Sometimes it’s simple: you hire what you know.
The Giants don’t choose the simple path of finding their next general manager, as none of the nine candidates they meet through Zoom in the first round of conversations have a previous relationship with the Giants. The All In The Family program has been canceled.
He tells the story of what will happen next. In the pocket or laptop of every front office manager who dreams of becoming CEO, there is a detailed list of who he would see as head coach if he was selected to manage the team’s football operations. The list usually includes the names of people the potential general manager is currently or has worked at in previous stops. There is no guarantee that the new Giants general manager will target his current or former partner as head coach. But that is more likely to happen.
Now, co-author John Mara has said that “there are no package deals” when it comes to hiring a general manager-head coach tandem.
“We want to make the general manager ideal in the first place, and obviously we’re talking about candidates for head coach, but it’s not going to be a package deal,” Mara said.
But that would be a logical compromise. Obviously, even if not the first, every general manager candidate will have the following questions: Who do you want to appoint as head coach? Why? Do you think we can get it?
So it is useful to try to find as many links as possible to connect the dots.
Nine interlocutors will be reduced to two or three, and the chosen ones will meet the giants in person. There should be a new CEO by the end of next week.
Joe Schoen (Bills GM Assistant) and Adrian Wilson (Cardinals Vice President of Professional Affairs) were the first on Wednesday. On Thursday, Mara, co-author Steve Tisch and senior vice president of players Chris Mara’s “Giants” brain trust Quentin Harris (cardinals ’vice president of players) and Ryan Poles (player executive) director).
On Friday, the Giants will speak with two members of the Titans front office: Ryan Cowden (vice president of players) and Monty Ossenfort (director of the players department). Joe Hortiz (Ravens ’director of players) will leave on Saturday. The other two candidates are from the 49ers – Adam Peters (assistant general manager) and Ran Carton (director of players) – and they won’t be interviewed until Monday as San Francisco face Dallas in the NFC wild-card playoffs on Sunday. will come. game.
If Schoen is hired, he could be linked to Bills ’offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Bills’ defense coordinator Leslie Fraser. Daboll has never been head coach, while Fraser is 21-33-1, once in a playoff game, as head coach of the Vikings. One of Schoen and Bill’s coordinators could be a couple.
The Poles, the youngest of the 36-year-old candidates, are a former striker at Boston College and were born in Western New York (Kanandaigua). During NFL drafts as the right-hand man of Kansas City general manager Brett Veach, the Poles chose two starters in 2021, Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, to help the bosses revive the offensive line. This is of interest to giants who need an infusion of talent similar to their anemia attack line.
Will the Poles, who have been in Kansas City for 13 years, try to convince the giants to bring in the bosses ’attack coordinator Eric Bienemi for a chat with the head coach?
Another candidate who completed his interview on Thursday was Harris and Wilson, both of whom were in Arizona when Buccaneers attack coordinator Byron Leftwich was a quarterback coach and interim attack coordinator. If Wilson or Harris start working with the giants, will they approve of Leftwich, believing they can work wonders with Daniel Jones?
Former defender of the Giants Maurice Carton’s son is employed by Carton and Peters 49ers. Will any of them want to take DeMeko Ryan, the 49ers ’defense coordinator and 36-year-old fast-growing head coach prospects?
Hortiz isn’t selling hard enough, given that Don Wink has been in Martindale for the past few years, the crows ’defense coordinator, and the Giants had a strong interview with Martindale in 2019. Before hiring Pat Shurmur as head coach.
“It was a great experience,” Martindale said at the time. “There are wonderful people there. I talked to John Mara and it went very well. It was supposed to be a kind of job, no job to leave the place. Am I disappointed in this? Of course. I don’t act like I’m not interested in it. ”
Depending on who the Giants hire as their general manager, he could have another blow.