but we can't let the day go by without having an official list of possibilities for the defensive coordinator's job. I know we've talked about some of these names as parts of other entries, but we'll throw them all here now. Believe it or not, I'm sure there are other names on Tom Coughlin's short-list, but darned if he's called to share them with me.
So here we go.
DICK JAURON: The most obvious one for several reasons. First, Coughlin knows him from his Jacksonville days, which is a big plus. The guy wasn't a very good head coach, but he knows defense. And now that he's no longer occupied in downtrodden Buffalo, he might just make himself available to his former boss to straighten out this mess of a defense.
DOM CAPERS: The father of the zone blitz (just what some of you guys need, right?) is busy coaching the Green Bay defense in the playoffs right now. But he'd be worth an interview. Remember, those assistants under contract have to be offered a higher position, like assistant head coach, in order to jump. Capers also worked with Coughlin.
BOB SUTTON: The National Football Post website said Coughlin is targeting this ex-Army head coach and current Jets linebackers coach. The military background is right up Coughlin's alley. But this is a guy who got zilch out of a first-round pick in Vernon Gholston. Well, everybody has his failures. He did do well with this year's starting LBs, however, as they were a functional part of the league's No. 1 defense. And guess what? Except for that one touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez in the Atlanta loss, those guys actually knew how to cover a tight end.
JIM HASLETT: I put him as a longshot, actually. He was a gritty linebacker and a fiery head coach himself. But I think he's a bit too flighty for Coughlin. Tends to go off on the sidelines and with the media.
KIRK OLIVADOTTI: This linebackers coach will be out of work soon in Washington, but I'm not sure he's a great fit here. His father, Tom, was once a Giants assistant, but to me the old man's most memorable moment came when a popup bounced off his mouth in the coaches-media softball game and opened a gash. Still, the Redskins had the 10th-best defense in the league, and Olivadotti did handle stud pass rusher Brian Orakpo.
GEORGE EDWARDS: The Dolphins linebackers coach's name has been bandied about. The 42-year-old coordinated the Redskins' defense from 2002-03. Seems like a longshot.
PEPPER JOHNSON: He's coaching the Patriots defensive line right now, but boy, would he be a popular choice among fans. You all should remember him from his Giants career, when he was considered a hard-hitting inside linebacker and a say-it-all interview. Like Haslett, though, not sure his and Coughlin's personalities would jive.
Other names will arise in the coming days, and I'll try to keep up with things the best I can.
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