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Giants exec Marc Ross gets his chance to impress Bears

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Updated: February 21, 2012 8:32AM

No team has scared and ­tormented the Green Bay Packers more in the last few seasons than the New York Giants.

And one of the keys to the ­Giants’ success was at Halas Hall on Wednesday to interview for the Bears’ general-manager position.

Marc Ross, the Giants’ director of college scouting, was the third candidate to interview for a chance to replace longtime ­GM Jerry Angelo, who was fired
Jan. 3. Jason Licht of the New England Patriots and Jimmy Raye III of the San ­Diego Chargers interviewed Monday and ­Tuesday, respectively.

Interim Bears general manager Tim Ruskell is expected to interview Thursday, and Kansas City Chiefs college scouting director Phil Emery will interview Friday.

After the Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the wild-card round, GM Jerry Reese said that Ross is ready for the main role.

“He’s a veteran personnel guy, and he’s been around two or three different clubs, so he’s seen how things are done differently at different places,” Reese said. “And he’s smart. He’s a people person, a terrific evaluator and he’s qualified.”

The Giants have one of the strongest rosters in the NFL, with a mix of veterans and youngsters. During the preseason and early in the season, the Giants were stung by a rash of injuries, most notably to cornerback Terrell Thomas, a 2008 second-round draft pick whom many projected to push for the Pro Bowl in 2011.

Thomas had 10 interceptions in 2009 and 2010. He also forced five fumbles and tallied two sacks in that span.

Other notable draft picks by the Giants include receiver Hakeem Nicks, safety Kenny Phillips and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants also unearthed receiver Victor Cruz, who wasn’t drafted.

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