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The Giants’ search for a new head coach is underway.

John Mara, Steve Tisch, and the rest of the Giants organization have hired a new general manager in Joe Schoen, who was previously the assistant GM out in Buffalo.

Now, the search continues for a new head coach to replace Joe Judge, with Schoen leading the way.

Who may the new GM choose?

Cowboys DC Dan Quinn

This request was made prior to the hire of Schoen, and I definitely thought it was a head-scratching move (at least initially).


First, it’s bizarre the Giants would put in a request to interview a head coaching candidate when the belief was that they would be allowing the new general manager to lead the search.

And second…Dan Quinn? The veteran coach did a great job manning Dallas’ defense this past season but the Giants likely need an offensive-minded individual leading the staff given the overwhelming struggles on that side of the ball.

Plus, Quinn only led the Falcons to two winning seasons out of the five in which he was their head coach, going 7-9 in both 2018 and 2019 before an 0-5 start in 2020 led to his firing.

However, the Giants could’ve just been doing their due diligence in case the eventual general manager wished to inquire about Quinn…

Bills OC Brian Daboll / Bills DC Leslie Frazier

Schoen is reportedly expected to interview both Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier, two incredible candidates who have done wonderful jobs in their respective roles in Buffalo.

I honestly would go with Daboll. As I just mentioned, the Giants need an offensive-minded head coach given how putrid their offense was each of the last two seasons.

Also, after seeing how Daboll has played a role in the development of Josh Allen, it’s clear hiring the Bills OC could do wonders for Daniel Jones and his hopeful improvement (should the Giants retain the young signal-caller).

Former Dolphins HC Brian Flores

According to Ian O’Connor of the New York Post, the Giants have reached out to recently fired Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

Many believe the Dolphins shouldn’t have fired Flores after he recorded back-to-back winnings seasons with Tua Tagovailoa at quarterback for the majority of that time. It remains to be seen if the Giants will choose him to lead the staff moving forward, but regardless of what you think of the other candidates, it would be a great hire for Big Blue.

However, let’s stop treating Flores like he’s Bill Belichick, shall we? The takes I’ve stumbled across on Twitter have been ridiculous.

Giants DC Patrick Graham

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports the Giants are expected to interview their own defensive coordinator, Patrick Graham, for the head coaching vacancy.

To be honest, I believe Graham is a long shot for this job. But I do think he’ll be a head coach one day and believe the Giants should absolutely consider retaining him as the DC.

It’s also worth noting Graham was Flores’ defensive coordinator in Miami in 2019. If the Giants hire Flores, there’s a decent chance Graham remains in his current role within the organization.

Bengals DC Lou Anarumo

Lou Anarumo and the Cincinnati Bengals are headed to the AFC Championship, and the veteran coach is in the running (at least currently) to earn the Giants’ head coaching job.

Anarumo was previously with the Giants in 2018 as the defensive backs coach under Pat Shurmur.

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Ryan Honey is a senior NFL analyst, betting writer, and podcaster for Elite Sports NY. He hosts the Wide Right Podcast, which serves as both a New York Giants podcast and sports betting show.