imagn's Mark Konezny

The Giants officially hired a general manager on Friday, naming former Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen to their top post in the front office. Now, the hunt for a new head coach kicks into high gear. While New York's first reported interview request went to Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, we've identified a couple of other names to watch as Schoen looks to build a new staff.

Consider these five coaches frontrunners for a job on the new-look Giants:

Brian Daboll

If you want to bet on the next Giants head coach, this is the safe play. Daboll, who's overseen Josh Allen's rise to MVP-caliber quarterback, was the Bills' offensive coordinator for all but one of Schoen's five years in Buffalo. He may be garnering interest elsewhere, but that connection -- plus his rock-solid offensive credentials -- make him an obvious fit.

Brian Flores

The former Dolphins coach hasn't worked alongside Schoen before, though both men held executive jobs in Miami at different points. More importantly, Flores is one of the most qualified candidates on the market, and he's reportedly eager to explore the Giants' job. New York brass apparently has reciprocal interest, with owner John Mara reaching out to Flores a few nights ago, according the New York Post's Ian O'Connor. Schoen and Flores have also been in contact the past couple of weeks, per The Post.

Leslie Frazier

If the Giants want to reverse course from Joe Judge's tough-love approach, Frazier has proven to be a steady hand before. The former Vikings coach also shares a Bills connection with Schoen, serving as Buffalo's defensive coordinator for the entirety of the new Giants GM's tenure with the franchise. The upside might be lower, but the familiarity is there.

Vance Joseph

Back in the sights of teams with head coaching vacancies, the former Broncos coach and current Cardinals defensive coordinator spent 2016 as the Dolphins' DC while Schoen worked as Miami's director of player personnel. The Dolphins were a playoff team that year, and Joseph of course brings experience running a staff.

David Culley

Call him the wild card of the bunch, more likely a candidate for an assistant role than the top job. But Culley, 66, will definitely find work as a respected veteran who overachieved leading a barren Texans team in 2021. Besides proving his resolve amid a rebuild, he also worked as the Bills' QBs coach -- Josh Allen's first in the NFL -- during Schoen's first two years in Buffalo.