Giants GM shocker

While the Giants are expected to announce on Tuesday that Tom Coughlin will remain as head coach, albeit without a contract extension, New York's top choice for GM to succeed Ernie Accorsi surprisingly declined their offer for an interview.

On Monday, a day after Big Blue finished an embarrassing 8-8 season with a playoff loss in Philadelphia, their request to speak to New England VP of Player Evaluation Scott Pioli was approved by the Patriots but declined by Pioli. While Pioli was no doubt New York's first choice to take over for Accorsi, Pioli has also stated in the past that the Giants GM post was his "dream job." That makes his decision to not even hear out the Giants surprising to say the least.

A source close to Pioli stated that he didn't want to be separated from Pats head coach Bill Belichick. The Giants would clearly be interested in Belichick as head coach, but he's still under contract in New England, at least for another season. As a result, it seems that top in-house candidate Jerry Reese will likely get the nod to take over for Accorsi, and be named to that post as soon as this week.

As for Coughlin, who has one year remaining on his contract, the Giants are not expected to give him a one-year extension, as rumored. In other words, Coughlin has one year to impress the new GM or pack his bags.

As for New York's coordinators, the heavy odds are that Kevin Gilbride will continue as offensive coordinator while the Giants are certain to replace DC Tim Lewis, quite possibly with Dom Capers.

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