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Giants near decision time on head coach after Brian Flores interview – The Denver Post

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Giants near decision time on head coach after Brian Flores interview – The Denver Post

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Brian Flores came into Thursday’s interview with the Giants as the leading candidate to be their next head coach, and he might have emerged as the frontrunner.

The Giants can now hire a coach at any time, after adhering to the Rooney Rule by interviewing an outside minority candidate in person.

Will Flores be their next head coach? That could hinge on his compatibility with new general manager Joe Schoen after an interview that went well, by all accounts, but covered some tough questions about Flores being fired at Miami.

The Giants did extensive groundwork on Flores before the interview, calling support staff and assistant coaches for information, and they received positive feedback.

But it was necessary due to negative stories circulating particularly about Flores’ working relationship with Dolphins general manager Chris Grier.

Whether Flores helped the Giants separate fact from fiction could determine whether a consensus is reached among the four Giants officials conducting the interviews: Schoen, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, and vice president from player personnel Chris Mara.

“Listen, [Schoen] not going to hire someone we don’t want and we’re certainly not going to hire someone they don’t want,” Mara said Wednesday. “But ownership always has final approval on any decision like that. It’s just not going to change.

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was the Giants’ first runner-up, is the only offensive coach in the process, has a lawyer in Schoen and has yet to be hired elsewhere.

Still, league sources believe he’s one of the favorites to land the Dolphins job, and no rave reviews have returned from his interview with the Giants on Tuesday in East Rutherford, NJ. So the momentum would apparently have to change for him to be the choice.

Dan Quinn pulled his name out of consideration deciding to stay in Dallas as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator. Head coach Mike McCarthy also reportedly received a vote of confidence from owner Jerry Jones for a third season.

The Giants have one more interview scheduled: an in-person visit Friday from Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Frazier cannot be counted. He and Schoen spent five years with Buffalo, and he has head coaching experience with the Vikings (21-32-1 from 2010-13).

However, Flores seems to have clear support in the building, especially from the property.

Mara reached out to Flores personally last week before Schoen was hired, knowing Flores wanted the Giants and his three GM finalists were all planning to interview him.

“I just wanted to let him know that before he makes a decision, just know that we are interested in you,” Mara said Wednesday.

Flores has gone about .500 (24-25) in three seasons with the Dolphins, but has won eight of his last nine this season. It was said that he got fired for overplaying his hand demanding a change at quarterback in particular. Owner Stephen Ross backed Grier and Tua Tagovailoa on Flores in the end.

The Giants could technically wait until next week to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo in person after Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

The coaches’ carousel resumed on Thursday, however, and the dominoes finally started falling.

The Denver Broncos have hired Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as head coach, kicking off a rumored offseason between Aaron Rodgers and Denver.

The Chicago Bears have hired Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as head coach.

The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly want Buccaneers OC Byron Leftwich, but Leftwich wants Cardinals pro scouting vice president Adrian Wilson to be their general manager, which would drop incumbent Trent Baalke.

And the Las Vegas Raiders will interview Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. The Patriots’ Dave Ziegler and McDaniels were a pair to watch for the Raiders from the start.

Flores is also a contender for the Houston Texans, where he knows general manager Nick Caserio from their time with the Patriots. But the Texans don’t have a quarterback, are still struggling with Deshaun Watson, and don’t have a great cap situation either.

Flores has had eyes for the Giants from the start. Ownership of the giants made sure he knew the interest was mutual.

To fire Joe Judge just to hire Flores, a more intense Bill Belichick disciplinarian by reputation, would certainly deserve careful scrutiny and questioning.

It could come down to whether Flores’ positive impression on Thursday convinced the Giants that the Miami stories weren’t true, were exaggerated or, at the very least, won’t be repeated in New York.

Giants near decision time on head coach after Brian Flores interview – The Denver Post

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