was 28th in the NFL in 2013. Nicks said he doesn't think a big shake-up is needed. "I'm sure Eli [Manning] will want to have the same system, he won't want to change," Nicks said. "It's been working for us in the past."

Loggains coached under former Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer in Tennessee before replacing Palmer. Loggains is also a candidate in Detroit.

Loggains certainly would give the Giants' staff an infusion of youth. At 33, he's the same age as Manning.

Nicks confirmed that he met with Giants officials last week but did not come away with a clear picture of what will happen this offseason.

"I really don't know what to expect," he said. "There's some stuff going on as far as the coaching changes right now. We're just taking time to step away from it . . . and when it's time to handle all of that, we'll handle it."Notes & quotes: Antrel Rolle will be honored at the 34th annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner on Feb. 4 . . . The Giants signed five free agents: TE Daniel Fells, WR Preston Parker, LB Spencer Adkins, OL Troy Kropog and kicker / punter Brandon McManus.

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