Pat Leonard’s NFL Notes: Brian Flores, Jim Harbaugh, Thomas Brown and the Giants’ GM/head coaching search

As expected when this process began, some sources say the Giants are very interested in Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the Belichick disciple who has gotten the best out of quarterback Josh Allen in Buffalo. The Buffalo ticket of GM Joe Schoen and head coach Daboll certainly is an intriguing one. Schoen, who interviewed in Chicago, too, is considered as ready as any of the Giants’ nine candidates to take the big chair. And Daboll as an offensive coach could tackle the team’s worst side of the ball. … One league source said Schoen would be a great GM because he is a great communicator and listener with complete command of a room and a scouting staff. … Another league source said of Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles, a Giants GM candidate: “He’s ready.” … Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz, who interviewed Saturday, is also viewed as an extremely strong candidate, a lynchpin of one the most respected front offices in the league. The Giants have sought to copy Belichick’s Patriot Way in recent years, but they’re also aware that Baltimore is at the forefront of the NFL’s evolution. Judge, in fact, brought something closer to a Ravens-like understanding of draft capital to the conversation the past two years, since both the Patriots and Ravens understand that no one is flawless at evaluating players. It’s about managing assets intelligently to acquire more kicks at the…

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