New York Giants’ ideal interview list to replace Joe Judge, including Doug Pederson

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After firing head coach Joe Judge Tuesday, owner John Mara and the New York Giants seem intent on hiring a general manager and head coach with outside influence

The New York Giants relieved Joe Judge as his duties Tuesday, making him the third head coach the organization has fired after two or fewer seasons since 2017.

“I said before the season started,” Mara said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. “That I wanted to feel good about the direction we were headed when we played our last game of the season. Unfortunately, I cannot make that statement, which is why we have made this decision.

“We will hire a general manager and that person will lead the effort to hire a new head coach.”

By all accounts, Mara and the Giants are conducting a general manager search that casts a wide net of outside the organization’s insular sphere influence that has produced 100 losses since winning Super Bowl XLVI in February, 2012.

Whoever winds up being hired as general manager, and leading the search for head coach, will have his pick of coaches to align with his vision for the New York Giants’ future.

Here’s a list at seven ideal candidates, who should top the New York Giants’ interview list to replace Joe Judge:

1) Doug Pederson

If the mission of John Mara and the New York Giants’ front office is to instill a winning culture led by a head coach with a track record of success, there might not be a better fit for that vision than Doug Pederson.

Pederson is only four seasons removed from winning the Philadelphia Eagles’ first Super Bowl, and after producing a 42-37-1 record as a head coach during his five seasons in Philadelphia, he also produced a 4-2 record in the postseason.

If the New York Giants intend to move forward with Daniel Jones, there are few head-coaching candidates out there with more success developing a young quarterback than Pederson.

Hiring Pederson, who was instrumental in Carson Wentz playing the best football of his career, would also give the Giants some first-hand intel on how the Eagles have been able to build sustained success over the past five years.

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