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Lawrence, Thomas make 2nd Team All-Pro
Defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas of the Giants have been selected to the second team on the Associated Press 2022 NFL All-Pro team.
Here is the full list of first- and second-team players.
Thomas also received Breakout Player of the Year honors from Pro Football Focus.
1 of only 3 tackles with an 80+ pass-blocking and run-blocking grade this season— PFF (@PFF) January 12, 2023
PFF's Breakout Player of the Year: Andrew Thomas pic.twitter.com/Wc2rgIhAEV
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This is a tremendous story about the journey of the Giants’ talented defensive lineman, and the woman who has helped him deal with some of the worst times of his life.
In a division that saw none of the four teams finish under .500 after 17 games were played, the Giants landed as the No. 6 seed in the conference, making it to the playoffs for only the second time in more than a decade, and for the first time since 2016.
Brian Daboll did it with a roster largely devoid of established talent. The two most important players on the roster — quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley — were in contract years. The defense was a work in progress. The offensive line had been a liability, for years. The receivers were no-name castoffs, the bizarro version of Frank Sinatra’s “if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere” assessment of New York, New York.
And yet somehow, Daboll and the Giants cobbled together enough wins to get in.
“You learn really fast about your profession and it’s not all glamor,’’ Coughlin, now 76, told The Post, “and how difficult it is. You go home and tell your wife what the situation really is. You pay a price. There is a maturation process, I believe.’’
Daboll was a full participant in his own maturation process.
“Obviously he’s paid his dues,’’ Coughlin said. “He’s a guy that has won and has that aura about him. Brian has been in some great situations. He coached with [Bill] Belichick for what, 12 years? And then he had this really nice thing going in Buffalo. Those are wonderful experiences.’’
Mike Kafka, OC, N.Y. Giants
I know Mike from when he was a quarterback for three years in Philadelphia (2010-12). In fact, I know him well enough that I have strong opinions about him. People who don’t might wonder if he’s one or two years too soon to be going through interviews, but he’s not.
Most head coaches aren’t successful in Year 1. They’re more often successful in Year 2. So if I found a guy I thought was promising but would take a year or two to make it, it wouldn’t scare me. Mike is smart, and he’s a leader.
Plus, when he was with Andy in Kansas City (as Chiefs QB coach for Patrick Mahomes from 2018-2021), he learned not only what that scheme is and what makes it work, but he was in a system that breeds successful head coaches. He’s seen how Andy does things and how that translated into success for some of those assistants with him in Philadelphia – guys like Doug Pederson, Jon Gruden, John Harbaugh and Sean McDermott.
So with Mike, you get Andy’s coaching and team-building philosophies, plus Mike’s experience with the Giants where he’s really in charge of that offense. No question, Brian Daboll deserves all the credit for what’s going on there, but Mike is the offensive coordinator – and what they’ve achieved with the talent there is incredible.
This is Giant offensive lineman Matt Peart at an Islanders game on Thursday. I don’t know what to make of it, but I will just leave it here:
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