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BBV's Ed Valentine on the scrutiny the head coach now faces:
As is often the case with these things, maybe the truth is somewhere in the middle. Maybe there is blame on both sides for two alpha males who believe strongly in their abilities.
What I do know is that this mess is Daboll’s to clean up. It is the biggest test of his tenure thus far. If he cleans it up and the Giants have a good season in 2024, he will probably be around for a while. If he doesn’t and the team implodes in 2024, that could doom his time with the Giants.
If the hire goes sideways, like Bill Sheridan replacing Steve Spagnuolo as Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2009, and the defense plays poorly you can bet there will be key veteran defensive players blaming Daboll for screwing up a good thing, costing him valuable locker room support and perhaps his job.
So, in essence, Daboll might be getting what he wants with the revamping of his coaching staff. At the same time, though, he has turned up the heat on himself.
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Here is what went down between Giants head coach Brian Daboll and Wink Martindale on Monday, according to people in the building who were aware of the situation.
The resignation fueled speculation that reports of a feud between Daboll and Martindale were true, but Jackson insists that he had no idea.
“It’s not like I saw any disposition in the body language that would display that there was something wrong,” Jackson said. “Me seeing that…it was shocking to see he just left like that. Seeing them in our meetings or on the field and talking, maybe they can win an Oscar. Because if there was a problem, they did a good job acting and showing that there wasn’t one.”
Art Stapleton take on the Daboll/Martindale divorce:
Time to open your eyes and minds, Giants fans: who is driving this narrative and why? Martindale is smart. He knows how to play the game, and he plays it well.
I’ll make the argument that Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer’s report about Daboll and Martindale being “in a bad place” was intended to undermine Daboll. Not saying that was Glazer’s intention, nor is it his concern, because the information he reports more times than not is beyond reproach.
But the report had ramifications that benefitted Martindale a heck of a lot more than Daboll.
Cam Brown is headed to free agency
It’s been interesting… Catch Y’all on the flip side ! #4✅ pic.twitter.com/Ywh5FGyQKw— Cam Brown6️⃣ (@Freakyy6ix) January 9, 2024
Giants’ Brian Daboll is getting coaching staff overhaul. If it fails, there will be no one else to blame | The Athletic
Still, it’s possible Daboll could find an upgrade from Martindale’s high-variance defense. For all of Martindale’s creative blitzes, the Giants allowed 640 yards in a 49-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and 524 yards in a 31-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins this season.
But changing coordinators all but ensures a slow start to next season as players adapt to a scheme that will certainly be different. The defense weathered a slow start this season because players respected Martindale and bought into his coaching. Daboll could lose some locker room support if the new defensive coordinator doesn’t match Martindale’s ability to relate to players and his on-field results.
Pierce — who played linebacker for the Giants from 2005-09 and won a Super Bowl with them — has never been an NFL defensive coordinator. He has only coached in the NFL since 2022, when he joined the Raiders as their linebackers coach. But Pierce, 45, is an intriguing, up-and-coming coach nonetheless.
Pierce was Arizona State’s co-defensive coordinator in 2020 and head defensive coordinator in 2021 under former Jets coach Herm Edwards. So he has some experience running a defense.
Donald earns a first-team spot after another dominant season as a pass rusher, leading the position in quarterback pressures (84) and pass-rush win rate (22.3%). Lawrence was the best interior defender in football this season, though, ranking first with a 92.6 PFF pass-rushing grade and third with an 89.5 PFF run-defense grade.
Carter Coughlin looks to have played his last game with Big Blue
Is everyone leaving the Giants??? pic.twitter.com/7zo7XjwS7d— Connor Kelley (@_connorkelley_) January 8, 2024
The Giants' Xavier McKinney spoke Monday like a player who knows he’s going to be paid.
“I don’t think nobody’s on my level from the standpoint of being able to do every single thing on the back end,’’ McKinney said. “I think a lot of safeties have certain things that they’re good at and a lot of stuff they’re not good at. But with me, if you just look at my whole game and how I am, I’m able to do everything at a high level and be very productive doing it.
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The degree of difficulty for Banks, inactive for final two games of the regular season with a shoulder injury, was as high as any cornerback in football, as the Giants often played him in shadow coverage against opponents’ best receivers. From Week 7 to Week 10, he allowed 393 yards and earned a 32.9 coverage grade. He improved in his final five games, allowing no more than 40 yards in any of them while earning a respectable 66.9 coverage grade.
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