Giants won’t pursue Bill Belichick

In case you were wondering … the answer is no.

The Giants will not be investigating bringing Bill Belichick back into the fold, now that Belichick and the Patriots on Thursday parted ways after 24 years together and six Super Bowl triumphs.

The Giants maintain a good relationship with Belichick and Belichick holds the Giants in high regard, based on his ultra-successful run with the franchise for more than decade (1979-90), mostly as Bill Parcells’ defensive coordinator for two Super Bowl championship teams.

Belichick should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he has made it clear he wants to continue coaching, making him an attractive, although older (71) free-agent coaching candidate, and he figures to have options.

One of those options will not be the Giants. They have a head coach, Brian Daboll, and are not exploring other options at this time.

The Giants are not interested in bringing back Bill Belichick (l.) to replace Brian Daboll (r.) Getty Images
Bill Belichick (l.) announcing his Patriots departure on Thursday with owner Robert Kraft (r.) REUTERS

In what was a momentous week in the NFL and college football, Nick Saban announced he was leaving his position as the head coach at Alabama and whenever Saban’s name is mentioned, his almost-connection with the Giants is appropriate to recall.

When the Giants were in the market for a head coach following the 1996 season, they made strong inquiries about hiring Saban, then the head coach at Michigan State. It did not work out and the Giants hired Jim Fassel.

Follow the Post’s coverage on Bill Belichick’s Patriots exit

After the 2015 season, the Giants, after 12 years, parted ways with Tom Coughlin and Saban — coming off winning his fifth national championship (one at LSU, four at Alabama) sent word through intermediaries that he was interested in hearing about the Giants’ job.

Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick is carried off the field on the shoulders of Thomas Johnson, left, and Greg Lasker after the Giants shutout the Washington Redskins to win the NFC Championship, 17-0, at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., Jan. 12, 1987. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick, center, goes over the defensive game plan Jan. 23, 1991 with other coaches ahead of Super Bowl XXV. AP

The Giants had some interest, as well, but ultimately nothing materialized and Ben McAdoo, who had been the offensive coordinator under Coughlin, was hired as the head coach.

In case you were wondering … Saban is expected to retire and the Giants will not make a third inquiry into his availability.

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