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The Giants have received rave reviews from around the league about the list of candidates they’ve assembled to be their next general manager. John Mara promised a more thorough, “more extensive” search than he’s ever done before.
So far, he’s delivered on that vow. Both the quantity and quality have been good.
“I think any one of a number of them would make an excellent general manager,” Mara said on Wednesday. “So I am confident that we have the resources to make the right choice here.”
Which one of the nine candidates would be the right choice? Here’s a closer look at each of them, ranked in order of my best early guess at their likelihood to get the job:
1. Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen – There are some around the league and in the Giants office who believe the 42-year-old entered the process as the favorite, for a variety of reasons. For one, Schoen – who got the leadoff interview on Wednesday morning — worked under highly respected Bills GM Brandon Beane as they turned that hard-luck franchise into a Super Bowl contender. For another, he also should come with a glowing recommendation from Bill Parcells, who gave him his start in Miami. Everyone thinks Schoen would try to hire Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as coach if he gets the job. That may be right. After all, his boss, Beane, brought Sean McDermott with him from Carolina when he came to the Bills.
2. Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles – The 36-year-old may be young, but he’s been a rising star in the league for a while thanks to 13 years in the Chiefs organization learning from the likes of Scott Pioli, John Dorsey and Andy Reid. And considering the Chiefs made the playoffs nine times in those 13 years and won and lost a Super Bowl, plucking someone from this organization would be smart. Dorsey and Pioli will surely vouch for him to the Giants. And Poles is tied to a number of possible head coaching candidates,…