Giants, Brian Daboll’s first offensive test begins with Titans


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Go straight to the point.

That, more than anything else, will be the backdrop to this entire season for the Giants. This is not about a franchise turnaround of epic proportions or a return to playoff football or a charge for a fifth Lombardi Trophy to be put behind glass at the team facility.

It’s about getting more points.

The Giants open a new season on Sunday against the Titans at Nissan Stadium who need to rid themselves and their fanbase of the lingering stench of offensive dysfunction that turned the end of the 2021 campaign into a big embarrassment and sparked the end of Joe Judge’s coaching tenure just two years after he was hired.

New head coach Brian Daboll was appointed to lead the entire team, of course. He has a resume, with various NFL clubs, steeped in expertise in finding ways to move the ball and get into the end zone.

Brian Daboll (inset) is looking to revitalize Daniel Jones and the Giants’ offense.
Getty image; New York Post: Noah K. Murray

Those are the marching orders from Daboll, new general manager Joe Schoen’s top pick, based on their four years together turning the Bills into Super Bowl contenders. Nobody expects grandiose results from the Giants in year 1 of this regime. The Giants aren’t anyone’s choice to do much about, as even the suggestion that they are capable of approaching a winning season is met with eyes and roars of laughter.

It’s more about laying a foundation for what’s to come for a franchise that ties the Jets for the NFL’s worst record (22-59) in the past five years.

Finding a way to score a few points is a good start for Daboll, who smartly decided to hand over his cherished call-of-play duties to Mike Kafka, his rookie offensive coordinator, to oversee the entire operation.

Daboll will have what Judge didn’t have in 2021 – a healthy Daniel Jones at quarterback and a fully healed Saquon Barkley.

Anyone who got a glimpse of what Josh Allen did for the Bills in their season-opening rout of the Super Bowl-champion Rams can at least dream of Daboll impacting Jones getting close to that level. of excellence.

It’s worth remembering that this is Jones’ first year in the Daboll system, and evaluating him at the start of this season should come with a warning about quarterbacks who need time to recover.

“I think it’s a versatile system,” Jones said. “I think it allows the quarterback to do a lot in the pocket, out of the pocket, in the running game. It allows us to have advantageous looks depending on what the defense is doing, to get in and out of plays easily. I think from all of those perspectives, it’s very friendly for any quarterback. I certainly enjoyed working with him.”

Daboll’s track record shows a propensity for throwing the ball, but he will rely on what works and what suits his team best.

There’s a nearly 70% chance of thunderstorms during the game, and if the Giants and their suspect defense can keep it close and keep Derrick Henry from running amok, maybe Kafka can lean on Barkley – and Matt. Breida, the capable running back – running behind the right side of a revamped offensive line with guard Mark Glowinski and huge rookie right tackle Evan Neal.

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