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The New York Giants will not hire head coaches until a new general manager is in place. At least that’s the plan, according to co-owner John Mara.
But that does not stop Big Blue from looking ahead while their first round of GM interviews has taken place.
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano confirmed previous reports that the Giants have former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Buffalo Bill’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll on their shortlist of potential head coach candidates. That means they could get calls for the Giants job, no matter who the general manager may be.
There is an obvious interest in both goals, which means the Giants will have plenty of competition – so time is of the essence.
Flores has already interviewed the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, and there will likely be more as well. The Brooklyn, NY native turned a record of 5-11 in 2019 with the Dolphins to two-straight winning seasons. It was the first time in nearly two decades that the Dolphins had back-to-back winning seasons, making Flores’ firing even more surprising after winning eight of his last nine games with Miami this season before missing the playoffs.
Given Flores’ local roots, Vacchiano added that Flores would be very interested in the Giants job, but “he may not be willing to wait for it.”
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Up in Buffalo, Daboll’s season still rolls a lot with a Bills team that beat the New England Patriots 47-17 in the AFC Wild Card Game Saturday night. He takes Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs and Bills’ attacks to a new level as they appear to be making a long-awaited return to the Super Bowl scene, which has only increased his appeal around the league. He has also already met the bears.
But Dabøll has long been on the giants’ radar. After hiring Joe Judge ahead of the 2020 season, there was hope that they could interview Daboll for the offensive coordinator job. But the Bills denied New York permission, forcing the Giants to settle for Jason Garrett – a relationship that did not even last two years.
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