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GIANTS: Spags wanted man


GIANTS: Spags wanted man
If there is any doubt that coaching Football is a business, Antonio Pierce squashed it with his analogy.


"He's his own employee. He's the CEO of Spags Inc.," the linebacker said of Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, the in-demand candidate for just about every NFL head-coaching opening ... including the Jets'.

This week, the company is going public. And it's a limited-time offer. While the players are taking advantage of the bye week to rest their bodies, Spagnuolo could spend time discussing his future with other clubs.

The Lions reportedly have sought and received permission to speak with him, and the Browns and Rams also are expected to chat. According to a league source, the Jets have contacted the Giants about Spagnuolo and are believed to have received approval to talk to him.

The Raiders have expressed an interest in Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride for their head-coaching job, though interim coach Tom Cable has a chance of retaining his position.

All of which means the bye week could turn into a goodbye week for some of the Giants' coaching staff.

Giants assistants have a one-week window to interview for head-coaching promotions. They cannot be offered any job, however, until the Giants' season is completed. That would be no earlier than Jan. 11, when they host a divisional playoff game.

Of course, that doesn't prevent wink-wink deals from taking place; last year, the Dolphins all but put Tony Sparano's name on the office door before his season with Dallas had ended.

"I think the league has a pretty good handle on that and how that can occur and how that is to be handled," Tom Coughlin said of the process his possibly pilfered proteges face. "So we follow the guidelines set forth by the league."

The Giants are not expected to block any interview requests. Last year, they allowed Spagnuolo to interview with the division rival Redskins. He turned that job down and was rewarded with a contract extension that made him one of the league's highest-paid coordinators at about $2 million per season.

Pierce said he won't try to talk Spagnuolo into staying. "My job is not to tell coach Spags what to do and what not to do," he said. But he also believes he doesn't have to make an argument. "I expect him to stay," Pierce said. "He's under contract to be the New York Giants' defensive coordinator, so I don't expect him to go anywhere."

Notes & quotes: Although CB Sam Madison expressed hope that he can return this season and the Giants have not yet put him on injured reserve after he fractured his ankle against the Vikings on Sunday, Coughlin made it clear that such a decision is coming. "I think you're talking about a too-short term here for recovery and comeback," Coughlin said. "[Sunday] night after the game, it was felt that he would unfortunately have to be finished, his season would come to an end." And likely his 12-year NFL career. But although Madison has been inactive for nine games this year, he has contributed to the development of the Giants' young defensive backs. Coughlin said he expects that to continue despite the injury ... Speaking of Adrian Peterson's 67-yard touchdown run Sunday, Coughlin said the defense was off-balance after Jay Alford jumped offside. "I just think it cost them a half a step," Coughlin said. "They kind of jumped a little bit out of position and then the ball seemed to hit right where we were most vulnerable and no one was able to recover." ... Coughlin expressed optimism that Aaron Ross (concussion) and Kevin Boss (ankle/concussion) will return to practice this week. As for RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), Coughlin said: "I would like to see him with some solid practice time. I'm not sure if we are going to be able to do that." ... QB Eli Manning threw a zinger at a fellow NFC East quarterback when asked if he had plans to travel to San Diego to watch his brother Peyton play the Chargers this weekend. "No plans to travel or do anything," he said. "My plans to Cabo fell through, so I'm going to sit here." Last year, Cowboys QB Tony Romo had a much-publicized trip to Cabo with Jessica Simpson during his team's bye week. "That's a joke, by the way," Manning added.



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