Giants interview ex-Falcons coach Smith
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The New York Giants have interviewed former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith for their head coaching job.
The Giants said that Smith met with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese on Monday.
Smith is the sixth person to interview for the job that opened a week ago when Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons.
Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and defensive counterpart Steve Spagnuolo were the first two to interview. Jacksonville assistant and former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone, Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Auston and Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase of the Chicago Bears also interviewed.
Gase was hired as the Miami Dolphins’ coach on Saturday.
The 56-year-old Smith coached the Falcons from 2008-14. He was 66-46 in the regular season and 1-4 in the postseason, including a 24-2 loss to the Giants in a 2011 NFC wild-card game.
In his first five seasons, Smith’s Falcons were 56-24 (.700), won two NFC South titles and earned four postseason berths. Atlanta advanced to the NFC championship game in the 2012 season, but lost to San Francisco, 28-24.
Smith was the first coach in Falcons’ history to produce back-to-back winning seasons (2008-09), and he was the first Atlanta coach to lead the team to three consecutive playoff appearances (2010-12). He was 10-22 in his final two seasons.
Smith has coached for 33 seasons, including 16 in the NFL. Prior to joining the Falcons, he was the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator from 2003-07.
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