The Giants are one step closer to finding their new general manager, but the final answer may still take some steps – and patience – to be revealed.
The final of the virtual first-round interviews took place on Monday, when the owner spoke with Adam Peters, assistant general manager of the 49ers, and Ran Carthon, 49ers’ director of player personnel.
The second round, with an as yet unknown number of finalists, could begin as early as Tuesday, after the team won its list of candidates Monday night.
These other interviews appear to be much more intense and detail-specific than the first-rounders, which each lasted two hours or so and were more about getting to know you-chats than hard-hitting interrogations.
The Giants will not hand over the keys to the franchise to anyone they’ve met in less than playing time for an Avengers movie.
When the second round of interviews is held in person, there are also logistical considerations. Although the Giants would prefer to have the finalists travel to meet them at their facility in New Jersey, it may not be possible for everyone. Ownership may need to be out on the road to meet in another city.
Of the nine candidates for the first round, six are with teams still in the playoffs (Adrian Wilson and Quentin Harris of the Cardinals saw their team lose to the Rams in a Monday wildcard game).
Depending on how many finalists they have, the process could go through this weekend.
Above this decision is the vacancy as head coach. The Giants want their new general manager to lead the search, but when it finally begins, they may be playing catch-up.
The Giants are one of eight teams in the NFL without a full-time head coach. They and the Raiders are the only ones who have not yet met any candidates for the job, and they are the only team that has not yet formally requested permission to speak to an applicant.
There are certainly channels left through which the Giants can express interest with potential hires – and vice versa – so the short list of candidates should be pretty tight once the new general manager is hired. The risk is that the coach dominoes may start to fall before the giants are even in the game.
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