The Giants are going all-bill.
Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Dabol on Friday night agreed to become the 20th head coach in franchise history, following new Giants GM Joe Schon from New York to North Jersey.
Over the past five years the Bills’ assistant GM Shoen led a search that prioritized fixing a broken offense and improving communications inside the building, led by Daniel Jones. Now interviewed, Dabol, 46, the first of six candidates for The Giants, is the GM selected to help address both.
Dabol picked Josh Allen from a promising raw quarterback to the dominant force in the first round of the Bills 2018, which the nation saw in a divisional playoff loss to Kansas City last week.
And Dabol’s acquaintance with Schönen as co-workers from four years, as well as the fact that he is a rookie head coach, made him “aligned” at best with Schönen’s “plan and vision”, which prioritized hiring. Is.
“It is an honor and privilege to be named the head coach of the New York Giants,” Dabol said in a statement released by the team. “My immediate goal is to assemble a coaching staff – a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and ensures that our players are placed at their best and ultimately in a game-winning position.”
The Giants’ decision went awry and took an 11-hour turn. Some of the Giants’ primary decision-makers believed earlier in the week that Dabol was taking the job for the Miami Dolphins, where he was a prime candidate, as well, according to sources.
It was a “close call”, a source said. Ex-Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was a strong candidate that co-owner John Mara contacted personally last week to ensure the interview.
Flores would have been the first Black head coach in Giants history. But choosing Dabol is proof that the ownership eventually delivered on its promise of hiring Scion.
The Giants did important homework to spot negative stories about the Flores shootings in Miami. And Schoen, who worked for the Dolphins from 2008-16, had a lot of contacts to get to the bottom of the situation.
Flores is known to have a strong-willed personality who may have threatened Schoen’s authority. Dabol’s hiring is more in line with the Eagles’ GM Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Siriani in the setup mold, where the GM runs the show and the coach executes the plan.
This is in line with the setup Mara said the Giants wanted to create with Schoen: one in which the entire football operation, including the coaching staff, reports to the GM.
“We interviewed a number of people who are incredible coaches and all of whom go on to enjoy more success in this league in their current positions and as head coaches,” Shoen said in a statement released by the team. “With that, we – me and Owner – all felt that Brian was the right person to serve as our head coach.
“Over the past four years, I’ve seen for the first time Brian’s strength as a leader,” the GM said. “He is an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative and hardworking. Brian’s genuine and charming personality is refreshing. He fosters relationships with the players and coaches around him. He is progressive in his vision and values collaboration, Two qualities that we think are essential.”
Born in Dabol, Wayland, Ontario, and raised in Rochester, NY, Bill Belichick is the second straight Giants head coach hired from the Patriots coaching tree after Judge Bill Belichick. He was part of five Super Bowl teams during two stints with New England.
The judge’s first pick for the Giants’ offensive coordinator when he was hired in 2020 was Dabol, but he was already working with Allen in Buffalo and the organization had prioritized Jason Garrett.
Judge was fired after two seasons on January 11. He became the third straight Giants coach after Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur to be fired during or after his second season with the team.
A source said Dabol intends to bring in recently fired Baltimore Ravens DC Don “Wink” Martindale as their legendary defensive coordinator.
Legendary defensive coordinator Pat Graham is still under contract, but it looks like he’ll go elsewhere. He interviewed for the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator spot on Thursday and did a virtual head coaching interview with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday.
On offense, Dabol could have brought in Bills quarterback coach Ken Dorsey as their offensive coordinator, but Buffalo could also promote Dorsey from within and block the hire.
Regardless, the Giants hired Dabol in large part because they want to give Jones a better chance of proving that he can be a franchise QB in four years, and they know that Dabol has been the Giants in the past two years. K can do better than the 31st rank offense.
“First of all, Joe did a great job preparing potential head coaches,” co-owner Steve Tisch said in a statement released by the team. “It was an impressive group, which made it an incredibly difficult decision for John, Joe, and me. In the end, it was clear that Brian had spent his career preparing for this moment. He’s creative, thoughtful, determined.” , and Joe and Brian are perfect complements to each other. We will do everything we can to support their process as they build towards the 2022 season and well beyond.”
Mara said “it was clear” that Dabol’s “approach to coaching and team building was exactly what we are looking to move forward with our team.”
“Bryan has tremendous experience in the NFL and has been a part of several championship teams,” Mara said. “It’s clear he used that experience to grow and develop into a dynamic leader who we believe is the right fit as our head coach.”
A fascinating element to this hire is that it is the Giants’ third straight attempt to hire the Belichick Patriots discipline in three consecutive cycles.
They interviewed Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia in 2018 and wanted Patricia, but chose the Lions, so they hired Pat Shurmur. Then he hired the judge in 2020. Now it is Dabol in 2022.
The Giants personally interviewed five head coaching candidates during this year’s hiring process: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on Monday, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Dabol on Tuesday, Giants defensive coordinator Pat Graham on Wednesday, Flores on Thursday, and Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Fraser on Friday.
He also interviewed Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anrumo last Sunday. Dabol and Frazier were the only candidates to have two interviews, which included virtual interviews last Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Ultimately, Schoen and Dabol were the Giants’ first GM and head coach interviews, and they were the two people hired.
Quinn was considered a strong candidate, but on Thursday, when the Denver Broncos hired Nathaniel Hackett and the Chicago Bears hired Matt Eberfluss, Quinn suddenly found himself removed from the idea of the Giants.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that Quinn had turned down at least one coaching opportunity to stay at Dallas on a contract extension. It was unclear whether Quinn had been offered.
No matter. Dabol is now the head coach of the Giants. The deal is done, and he understands the deal to be running in a building where the Giants (22-59) are tied for the worst record in the league with the Jets over the past five years.
“I have a pretty good idea of where the sentiments of our fan base are right now, and I get it,” Dabol said. “I promise we’ll work our tails off to get a team on the field that you’ll be proud to support and give us the results we all want.”