The New York Giants are inching closer toward fully ushering in their new regime. Owners John Mara and Steve Tisch announced the hiring of new general manager Joe Schoen just days ago. Schoen joins the Giants organization after spending the previous five seasons with the Buffalo Bills in their assistant general manager role. Schoen had previous experience working with Bills general manager Brandon Beane in Carolina, and the two ultimately reunited in Buffalo.
Schoen is a 42-year-old ascending front office executive who helped the Bills acquire a plethora of talent throughout his five years as Beane's right-hand man. The Bills possess a legitimate Super Bowl-worthy roster and Schoen's work behind the scenes has a lot to do with their current success. Giants fans should be thrilled to have him.
The first order of business for Schoen involves hiring the next head coach. The previous regimes failed to adequately conduct and execute a head coaching search, which led to three head coaches in six years—Pat Shurmur, Ben McAdoo, and the recently fired Joe Judge. The Giants desperately need to find some stability at the position, and Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is a finalist for the job and would represent an excellent hire for all parties involved. With the Bills no longer competing in the postseason, Daboll will receive an in-person interview for the job on Tuesday—it qualifies as his second interview after he completed his first audition for the job via Zoom.
Daboll has done a fantastic job while serving as Sean McDermott's offensive coordinator in Buffalo. He's helped MVP-worthy quarterback Josh Allen take a sizable step forward while overseeing Allen's development into one of the top signal-callers in the game today. The Bills' offense was incredibly thrilling in Sunday's heartbreaking divisional-round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, racking up 36 points and 422 yards of total offense in a 42-36 overtime defeat. If it goes down as Daboll's final presentation as Buffalo's play-caller, he can hold his head up high.
Daboll should be considered the favorite for the Giants' job due to his existing relationship with Schoen. The two men know each other extremely well from their four years spent together in Buffalo. Nothing is guaranteed, however, and Daboll must fend off challenges from former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and current Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who both continue to make strong cases for the job.
Flores is receiving an in-person interview on Tuesday, and although Schoen and Flores didn't cross paths in Miami, Schoen worked alongside Dolphins general manager Chris Grier for nine seasons in Florida. He'll have plenty of intel on Flores. Graham represents a strong in-house candidate that continues to receive consideration. This race is heating up but is far from over.
Should Daboll land the job, the challenge to transform a Giants offense that has been truly abysmal for several years now will loom large. The Giants' offense averaged the second-lowest yards per contest (287.3) while scoring the second-lowest points per game (15.2) in 2021. Allen isn't the quarterback in New York, and Daboll's coaching philosophies will be put to the test in his absence. The situation and environment may be entirely different, but Daboll possesses the coaching chops to overcome the adversity he'd encounter as the Giants' head coach.