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Giants request to interview Cowboys’ Dan Quinn

The Giants have not yet hired a general manager, but they are moving forward with the process of finding a new head coach. They have submitted a request to interview Dan Quinn, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, in hopes of talking to him before Quinn is hired elsewhere.

Quinn could be in high demand, and the Giants did not want to be shut out until at least they had the chance to meet him. Quinn interviewed the Broncos on Tuesday and did the same with the Vikings on Wednesday. He has interviews later this week with the Bears and Dolphins.

This is a clear indication that the two candidates they have already picked up for general manager interviews - Joe Schoen from Bills and Ryan Poles of the Chiefs - told the Giants' brass that Quinn would be on a short list of head coaches. This also warns Quinn and his representation that the giants have an interest in him, and if he wants to wait for them, they will bring him in to sit down.

The Giants have scheduled another general manager interview, Thursday with Adam Peters of the 49ers. So there is no doubt that in his first interview with the Giants, Peters also expressed interest in Quinn. A decision on GM could come as early as Friday, and presumably Quinn could be summoned after that.

Interim head coach Dan Quinn of the Dallas Cowboys is watching
Dan Quinn
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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 tightly packed resume. He made his mark as the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks' Legion of Boom offense that went to the back-to-back Super Bowls and won one of them. As head coach of the Falcons, Quinn went 43-42 in six seasons and 3-2 in the off-season. Despite plenty of success, he is best known as the head coach whose team blew the biggest lead in Super Bowl history and blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl 51 in a possible 34-28 loss to the Patriots.

Quinn's work in the 2021 season with the Cowboys' defense was on point as his unit allowed the seventh fewest points in the league.

Quinn, who is based in Morristown, NJ, was an assistant at Hofstra and also at the Jets during a coaching career that began in 1994. He wanted to give the Giants experience, as far as he knew 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 last four games of the 2017 season.


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