The New York Giants breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when outside linebacker coach/senior assistant Bret Bielema was passed over for the Michigan State job despite a strong “mutual interest.”

At the time, it appeared as if Joe Judge’s staff was stable and that Bielema would remain a part of it.

That may not be the case, however.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Bielema is now interviewing for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Colorado.

Judge has offered nothing but praise for Bielema to this point.

“There’s a lot of things (to like) about Bret,” Judge said. “I think Bret brings a great personality to the group, brings a great perspective on how he sees the game, he’s coached the front for some time, he’s coordinated defenses at a high level. Players respond to Bret in a positive way. He has a great way of teaching, he has a great way of getting the guys motivated, and he gets the most out of his players.

“He brings experience from the NFL, as well as college, so not only does he understand what’s going on in the league now, he understands what the players coming from college are used to and how to better translate the trends they’re going to see.”