New York Giants hire Bills OC as new head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD — Joe Schoen and the New York Giants have found their man.

Brian Daboll is expected to join the Giants as the new head coach, two people with knowledge of the situation told NorthJersey.com and USA TODAY Network on Friday night, just as Schoen did last week when he agreed to become manager. General of Big Blue.

Daboll, most recently the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator, is the Giants’ fourth head coach in six years.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named head coach of the New York Giants,” said Daboll. “Thank you to Joe Schoen for believing in me and to John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for giving me this position. My immediate goal is to build a coaching team – a strong team that emphasizes on teaching and collaborating and making sure our players are put in a position to perform at their best and ultimately win games, which is why we all do it.

Joe Judge was fired by the Giants after two years and 33 games, the third straight coach co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have fired in two seasons or less.

The Giants went with first-time head coaches Ben McAdoo and Judge to replace Tom Coughlin and Pat Shurmur, respectively, and the two went in two seasons.

The same goes for Shurmur, who was brought here as the “adult in the room” to address a perceived culture issue in the locker room in McAdoo’s wake.

Daboll, 46, was the name most closely associated with Schoen even before he took over as the Giants’ general manager. He’s a driving force behind one of the most diverse and productive offenses in the league at Buffalo, a voice of confidence in Josh Allen’s maturation, and an engaging personality that has helped him earn the respect of his players on both sides. of the ball.

“We’ve interviewed several people who are incredible coaches, all of whom will be much more successful in this league in their current roles and as head coach,” Schoen said. “Having said that, we – me and the property – all think Brian is the right person to be our head coach. Over the past four years I’ve seen Brian’s strength as a leader firsthand – he is an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative and hardworking Brian’s genuine and engaging personality is refreshing He fosters relationships with the players and coaches around him He is progressive in his vision and values ​​collaboration, two of the attributes that we think are essential. I’m thrilled to partner with Brian and welcome him and his family to this side of the state.”

Daboll and former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores would be the finalists for the job.

“First of all, Joe did a great job lining up future head coaches,” Tisch said. “It was an impressive group, which made this decision incredibly difficult for John, Joe and me. In the end, it was obvious that Brian had spent his career preparing for this moment. He is creative, thoughtful, determined, and Joe and Brian are the perfect complement to each other. We will do everything we can to support their process as they prepare for the 2022 season and beyond.”

The Bills have evolved offensively over the past four years after Daboll arrived in 2018. In terms of rankings, Buffalo has gone from 18th to 9th to 8th to first in the NFL in total yards, and from 28th to 10th to 5th first in points. .

Daboll has received his share of praise for Allen’s development as the 2018 first-round pick has become an MVP-caliber player over the past two years.

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The Canadian-born Daboll won a national championship as an offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2017 when he joined Nick Saban’s team. He also coached in New England for a total of 11 seasons spanning two different stints and won five Super Bowl titles as an assistant coach.

Daboll spent time with Bill Belichick in New England on the defensive end of the ball, learning coverage and studying the tendencies of units that would be tasked with stopping his units. That was after serving as a graduate assistant under Nick Saban at Michigan State, so Daboll counts two of the same legends as mentors as his predecessor with the Giants.

It’s not all X’s and O’s with Daboll, however. His ability to connect with players and lead on and off the pitch has been praised through all of his saves in over 20 years of experience. He interviewed with the Jets and Chargers for their head coaching vacancies last year and was a candidate for Miami and Chicago this time around.

“Teach, achieve, develop talent and win,” Daboll said. “I have a pretty good idea of ​​how our fans are feeling right now, and I get it. I promise we’ll work hard to get a team on the pitch that you’ll be proud to support, and give us the results. that we all want.”

Under Judge, the Giants have lost their last six games – Daniel Jones suffered what turned out to be a season-ending neck injury in their last win over the Eagles on Nov. 28 – and the head coach is become the target of criticism. He delivered an 11-minute soliloquy to close his postgame press conference following the Giants’ 29-3 loss to the Bears in Chicago on Jan. 2 with perceived jabs at Shurmur’s old regime for quitting. players late in his tenure and the Washington football team for the Dec. 26 teammate brawl.

Judge finished with a 10-23 record, including two of the Giants’ five straight campaigns with double-digit losses. The Giants have lost their last six games by 10 or more points.

“Brian was the first candidate we met when we began our search, and as we continued our conversations, it was clear that his approach to coaching and team building was what we were looking for. to move forward with our team,” Mara said. “Brian has had tremendous experience in the NFL and has been on several championship teams. It’s clear he’s used that experience to grow into a dynamic leader, which we believe is the right fit for him. as a head coach.”

More to come on this developing story.

Art Stapleton is the Giants beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analysis, news, deals and more, please sign up today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.

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