New York Giants HC Brian Daboll wants QB Daniel Jones to play more aggressive

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The New York Giants are entering the 2022 NFL season with a brand new coaching staff. Brian Daboll is taking over as the new head coach after spending 2018-2021 as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator. Daboll sat down today for an interview with the Tiki and Tierney Show on WFAN and discussed his upcoming first season as the Giants’ head coach. When asked about his quarterback, Daniel Jones, Brian Daboll gave a hint as to what the future could hold.

Brian Daboll wants to see a more aggressive Daniel Jones

In this interview with Tiki and Tierney, Brian Daboll had this to say of quarterback Daniel Jones:

“I want him to be himself and not be afraid of consequences, pull the trigger and attack.” – Brian Daboll on what he wants to see out of Daniel Jones this season

Only 6.6% of Daniel Jones’s passes traveled more than 20 yards downfield in the 2021 season. Former offensive coordinator Jason Garrett rarely utilized Jones’s ability to throw the football downfield despite the acquisition of Kenny Golladay, one of the NFL’s best deep-threats entering last season.

Jones connected on 8 of his 24 deep passing attempts, scoring 4 touchdowns in the process. Since 2020, Daniel Jones has been an efficient downfield passer. Two seasons ago, Daniel Jones posted a 95.6 Deep Passing Grade according to PFF as he completed 20 of 43 deep attempts and threw 6 touchdown passes with 0 interceptions.

After posting such an impressive deep-passing stat-line in 2020, fans expected Daniel Jones to throw the ball downfield more frequently in 2021. Instead, the opposite happened. Daniel Jones threw 19 fewer deep passes and the Giants’ offense was inept all year long. This will hopefully change under Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka’s new offensive scheme.

The Buffalo Bills (Brian Daboll’s former offense) and Kansas City Chiefs (Mike Kafka’s former offense) both threw the ball deep at a high rate last season. Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw 87 passes 20+ yards downfield. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 76 deep passes. These two quarterbacks were some of the highest-graded and most productive deep passers in the NFL.

The New York Giants need to jumpstart their offense. Brian Daboll is inevitably going to call more deep shots this season. It is now on Daniel Jones to be the aggressive quarterback his head coach wants him to be and lead the Giants’ offense to success.

One thing to love about Giants’ HC Brian Daboll’s strategy

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It is no secret that the New York Giants are at the beginning of a full-scale rebuild after former general manager Dave Gettleman put them in salary cap hell and missed on draft picks up more often than Ereck Flowers missed blocks when he played left tackle for Big Blue.

New GM Joe Schoen has done a solid job working around the salary mess, acquiring players who can compete for starting jobs with minimal cap hits. The team will have plenty of cash flow next off-season, but for now, they have to rebuild the old fashion way, utilizing the NFL draft.

The Giants have a totally new feel about them:

Management’s new strategy is quite different compared to Joe Judge’s system, which relied more on authority and discipline. That’s not to say that Schoen, a new head coach Brian Daboll won’t instill a sense of authority between the coaches and players, but the new operations seem to have more collaboration and synergy.

Given that Daboll is a new head coach, the Giants were able to start their off-season programming a bit early, which fans are used to over the past four seasons having multiple head coaches.

Daboll hosted a few meetings throughout the day on Monday. There’s already a sense of more collaboration, allowing others to talk and not taking over the meetings himself.

“I’d say it was a 20-minute meeting to start out and I’d say 10 minutes of those 20 minutes, I let other people speak – trainers, strength coaches,” Daboll said. “It was a good introductory meeting.

Daboll understands that chemistry needs to be built, which prioritizes communication.

“This is the first day where we’re all back in the building and can get to know one another. There’s a lot of things that we have to install in terms of schematics. But we also have to talk about expectations and standards and get to know one another. There’s a little over five months until we end up playing and a few months before training camp starts. So, this is really just the foundational piece to a long year ahead. We just try to get better each day and do the things that we need to do. Can’t look too far down the road on this thing, it’ll get you pretty quick.”

With the draft quickly approaching in three weeks, the Giants are having to adjust on the fly. Building relationships within the building and preparing for the draft are extremely difficult, but as Daboll suggested, they have five months before football officially begins in September, giving them a nice cushion of time to spark a productive rebuild.

Up to this point, the new regimen seems to be the polar opposite compared to Judge and his authoritarian style. That’s not to say discipline cant be a successful strategy, but having little experience on the job and a general manager in Gettleman that simply couldn’t do him any favors, it was always a recipe for disaster whether the fans remained optimistic or not.

Giants’ Brian Daboll details new approach toward building offensive scheme

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The New York Giants have a tall task ahead of them, trying to rebuild the offense and situate a new scheme. Hiring Brian Daboll as the team’s new head coach and Mike Kafka to serve as offensive coordinator clearly indicates the team has a new mantra in place.

Management is committed to developing Daniel Jones for the 2022 season, but he is only as good as the pieces around him. The Giants have been the most injured team since 2009, with the majority of their weapons last year going down one way or another.

Daboll spoke to the media earlier this week, hitting on Saquon Barkley’s trade rumors and how he plans to build a scheme that extrapolates the strengths of each individual player.

“Look, with good players that’s what you need to be successful,” Daboll said. “Those guys are out there doing it and they’re out there playing the one on one game when it’s man to man coverage. Zone is a little bit different, we have to be pretty detailed on our zone assignments and understand the spacing on the quarterback and be where they’re supposed to be but absolutely. I think you’d be foolish if you don’t take input from the guys that are out there doing it.”

The Giants’ offense will likely feature more passing:

Daboll called passing plays at nearly a 70% clip during this time with the Buffalo Bills last season, indicating he wants his quarterback to sit in the pocket and allow his receivers to do the work. That method only operates efficiently if the OL can pass-block, something JM Joe Schoen has tried to solve this off-season despite having minimal salary space.

However, Daboll is connecting with each individual offensive playmaker, trying to figure out what makes them tick and what type of plays they prefer to run. One thing that I love about his coaching style is coordination and communication. He coherently soaks up information from the players and utilizes it to extract absolute value.

For example, the Giants may look to deploy Kadarius Toney in creative ways, getting him into open space with screen passes and slants. Kenny Golladay is a downfield receiver who dominates in man coverage. Allowing him to exercise those skills is essential, but former OC Jason Garrett failed to give him the proper opportunities.

So far, Daboll has the right idea regarding scheme development, but we won’t know how successful it is until the Giants put it on the football field. We’ve been stung by the optimism bug before.

New York Giants: Is it too little, too late for Daniel Jones?

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The question that keeps coming to mind for New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones is: Is it too little, too late for him to establish himself as the franchise piece on the roster?

Jones has been one of the most polarizing players on the team since being drafted back in 2019 under Dave Gettleman‘s leadership. During his rookie season, Jones looked the part of a developmental quarterback with tremendous upside, tossing 24 touchdowns and throwing for over 3000 yards. However, poor decision-making and turnovers plagued his statistics, but he slowly reduced those numbers to a manageable level over the past two seasons.

However, Jones’s statistics took a hit with Jason Garrett calling plays and developing a system around him that simply did not extrapolate on his strengths. In addition, management failed miserably to build an offensive line that complimented his talents.

Some make the argument that good quarterbacks elevate everybody around them. Jones failed to help his protection scheme and offensive weapons improve, which is noted in most negative reviews of the quarterback.

Former NFL scout Tom Rudawsky broke down Jones on The 33rd Team blog:

When you put the tape on, it’s easy to see why so many remain steadfast on the 24-year old. Jones has the prototypical QB frame at 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, and possesses top-tier mechanics. At Duke, he was coached by the man who helped groom Peyton and Eli Manning in college — David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe is highly respected in league circles due to his work with quarterbacks, something that also attracted the Giants to Jones in 2019. Jones has textbook lower body mechanics and footwork, a trait that often leads to very good accuracy to all three levels. He’s got good arm strength — he can drive it into tight windows and deliver it on time across-field. He’s proven to be a very effective deep ball thrower as well. Per NextGenStats, he was the best deep ball thrower (passes 20 yards or more) in the NFL in 2020.

Rudawsky continued, noting Jones’s negatives:

From a scouting standpoint, he still has issues seeing the field at times, forcing the ball into inopportune situations and struggling to hold onto the ball in the pocket when hit. The decision-making makes you scratch your head at times, as he tries to do too much too often. While there are many factors that contribute to the losing (and to some of his turnovers, for that matter), make no mistake about it: Jones rightfully deserves to be held accountable for the 12-25 record and his 49 turnovers. It’s an ugly part of his résumé as a pro, and if he wants to be viewed as a foundational player and mainstay starter, he must show he can escape both labels.

There is no question that Jones possesses the athletic traits to be a solid passer in the NFL, featuring mobility and efficient arm strength at all levels of the field. It is his mental capabilities that often let him down, flailing the football around like a ragdoll with incoming pass rushers and making poor decisions when his protection breaks down.

His inability to get through progressions and happy feet in the pocket remind me of Eli Manning toward the end of his career when the OL broke down and failed to provide sufficient protection.

The problem moving forward is that the Giants are in the middle of a full rebuild under new management. With that being the case, they’ve cut multiple players and have taken a more cost-efficient strategy toward free agency. Jones may be set up to fail once again as the OL will be littered with new players that lack chemistry.

The team also won’t have Sterling Shepard for the start of the season and Kenny Golladay underwhelmed significantly during his first year with Big Blue. Jones’s best chance of increasing his production is by helping Brian Daboll develop a strong scheme that attacks player strengths.

“One of the things that I asked him to do,” Daboll said shortly after being hired. “Give me some things you really like in your last three years, or if you did them at Duke, that’s where [the system] is going to start. With some foundational pieces that he feels comfortable with.”

Of course, it is easier said than done to accomplish that feat, but Jones has the work ethic to get it done. The Giants have to make a tough decision in May regarding Jones’s 5th-year option, which they will likely decline. They can easily extend him or slap him with the franchise tag next year if he excels during the 2022 season. The Giants do have a bit of leverage, but Jones is going to have to outplay his first three seasons significantly if he wants to convince the front office that he can be the future quarterback in East Rutherford.

Mitchell Trubisky gushes over Giants’ HC Brian Daboll: ‘He’s a great leader of men’

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After firing Joe Judge in just two seasons as the head coach of the New York Giants, ownership had to get their subsequent hiring right. Interestingly, John Mara and Steve Tisch looked to the Buffalo Bills in search of new management, stealing their assistant general manager and offensive coordinator to fill top roles.

Joe Schoen offers tremendous football intelligence with a modern approach to the game. In contrast, Brian Daboll is a molder of men and a phenomenal leader who predicates his strategy on personal relationships.

The Giants are trying to work within strict financial means this off-season, currently sitting over the salary cap. One of the biggest concerns is quarterback, with Daniel Jones still unproven and the need for a competent backup who can at least compete with the 2019 draft pick.

The most obvious choice would be Mitchell Trubisky, who started his career with the Chicago Bears but made his way to the Buffalo Bills last year. While Trubisky only enjoyed minimal action with Buffalo after serving as a starter for the first four years of his career, he learned a ton to help spur development and growth, which had stalled.

Trubisky provided a glowing review of new head coach Brian Daboll, who played an instrumental part in helping him understand the game more sufficiently. Trubisky’s best season came back in 2018 Chicago at 24 years old, completing 66.6% of his passes for 3223 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

Mitchell Trubisky spoke with ESPN’s Adam Schefter about his near future, hitting on the possibility of joining Big Blue:

“I think of coach Daboll right away just because of my connection with him right away in Buffalo,” Trubisky said. “I’m excited to see what he does in New York. I don’t know where I’m gonna go, but I know whatever he does there he’s going to do a great job with that offense. He’s a great leader of men. He’s real and authentic with all the guys and I think that’s why so many people respected him in our building. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do.

There’s a slim chance that Trubisky ends up signing with a Giants, but if he did, he would have the green light to compete with Daniel Jones for the starting job. Jones is still battling to find a long-term future in New York, but he has displayed signs of quality in the past. His carelessness with the football, poor progressions through his reads, and other decisive quarterback flaws have set him back.  A lackluster protection scheme and poor offensive playcalling have also negatively impacted the former 6th overall pick.

Nonetheless, Trubisky could be looking for a contract in the $15 million per year range, something the Giants simply can’t afford at this time unless he’s willing to take a pay cut to stick with Daboll as his coach and mentor.

Rex Ryan says Giants landed ‘tremendous coach’, Daniel Jones will benefit the most

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One of the key reasons the New York Giants hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be there new head coach is because of his experience developing quarterbacks. Witnessing the unbelievable job he did with Josh Allen, ownership envisioned Daniel Jones experiencing a similar jump, even if their skill sets are quite different.

Jones has struggled in his first three years as a professional quarterback, tossing just 10 touchdown passes last season under Jason Garrett’s leadership. Despite quality tangible traits, a massive dip in his production suggests that the Giants have done a poor job building a system around him, including a competent coaching staff.

After firing Garrett midseason and letting Joe Judge go at the end of the year, ownership has put their trust in Daboll to turn things around, building a scheme that maximizes player strengths instead of hiding them behind an outdated strategy.

Current ESPN analyst Rex Ryan spoke highly of Daboll, stating that Jones will thrive under Daboll’s leadership, which is likely music to John Mara and Steve Tisch’s ears.

“That’s a tremendous coach,” Ryan told Darryl Slater of “A guy with a great work ethic, but a great f—ing dude. I really like Brian, and I think he’s going to do a great job.

Daboll is known for his ability to curate relationships with players. He was extremely close with Allen, Stefon Diggs, Isaiah McKenzie, and a variety of different players with Buffalo. He makes an impact wherever he goes in the NFL, and if Daboll has made it his personal mission to bring the best out of Daniel Jones, that is a huge step in the right direction.

“I’m excited to see him — and I know he said don’t compare Daniel Jones to Josh Allen. But I’m not kidding you: I know for a fact Brian Daboll really likes Daniel Jones. And I do, too. He’s an athlete. He’s got the physical skill set you look for. And he’s got the mental makeup. So I think the kid is going to do well with Brian.”

Jones’s strengths have been hidden by poor schematics and offensive line blocking. As we’ve seen, it all starts with the coaching staff, and if they cannot bring the best out of players, it doesn’t matter who you have at quarterback. The Giants, fortunately, have plenty of draft capital to spend on talent for Jones’s protection scheme.

Transitioning to a spread-style offense should do Jones plenty of good, allowing him to throw down field and not settle for short routes, staring down receivers as we’ve seen in the past. However, avoiding injury should also be a priority for the coaching staff, as Jones has missed eight games over the past two years, picking up a concussion, neck injury, and hamstring injury during that time span.

Most of these issues have resulted from overcompensating for poor offensive production, but if the Giants can run a disciplined unit that executes properly, Jones shouldn’t have to do too much and put himself in harm’s way.

How the Giants’ offensive scheme will change under Daboll, Kafka in 2022

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The New York Giants are in the process of drastically rebuilding their offensive coaching staff. After firing head coach Joe Judge, the Giants decided that former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would replace him. Daboll, considered by many to be an offensive guru, quickly got to work hiring coordinators for his staff. Mike Kafka was hired as the team’s next offensive coordinator, an exciting move that could see the Giants combine the two high-powered Chiefs and Bills offensive schemes.

Mike Kafka was the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs and Bills ran offenses that differed drastically from the offense that the Giants ran in 2021. Jason Garrett ran a power run-heavy scheme. The Bills ran a spread offense that relied on high passing volume. The Chiefs also passed at a high volume in a dynamic west-coast scheme.

Taking a look at personnel grouping from 2021 could shed light on just how different the New York Giants’ offense will look under Daboll and Kafka in 2022.

How the Giants’ offense will change in 2022

Brian Daboll’s offensive scheme relies far more heavily on wide receivers than it does on tight ends and running backs. Expect to see far more empty backfield sets under Daboll. In Buffalo in 2021, the Bills ran 11-personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) on 71% of their offensive snaps (fifth-most in NFL). The Giants only spent 61% of their snaps in 11-personnel under Garrett and Kitchens in 2021 (61% also happens to be the league average).

More eye-opening than this grouping was the Bills’ frequent usage of 10-personnel. Buffalo used 10-personnel (four wide receivers, one running back, and zero tight ends) at the third-highest rate in the NFL last season. The Bills used four receivers on 7% of their snaps. For comparison, the Giants ran 10-personnel on 5 total snaps (less than one percent).

There is also reason to believe the Giants will invest far less in their second-string tight end position under Brian Daboll. The Giants invested a significant portion of their cap space in Kyle Rudolph to run an offensive scheme that featured a lot of two-tight end sets, which is 12-personnel. The Bills ran that grouping on only 8% of their offensive snaps compared to the Giants’ 26% in 2021. The Chiefs did run 12-personnel on 20% of their snaps, so maybe Mike Kafka will influence Daboll to use the grouping a bit more frequently. But, assuming the offense will be primarily built around the head coach’s scheme, the Giants will likely run far fewer two-tight end sets in 2022.

The Kansas City Chiefs also ran 11-personnel 67% of the time, a rate higher than the league average. Inevitably, the Giants will run more 11-personnel in 2022. Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka are turning the Giants into a pass-first spread offense in 2022.

Giants hiring blitzing maestro Don “Wink” Martindale as team’s new defensive coordinator

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The New York Giants have hired their next defensive coordinator, Don “Wink” Martindale. Brian Daboll’s coaching staff is shaping out with this hiring that will fill his last available coordinator position. Martindale will fill the position left behind by Patrick Graham after Graham left New York for Las Vegas last week.

What does Wink Martindale bring to the table?

Don Martindale runs a fast-paced, high-flying defensive scheme that was tremendously successful in Baltimore. No one blitzes more than Martindale.

Ravens Blitz percentage under Don Martindale:

  • 2018- 1st (39.6%)
  • 2019- 1st (54.9%)
  • 2020 – 1st (44.1%)
  • 2021 – 6th (31.1%)

Martindale is a blitz maestro. His blitz-heavy defenses ranked in the top three in the NFL from 2018-2020. Before an injury-filled 2021 season, the Ravens ranked No. 1 in the NFL in fewest yards (307.8) and points per game (18.2) in Martindale’s first three seasons as DC (2018-20).

Don Martindale has been regarded as one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL during his time in Baltimore. His talent was recognized by the Giants in 2020 when Martindale interviewed for New York’s vacant head coaching position. Ultimately, the job went to Joe Judge, but now, two years later, Wink is joining the Giants’ staff as their next defensive coordinator.

What to expect from Wink’s defensive scheme:

The New York Giants have been running a 3-4 defensive scheme for years now. Patrick Graham utilized a base 3-4 with a variety of unique blitz packages. A blitz-heavy 3-4 defense is exactly what Don Martindale will bring to the Big Apple.

Continuing with a scheme like this will provide at least some continuity for the Giants’ defensive players. But there is a chance that Martindale’s scheme would provide New York with a major upgrade. Not only will the Giants’ pass-rushing improve under Martindale, but their rushing defense should improve, too.

Don Martindale’s rush defense:

The Baltimore Ravens possessed a top-ten run defense in each of the four years that Don Martindale was the team’s defensive coordinator. This past season, the Ravens’ run defense ranked first in the NFL. The Ravens’ banged-up defense allowed only 1,436 yards on the ground in 2021.

For comparison, the New York Giants ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing defense. The Giants allowed 2,193 rushing yards this season. If hired as the next defensive coordinator of the Giants, Don “Wink” Martindale would instantly improve the team’s rush defense while installing an uber-aggressive 3-4 defense that has proven to be greatly successful.

3 reasons the New York Giants should hire “Wink” Martindale to be their new defensive coordinator

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New head coach Brian Daboll and the New York Giants are putting together an impressive coaching staff. Brian Daboll was hired as the next head coach of the Giants this offseason and has already filled two of his three coordinator positions. At offensive coordinator, Mike Kafka takes over. Special teams coordinator, Thomas McGaughey remains. But trouble arose when defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left for Las Vegas. Now, the Giants are searching for Graham’s successor. Among the most exciting candidates is a name familiar to Giants fans: Don “Wink” Martindale.

Don “Wink” Martindale interviewed in person with the New York Giants yesterday, per sources. Giants fans should remember Don Martindale as one of the finalists to land the Giants’ head coaching position the last time it was on the market. In 2020, Joe Judge got the job, but Martindale was interviewed and made it deep in the running. Now, two years later, “Wink” could be in line to join the New York Giants as a defensive coordinator.

Experience coaching a top defense

Don Martindale was recently let go by the Baltimore Ravens after spending 2018-2021 as the team’s defensive coordinator. This move came as a surprise since “Wink” has led Baltimore’s defense to the top of the NFL over the past three seasons. Martindale was with the Ravens from 2012 to 2021, serving as the linebackers coach from 2012-2017.

The Baltimore Ravens defense has been one of the best in the NFL over the last decade. Under Martindale’s leadership as DC, the Ravens ranked in the top-three defenses in the NFL for three of the four seasons. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Don Martindale’s defenses ranked second, third, and second in the NFL.

An aggressive scheme that matches NYG’s personnel

The New York Giants have been running a 3-4 defensive scheme for years now. Patrick Graham utilized a base 3-4 with a variety of unique blitz packages. A blitz-heavy 3-4 defense is exactly what Don Martindale would bring to the Big Apple.

Continuing with a scheme like this will provide at least some continuity for the Giants’ defensive players. But there is a chance that Martindale’s scheme would provide New York with a major upgrade.

The Ravens had the sixth-highest blitz percentage in 2021 (31.1%). In 2020, Martindale’s Ravens blitzed 44.1% of the time, the highest percentage in the NFL. They also ranked 2nd in the NFL in total defense last season. 2019 was Martindale’s most impressive and most aggressive season as defensive coordinator. That year, the Ravens blitzed a league-high 54.9% of the time and only allowed 15 total touchdowns.

Excellent run defenses

The Baltimore Ravens possessed a top-ten run defense in each of the four years that Don Martindale was the team’s defensive coordinator. This past season, the Ravens’ run defense ranked first in the NFL. The Ravens’ banged-up defense allowed only 1,436 yards on the ground in 2021. Head coach John Harbaugh expressed gratitude to Martindale for the great defenses he ran during his time with the team:

“We have had a great run on defense, and I am very proud of what has been accomplished and the work he has done.” – Ravens HC John Harbaugh on Don Martindale

For comparison, the New York Giants ranked 25th in the NFL in rushing defense. The Giants allowed 2,193 rushing yards this season. If hired as the next defensive coordinator of the Giants, Don “Wink” Martindale would instantly improve the team’s rush defense while installing an uber-aggressive 3-4 defense that has proven to be greatly successful.

New York Giants hiring rising star Mike Kafka as offensive coordinator

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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.