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Joe Schoen isn’t wasting any time with his coaching search.
Just hours after officially being named the new Giants general manager, Schoen officially requested permission to speak with two Buffalo Bills assistants about the Giants’ head coaching job, according to a source. And the first of those interviews — with Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll – took place on Friday night.
The second will take place on Saturday with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Schoen, the former assistant GM of the Buffalo Bills, is still up in Orchard Park, N.Y., but the interviews are still being conducted virtually, according to the Giants. He was joined in the video conference with Daboll by Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.
Daboll, 46, is considered one of the heavy favorites to become the next Giants’ head coach, while Frazier, 62, is more of a longshot. But Frazier does have previous head-coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-13.
Schoen did need to rush these interview requests in because the Bills play a divisional round playoff game in Kansas City on Sunday, and will be travelling there on Saturday afternoon. If the Giants hadn’t interviewed either of them by then, they wouldn’t have been able to until the Bills are eliminated from the playoffs.
The Giants will now be able to conduct second interviews with either man, if they want, during the week before the Super Bowl, if the Bills are still alive.
Daboll and Frazier are the third and fourth candidates the Giants have reached out to so far in this process. They’ve requested permission to speak with Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and they told former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores to expect an interview, too.