Giants down to 3 general manager finalists, but what’s with the Dan Quinn interview?

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The New York Giants are quickly boiling down their general manager candidates, with Joe Shoen, Ryan Poles, and Adam Peters being the three finalists for the vacancy left by Dave Gettleman.

Finally, ownership has looked outside the organization to solve everlasting problems, and by most accounts, they can’t go wrong with any of the targets.

Schoen was the first to receive a second interview with Big Blue, being Brandon Bean’s right-hand man up in Buffalo. Schoen is currently the Bills’ assistant general manager, helping develop a roster capable of making the Super Bowl this season. His talent evaluation skills are top-notch, assisting in the development of quarterback Josh Allen and presenting quality players to promote his growth.

On the other hand, Poles currently serves as Executive Director of player personnel, joining the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009 and climbing through their system. He has assisted in the rebuild of the Cheifs’ offensive line, which ranked top 10 in pass-blocking efficiency this past season, according to PFF. Poles has survived the firing of Scott Pioli and John Dorsey, so clearly, the organization values his input.

Adam Peters of the San Francisco 49ers is another phenomenal candidate who is highly regarded around the NFL. Peters currently serves as the 49ers assistant general manager and is in his 18th season in the NFL and fourth as vice president of player personnel. He joined the 49ers after spending eight seasons with a Denver Broncos until 2016, making the move without going through any interview process.

Any three of these options would be phenomenal given their pedigree and proof of success. All three of them are currently enjoying postseason appearances with their respective teams.

The New York Giants put in a request interview Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn:

According to ESPN, Quinn could be in high demand this head coaching cycle:

Quinn could be in high demand and the Giants did not want to get shut out before at least having the chance to meet with him. Quinn on Tuesday interviewed with the Broncos and on Wednesday did the same with the Vikings. He has interviews later this week with the Bears and Dolphins.

Quinn is an experienced head coach, having spent six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 to 2020. He was fired in 2020 after losing the first five games of the season, but he has experience reaching the Super Bowl back in 2016 against the New England Patriots. His team made it to the NFC Divisional game the year after, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In five of his six seasons with Atlanta, he won no less than seven games with a high of 11 during his Super Bowl campaign.

If the Giants are considering Quinn as a potential head coach candidate, there is no question he brings ample experience to the table. In recent years, Big Blue has put a lot of faith in inexperienced head coaches, which have obviously proved to be failures. Going with a veteran option who understands what it takes to build a Super Bowl team might not be a bad move.

The Giants simply wanted to get him on the books because of the demand for him at the moment. This would suggest a GM hiring is imminent.

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