Are Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier top candidates for New York Giants head coaching job?

With Joe Schoen now in place as the general manager of the New York Giants, are Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier the top HC candidates?

Following the hiring of Joe Schoen as the New York Giants’ new general manager, Buffalo Bills coordinators Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier are immediately in consideration to become the Giants’ next head coach. Now that the first hire of the 2022 head coach and general manager hiring cycle has taken place, what does this mean for other vacancies around the league?

Could Brian Daboll or Leslie Frazier follow Joe Schoen to New York?

The Giants were clear that they would be looking to first hire a general manager and then let him make the decision regarding the hiring of their head coach. With Schoen now in place as the general manager, we should see the Giants start to move reasonably quickly to fill their head coach vacancy.

Two names who should be in the frame for the Giants are coordinators that Schoen will be extremely familiar with. Daboll has worked with Schoen twice. The first time came in 2011 when Daboll was the offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. It has been reported that Schoen was instrumental in bringing Daboll aboard as the Bills’ offensive coordinator, a role he has filled since 2018.

With Daboll running the offense, Josh Allen has developed from a raw, yet talented, QB into one of the top players at the position. In each of the past two years, the Bills’ offense has ranked in the top three in points scored and in the top five in yards. The Giants are currently facing tough decisions around their own offense. Daboll could be the perfect hire to come in and address those questions.

However, Frazier should not be discounted as a potential option for the Giants. Frazier has been with the Bills since 2017 as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. During his time in Buffalo, the Bills have twice had a defense that ranked in the top two in points allowed. Frazier has prior head coaching experience, as he held the role from 2010-2013 with the Minnesota Vikings.

Who else could Schoen turn to beyond Daboll and Frazier as head coach candidates?

With no hires having been made yet, there are still a number of potential options available to the Giants. The situation has played out well for them in terms of the speed of the coaching search. The slow-moving nature means that several candidates remain on the table. Two other names that have immediately been linked to the head coach vacancy in New York are current Cowboys DC Dan Quinn and former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.

Schoen does not have the familiarity with either of them like he has with Daboll and Frazier. However, both are top candidates in the current head coach cycle. Quinn has earned great acclaim for his role in making the Cowboys defense a top-10 unit. Meanwhile, Flores is also highly respected for turning around the Dolphins’ franchise. The Giants had already requested an interview with Quinn prior to the hiring of Schoen. Additionally, they are expected to schedule time with Flores in the near future.

What does this mean for the other general manager vacancies around the league?

Schoen was a candidate for the Bears’ general manager vacancy. The Bears have a long candidate list, so even if Schoen was among their favorites, they still have options. The two other finalists in New York were Adam Peters and Ryan Poles. Both the Vikings and Bears have requested the opportunity to interview Poles. The Vikings interviewed him on Tuesday, but the Bears have yet to schedule an interview.

However, the hire of Schoen in New York could now force the hand of the Bears, Vikings, and Raiders to speed up their own general manager searches. The Giants will now dive headlong into the search for a head coach. They could yet be the first team to make a hire at the position. If the Vikings, Bears, and Raiders do not move soon on their GM positions, they could find the HC pool thinning out in the next week — assuming they plan to fill the GM role first.

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN


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