New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has added two more members to his coaching staff.

A source tells Sporting News that Deshea Townsend is being hired as assistant defensive backs coach and Ben Wilkerson is being named assistant offensive line coach for the Giants.

Townsend, 42, served as the Titans’ defensive backs coach the past two seasons. He branched into coaching after a 13-year NFL career that included 12 seasons as a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back.

The top candidates speculated to (for lack of a better term) replace McDaniels not only sound great, but they could well fit better than McDaniels would have. That doesn’t change the fact that the Colts chose McDaniels as their best option of many, sold themselves to him above all the others — presumably including his previous and now current Patriots employers — and had Luck on board on the next stage of his interrupted career.

Now, the Colts have to start over and work from behind. Just dating this back to the day Chuck Pagano was fired, they had gone through 38 days of searching for their next coach and mapping out the immediate and near future. (Realistically, you know they had things in motion before that.) Will their next hire’s vision match that of McDaniels? Look similar? Look vastly different, or subtly different?

The timetable for his return to football is unclear, but he seems to be making progress.

Now that the underdog Eagles are the top dogs in the NFL, there are lots of lessons other NFL executives and coacheslearn from their impressive championship run.

Let’s start with having a general manager willing to take chances. I’m not just talking calculated risks GMs take with every player drafted, free agent signed and trade made. I’m talking about the big swings and major risks Eagles GM Howie Roseman took as he built this team.

There was the hiring by Roseman (and owner Jeff Lurie) of a first-time head coach in Doug Pederson, a move that was panned by many Philadelphia fans and media. One national publication ranked it the worst of the seven head coach hires in 2016.bills_031

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