Why Giants hired defensive coordinator Shane Bowen

After three years as Titans defensive coordinator, Shane Bowen will join East Rutherford, sources told SNY.

It's believed the Giants had other candidates ahead of Bowen, including Dennard Wilson, who Tennessee hired to replace Bowen after firing Mike Vrabel and hiring Brian Callahan, and Bobby Babich, who was promoted to defensive coordinator in Buffalo.

Bowen, 38, wowed the Giants throughout their extensive interview process with his communication abilities.

His brilliance, teaching ability, and emphasis on basics led to excellent output during the previous three years as Tennessee's defensive coach.

In 2021 (10th) and 2022 (11th), the Titans allowed 20.8 and 19.9 points per game, respectively. They were the league's top red zone defense the past two years at 55.1 percent and 37.7 percent.

Top Patriots defenses under Bill Belichick routinely dominate red zones. Because Bowen's Tennessee defenses functioned similarly.

The 3-4 base defense changes weekly based on the opponent. One constant is pressuring the passer. One less complicated plan than Martindale's might benefit the Giants. Bowen's weekly aim of eliminating an opponent's primary offensive weapon is most similar to the Patriots'. As with Belichick, Bowen wants you to defeat him with your No. 2 and 3 alternatives.

Concerns over Bowen's hire revolve on Vrabel's absence. The former Titans coach was hands-on with defense. Bowen will manage New York. That may be fine or he may miss Vrabel, a league-leading defensive thinker. Bowen is not anticipated to make big personnel changes, sources said.