Giants coach Brian Daboll and Jets coach Robert Saleh.

Giants coach Brian Daboll and Jets coach Robert Saleh. Credit: James Escher; Patrick E. McCarthy

The Giants continue their search for a defensive coordinator, as Wink Martindale departed in a messy fashion that should have been avoidable.

As of this writing, Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka remains a candidate for the Seahawks' OC job. The Giants went 6-11 last season and ranked 29th in the NFL in yards and 30th in points scored. With the prevailing thought that coach Brian Daboll could be the offensive play-caller in 2024, that may change how any OC candidate would view that opportunity.

The Giants did hire Michael Ghobrial as their special teams coordinator. He replaces Thomas McGaughey, who was let go with a year remaining on his contract. Ghobrial spent three seasons as an assistant special teams coach for the Jets under coordinator Brant Boyer.

The new offensive line coach is Carmen Bricillo, a 20-year coaching veteran, including five years in the NFL. The Giants also hired running backs coach Joel Thomas, who had been with the Saints since 2015, to replace Jeff Nixon, who left for the OC job at Syracuse.

Also, Aaron Wellman returned to the Giants as a member of the strength and conditioning staff.

The Jets, meanwhile, retained an important part of Robert Saleh’s staff when they extended defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton’s contract. They also are hiring Tony Dews as their running backs coach. Dews spent five seasons as the Titans' running backs coach from 2018-22 and was Tennessee’s tight ends coach this past season. Dews replaces Taylor Embree, who was let go.

They Jets interviewed former Panthers running backs coach Duce Staley as well. Staley was hired by the Browns as running backs coach.

The Jets also could make other changes on offense, and need to replace Gobrial.

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New head coaches

Since the end of the regular season six teams have replaced their head coach. There are still two openings:

Team                   He’s in                     He’s out

Atlanta                 Raheem Morris       Arthur Smith

Carolina              Dave Canales         Frank Reich

Las Vegas          *Antonio Pierce       Josh McDaniels

L.A. Chargers     Jim Harbaugh         Brandon Staley

New England      Jerod Mayo            Bill Belichick

Seattle                Open                      Pete Carroll

Tennessee          Brian Callahan       Mike Vrabel

Washington        Open                      Ron Rivera

*-Had been interim head coach.

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