Brian Daboll will be the next head coach of the New York Giants.
The team announced that the 46-year-old will take over Big Blue’s sidelines for the 2022 season — a quick resolution to the head-coaching vacancy roughly a week after hiring Joe Schoen as their general manager. He will be officially introduced on Monday morning.
Daboll worker under Schoen for the last four years with the Buffalo Bills — Schoen as the assistant general manager and Daboll as the offensive coordinator.
“Over the last four years, I have observed first-hand Brian’s strengths as a leader – he is an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative, and hard-working,” Schoen said. “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 we think are essential.”
Daboll has proven that he can build a high-powered offense, doing so in Buffalo where he helped mold Josh Allen into one of the top quarterbacks in the league. Under Daboll, Allen headlined an offense that won a second-straight AFC East divisional title before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in an epic Divisional Round matchup last week. The Bills finished third in the NFL with 28.4 points a game and fifth with 381.9 yards a game.
Allen finished sixth in the league with a franchise-record 409 completions, seventh with 36 touchdown passes, and eighth with 4,407 yards. Such results provide an obvious intrigue that Daboll could help bring along Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who received a vote of confidence from Schoen despite uncertainties regarding his viability as the franchise’s quarterback of the future.
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Daboll will now have to try and turn the fortunes of a franchise that has made the playoffs once in the last decade around. The Giants have been one of the worst teams in the NFL over the last five seasons, compiling a 22-59 record.
“My immediate goal is to assemble a coaching staff – a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and making sure our players are put in the position to be their best and, ultimately, to win games,” Daboll said. “That’s why all of us do this. To teach, to be successful, to develop talent, and to win.
“I have a pretty good idea where our fan base’s feelings are right now, and I get it. I promise we will work our tails off to put a team on the field that you will be proud to support and give us the results we all want.”
Daboll won the job over two other head-coaching finalists in former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier — who also has head-coaching experience with the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-2013.
Reports suggested that Flores had the Giants at the top of his list of potential landing spots after he was surprisingly dismissed from Miami at the end of the regular season.
“We interviewed several people who are incredible coaches and all of whom are going to enjoy much more success in this league in their current positions and as a head coach,” Schoen said. “With that said, we – me and ownership – all felt [Daboll] is the right person to serve as our head coach.”