The Giants have yet to hire a general manager but they are moving forward with the process of finding a new head coach. They have put in a request to interview Dan Quinn, the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, hoping to speak to him before Quinn gets hired elsewhere.
Quinn could be in high demand and the Giants did not want to get shut out before at least having the chance to meet with him. Quinn on Tuesday interviewed with the Broncos and on Wednesday did the same with the Vikings. He has interviews later this week with the Bears and Dolphins.
This is a clear indication the two candidates they already brought in for in-person general manager interviews — Joe Schoen of the Bills and Ryan Poles of the Chiefs — told Giants brass that Quinn would be on a short-list of head coach options. This also alerts Quinn and his representation that the Giants have interest in him and, if he wants to wait for them, they will bring him in for a sit-down.
The Giants have one more GM interview scheduled, Thursday with Adam Peters of the 49ers. So, there is no doubt Peters in his first interview with the Giants also expressed interest in Quinn. A decision on the GM could come as early as Friday, and, presumably, Quinn could be summoned after that.
There is more to the coaching search. Schoen and Brian Flores — fired, surprisingly, by the Dolphins after this past season — have communicated in the past two days, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Post. This is a way to at least start a relationship, in case Schoen in the coming days is leading the Giants’ search for a head coach. It is believed Flores’ name also surfaced high on the list of all three Giants GM candidates. Flores has a relationship with Peters dating to their time together with the Patriots. Schoen is expected to advocate for Brian Daboll, the Bills’ offensive coordinator, but the Giants will conduct a search and meet with several prospective head coaches.
The Giants fired Joe Judge two days after a 4-13 season and are looking for their fifth head coach in the last eight years.
Quinn has a packed résumé. He made his mark as the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom attack that went to back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one of them. As the head coach of the Falcons, Quinn went 43-42 in six seasons and 3-2 in the postseason. Despite plenty of success, he is best-known as the head coach whose team blew the largest lead in Super Bowl history, ahead 28-3 in Super Bowl 51 in an eventual 34-28 loss to the Patriots.
Quinn’s work during the 2021 season with the Cowboys’ defense was on point, as his unit allowed the seventh-fewest points in the league.
A native of Morristown, N.J., Quinn was an assistant at Hofstra and also with the Jets during a coaching career that started in 1994. He would give the Giants experience, as far as knowing what to expect as a second-time head coach, and he would be their first head coach from the defensive side of the ball since Bill Parcells was hired in 1983. Steve Spagnulo, a defensive coordinator, served as the Giants’ interim head coach for the final four games of the 2017 season.