Another fresh start
Truth be told, this is a tiring story for giants. They are their fourth coach (the fifth if you count interim coach Steve Spagnolo in 2017) and their third general manager since the start of the 2016 season.
That’s what happens, though, when you’re a bad team in the NFL, which is exactly what the Giants have been for the past five seasons. They are associated with New York Jets For the worst record in the NFL since 2017 at 22-59 (win ratio 272).
So, the Giants’ ownership has once again spun the roulette wheel of NFL GMs and head coaches, this time landing on the former. buffalo bills Lieutenants Joe Schoen and Brian Dabul.
Will you succeed this time? If it doesn’t, the franchise’s current streak of futility could end with the Years of the Wild competition when the Giants went 17 consecutive seasons (1964-1980) without making the playoffs. The Giants are 10 years old with only one playoff appearing, in an era when extended playoffs took place that didn’t exist during the Wilderness Years.
Do the Giants finally have the right people to correct their shipwreck? We’re about to start figuring it out.
Mike Kafka, the caller
Head coach Brian Daboll said this week that he will allow offensive coordinator Mike Kafka to call up the plays. This is significant because Daboll, a first-time coach, landed the Giants job largely based on his work as an offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills. It is also Kafka’s curator’s first concert, and the first time he has summoned plays of significance.
This seems to be the right move for the giants. Kafka has been taking over this role since the Giants began training in the spring, and it allows Daboll to focus entirely on running the game.
Now, will you succeed? Truthfully, the bar isn’t too high when you consider how awful the Giants have been in the past two seasons.
To what extent have the giants kept a secret?
The Giants showed a lot of movement and quick throws in the attack early in the training camp. When they started the pre-season games, Daboll and Kafka kept a lot of those things a secret.
We know Attack on Titan will look very different than it did under the direction of Joe Judge and Jason Jarrett. Coming back further, is different even from what was under the direction of offensive coaches Pat Shurmore and Ben McAdoo.
Giants fans wonder. No doubt the titans wonder.
It will be interesting to see how the Daboll-Kafka Giants offense looks different.
Derek Henry and Saquon Barkley
Both senior backs have something to prove they enter the 2022 season.
Since this is a Giants site, we spent a lot of time talking about Barkley. He hasn’t really been a star since his record-breaking 2018 rookie season, as injuries and incompetence around him ruined three straight seasons.
Barkley is as healthy as he’s been since early in the 2019 season. He looked explosive on the field, and he’s been up against critics off the field. It looks like he’s ready for a good season. Will that start on Sunday?
Henry has been the busiest in the game (1,115 attempts lunge) and most productive (5,563 yards) since 2018. He’s a 6-foot-3, 247-pound tank and has also led the NFL in yards per carry (5.01) and rush yards per load. Game (101.1) during that period.
However, Henry is now 28 and suffering from a serious foot injury that cost him nine games last season. Is Derek Henry still? Sunday might give us a hint.
Season opening success?
The giants hadn’t had anything for a long time. They haven’t won the opening game of the season since their defeat Cowboys in Dallas20-19, in 2016. This, not coincidentally, is the only time since 2011 that they made it to the playoffs.
Here’s how the Giants have started the past five seasons:
- 2017: 0-5
- 2018: 0-2/1-7
- 2019: 0-2
- 2020: 0-5
- 2021: 0-3
After Tennessee, the Giants play three consecutive games at MetLife Stadium against Carolina PanthersDallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. There are chances of two wins there. Let’s see if the Giants can get a good start to the Schoen-Daboll era.