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Change is coming to the New York Giants’ coaching staff

Several coaches on Brian Daboll’s staff could be in their last games as Giants, the most notable is defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.

Losing Martindale would be a blow to the Giants as the veteran defensive coordinator has done a good job in his two seasons with the team. Martindale addressed the issue on Thursday and made the case that he and Daboll could have a healthy working relationship—with some changes needed.

“I know we’ve got the greatest fans in this league and we’ve got the greatest ownership in this league, and you want to have a winner, you deserve to have a winner, and so whenever you are not winning, how this league works, inevitably, you are going to have conversations, tough conversations," Martindale said. "How that works out is how that is going to work out.”

“I think that it’s all football related. I think that – like I said, we’ll have those conversations. You have those conversations after this last game and you sit back and you can reflect and you take the emotion out of it, the emotion, the grind, the stress of preparing every week and you sit back, and you talk things out. Say here’s where we are at, so I think that’s natural on every team.”

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Who could Giants’ Brian Daboll hire to replace Wink Martindale? Most intriguing candidates to watch | NJ.com

It remains entirely possible that won’t Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale won’t return next season.

While nothing is official yet, it’s worth examining who could replace Martindale on head coach Brian Daboll’s staff, entering a hot-seat Year 3 for Daboll.

Giants’ Mike Kafka, Wink Martindale don’t have head-coaching demand | New York Post

The Post’s Mark Cannizzaro write about what a difference a year makes:

Now Kafka, the Giants’ offensive coordinator, and Martindale, their defensive coordinator, are twisting in the brisk January Meadowlands wind as this season winds down to Sunday’s finale against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium, wondering whether they’ll still be employed with the team next season. Same for special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

This is what happens when you’re a part of a 5-11 team. This is what losing does. It puts everyone on notice. And none of the three phases of the game has gone well for the Giants this season.

Daboll emphasizing not playing from behind this week

Joe Schoen’s and Brian Daboll’s Giants need to show progress in season finale showing vs. Eagles | New York Daily News

The 2023 Giants offense has allowed 83 sacks, the 2nd most in NFL history since team sacks were first tracked in 1963. The Giants’ 14.9 points per game average means they could finish under 15 PPG in a season for 1st time since 1979.

They’re 0-4 against the Eagles, outscored 141-70. They’re 0-8 against the Eagles & Cowboys, 281-123. Coordinator changes loom. Game management mistakes continue to pile up and lead to losses.

Joe Schoen’s and Brian Daboll’s Giants need to show some semblance of progress in Sunday’s finale.

Why Deonte Banks made an All-Pro promise to NY Giants, NFL | The Record

The precocious rookie cornerback also made a promise about next season and beyond, a vow he plans to make good on for the Giants who believed in his talent from jump and the rest of the NFL that might just be sleeping on his ability at the moment heading into Sunday's finale against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

"I want to win, that's the most important thing, but I also want to show that I can be a great player," Banks told NorthJersey.com. "I always knew I belonged in the league and I think I showed that. Now it's time to prove I can be great. I'm going for All-Pro. I ain't missing another Pro Bowl list. Next year, my name's gonna be on it."

Giants’ Tommy DeVito starting to plan for first NFL offseason | New York Post

“I’m not sure what I’m gonna do when the season is over,’’ DeVito said. “I’ve talked to [Jones] and Tyrod about what the offseason process is like. Stuff like how long to take off from throwing. I’ve always taken time off, but now it’s your job. In college, it’s more structured. Now, I’ll literally be on my own till OTAs. You have to have a plan and that’s what I’m going to get from the older guys.”

Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor, Tommy DeVito, Saquon Barkley give Giants O-Linemen GREAT Christmas gift

How high can Giants climb in NFL Draft? What does 2024 schedule look like? | The Athletic

The Giants’ 2024 opponents won’t be finalized until after this weekend’s games. As always, the Giants will play each of their division foes twice next season. They’re also scheduled to play all of the teams from the NFC South and AFC North.

The Seahawks are locked into third place in the NFC West, so the Giants will travel to Seattle for that game. Third place in the NFC North is still to be determined between the Green Bay Packers (8-8), Minnesota Vikings (7-9) and the Bears (7-9). The same applies to the AFC South between the Jaguars (9-7), Colts (9-7) and Houston Texans (9-7). The Giants, who have nine home games next season, will host the third-place teams from the NFC North and AFC South.

Dabs' Digest: Weekly 1-on-1 with Coach Brian Daboll | Giants.com

Can you point to something specific as to why your takeaways have increased?

Daboll: "Obviously, we haven't got the results that we wanted, but taking care of the ball and getting the ball is an important ingredient to giving yourself an opportunity to be where you want to be at the end of the game. The guys have done a good job of running to the ball. Different guys have very good instincts in terms of doing that and punching the ball out or being in throwing lanes. And the pressure package in our system that Wink (Martindale, the defensive coordinator) uses really helps the guys. It's been a collective effort from the coaches to the players. They've done a really good job."

I mean, The Athletics’ Dan Duggan does have the best hair on the beat

5 things to watch as Giants face Eagles in Week 18 of 2023-24 NFL season | SNY.tv

Barkley needs just needs 84 rushing yards to surpass 1,000 on the season, which is a number he’s hit just four times all season. Two weeks ago, he rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, albeit on 23 carries. Can he go four yards better than that on Sunday?

This week’s opponent

Spadaro: Locker room eyes strong finish at Giants | PhiladelphiaEagles.com

There is the matter of this final game of the regular season against the Giants and the sense that, yes, one win can put the Eagles on the right path when the postseason begins. That’s the approach tight end Dallas Goedert is taking.

“We want to be playing our best football going into the playoffs. We haven’t done that, and that’s why Sunday means a lot,” he said. “We know they’re going to have some adjustments against us, but it’s nice being familiar with them and knowing what they might do to try to stop us. I’m taking the positive approach there.

Nick Sirianni says Jalen Hurts has total freedom to make an improvised play | Bleeding Green Nation

Sirianni went on to note that multiple times this year, they saw different things in-game than they saw on tape from an opponent, and you either have to make that adjustment on the sideline, or it’s up to a player to make an adjustment on the field.

“That’s what you work so hard through the training camps and OTAs, here is what we like versus this, versus this. Yes, this has answers versus this or this has answers versus everything, but this is an ideal thing to get to in these scenarios.

So, you constantly talk about those things. Like I said, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it’s the right time to do it and sometimes it’s not the right time.”

Haason Reddick: Defensive changes hard, but we have to get it done | Pro Football Talk

On Thursday, edge rusher Haason Reddick said that switching to Patricia’s “different style” and way of doing things on the fly has been difficult but that they have to do it in order to be “great in the playoffs.”

The Eagles have dropped Reddick into coverage more since Patricia took over and he said whether that’s the best way to use him is “a conversation for another time,” but that he will do anything “required of me” in hopes of helping the Eagles get the wins that have been eluding them in recent weeks.

A dominant A.J. Brown would make everyone in Philadelphia happy again | FOX Sports

The Eagles don't need A.J. Brown to shake his bad mood as much as they need him to become the dominant receiver he was at the beginning of the season.

Around the league

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott authoring historic turnaround after leading league in interceptions last season | NFL.com

Cowboys 'royalty rookie' Brandon Aubrey doesn't believe in jinxes, zeroes in on greatest FG season ever | CBSSports.com

Eric Bieniemy Opens Up About Future With Commanders Amid NFL Head Coach Rumors | ProFootballNetwork.com

Chiefs to be without WR Kadarius Toney vs. Chargers | ESPN.com

Maxx Crosby hopes Raiders retain interim coach Antonio Pierce: 'I'm sick of change. I'm sick of losing' | NFL.com

Aaron Rodgers voted most inspirational by Jets teammates | ESPN.com

Ryan Tannehill will start for Titans in Week 18 | Pro Football Talk

Status of Falcons QB Taylor Heinicke to be made before kickoff | ESPN.com

Doug Pederson: I expect Trevor Lawrence to be questionable for Sunday | Pro Football Talk

Can Tua Tagovailoa Exorcise His Big-Game Demons in Dolphins-Bills? | The Ringer

Titans RB Derrick Henry ‘grateful’ for time in Tennessee, ‘fueled’ heading into free agency in 2024 | NFL.com

Bears prez Kevin Warren on Matt Eberflus: We'll take a big picture look at everything after season | Pro Football Talk

NFL’s Black Monday stories: ‘For the coaches and families, it’s an absolute nightmare’ | The Athletic

Will an NFL playoff game get you to pay for streaming? NBC’s Peacock is about to find out | The Athletic

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