Bills OC Brian Daboll first finalist; Dan Quinn visits the team in NJ – The Mercury News

Brian Daboll has been the lead to fill the Giants head coach vacancy. Now he is the first known finalist for the job.

Daboll, the Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, will be the first candidate to do a second interview with the Giants. He will interview in person on Tuesday at the team’s facility in East Rutherford, NJ, according to sources.

Daboll is having his second interview before the Giants hold their first interview with nominees Brian Flores, the former Miami Dolphins head coach, and Pat Graham, the Giants’ incumbent defensive coordinator. Flores and Graham are scheduled to interview later in the week.

The Daboll derby is heating up as the Bills’ catastrophic loss on Sunday to the captain means Daboll is eligible for immediate hire as head coach.

New GM Joe Schoen is leading the search, and the urgency to bring Daboll to New Jersey reinforces what many union sources believe: Daboll is Schoen’s front-runner.

The Miami Dolphins are considered the Giants’ strongest competitor for him. Daboll has coached the Dolphins, Alabama defender Tua Tagovailoa, served as Fins offensive coordinator in 2011 and has been interviewed for the job.

However, Daboll won’t be the first candidate to interview the Giants directly.

It was the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn of Morristown, NJ, who visited the Giants facility Monday for his first interview with the team.

The Giants said Quinn met co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Vice President of Player HR Chris Mara, and new GM Joe Schoen.

And get this for what it’s worth, but a source told the Daily News that the Giants have also requested an interview for their defensive coordinator position with Joe Whitt Jr. by the Dallas Cowboys.

Whitt Jr., 43, is the Cowboys’ defensive passing coach/game coordinator. He has worked under Quinn for the past two years in Atlanta (2020) and Dallas (2021). And he spent time in Green Bay alongside Graham (2018) and Giants mainstay quarterback Blake Martinez (2016-18).

The Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks also asked DC to interview Whitt Jr.

Graham remains the Giants’ incumbent defensive coordinator with a head coach interview on board, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have also requested an interview with Graham for their DC inaugural. Pittsburgh’s Keith Butler just retired after seven seasons in that position.

Quinn is the hottest head-coaching contender across the league this cycle. He was reportedly shortlisted by both the Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears after their first round of interviews.

The Giants actually let Quinn know of their interest in him last week, before hiring Schoen, so they could talk to him before he was hired elsewhere. Sources say Quinn is also on Schoen’s list of candidates.

Schoen, former assistant GM of the Bills, is was hired as the new GM of Giants last Friday. He briefly interviewed the first three head coach candidates of the weekend: Daboll (Friday), Bills DC Leslie Frazier (Saturday) and Bengals DC Lou Anarumo (Sunday).

Quinn became fourth on Monday.

Schoen’s introductory press conference is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. The team is not expected to hire a coach before.

As a rule, The Giants are not allowed to hire a coach until they have directly interviewed at least one outside minority candidate, which they have not done.

Plus, if they want a second interview with Anarumo, with whom the Bengals are still playing, as a rule, the Giants will have to wait until after the AFC Championship Match to reconnect. Bills OC Brian Daboll first finalist; Dan Quinn visits the team in NJ – The Mercury News


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