The Giants’ success this season has caught the eyes of plenty of football observers and now it seems the Carolina Panthers are looking to try to steal some of the magic.
The Panthers requested an interview with offensive coordinator Mike Kafka to fill their vacant head coaching job, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Kafka is in his first year as the Giants OC and this year was the first time that he has been calling plays in the NFL.
While Carolina can make the request, they will not be able to interview Kafka until next week after the wild card round of the playoffs wraps up, according to NFL rules. teams are only allowed to speak with candidates that are already employed by the team or are not under contract with another club.
Carolina was being led by Steve Wilks as their interim head coach after the Panthers had fired Matt Rhule in October.
Kafka’s role in the success of New York this season has been no small feat and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that teams are interested in trying to poach him. The 35-year-old shares in the credit for Daniel Jones’ turnaround and the ability of the receiver corps to hold it together after suffering a number of injuries.
Kafka was a QB himself and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. Before being hired by the Giants, Kafka spent five years in Kansas City, first as an offensive quality control coach and then becoming their quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.