When head coach Brian Daboll interviewed Mike Kafka for the Giants offensive coordinator job, it was made clear that Daboll wanted to bring in someone to call the plays. Kafka had never done this in his brief coaching career.
Kafka auditioned for the role all spring and summer, Daboll liked what he saw, and Kafka will call the plays for the Giants on Sunday in Nashville.
“It’s a special opportunity, I certainly don’t take it for granted,” Kafka said. “Any opportunity you have to call games in the National Football League is an honor.”
Kafka played quarterback at Northwestern and played in the NFL as a backup for five years. He hasn’t been a coach for very long: a year at his alma mater and, since 2017, offensive assistant to Andy Reid with the Chiefs. Now he can make calls.
“You have to be able to adapt to the game,” Kafka said. “You have to be able to put our players in a good position to be successful and find rhythm in attack and go and execute.”
Kafka will call the games from the press box, as he did in pre-season.
“It’s definitely a different perspective,” he said. “You can see the game a little differently. Get a bird’s eye view up there.”
Daboll knows he has to allow Kafka to get the job done without interfering, which means he has to be more of a listener than a talker when the Giants are on offense.
“After doing it for a while, you really need silence on the headset,” Daboll said, “because you have to do it so quickly and there’s a lot to think about when you’re a You might think something is coming up and all of a sudden there’s a bag and you need to think of something totally different or have three calls in mind.
Daboll said his contribution will come mainly between offensive series.
The Giants weren’t deep inside linebacker with Blake Martinez on the roster. The exit of Martinez last week deeply reduces the experience and depth of the position. Martinez took a pay cut to stay and his role was set to be reduced after playing virtually every shot while healthy in 2020.
“Nobody said he wasn’t a good fit for our defense,” defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said. “I’m just gonna go with this [head coach] brian [Daboll] said. There are tough personnel decisions to be made when you’re building a roster, and I think he and [general manager] Jo [Schoen] did a great job. I’m really excited about the guys we have in the room and wish Blake nothing but the best. ”
Martindale didn’t have the final say on Martinez’s ouster.
“I mean, they’ll ask questions, but it’s not like I’m attending these meetings,” Martindale said.
The first injury report of the season lists four players as limited in Wednesday training: OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf), WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles), S Dane Belton (clavicle).
RB Sandro Platzgummer has been re-signed to the practice squad. As a player in the International Player Pathway program, he is not one of the 16 players allowed on the practice squad.
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