No one has any floor idea if Brian DuPaul would be a good coach in the NFL. Even the people who hired him can’t say for sure that Daboll would be better off with the Giants than the previous three men who held his job, and they all voted off the island by the end of season two.
Co-owner Jon Mara described naming a head coach as “the hardest decision you’ve ever made in this business, because you don’t know.” It is a guessing game based on the available evidence, mostly circumstantial, that a candidate can inspire a team and convince its members to always place collective goals over individual goals.
This candidate will also need to put his personal ambitions aside in pursuit of group goals.
In this context, it’s an encouraging sign that the 47-year-old Daboll has decided on it Handing over playing responsibilities to the 35-year-old offensive coordinator, Mike Kafka, the former NFL journeyman who took the break of a lifetime from Andy Reed in Kansas City. Kafka became the posture coach for Patrick Mahomes II, who would serve as the vocal coach for Luciano Pavarotti’s first.
Daboll was hired for his offensive expertise, for his development for Josh Allen in Buffalo, and for his business that turned the Bills into the AFC force that tore East from the grip of Bill Belichick’s death. He had earned the right to maintain complete control over excuse the unfortunate giants to commit a crime, if that was what he was inclined to do.
why not? called Daboll His first job as a head coach A dream come true. He’s been an assistant for a quarter of a century, starting as a volunteer employee at William & Mary, then as Michigan State’s graduate assistant Nick Saban before being hired by Belichick in New England and starting his NFL career more than two decades ago. “So it wasn’t like I was a coach for five years and I was riding a hot swing,” Daboll said over the summer. “This is 25 years in the making.”
Twenty-five years of winning and losing, of heartbreaking victories and heartbreaking defeats, of landing some jobs and losing others. Daboll was part of five Super Bowl-winning Patriots staff, yet it wasn’t all Foxborough’s wine and roses. Belichick once chose Josh McDaniels over him to be the offensive coordinator, even though Daboll actually brought the McDaniels into the organization.
Daboll will leave New England for a job as a quarterback at the Jets under Eric Mangini, yet Belichick has done his job enough to forgive that mortal sin and rehire his former assistant years later. In between, Daboll struggled to find a foothold as offensive coordinator in Cleveland, Miami and Kansas City, for teams that combined 18-46. His second job with Belichick preceded a second job with Saban in Alabama before Daboll eventually found the right spot at the right time with the right player Allen, and went 40-25 plus three playoffs as coordinator at Buffalo.
Giants saw enough to He thinks he can fix a broken Daniel Jones. One of Daboll’s first important steps was to give up something valuable to a less experienced player, Kafka, without whom he probably would not have accepted the offer.
“It was part of the interview process where [Daboll] “The attack coordinator wanted to call the plays,” Kafka said. But he also reserved the right to take charge, and I respect that. …I think the opportunity to work with Dabs has been very attractive.”
Kafka cited his boss’s Super Bowl lineage and NFL life counting it all as one of the reasons for the opening’s appeal. “He has gone through highs and lows,” Kafka said. “He’s been through a lot as a coach… you can definitely pull away from him.”
Before making his decision on calling the plays, Daboll consulted with retired NFL coaches. He has communicated with prominent leaders within and outside of professional football in the past. He realized that as a first-time CEO, he couldn’t be consumed by a single part of the process. If Daboll is buried in his playlist on the sidelines, and spends most of his training time forever with the more aesthetic side of the ball, what message does that send to the defense, not to mention the special teams?
As much as the rookie coach has been tempted to take on the role of a control freak, Daboll has adopted a selfless big picture approach.
On Wednesday, he said: “We all work together, but there will be one person calling [the plays]This will be Mike.”
Players definitely noticed. The Giant veterans have been privately, and even publicly, vocal about how much they prefer Daboll’s more collaborative and user-friendly style over Joe Judge’s, with one organizational source saying players “make no attempt to hide it.”
Of course, none of that would matter if the Giants didn’t find the end zone on Sunday in Tennessee. But if nothing else, with a smart and honest move, Brian Dabol gave his first team the best chance of scoring.