Giants aren’t afraid of failure: Brian Daboll’s coaching mentality keeps New York undefeated – New York Giants Blog

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Leading 19-16, the New York Giants could have very easily passed the ball to running back Saquon Barkley third-and-six from their own 40-yard line with 1:50 remaining. Force the Carolina Panthers to use their last timeout, kick the ball, and rely on a defense that played so well the first two weeks.

Not these Giants. Not with Brian Daboll as head coach.

Daboll instead called on quarterback Daniel Jones to go on a bootleg. He could either throw Barkley to the right apartment or tuck him in and run himself. He chose the latter and Jones gained 11 yards on the play to land a first down. Game, set and game for the Giants for the second straight week to start Daboll’s head coaching career, as New York beat Carolina 19-16 in their home opener on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

“I think it was a great decision in a situation like that,” Jones said.

Two weeks, two statements from the Giants about the kind of team they are – a flawed but flawed group finally producing better results. It might not have been pretty, but they’re the only 2-0 NFC East team to enter on Monday.

“I think it’s important to show the players that you have confidence in them,” said Daboll, who also called for a 2-point conversion to claim the win last weekend at Tennessee. “They work hard during the week. They worked hard during the camp. They are the ones playing on Sunday, and you have to put it in their hands when it matters most. And that’s what [offensive coordinator Mike] Kafka did it with Daniel, and Daniel made the right decision.

It’s not just an offensive philosophy that Daboll brought with him from the Buffalo Bills. It is an organizational attitude that he strives to install. It’s the same approach the Giants take on defense and special teams.

He has the defense — which has allowed 36 points in two games — thriving in coordinator Wink Martindale’s new scheme, even without his top two pass-rushers. Outside linebackers Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf) both missed their second straight game, and defensive lineman Leonard Williams (knee) left in the third quarter on Sunday.

It didn’t matter. The Giants’ aggressive defense refuses to play fear. He blitzed in the biggest spot in the game while dropping outside linebackers Oshane Ximines and Jihad Ward in coverage. Safety Julian Love, who had managed a half-sack in his first three pro seasons, sacked Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield on third down with just under three minutes left. Carolina never got the ball back.

“Wink has been doing this for a long time. Wink is not afraid of failure,” Daboll said. “That’s really what we expect from the whole organization is not to be afraid of failure, not to be afraid of the consequence. If you prepare in the right way, you can live with the results. And I will say it again and again.

So far, the results are encouraging. The Giants 2-0 win the kinds of games fans have become so used to seeing them lose in recent years. It took them until week 10 of last season to win their second game. This year they did it in mid-September.

The Martindale defense has now made late-game saves in consecutive weeks to preserve wins. The Giants hadn’t won consecutive games decided by three runs or less since Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2016 season.

“Yeah, the guys we have on our team aren’t afraid of failure. We were at the bottom. So we’ve been through all of that,” security Xavier McKinney said. “We are not afraid of making mistakes. Sometimes we hear the boos. We don’t worry too much about it. We’re going to have a breakthrough at some point.

This could well be that breakthrough.

“I don’t know, I guess,” McKinney said. “We are 2-0. We must continue to work. I learned that in this league things can go south really fast.

But they’re now moving in the right direction, and it’s clear the Giants are taking this new approach. It’s undoubtedly different from last year, when former coach Joe Judge called a stealthy QB on the third-and-9 from inside his own 5-yard line in Week 18.

Daboll, on the other hand, picked up the victory at the end of his second career match.

“It pumps up the team, obviously, when the coach believes in you,” offensive tackle Andrew Thomas said. ” It’s good for morale.

In this case, it seems to be good for the present and the future of the Giants. Their coach believes in them and they seem to believe in their coach’s new methods.


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