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Scott Procter Scott Procter BVM Sports Senior Editor/Journalist
Giants’ Brian Daboll should win NFL Coach of the Year award

Giants’ Brian Daboll should win NFL Coach of the Year award

NEW YORK (BVM) – Brian Daboll inherited a mess.

Over the last five seasons (2017-2021), no NFL team has been worse than the New York Giants. Their league-worst 22-59 record over that span made them the only team in the NFL to never win more than six games in a season for the last five years.

Perhaps even more embarrassing than that is the fact that the Giants didn’t have a winning record at any point over the last five years, the only team that can say that. There wasn’t a single week for five seasons where New York was even one game above .500. Not even 1-0 or 2-1.

This is what Daboll inherited, a once storied franchise that had been run into the ground.

“Before the season started, just doing various interviews in the New York market or nationally, I said the team to watch is the Giants,” NFL insider Adam Caplan said on an episode of BVM Sports’ Simple Question. “Nobody thinks they’ll be any good, not a very good roster but I could tell you they’ve got a phenomenal coaching staff that Brian Daboll has put together.”

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New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll answers questions before practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Jan. 11, 2023 in East Rutherford. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran/USA TODAY NETWORK)

Aside from the constant stench of losing that permeated throughout the franchise over the last half decade, Daboll took over a team with the fourth-lowest cap space of any team in the NFL. To make matters seemingly worse, Daboll’s first quarterback as an NFL head coach would be Daniel Jones, who ranked bottom five in completion percentage, passer rating and TD:INT ratio from 2018-2021 among QBs with 1,000 attempts.

Daboll could’ve fallen victim to circumstance and probably would’ve been given the benefit of the doubt if the Giants continued to struggle in 2022, but the should-be Coach of the Year made the playoffs instead of excuses.

There wasn’t a single week in 2022 where the Giants (9-8-1) didn’t have a record above .500 as the franchise returned to the postseason for the first time since 2016. Even more impressive is the fact that New York clinched a playoff berth before Week 18 while playing in the NFC East, the only division in the NFL that has two teams with 11-plus wins (Eagles, 14-3; Cowboys, 12-5).

“I’m leaning towards Daboll as my Coach of the Year because he did the most with the least and that’s very important, where you look at Nick Sirianni, he’s done a phenomenal job and he’ll certainly get votes, but they have a great roster so they should’ve been good,” said Caplan, who holds a Coach of the Year vote. “They’ve overachieved, there’s no question about it. They’ve been a great story.”

Arguably the biggest positive of Daboll’s first year in New York after spending four seasons as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator is the evolution of Jones.

The former No. 6 overall pick struggled through his first three NFL seasons, even regressing from his rookie campaign, which resulted in the Giants not picking up the QB’s fifth-year option. But Daboll helped Jones put together his best season as a pro, setting career highs in completion percentage (67.2), passing yards (3,205), passer rating (92.5), QBR (60.7) and TD:INT ratio (15:5).

If Daboll’s first year in New York is an indication of anything, it’s that the Giants are here to stay with a head coach who exceeded all expectations in Year 1.

“Next year they’ll be more aggressive, they’ll have their full complement of draft picks and they’ll do pretty well,” Caplan said. “I know that Giants’ fans should be pretty happy. They love Daboll and they should because he’s done a phenomenal job.”

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