Per the report, tension has been building between the two and “there could be a mutual parting after the season and even potentially during these next weeks of the regular season.”
Daboll and Martindale had what seemed to be a heated conversation shortly before halftime with the Giants trailing the Dallas Cowboys 28-0. That conversation appeared to continue when the Giants emerged from the locker room before the start of the third quarter. Both Daboll and Martindale downplayed the situation. Martindale called it “nothing.”
Daboll hired Martindale to run the defense when he became head coach before the 2022 season. The Giants are 28th in the league defensively, giving up 25.9 points per game.
There was also a report recently that a shakeup of the Giants coaching staff could be coming at season’s end.
Martindale was exceptionally direct recently in addressing criticism from Xavier McKinney, saying that McKinney’s remarks about leaders “not really being heard.” Martindale said the comment hurt him personally and that such comments “hurts the locker room.”
Daboll prefers to keep things like that from spilling into the media.
"When I talk to people inside that organization they're saying the tension between these two, you could feel it." @JayGlazer has more on the tension building between #Giants HC Brian Daboll and DC Wink Martindale ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/vXjJ4KdpYe— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 26, 2023
Jay is only scratching the surface of dysfunction under Joe Schoen & Brian Daboll with this report.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) November 26, 2023
Meanwhile here on the Giants sideline in wake of that report: Tim McDonnell spoke with Wink Martindale. Then McDonnell filled in John Mara. Then Mara addressed both Schoen and… https://t.co/lUVPyEA1Yw pic.twitter.com/YYjvmIVdo5