The New York Giants head coaching search is boiling down to a battle of the Brian’s.
Both Brian Daboll and Brian Flores are finalists for the job, but the Giants are taking their time reviewing each candidate in determining who is best fit to lead their franchise into the future.
Both finalists have pros and cons, ranging from a lack of head-coaching experience to plenty of experience and success taking down teams like the New England Patriots with Bill Belichick at the helm. Flores spent the last three years with the Miami Dolphins, and despite losing the first seven of eight games of the season this year, the Dolphins went on a tear and enjoyed a 9–8 record.
Flores has experience commanding a locker room and motivating players, but he is a stringent defensive mind. Patrick Graham and Flores split up in Miami because the Dolphins head coach wanted to call plays on the defensive side.
With that being the case, Graham will likely depart if Flores is hired, but there’s a bigger question regarding the finalist.
Can he retain an offensive staff?
Flores churned through offensive coordinators and position groups with Miami, and whether that was a lack of synergy with the general manager and offensive hiring or simply premature firings, it is undoubtedly a red flag.
Either way, the Giants have competition for both candidates, as Flores is expected to interview with the New Orleans Saints over the weekend, and Daboll is reportedly one of the top targets for the Dolphins head coaching vacancy.
Saints plan to interview former Dolphins’ HC Brian Flores, who is a finalist for the NY Giants HC job, per source.
First things first, though; a decision from the NY Giants on their head coach is expected this weekend, and Flores is one of their finalists.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2022
Daboll is entirely different than Flores, offering a modern offensive mind who played an instrumental role in developing Josh Allen into an elite quarterback. Having the skill set to grow and assist a young quarterback is essential, especially since the Giants have to make a decision on Daniel Jones and may end up drafting a young player to build around.
The last time the Giants had an offensive-minded coach was Pat Shurmer, and he proved to help Daniel Jones succeed on the football field, but the ineptitude of Dave Gettleman stood in the way.
Ownership is expected to decide on the vacant head coach spot within the next two days, but they better step on the gas if they don’t want to lose their top candidates.