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Reports: Giants hiring ex-Titans DC Shane Bowen to replace Wink Martindale

The Giants and Don Martindale split last month after a reportedly rough end to their relationship

The New York Giants have their next defensive coordinator.

The Giants have struck a deal to bring in Shane Bowen as their next defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Monday afternoon. Bowen spent the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator with the Tennessee Titans.

Bowen first landed in the league in 2016 as a defensive assistant with the Houston Texans. After two seasons there, he made the jump to the Titans as a linebackers coach before he was promoted to the defensive coordinator role ahead of the 2021 season.

Bowen, 37, left the Titans after the organization fired head coach Mike Vrabel after he led the team to a second straight losing season. Despite that, the Titans’ defense still finished in the middle of the pack in both yards per game and points per game allowed last season. The Titans have since hired Brian Callahan to replace Vrabel.

Shane Bowen is set to replace Wink Martindale as the Giants' next defensive coordinator.
Shane Bowen is set to replace Wink Martindale as the Giants' next defensive coordinator. (John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Bowen will replace Don “Wink” Martindale in New York. Martindale split with the Giants last month after two seasons with the organization. He reportedly “cursed out” Giants head coach Brian Daboll on his way out the door after Daboll dismissed several assistants — including linebackers coach Drew Wilkins, defensive assistant Kevin Wilkins, special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.

The Giants went 6-11 last season, the second under Daboll, and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years. They finished tied for first in turnovers created as a defensive unit, but finished 27th in yards allowed per game and 26th in points allowed per game.