The New York Giants have reportedly decided on an offensive coordinator. After striking out on Ken Dorsey of the Buffalo Bills, Brian Daboll pivoted toward hiring an offensive coordinator outside of upstate New York. According to Mike Garafolo, the New York Giants are expected to hire Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Mike Kafka as their next offensive coordinator.
Garafolo says that the deal is not yet finalized, “but that’s the way it’s headed.” Kafka will get the job with the Giants and Daniel Jones will get a quarterback guru as his next offensive coordinator.
Head coach Brian Daboll’s coordinator positions are now set:
- HC: Brian Daboll
- OC: Mike Kafka
- DC: Patrick Graham
- STC: Thomas McGaughey
Mike Kafka is a rising star
The Kansas City Chiefs’ explosive offense is led by Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy. The lesser-known name involved with the offense’s success, though, is Mike Kafka. Mike Kafka was hired as the Chiefs’ offensive quality control coach in 2017 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2018, the same year that Patrick Mahomes became the full-time starter and won MVP.
Mike Kafka is considered to be a “rising star” among coaches in the NFL. If Eric Bieniemy had been hired for a head coaching position, the Chiefs were expected to replace him with Mike Kafka (Albert Breer). Andy Reid has blocked teams from hiring Kafka several times in the past, but this year Kansas City finally let him go. New rules made blocks leading to a coordinator promotion illegal.
Mike Kafka has been extremely valuable to Patrick Mahomes’ growth in Kansas City (James Palmer). He helped coordinate one of the best passing attacks in the NFL and is only 34-years-old. Being involved with the development of Patrick Mahomes is important, but learning underneath head coach Andy Reid gives Mike Kafka a chance to be an elite offensive coordinator.
Andy Reid has a mightily impressive coaching tree that has spawned the likes of Ron Rivera, Sean McDermot, John Harbaugh, and others. If Mike Kafka can turn around the Giants’ 31st-ranked offense and turn another young quarterback into a titan, he too could get looks for a head coaching job one day. The first thing’s first for Mike Kafka, though, is collaborating with Brian Daboll to fix the New York Giants’ offense ahead of the 2022 season.