The Giants are about to name their fifth CEO since 1979.
Friday should be the day.
San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters’ Thursday trip to the Giants’ base in East Rutherford, NJ, concluded the second and final round of interviews.
The Giants narrowed the field down to three: Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Shawn, Kansas City Chiefs chief of staff Ryan Poles and Peters.
The Bills, Chiefs and 49ers are still playing this postseason, with three of eight teams still alive for the division playoff round this weekend.
The Giants, who have played and lost one game in the playoffs in the last decade, are looking for a blueprint for modern relevance.
Sean, 42, and Powles, 36, were the first two candidates to be interviewed in both rounds, first via Zoom on January 12 and then in person on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Peters, 42, quickly moved from a virtual interview on Monday to a visit on Thursday.
The Giants started with nine candidates, reduced the list to three, and will now choose their man, who will hopefully lead the franchise out of darkness.
Sean represents the most obvious hire for what the Giants need: a respected and experienced talent evaluator who helped create a winner and pick a great quarterback in the past. He also interviewed the Chicago Bears.
“We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player staff, college scouting and coaching,” co-owner John Mara said in a January 10 statement.
Poles is an impressive candidate from a self-sufficient league team and a Super Bowl champion team that has picked a great quarterback over the past five years.
Peters has experience building the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 roster and contributing to the 49ers’ recent enviable success – though he did help draft Trey Lance, the raw QB who picked No. 3 overall after the trade last spring.
All three candidates will become grandmasters for the first time. But so far, the two coaches named for a likely head coach interview — Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores — won’t be head coaches for the first time.
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daball seems like the perfect head coach if Sean gets the job. Daball’s job of helping QB Bill Josh Allen use his raw talent to dominant levels is the envy of the entire league.
He is as much a product of the New England Patriots as Joe Judge. In fact, he would have been chosen by the referee as the Giants’ attack coordinator two years ago if he had been free.
But he’ll come with the offense and quarterback experience that offensive-defying Giants desperately need.
Former Eagles Super Bowl winning coach Doug Pederson, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, and Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham all seem like candidates to look at based on connections to GM candidates, the Giants’ needs, or what could create a favorable matchup.
But the full list really won’t come up until after the GM is hired. Wednesday’s request for Quinn was sent in early because he was on a list of multiple candidates and the Giants didn’t want Quinn to be hired before talking to him, the source said.
The Giants were the latest of eight teams with full-time head coaching vacancies to submit interviews with the head coach.
Now it’s time to hire the right person for the job and let him spearhead the search for the next trainer that Mara and Steve Tisch will task to turn over their lost ship.
“There are no package deals,” Mara said last week. “We want the general manager to be perfectly prepared first and foremost, and obviously we will talk about head coach candidates, but it will not be a package deal. I want to go through the whole process here, interview as many people as possible. I don’t want to rush into anything – we’ve made that mistake in the past.”
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The Giants’ home and away rivalries are locked out for next season.
Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts
Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans