Giants’ Brian Daboll could be well on his way to being named Coach of The Year

Dylan Backer
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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll reacts as he coaches against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have exceeded all expectations under their new head coach, Brian Daboll. New York is 7-2, which is already nearly double their win total from last season, and are 1 game out of the top seed in the NFC. Daboll has turned around an organization that was filled with hopelessness in an eyeblink and has shocked the NFL world with his fantastic coaching thus far.

Daboll’s superbly aggressive coaching style has given this Giants team new life, and he looks poised to get New York back in the postseason for the first time since 2016. His valiant effort could give the first-year head coach the Coach of The Year Award.

Brian Daboll has gotten creative with the Giants’ depleted roster:

One of the things that has made Brian Daboll a brilliant coach is his creativity with the roster. The Giants have experienced an extraordinary amount of injuries this season, so Daboll has been put to the test early in his coaching career and has been forced to improvise.

He has done a phenomenal job at that improvising, as he has let players such as Julian Love, Fabian Moreau, and Wan’Dale Robinson to shine in spite of the injuries, including having Love lead the defensive play-calling duties in their latest win against the Houston Texans this past Sunday.

He has also contributed to the development of guys drafted under the Dave Gettleman regime, such as quarterback Daniel Jones, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, and offensive lineman Andrew Thomas, all having breakout seasons.

Daboll hasn’t been afraid to take the biggest risks, including running plays with Saquon Barkley in wildcat formation when both active QBs were sidelined and going for the win by opting to go for a go-ahead 2-point conversion in his very first game as head coach.

Having high confidence in a team’s players is key for all good NFL coaches, and Daboll has proven on several occasions that he has complete trust in his team to get the job done.

Daboll’s Giants are playing at their highest level

The Giants seemed lifeless oftentimes under Joe Judge, but that has been far from the case with Daboll. The Giants have established themselves as one of the best 2nd half teams in the NFL, as they have trailed in all but one game this season, yet they are 7-2.

The resilience that the Giants have put on display has been truly remarkable and have been one of the biggest stories in the entire NFL this season.

They have completed several comebacks this season thanks to the burst of energy and life Brian Daboll has given this rejuvenated Giants team, including some big upset victories against the Packers, Titans, and Ravens, all three being playoff teams last season.

Giants’ players love what Brian Daboll brings to the table, and they give him credit for their sustained success this season.

“[Daboll] knows what has happened in the past, he knows how we’ve been feeling in that building.” Giants safety Julian Love said. “He’s created a beautiful culture in the building right now.”

Julian Love on Brian Daboll via Giants.com

Overall Outlook

Daboll has rightfully earned the respect of his players and the Giants’ front office and has done nothing short of a fantastic job with the roster he has been given to work with. The Giants were heavily expected to win 4-6 wins for the entire season. They exceeded that threshold before Thanksgiving, already showing off the dramatic improvement with the new head coach.

Even if the Giants do not make the playoffs, it is hard to not respect the fight that Daboll has put into his players, as this team now has a new life under Daboll’s wing.

Daboll has a very good chance at winning Coach of The Year, and he fully deserves it with the tremendous job he has done.

Daboll and the Giants will look to keep the good mojo going when the Giants take on the Detroit Lions for a Sunday afternoon Week 11 matchup.

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