The pool of candidates for the Giants' opening at defensive coordinator continued to shrink Tuesday with the news that Jim Haslett had accepted that same role with the Redskins. And former Giants assistant coach Romeo Crennel is apparently going to be part of Todd Haley's attempt to recreate the Patriots' coaching staff of last decade.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger has been following every twist and turn of the Giants' search, and he says a lot hinges on what happens with Perry Fewell, who could end up becoming the defensive coordinator for the Bears. Garafolo even comes back around to another Bills castoff, Dick Jauron. That's the name we were telling you about from the start. And by process of elimination, Jauron's name might be moving up the charts.
It's pretty obvious that Coughlin's not interested in promoting from within. I bumped into The New York Times' Giants beat writer, Joe LaPointe, the other day in Irving, Texas, and he was very surprised that Coughlin fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle. The former Marine had been a player favorite and I've heard Justin Tuck talk about him many times. But it may have been Coughlin's way of sending a message. Several players complained about former defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, so I don't think his firing upset them that much. But firing a guy like Waufle puts the players on notice that they got one of their favorites fired.
I wouldn't put it past Coughlin to make a sacrifice like that for what he feels like is the greater good.