One day after General Manager Dave Gettleman announce he was retiring, the New York Giants fired head coach Joe Judge. Judge was with the organization for two seasons, finishing with a combined record of 10-23. He was the third straight coach to be fired after just two seasons.
Giants ownership will now look to clean house and bring in new faces to lead the organization in turning things around for the once proud franchise. In a statement, John Mara promised a, "comprehensive search" for a new General Manager, which would begin immediately. There have already been nine known individuals in which the Giants have requested to interview. It's been reported the first round of interviews will be done via Zoom with finalists getting in-person follow ups.
“We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach,” said Mara.
While that is a true statement almost any time a new GM is hired, this year brings some unique options to the table. We could very well see somewhat of a package deal when it comes to the Giants new GM and head coach.
Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll / Leslie Frazier
Schoen will be the first GM candidate to interview with the Giants on Wednesday. The Buffalo Bills Assistant General Manager is a strong candidate, maybe even one of the early favorites. If hired, he would likely try to bring one of Buffalo's coordinators with him as head coach. Offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, is one of the hottest head-coaching candidates in this year. Defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, Leslie Frazier, is a former head coach (Vikings) and could be a candidate for the Giants.
Joe Hortiz and Greg Roman
The Giants have requested an interview with Baltimore Ravens' executive Joe Hortiz. Could Hortiz bring Roman along with him as his head coach. Roman has been an offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, and currently with the Ravens in the same capacity. He would give the Giants an offensive minded head coach, something they were accustomed to before hiring Judge.
Ryan Poles and Eric Bieniemy / Steve Spagnuolo
Poles will likely be one of the favorites for the GM position as he has a proven track record in his time in Kansas City. He started with the Chiefs in 2009 as a scout and is currently the executive vice president of player personnel. Having worked and learned under head coach Andy Reid, former GM's Scott Piolo and John Dorsey as well as current Chiefs GM Brett Veach, Poles may be primed to take on his own organization. Eric Bieniemy, the KC offensive coordinator has been in head coaching discussions for a few years now but has not been given the opportunity. This could be his break. Spagnuolo is likely an outside idea, but one that could provide the Giants some comfort. Spags has strong ties to the New York / New Jersey area being a former coach with the Giants and someone who was always popular among fans as well as inside the locker room. He has head coaching experience as well.
Will McClay and Kellen Moore / Dan Quinn
Ok, so this is probably a pipe dream for the Giants. Dallas Cowboys Will McClay would be a home run higher. The current Cowboys' vice president of player personnel is well thought of around the league and hiring him would not only help the Giants, but also hurt a division rival. Jerry Jones is unlikely to allow this to happen, but let's dream a bit for a moment. If McClay was to become GM in New York, he would likely bring along one of his coordinators to be the head coach. Quinn is the former Super Bowl head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He would bring a defensive mind to the head coaching position. Most people remember the Falcons' dud against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, but Quinn did a fantastic job in Atlanta and will have a chance to be a head coach again. Moore is thought to be one of the best offensive minds in the league. He is young, but will be highly sought after for open head coaching positions.
Who will the Giants hire?
It's anyone's guess and too soon in the process to predict the outcome. There are also plenty of candidates like Quentin Harris, Ran Carthon, Monti Ossenfort, Adam Peters, Adrian Wilson, and more. There are also head coaching candidates like Brian Flores, Jim Harbaugh, Matt Eberflus, and Bill O'Brien not directly associated with a GM candidate.
The Giants will let the process play out, but there are plenty of intriguing scenarios to run through your mind as we watch to see what the ownership group does.