Joe Shoen, Ryan Poles or Adam Peters – The Mercury News

The Giants are on the verge of naming their fifth GM since 1979.

Must be Friday.

San Francisco 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters traveled to the Giants facility in East Rutherford, NJ on Thursday to wrap up the second and final round of interviews.

The Giants have narrowed the field down to three: Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen, Kansas City chief executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Peters.

The Bills, Chiefs and 49ers are all still playing this postseason, with three of the eight teams still alive for this weekend’s divisional playoff round.

The Giants, who have played and lost one playoff game in the last decade, are looking for a blueprint for modern relevance.

Shoen, 42, and Poles, 36, were the first two candidates to be interviewed in both rounds: first via Zoom on January 12, then visited in person this Tuesday and Wednesday. Peters, 42, swiftly transitioned from Monday’s virtual interview to Thursday’s visit.

The Giants started with nine candidates, narrowing the list down to three, and will now hopefully pick their man to take the franchise out of the dark.

Schoen presents the Giants as the most obvious hire in need: a respected and experienced talent evaluator who has helped build a winner and pick a great quarterback before. He has also done interviews with the Chicago Bears.

“We are looking for an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication abilities, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching,” said co-owner John Mara. said in a statement on January 10.

The Poles are a self-sustaining league powerhouse and an impressive candidate from a Super Bowl championship team that has drafted a prolific quarterback within the past five years.

Peters draws pedigree from his work building the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 roster and contributing to the 49ers’ remarkable recent success—though he helped draft Trey Lance, a crude developmental QB after a trade. Overall picked No. 3 last spring.

All three candidates will be first time GMs. But as of now, the two coaches with tickets to potential interviews for the head coaching job — Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores — will not be first-time head coaches.

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Dabol would seem ideal and most likely suitable as head coach if Schoen gets the job. Dabol’s job at helping Bill QB Josh Allen elevates his raw talent to prime levels, making the entire league the envy.

The one that’s a New England Patriots product just like Judge. In fact, if he had been available he would have been the judge’s choice as the Giants’ offensive coordinator two years ago.

But he will come with an offense and an experience with the quarterback that the aggressively challenged Giants desperately need.

Former Eagles Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pedersen, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, and Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham all seem like candidates who, depending on the connections to the GM candidates, the Giants’ needs or what, might make a difference. Can take a look. a favorable match.

But the whole list won’t really come together until GM hires. Wednesday’s request for Quinn only went out early because several candidates had put her on their lists, and the veterans didn’t want to see Quinn at work before talking to her, a source said.

The Giants were the last of eight teams with full-time head coaching vacancies to submit for a head coaching interview.

It’s time to hire the right man for the job and let him lead the search for the next coach, who Mara and Steve Tisch will charge to replace their lost ship.

“There is no package deal,” Mara said last week. “We want the general manager to work ideally first and obviously, we will talk about head coach candidates, but this package deal is not going to happen. I want to go through a 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.”

2022 set of opponents

The Giants’ home and away opponents are locked in 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

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