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The Giants are set to name their fifth general manager since 1979.

Friday should be the day.

San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters’ Thursday trip to the Giants facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey, concluded the second and final round of interviews.

The Giants narrowed the field to three: Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen, Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles and Peters.

The Bills, Chiefs and 49ers are still playing in this postseason, three of the eight teams still alive for this weekend’s divisional playoff round.

The Giants, who have played and lost a playoff game in the last decade, are looking for a model of modern relevance.

Schoen, 42, and Pole, 36, were the first two candidates to be interviewed in both rounds: first via Zoom on January 12, then with in-person visits on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Peters, 42, moved quickly from Monday’s virtual interview to Thursday’s visit.

The Giants started with nine candidates, narrowed the roster down to three, and will now pick their man to hopefully lead the franchise out of obscurity.

Schoen comes across as the most obvious recruit for what the Giants need: a respected and experienced talent evaluator who has helped build a winner and pick a great quarterback before. He also interviewed the Chicago Bears.

“We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations including player personnel, scouting and college coaching,” said the co-owner John Mara in a statement Jan. 10.

Poles is an impressive candidate for a free agent league and Super Bowl championship team that has drafted a great quarterback over the past five years.

Peters has a pedigree of his work building the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 roster and contributing to the 49ers’ recent enviable success – although he helped recruit Trey Lance, a raw development QB selected No. 3 last spring after an exchange.

All three candidates would be first-time chief executives. But so far, the two coaches qualified for a likely interview for the head coaching job — Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Dolphins coach Brian Flores — would not be head coaches for the first time.

Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would seem like the ideal and most likely head coach to become head coach if Schoen lands the job. Daboll’s work helping Bills QB Josh Allen harness his raw talent to dominating levels is the envy of the league.

He is a product of the New England Patriots, just like Joe Judge. In fact, he would have been the judge’s choice as the Giants’ offensive coordinator two years ago had he been available.

But he would come with offense and quarterbacking experience that the Giants, struggling with offensive challenges, desperately need.

Former Eagles Super Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson, 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel and Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham all appear to be candidates who could also take a look, depending on ties to the candidates. GM, the Giants’ needs or what could create a favorable game.

But a full slate really won’t be put together until GM’s hiring takes place. Wednesday’s request for Quinn was only sent out early because several candidates had him on their roster, and the Giants didn’t want to see Quinn hired before talking to him, a source said.

The Giants were the last of eight teams with full-time head coaching vacancies to submit for a head coaching interview.

Now is the time to hire the right person for the job and let them lead the search for the next trainer that Mara and Steve Tisch will be tasked with returning to their lost ship.

“There are no forfeits,” Mara said last week. “We want the general manager to be ideally done first and obviously we will talk about the candidates for the head coach, but it will not be a package deal. I want to go through a full process here, interviewing as many people as possible. I don’t want to rush into anything – we’ve made that mistake in the past.


The Giants’ home and away opponents for next season are locked in.

Home: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts

Away: Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

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