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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – This is a way to ensure that the communication issues that New York Giants co-owner John Mara admitted were an issue over the last few years will not last much longer.
The Giants hired Buffalo Bill’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll Friday night to be their head coach. This comes a week after Joe Schoen became their general manager.
Schoen has been Bills’ assistant general manager for the past four years, and Daboll has run their offensive for the past four seasons. There is a strong connection that the Giants can only hope for creating a dynamic duo.
New York is now in line with plan and vision, which was not the case with the Dave Gettleman-Joe Judge regime.
This is the right way to do business in today’s NFL.
“Over the last four years, I’ve observed Brian’s strengths as a leader – he’s an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative and hardworking,” Schoen said in a press release announcing Daboll’s appointment. “Brian’s genuine and engaging personality is refreshing. He fosters relationships with the players and coaches around him. He’s progressive in his vision and value collaboration, two of the qualities we think are essential. I’m excited to work with Brian and welcome him and his family to this side of the state. “
Daboll, 46, makes so much sense to the Giants. It’s no wonder the texts rolled in this week from league sources ranging from general managers to executives to coaches, all of whom insisted Daboll would be hired.
Dabøll was ready for a head coach job. The Miami Dolphins had him scheduled for another interview next week if he was still available.
In the end, he was not. Sources had also indicated over the past week that the Giants were Daboll’s best choice. If the Shoe and the Giants were to call, it was a done deal.
The Giants had a list of candidates filled with defensive backgrounds, with the exception of Daboll. While that was not the deciding factor, it probably did not hurt that he can use his expertise to solve the Giants’ biggest problem, which is the offense.
And there should be stability if quarterback Daniel Jones and the Giants experience some success.
Dabøll goes nowhere. Mara called for greater management stability during Schoen’s inaugural press conference this week, so Daboll and Schoen should have time to turn this around, whether it’s with Jones this year or another quarterback in the future.
The last two seasons have really shown Daboll’s coaching ability. The Bills have been a top-five offense, and Josh Allen developed into one of the league’s best quarterbacks. The Shoe and the Giants can only hope that some of that magic spreads to Jones and their offense.
New York’s offense was not only bad last season. It went straight to laughter later in the year with Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm as quarterbacks. It reached the point where the Giants decided to kneel on the ball within their own 5-yard line instead of running a real game.
It’s not meant to happen at the NFL level. That made the Giants laugh, forcing the ownership to fire Judge after just two seasons.
Daboll, a friend of the referee who worked with him in New England from 2013 to 2016, is now tasked with correcting the NFL’s 31st ranked offense. He apparently expressed confidence in Jones during his interviews, just as Schoen had in the past.
There is little doubt now that the Giants are moving forward with Jones, at least in the short term.
“We feel Daniel can play,” Mara said this week. “We’ve done everything possible to screw this kid to death since he’s been here. We keep changing coaches, keep changing coordinators, keep changing offensive line coaches. I take a lot but let’s get the right group of coaches in. now and give him some continuity and try to rebuild the offensive line and then be able to make an intelligent evaluation of whether he can be a franchise quarterback or not .
“I have a lot of hope in Daniel. I know how much he wants it. I know how the players feel about him. We certainly do not give up on him in any way.”
That said, it’s not as if the new coach-GM combination is married to the young quarterback, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract. They can take a year, assess the situation properly (hopefully with a healthier supportive cast and improved offensive line) and move on if necessary.
Now that they are in line philosophically and contractually, Daboll and Schoen have time to get it right. And after a decade of incompetence and incongruence, the Giants could finally be right.