Brian Daboll makes the most of the Giants shorthanded


According to New York Sports Histories, the Giants are not to be enjoyed as an Aaron Judge home run. They are neither beautiful, nor majestic, nor impressive. In fact, they are the exact opposite of must-have television.

So no, Daniel Jones and his friends didn’t host a show in the Meadowlands that belongs to the same paragraph as the Judge show in Milwaukee while continuing a revered piece of baseball history. But what the Giants did in their 19-16 win over Carolina in their home opener was to make a profound statement about the impact of coaching in professional sports.

Brian Daboll changed absolutely everything at the Giants in two mind-blowing weeks. He found the one winning formula and the one winning formula that would work with a largely talentless roster, and it goes like this:

Spoil the game, drag your opponents into a fourth-quarter cage game, then hope the trust his staff placed in the players inspires the confidence to overtake and finish at least one point ahead of the villains.

It worked in Nashville in Week 1, thanks to hard knocks against Derrick Henry, a verbal takedown from Jones on the bench and a two-run bet that heralded a new era in Giants football.

And it worked again on Sunday, when Daboll made chicken salad with you-know-what chicken, and relied on his kicker, Graham Gano, to score his last two of four over half goals. of the length of the pitch, including the decisive 56 meters in the final minutes.

Brian Daboll celebrates after the Giants win over the Panthers.
Brian Daboll celebrates after the Giants win over the Panthers.
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Daboll made up for it on the fly by winning his first-ever home game as NFL head coach, again overcoming the absence of his top pass throwers, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari, the absence of ‘Aaron Robinson and Wan’Dale Robinson, and Leonard Williams’ in-game loss. Daboll found a way to win with his big-budget receiver, Kenny Golladay, glued to the sideline, and without his big-skill receiver, Kadarius Toney, making an impact.

Oh, and he did something Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin didn’t do as first-year Giants coaches — opening the season 2-0 — with a quarterback who didn’t throw more than 280. yards only once in 27 starts since the start of the 2020 season.

“We have a loose group that doesn’t waver, and that’s what you appreciate,” Daboll told his players in the dressing room. “We don’t hesitate. It’s gonna be a long hard journey, it is, for all of us, okay? And the result is great. I love it. But remember, if we lose this game, it’s all about our preparation and our process, okay? »

In fact, it’s not OK. Deep down, as a member of five Super Bowl winning teams under Bill Belichick, Daboll knows that preparation and process are not enough. Your team must learn to win before it learns to win championships, assuming the front office acquires the necessary talent in the middle of this process to make the Lombardi Trophy possible.

Right now, the Giants barely have enough skill to survive any given Sunday. They recovered fumbles on Carolina’s first kickoff return and on Carolina’s first possession, and were unable to convert either of those opportunities into a touchdown. After Gano made it 6-0, Daboll lost his temper like he did last week, ripping off his helmet and pointing his finger at someone before waving his Giants over for a heated conversation.

He can accept physical errors from players who lack physical abilities. But if the Daboll Giants commit the cardinal sin of stepping out of a group too slowly and showing a lack of urgency, they’re most likely going to hear about it.

Brian Daboll, right, and Sterling Shepard embrace after the game.
Brian Daboll, right, and Sterling Shepard embrace after the match.
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The home team also heard it from the MetLife Stadium crowd, who booed the Giants off the field at halftime. In his breakthrough season, Jones recovered from that reaction — and his near-interception at the end of the half — to lead the Giants for the even score of 75 yards in the third quarter.

Of equal consequence, Jones used his athleticism to run 11 yards on the third-and-6 play that sealed the deal.

“He could have done a lot of different things,” Daboll said, “and he made the right decision under pressure.”

Brian Daboll watches along the sideline.
Brian Daboll watches along the sideline.
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Give this to Jones. He knows he’s playing for his career and won’t go down without a fight.

The same can be said for the entire Giants team.

“There might be games where our asses get blown,” Daboll conceded, but most NFL games are like Sunday’s — nasty tests of courage. Most Giants teams of the past decade have repeatedly failed those tests.

But fielding a tough-minded team unafraid of the consequences of failure, Daboll spent his Sunday afternoon beating a former Giants coach (Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo) and future Giants coach (Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, early seed before Joe Judge was hired). So, on his walk to the winners’ locker room, Giants co-owner John Mara was asked to rate the good Mr. Daboll.

Mara laughed and said, “What’s not to like?”

Best question of the day.

New York Post

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