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Did he expect more questions about Chris Mara than at the media session on Wednesday, as he did about John Mara, as the giants also own (John) the state of the team, the search for the general manager and the dismissal met with the media to discuss the issue. head coach Joe Judge?

There is a misconception that at times like these, Chris Mara has a greater impact on football operations, and the giants deal with widespread nepotism, with Chris Mara – John Mara’s brother – growing up. as vice president of player staff and Tim McDonnell – John Mara’s nephew – as co-chair of player staff.

There is no doubt that Chris Mara and McDonnell play important roles and their voices are heard in the evaluation of the players. When the first two CEOs were interviewed, there was no doubt that Chris Mara was in the room with John Mara and co-author Steve Tisch.

“Chris is in these interviews because he’s part of the owner and I value his opinion, I value his skill and I want to get him there,” John Mara said. “At the end of the day, I’ll listen to him, but the final decision will be made by Steve Teeth and me.”

John and Chris Mara

Chris Mara, 33, has been with the Giants for two different jobs – he went on to manage his football scout service and serve as president and general manager of the Arena Football League’s New Jersey gladiators – and participated in the process. both college and professional scouting. He has no veto power over the general manager, he doesn’t make choices during the NFL draft, and he doesn’t have the final say on any personnel action. Still, there is speculation that his presence on the team will deter him from holding the position for fear that the general manager’s prospects will be scrapped by the co-author’s brother.

“My brother spends a lot of time evaluating college players, his grades are part of our system, and he’s involved in the project,” John Mara said. “Decisions on all the staff in this building, and this has always been the case, were made by the CEO and the head coach. When they decide on staffing, they come to me and if they both agree, I agree. The only time I couldn’t do that was if I had a problem with off-field behavior. Chris is a very skilled appraiser, but he has no authority here, I just go to him from time to time and ask about the players. ”

McDonnell worked for the Notre Dame football program for eight years, before coming to the giants 10 years ago, initially as a pro scout. His role covered all aspects of player evaluation, working closely with the general manager, and he is a rising front-office star.

“Tim is probably the most respected person in this building,” John Mara said. “The coaches, the front office staff, the general manager go to him and ask for advice about the players because he is a good appraiser. He climbed from the bottom up and he got his lines. He has no authority here. ”

Such family ties may give the impression that Chris Mara and McDonnell have the ear of a co-author, who are more influential than other family members in the previous office.

“I don’t think it will have any other impact,” John Mara said. “I had no experience here. I listen to them. There are a lot of voices in this building, but the two voices that are important at the end of the day are the head coach and the general manager. They make the final decision.” [Chris Mara and McDonnell] not to over-influence the final decisions made here. They don’t exist at all. ”

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