Giants coach Brian Daboll on his coaching staff, evaluating the roster, more

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll addressed a wide variety of topics during his 2022 NFL Scouting Combine press conference on Tuesday.

On his coaching staff

Daboll’s coaching staff is filled with experienced NFL assistants. Interestingly, many have never worked with him.

“I think the most important thing when trying to build a staff is to take your time, to really ask lots of questions. I involved a lot of guys who were on staff or when we hired them they got involved in the interview process…I think there is merit in discussing and collaborating and placing the right people in the right places. That’s what we tried to do. It took time. It took the whole first month to make it the way we wanted.

Wink Martindale the “right person”

The Giants hired Don ‘Wink’ Martindale to lead their defense after Patrick Graham opted to join the Las Vegas Raiders. Daboll explained why:

“Well, he has a good track record in Baltimore, it was a tough plan to go through, he was very successful. He interviewed a lot of guys who were currently on staff with us and went through the process, and he was the right person for us.

Daboll wouldn’t engage in a scheme or what Martindale’s defense would ultimately look like.

“Well, time will tell. We’re just really evaluating our roster right now. I think the important thing when you do that is that everyone has foundations that you come from, but you better figure out what your players are doing really well. Watching on tape is one thing so you have to lay the groundwork of what you believe in obviously but once we get it out there and we can run around and attend meetings we have to do a good job as staff coaches and try to put them in the best possible position,” Daboll said. “Wink is good with fundamentals, he’s good with patterns, and with the other coaches we’ve brought in. I think Jerome (Henderson), he’s going to be a great resource for Wink and Dr. Patterson. Lots of guys we brought. We’ll find out as we move forward here. We have a long way to go.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka

Daboll has spent most of his career as an attacking coach. Thus, the hiring of former Kansas City Chiefs assistant Mike Kafka as offensive coordinator is interesting.

“I have huge faith in (Mike) Kafka, that’s why we hired him. He’s been a terrific interview, really smart, obviously went to Northwestern, played the quarterback job, really did a good job in Kansas City,” Daboll said. “We hired (Mike) Groh from Indy who was in Philadelphia, there’s a couple guys who were from Buffalo. It’s kind of like the conversation we have spoke with Wink: we’re going to have to do a good job of figuring out what our guys are doing well, I think that’s the most important part as a coach: understanding what they’re doing well and trying to let them .

Daboll said he didn’t think Kafka’s interview was more intense due to his own attacking past.

“You’re just trying to figure out who are the right coaches to hire on staff to do what you want to do, but I think it’s important to figure out what they’re going to bring to the table. He was really impressive, I will tell,” Daboll said.

Daboll said he and Kafka had not determined who would call the games, only saying “we’ll get there”.

The rock star staff

Daboll sang the praises of Laura Young, whom he brought in from Buffalo Tickets to be the director of practice operations for the Giants. Young was the first woman to join the Giants coaching staff.

“I’ve said it before about her, she’s a rock star. She’s been doing this for 18 years,” Daboll said.

“LY played a lot of roles during her 18 years and she was instrumental for me those first 3 and a half weeks. She’s been with the coaches, she’s been with the administration. She’s done a lot of things, she’s been with the coaches, she’s done a lot of things.

Young entered the NFL in 2004 with the Baltimore Ravens. She had worked with the Bills since 2015.

The current Giants roster

Daboll and his team have been busy with many things, including learning as much as possible about the players already under contract. His thoughts?

“There are guys to work with,” he said.

“When you rate players when you’re new, since I’m new, it’s much easier to rate them when you’ve been around them. You know them as people. You know how they learn, you know how they are in the field, you know how they are with their responsibilities, instinctive or non-instinctive.

“That assessment was that he had good short space speed, he had good long speed, he did a good job of getting back on the ball, he got on, he got off the ball, he lost. Now you have all these parts, then you have parts you need to upgrade or you don’t.

“That’s where we are right now. Once we integrate them into our work, we need to determine what they are doing well in our system. »

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