Giants’ GM decision will likely come with coaching clue

Sometimes it’s simple: you hire who you know.

The Giants won’t go the simple route when it comes to finding their next GM, as none of the nine candidates they meet through Zoom in the first round of interviews have any previous connection to the Giants. . All In The Family has been canceled.

What comes next will tell the story. Every front office executive wishing to become a general manager has a list in their pocket or on their laptop, detailing who they would consider their head coach if chosen to lead a team’s football operations. The list usually contains the names of people the potential CEO has worked with, either now or in previous shutdowns. There can be no assurance that the Giants’ new GM will target a current or former associate as their head coach. But it is more likely than not to happen.

Now, co-owner John Mara has emphasized that “there are no packages” when it comes to hiring a GM-Head Coach tandem.

“We want the GM to be ideally done first and obviously we’ll talk about the head coach candidates, but it won’t be a blanket deal,” Mara said.

Adrian Wilson was one of two people interviewed for the Giants general manager job on Thursday.
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But that would be a logical deal. Without a doubt, among the first, if not the first, the questions for every candidate for the post of general manager will be: Who do you want to target for the head coach? Why? Do you think we can have it?

So it pays to try to find as many links as possible to connect the dots.

The nine interviewees will be reduced to two or three, and the chosen few will meet the Giants in person. There should be a new CEO by the end of next week.

On Wednesday, the first were Joe Schoen (assistant general manager of Bills) and Adrian Wilson (vice president of professional staff for the Cardinals). On Thursday, the Giants de Mara brain trust, co-owner Steve Tisch and Chris Mara, senior vice president of player personnel, interviewed Quentin Harris (vice president of player personnel for the Cardinals) and Ryan Poles (executive director of player personnel for the Cardinals). players).

On Friday, the Giants will meet with two members of the Titans’ front office: Ryan Cowden (vice president of player personnel) and Monti Ossenfort (director of player personnel). Joe Hortiz (director of player personnel for the Ravens) will leave on Saturday. The other two contenders are 49ers – Adam Peters (assistant general manager) and Ran Carthon (director of player personnel) – and they won’t be interviewed until Monday, as San Francisco faces Dallas in an NFC playoff game on Sunday. . Game.

If Schoen ends up getting hired, he may be linked to Brian Daboll, the Bills ‘offensive coordinator, and Leslie Frazier, the Bills’ defensive coordinator. Daboll was never a head coach, while Frazier went 21-33-1, with just one playoff appearance, as head coach of the Vikings. Schoen and one of the Bills coordinators could be a couple.

Pole, the youngest of the candidates at 36, is a former Boston College offensive lineman from western New York (Canandaigua). As the right-hand man to Kansas City general manager Brett Veach in the NFL draft, the Poles helped the Chiefs revitalize their offensive line in 2021 with the selections of two starters, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. It seems to intrigue the Giants, who need a similar infusion of talent for their own anemic offensive line.

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Joe Schoen interviewed the Giants on Thursday – and could possibly bring Brian Daboll on board as his potential coach.
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Would the Poles – who have been in Kansas City for 13 years – try to convince the Giants to bring in Eric Bieniemy, the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator, for an interview with the head coach?

Harris, the other candidate who finished his interview on Thursday, and Wilson were both in Arizona when Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was there as quarterbacks coach and interim offensive coordinator. If Wilson or Harris gets the job with the Giants, would they approve of Leftwich, perhaps believing he could do wonders with Daniel Jones?

Carthon, the son of former Giants fullback Maurice Carthon, and Peters are employed by the 49ers. Would either of them want to lobby for DeMeco Ryans, the 49ers’ defensive coordinator and, at 36, seen as a growing head coach?

Hortiz has had a glimpse in recent years of Don “Wink” Martindale, the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, who wouldn’t be particularly hard to sell, given the Giants conducted what was considered a solid interview with Martindale in 2019. before hiring Pat Shurmur as head coach.

“It was a great experience,” said Martindale at the time. “There are great people there. I spoke to John Mara and it went really well. It would have to be a one-of-a-kind job, but not just any job to leave this place. Am I disappointed about this? Sure. I’m not going to act like I’m not interested in this job. ”

He might have another chance, depending on who the Giants hire as general manager.

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