Rodgers apparently interviewed with the Giants on Thursday. If he joined the staff he would not be replacing anyone. Rapoport reported that the Giants would create a “senior defensive position” to accommodate adding Rodgers to Pat Shurmur’s staff.
Previous reports had Rodgers following former Jets coach Todd Bowles to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he is now the defensive coordinator for new head coach Bruce Arians. Rodgers is now expected to choose between the Giants’ job or becoming the Buccaneers’ defensive line coach.
Rodgers’ background before serving three seasons as Bowles’ defensive coordinator withe Jets was as a defensive line coach.
The 49-year-old was defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-2007, first coaching the defensive tackles and eventually the entire line. He was the Miami Dolphins’ defensive line coach from 2008-2014. Coincidentally, Rodgers coached Olivier Vernon for three seasons with the Dolphins.
James Bettcher is the Giants’ defensive coordinator. The defensive line coach is Gary Emanuel.