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The overhaul of the Giants coaching staff started Monday, headlined by multiple press outlets on Monday afternoon reporting that Wink Martindale will be resigning as the New York Giants defensive coordinator.
The reports comes after head coach Brian Daboll said that he expected Martindale to be back in 2024 during his season-ending press availability in the morning, stating “there’s still conversations that are going to be had. It’s my expectation that they (Martindale and Kafka) [are] going to come back. I think they’re good coaches. Be good to have some continuity and bring them back ... I appreciate how hard they work, their commitment to the team. So that’s my plan.”
Apparently, that plan was revised after the rumored disconnect between Martindale and Daboll could not be bridged. The resignation was preceded by the firing of outside linebackers coach Drew Wilkins and assistant outside linebackers coach Kevin Wilkins, key Martindale lieutenants who came with him from the Baltimore Ravens.
Martindale and the Wilkins brothers were not the only changes to the coaching staff—the team formally announced special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson were let go on Monday.
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The Giants’ rapid return to the NFL’s basement after last year’s playoff berth has undone almost any meaningful progress they made in 2022.
Schoen give high marks to Daboll for keeping team together
"If you've been in the league long enough, you've seen some teams quit. Part of the reflection of the job [Brian Daboll] did...he kept the team together."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 8, 2024
Joe Schoen credits Brian Daboll for the Giants finishing the season with a 4-3 record: pic.twitter.com/KI54LEYajK
Even if Joe Schoen believes that Jones can be an elite-level franchise quarterback, the general manager can’t gamble another season on the former first round pick’s ability to stay healthy.
His ACL and neck injuries limited him to six of the team’s 17 games. What little the Giants did see of Jones wasn’t exactly encouraging, and that starts with the disastrous 40-0 drubbing in the season opener. He threw just two touchdown passes while getting picked off six times and sacked 30 (!!!) times, a battering that made it obvious that he wouldn’t last the season.
Speaking publicly for the first time in about a month, Jones was asked today if he believes he will be ready for Week 1 of the 2024 season.
“I do, yeah,” Jones said. “Rehab is going well, making progress, and plugging along. It’s going well so far and just kind of keep doing the same thing, keep working hard and working with the trainers here.”
Daniel Jones assessing his play from this year
"I'm still very confident. There will areas to improve, but I'm still confident in myself and confident in the group."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 8, 2024
- Daniel Jones pic.twitter.com/e0vks5b1ZL
What’s the plan at quarterback?
Jones’ poor play and injury, combined with a top pick, gives Schoen a chance to hit the reset button. It wouldn’t be a smooth transition, with Jones due to count $47.1 million on the cap in 2024 and a $22.2 million dead money charge looming in 2025 if the Giants dump him after next season.
Schoen will need ownership to sign off on eating all of that money and cutting ties with a quarterback they deeply revere six starts after he was signed to a nine-figure contract to lead the team into the future. But can Schoen and Daboll afford to put their fate in Jones’ hands after such a disastrous season?
Brown, 35, just completed his second season as the top associate of Giants General Manager Joe Schoen.
Brown previously spent five seasons with the Eagles, serving as the team’s director of player personnel in 2021. In that role, he oversaw the Eagles’ pro scouting department and did crossover work on the college scouting side.
The Giants are projected to have $34.86 million in salary cap space, according to OverTheCap, assuming a team cap of $242 million. They can free additional space with the releases of guard Mark Glowinski ($5.7 million) and receiver Darius Slayton ($6 million). Releasing tight end Darren Waller, although unlikely, would free another $7 million.
The anchor of the Giants offense talks about what the o-line needs to do next year
Andrew Thomas is asked how he would build an offensive line:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 8, 2024
"It's more about the continuity as an offensive line together, the mentality, the technique" pic.twitter.com/phsFyh5xoX
They Giants play home games next season against the Saints, Buccaneers, Ravens, Bengals, Colts and the Vikings in addition to their annual NFC East home-and-away series with the Cowboys, Eagles and Commanders.
The Giants will hit the road for games at Atlanta, Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
S Xavier McKinney Grade: 95.3. McKinney capped off a career year, ending his fourth season with the Giants with arguably his best performance in an NFL jersey. He allowed just one reception for four yards on plays where he was the primary coverage defender, recorded a pass breakup and notched a pair of interceptions. The first of those was one of the best picks all season, with McKinney tapping his toes in after showing impressive range to find the football at the sideline.
The 3rd round pick talks about expectations for year two
Jalin Hyatt says he is "a lot more confident" now than he was coming into the NFL:— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 8, 2024
"I know fully this playbook and what I gotta do" pic.twitter.com/XCa73ilsyV
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Though 2022 first-rounder Evan Neal has struggled at offensive tackle, general manager Joe Schoen has talked about how much they still believe in him at that spot. However, that all could change if Joe Alt is staring you in the face on draft night. Alt played only left tackle for Notre Dame but is a very natural athlete who possesses the coordination to play on the other side.
6. New York Giants – WR Marvin Harrison Jr, Ohio State
Marvin Harrison Jr is certainly a fun prospect to evaluate, but, to me, he lacks a physical edge. He has some real fun tools, though, and can make big plays with his route-running prowess. With his bloodlines to the league too, he will no doubt be considered a valuable prospect.
6. New York Giants: OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Penn State
“Fashanu kicks over to the right side in this scenario just a few years after the team selected Neal in the top 10, forcing him to bump inside in an attempt to salvage his career,” Thorn said. “Fashanu is a more natural pass-protector with better athletic ability than Neal, plus he could team up with Neal to form a potentially formidable duo on the right side, improving two positions at once.”
Malik Nabers adds much-needed explosiveness, reliability and big-play ability for a group that has lacked all of those traits from a wide receiver in some time.
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