Who will be the next New York Giants head coach? Here are eight potential candidates

Art Stapleton
NFL writer

For the fourth time since Tom Coughlin's exit, the Giants will embark on a coaching search after Joe Judge was fired following a disappointing two years that just added on more criticism and mocking of the franchise.

Co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch stated in the release announcing the parting of ways with Judge that they will hire a general manager first - interviews on that front begin Wednesday with Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen - and then the GM will lead the search for a new head coach.

Here is a look at possible candidates for the Giants to consider:

Brian Flores, ex-Dolphins head coach

Flores' ouster in Miami on Monday sent shockwaves through the NFL. He's won 19 games over the last two years, and this year the Dolphins dug out of a 1-7 start to finish 9-8. The Brooklyn native is from the Bill Belichick tree, though, and having just gone there with Judge, it's unclear as to whether the Giants will go there again.

Brian Flores went 24-25 in three seasons as Dolphins coach.

Kellen Moore, Cowboys OC

One of the best young offensive minds in the game calls a diverse attack for the NFL's top offense. The Cowboys led the league in points per game and yards per game, and his creativity and play calling jumps off the video.

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Dan Quinn, Cowboys DC

Quinn, who is from Morristown, New Jersey, might never live down 28-3 in the Super Bowl against the Patriots as the Falcons head coach. But let's look past that for a moment, and give him a ton of credit for restoring his coaching profile with the Dallas defense this season. He had Kyle Shanahan as his offensive coordinator in Atlanta, so clearly he knows how to pick 'em on that side of the ball. His personality would fit here, and he does have experience, which matters.

Dan Quinn looks on before the Dallas Cowboys' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9, 2021.

Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs OC

The Giants interviewed Bieniemy in the last coaching cycle, and yes, he's still on the market. The Chiefs are the standard in terms of getting the most out of their offense - obviously, the presence of Patrick Mahomes and the influence of Andy Reid matters - but if the Giants hire Ryan Poles as GM, there could be a match here.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes hugs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy during a game this season.

Brian Daboll, Bills OC

Judge wanted Daboll as his offensive coordinator when he was hired, but the Bills would not grant permission for an interview. Daboll will be interviewing for head coaching jobs in this cycle, and his work with Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense should get him serious looks. If the Giants hire Schoen as GM, Daboll could be a match.

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll gestures during warmups before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

Todd Bowles, Buccaneers DC

The former Jets head coach certainly knows this market, and he's been great as the defensive coordinator of the defending Super Bowl champions. Bowles garnered a lot of respect within the Giants' building given how he handled himself across town through his tenure. This would be a surprise hiring and garner plenty of attention, but the timing might be right for the Elizabeth, New Jersey, native to come home.

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles watches from the sideline during the game against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 26, 2021.

Patrick Graham, Giants DC

This one appears to be a long shot, given Graham's close relationship with Judge. He said just last week that he was here because of their relationship. But Graham's work is respected around the league, and he is viewed as a future head coach. At the very least, the Giants should request and interview to see if Graham is interested.

Patrick Graham during pregame warms up before the Giants' game against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 24, 2021.

Vance Joseph, Cardinals DC

The Giants are already looking to Arizona for a possible GM with Adrian Wilson and Quentin Harris set to interview, so it's not out of the question to consider Joseph, who has been a head coach previously and is deserving of another chance. He's helped rebuild the Cardinals' defense and will be a factor in this cycle, as the Dolphins have requested an interview.

Art Stapleton is the Giants beat writer for NorthJersey.com. Email him at stapleton@northjersey.com or follow him on Twitter @art_stapleton.