There’s a chance the Giants need to find a new offensive coordinator in addition to updating their roster in this crucial offseason.
Giants freshman offensive coordinator Mike Kafka is getting a second interview with the Houston Texans for their head coaching job, according to multiple reports.
Kafka, 35, spoke virtually with the Texans on Sunday and is scheduled for an in-person meeting on Wednesday, The NFL Network reported. The Colts and Panthers also interviewed Kafka as part of their head coaching searches.
The former quarterback joined the Giants last year after spending five seasons as an assistant with the Chiefs. His rise was rapid, going from graduate assistant at Northwestern in 2016 to offensive quality control coach at Kansas City the following year. He became the Chiefs’ quarterbacks coach in 2018 and added passing play coordinator to his role in 2020.
The Giants offense has improved dramatically under Kafka and first-year head coach Brian Daboll despite a lack of weapons on the outside of Saquon Barkley. Their 21.5 points per game during the regular season were tied for 15th in the NFL, and their 333.9 yards per game were 18th in the league. In 2021, the Giants finished 31st in points per game (15.2) and yards per game (287.3.)
Barkley, who will be a free agent, has returned to form this season two years after tearing his ACL. He rushed for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns, adding 57 catches for 338 yards. Quarterback Daniel Jones, also a free agent, enjoyed a career year throwing for 3,205 yards and 15 touchdowns against just five interceptions and rushing for 708 yards and seven other scores.
Texans offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and Browns receivers coach Chad O’Shea — two finalists in the Giants’ offensive coordinator search last year — could be options again if Kafka leaves.