Joe Judge | Interview: Jan. 6
Current position: New England Patriots Special Teams Coordinator / WR Coach
*Joe Judge has been a part of five championship teams as an NFL and collegiate coach and has been coaching for 15 years, including the last eight with the New England Patriots. He was the team's assistant special teams coach for three years and special teams coordinator for four. When Chad O'Shea left the Patriots following the 2018 season to become the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator, Judge became the Patriots' wide receivers coach.
*Under Judge's leadership in 2019, the Patriots finished ninth in the NFL in three significant special teams categories - punt return (8.0-yard average) and punt (6.3) and kickoff coverage (20.9). They were 17th in kickoff returns with an average of 22.1 yards on 26 runbacks.
*Under Judge's guidance in 2018, Patriots special teams played a key role in the team's Super Bowl LIII victory against the Los Angeles Rams. New England's punt team repeatedly pinned the Rams' offense deep in their own territory throughout the game, forcing the Rams to start three of their drives inside their own 10-yard line. Special teams were also critical in a Week 7 victory at Chicago, scoring touchdowns on a kickoff return and a blocked punt.
View photos of Joe Judge, who interviewed for the Giants' head coach position.
Don Martindale | Interview: Jan. 4
Current position: Baltimore Ravens Defensive Coordinator
*Baltimore has had the NFL's most consistently good defense in Martindale's two seasons as coordinator. In 2018, the Ravens allowed an NFL-best 292.9 yards a game and were fourth against the run (82.9), fifth vs. the pass (210.0) and second in points allowed (17.9 per game). Baltimore was the first team since the 1934 Detroit Lions to not allow a second-half touchdown in the first six games of a season. This year, the Ravens were fourth in yardage (330.6), fifth in run defense (93.4), sixth against the pass (207.2) and third in opposing points given up (17.6). Four Baltimore defenders were selected to the Pro Bowl.
*Martindale has coached in Baltimore since 2012, when he began a four-year stint as the team's inside linebackers coach. That year, Martindale coached Hall of Famer Ray Lewis in his final season and the Ravens defeated San Francisco in the Super Bowl. Martindale guided and developed many outstanding players at the position, notably four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley. From 2016-18, the Ravens led the NFL with 52 interceptions and were second with 79 takeaways, seven fewer than Kansas City.
*Martindale entered the NFL in 2004 as the Oakland Raiders' inside linebackers coach. After two seasons in that role, he began coaching all of the linebackers, a position he held for three years. In 2009, Martindale joined the Denver Broncos' staff as linebackers coach. He was the team's defensive coordinator the following season, when he coached a pair of Hall of Famers in cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins. Martindale did not coach in 2011. Prior to coaching in the NFL, Martindale was a collegiate coach for 11 years and a high school coach for six. His first job in major college football was as a defensive assistant at Notre Dame in 1994-95. Martindale held a variety of positions – coaching at various times ends, linebackers and special teams and doing two stints as a coordinator - at the University of Cincinnati, Western Illinois and Western Kentucky from 1996-2003. He then joined the Raiders' staff.
View photos of Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale, who interviewed for the Giants' head coach position.
Eric Bieniemy | Interview: Jan. 4
Current position: Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator
*Bieniemy has been on the Kansas City staff for seven years, the last two as offensive coordinator. This season, the Chiefs ranked fifth in the NFL in points-per-game (28.2) and sixth in yards-per-game (379.2). Kansas City won the AFC West title with a 12-4 record and earned the conference's No. 2 seed and a first-round postseason bye. In 2018, the Chiefs led the league in both statistical categories with 31.5 points and 425.6 yards a game, finished 12-4 and was the AFC's top seed.
*In Kansas City, Bieniemy does not call the plays, a duty that belongs to head coach Andy Reid. But Reid has consistently and publicly praised Bieniemy for his assistance in designing and implementing the Chiefs' offense. Bieniemy has also been instrumental in the development of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who in 2018 was named the NFL Most Valuable Player as he passed for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first season as a starting quarterback. Travis Kelce ranked second among NFL tight ends with 1,336 receiving yards, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill's 1,479 yards was a single-season Chiefs record.
*Bieniemy has been with the Chiefs since 2013, when he began a five-year stint as the team's running backs coach in Reid's first year in Kansas City. From 2013-15, he mentored Jamaal Charles, who became the leading rusher in franchise history with 7,260 career rushing yards. In 2017, Kareem Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards and scored 11 total touchdowns. In 2006, Bieniemy began his NFL coaching career as the Minnesota Vikings' running backs coach, a position he held for five years. The Vikings produced a 1,000-yard rusher in every one of those seasons. In 2007, Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor combined for 2,185 rushing yards (1,341 by Peterson, who was All-Pro as a rookie). Peterson set a then Vikings record with 1,760 yards in 2008. Bieniemy was a second-round draft choice (39th overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 1991. He played four seasons each for the Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals and a final season for Reid in Philadelphia in the coach's debut season in 1999.
View photos of Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, who interviewed for the Giants' head coach position.
Mike McCarthy | Interview: Jan. 3 (UPDATE: Hired by Dallas Cowboys)
Most recent position: Green Bay Packers Head Coach
*McCarthy was the Green Bay Packers' coach from 2006-2018 (when he was let go with four games remaining), which was one of the most successful eras in the franchise's storied history. In his 12 full seasons, the Packers qualified for the playoffs nine times, including eight seasons in a row from 2009-16, which is tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history.
McCarthy is one of just four coaches to lead a single franchise to eight or more consecutive postseason appearances, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers Tom Landry and Chuck Noll, as well as New England's Bill Belichick. Green Bay capped the 2010 season with a 31-25 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV as McCarthy joined Bill Cowher as the only coaches to lead their respective teams to three road victories as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs en route to the championship (a feat Tom Coughlin and the Giants accomplished as a fifth seed in 2007).
*McCarthy was 125-77-2 (.618) in the regular season and 10-8 (.556) in the postseason for a combined record of 135-85-2 (613). The 135 victories are the 28th-highest total in NFL history and place McCarthy one victory behind Hall of Fame coach Hank Stram and two behind Sean Payton, whose New Orleans Saints host an NFC Wild Card Game on Sunday. McCarthy's 135 victories are the second-highest total in Packers history, trailing only Curly Lambeau's 212.
*His 2011 team set a Packers record with 15 victories (against one loss) and established franchise standards for points (560), touchdowns (70), passing touchdowns (51) and total net yards (6,482). McCarthy is one of the NFL's most innovative offensive coaches. From 2006-17, Green Bay averaged 26.1 points a game, the league's third-highest total during that time. The Packers finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total points every season from 2007-14 and in nine of the 12 seasons McCarthy completed. Over the same 12 year-year period, they finished in the top 10 in total yards nine times. Green Bay's 242 giveaways in that time were the NFL's second fewest. In his first two years in Green Bay, McCarthy worked with Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. In 2008, Aaron Rodgers succeeded Favre and went on to become a two-time NFL MVP. In addition, McCarthy and his offense produced five Pro Bowl wide receivers in Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams.
View photos of former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, who interviewed with the Giants for their vacant position.
Kris Richard | Interview: Jan. 2
Current position: Dallas Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach
*In 2019, Dallas' pass defense ranked 10th in the NFL, allowing 223.5 yards a game. The Cowboys allowed 21 touchdown passes, tied for the league's eighth-lowest figure and about four fewer than the NFL average. The previous season, the Cowboys finished 13th in pass defense, allowing 234.7 yards a game, and 22 touchdown passes. Three important contributors to the pass defense, end DeMarcus Lawrence, cornerback Byron Jones and rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, were selected to the Pro Bowl. Richard moved Jones back to corner after the player had spent the majority of his time at safety.
*Prior to joining the Cowboys, Richard spent eight seasons on the coaching staff of the Seattle Seahawks, for whom he helped develop the famed "Legion of Boom" secondary that included Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell. After beginning his tenure in Seattle in 2010 as the team's assistant defensive backs coach, Richard spent one season as the cornerbacks coach and two as the defensive backs coach. In 2015, he began a three-year stint as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator. In Richard's first season as coordinator in 2015, Seattle led the NFL in scoring defense for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first defense in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat. The unit led the league by allowing just 81.5 rushing yards a game and a franchise-record low 1,304 yards. Richard's 2013 secondary was one of the most dominant in NFL history. The Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in passing defense (172.0 yards per game), interceptions (28) and opposing quarterback passer rating (63.4). In Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII victory against Denver in MetLife Stadium, Seattle's secondary held Peyton Manning to 280 passing yards – 60 less than his regular-season average - and a 73.5 rating (after he had posted 115.1 rating during the season).
*Prior to Seattle, Richard spent two seasons (2008-09) as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, USC, working with the defensive backs. Originally a third-round draft choice (85th overall) by Seattle, Richard played in 38 games at cornerback with one start in three years for the Seahawks before playing one season in San Francisco. At USC, he was a four-year letter winner from 1998-2001 and a started in his final three seasons. Richard had eight career interceptions and returned three for touchdowns, along with 125 tackles, 19 deflections and two fumble recoveries.
View photos of Cowboys passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard, who interviewed for the Giants' head coach position.