As the Giants' front office begins its search for the team's next head coach, team president John Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and general manager Dave Gettleman spoke about the key qualities and attributes that the ideal candidate would possess.
John Mara: "I'm really looking for leadership, that's the big thing going forward. Somebody who can come in and take control of this roster, help build a culture that is going to lead to winning. Somebody who is going to help us with our football re-organization during the process we're undergoing right now. We're looking for all those qualities from the next candidate."
Steve Tisch: "Leadership, an ability to put together a great staff, an ability to really work with the players, the rookies. I think it's really important that the next head coach has to have a point of view, a very strong point of view, and he will be supported by ownership."
Dave Gettleman: "We need a head coach that can bring together a staff that's enthusiastic. We need a head coach with leadership. We need a head coach with intelligence, and one that can connect with these players. That's what we need."
John Mara (On experience developing a quarterback): "It either has to be that or it has to be his coordinator or his quarterback coach. It doesn't necessarily have to be the head coach, I'm not ruling out defensive coaches here."
Dave Gettleman (On coaches from college ranks): "One of the things that I find interesting is we are getting younger and younger players in the league. These kids we're drafting are 21 years old, they have been in college for three years. In Carolina, I drafted two kids that were 20 years old. The (Tremaine) Edmonds kid that Buffalo drafted was 19. You are drafting younger kids, so to take a college coach now, I think he would have that advantage of having been connected to these college kids for so long. Understanding the culture and what they're at, what they're about and where they're at. I appreciate that as far as him being the GM (of his college program). Obviously, he has his recruiting war room and he's the one doing that."
John Mara: "I've always believed that the toughest decision that Steve and I ever have to make in this business is finding the right guy to stand up here in front of the team and lead them and develop a winning program going forward. That's what we are going to put all of our efforts into now, trying to find that guy. It's obviously not an easy thing to do."
Steve Tisch: "I'm an optimist and I think we know what qualities, what kind of character, we want in the next head coach. We're very focused on that. There's going to be a real priority to make sure the next head coach has strong leadership abilities and a very impressive track record."
Dave Gettleman: "It's a collaborative process, everything is a collaborative process. This is a monster up here and anybody that's doing it on their own, it's difficult. I would say to anybody, any college coach that we talk to, I'm here to help him. One of the things that I'll tell you is we're all support staff, we really truly are."