Giants to interview defensive coordinator Patrick Graham for head coach

The Giants would not look in-house for a general manager but they might for a head coach.

Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will join four other known candidates interviewing for the coaching vacancy, sources confirmed to The Post. The Yale-educated Graham is well-respected in the building by ownership, the front office and the players.

So, that means at least two of fired head coach Joe Judge’s close friends will interview to be his successor.

Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll – considered the early favorite as he was atop new general manager Joe Schoen’s short list – worked with Judge in New England. But Graham and Judge are even tighter: Graham was Judge’s first hire, he was given the title of associate head coach and he turned down an opportunity to interview as Jets head coach last offseason in order to stay on as Judge’s right hand (and accept a raise).

Patrick Graham has served as the Giants’ defensive coordinator the last two seasons. Bill Kostroun/New York Post

Most Giants assistants remain under contract, though it is customary for teams to allow assistants to interview elsewhere when things are in flux during a head coach search. Graham’s contract is thought to extend beyond just 2022 (like most of the staff) because of his leverage last offseason.

Of the five candidates lined up to interview with Schoen and ownership, four are defensive-minded: Graham, former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie…

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