Nov 12, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) sacks New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) in the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Brian Daboll: ‘No excuses about where we’re at’

The New York Giants’ dismal 2023 season got worse with Sunday’s 49-17 thrashing at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

The Giants are 2-8 and riding out the string with an undrafted rookie quarterback. Who lines up under center in 2024 is an increasingly hot topic as New York is tied for the second-fewest wins in the NFL, and the Giants have the highest percentage chance of winding up with the No. 1 pick in the draft, according to ESPN analytics.

Meanwhile, this season has continued to devolve, from quarterback Daniel Jones suffering a season-ending injury, to safety Xavier McKinney questioning the team’s leadership, to the previously solid defense getting torched for 640 total yards at Dallas.

“We should make no excuses about where we’re at,” coach Brian Daboll said Monday. “I own it. I own it. So, I’ve got to do a better job all the way around and that’s what we are going to work towards.”

What the Giants are capable of working towards is up for debate.

A Week 11 game at Washington is followed by a home game against New England. Following their bye week, the Giants play host to Green Bay before traveling to New Orleans. Those four teams have a combined 14-25 record, which on paper would present opportunities to show improvement.

However, with Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor injured, Daboll’s current options at quarterback are Tommy DeVito and recently signed journeyman Matt Barkley.

As the losses have continued to mount — and get uglier by the week — Daboll has come under increased scrutiny despite leading the Giants to the playoffs last year in his first season as a head coach.

“Look, I believe in our process, I believe in what we do. Certainly we have to do it better and that’s what we’re all trying to do,” said Daboll, the 2022 NFL Coach of the Year.

“You make no excuses about it. We are at where we are at and that’s where we’re meant to be right now, relative to what we’ve done. So, you don’t feel sorry for yourself, you go about it with the right mindset and your head down. You work as hard as you can work, you prepare as hard you can prepare. You teach, you work, you practice, you do the necessary things you need to do to give yourself a chance and you move on to the next week.

“So, you are real about where you are at, this is where we are at, but we control our actions, our attitudes, our emotions, our approach. That’s what we can focus on.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll, is shown at MetLife Stadium before the game against the Dallas Cowboys. Sunday, September 10, 2023

Giants’ Brian Daboll: Blowout loss ‘a collective effort’

New York Giants coach Brian Daboll didn’t mince words after reviewing the film of his team’s 40-0 loss at home to division-rival Dallas on Sunday night.

“It was a collective effort,” Daboll said on Monday, following an admittedly restless night of sleep.

“There were a few things you can build on but when you get beat like the way we got beat, no excuses. I’d say there’s a lot of work that needs to be done, a lot of corrections that need to be made and that’s what we’ll do today.”

After a promising opening drive stalled in the red zone following a penalty and a fumble that the Giants recovered, the Cowboys blocked a field-goal attempt and returned it for a touchdown.

It was suddenly 6-0, and the avalanche had begun.

By the end of the night, Dallas had outgained New York 265-171 and produced three turnovers and seven sacks to the Giants’ none in either department.

“After a game like last night, every area we’ve got to draw our attention to,” Daboll said. “You take it for what it’s worth. It was a poor performance. You learn from the things that you can learn from and then you really got to get focused on the next week.”

Week 2 provides what on paper looks like a very winnable game at Arizona. That kicks off a three-week stretch against NFC West foes that includes a trip to San Francisco before returning home to play Seattle in Week 4.

The Giants won’t play another divisional opponent until hosting Washington in Week 7.

But first comes dissecting the causes behind Sunday night’s meltdown, which were many. After a Week 1 win last year, Daboll made some significant changes to the depth chart. Daboll wouldn’t commit to any specific changes, but said the staff will continue to review the Dallas film with a critical eye.

“When you walk out after a game like that, there is a lot of emotion. You put everything you got into it, and we didn’t perform well and that starts with me,” Daboll said. “There is a self-reflection and then you watch the tape, you go through whether it’s decisions, whether it’s plays, whether it’s techniques and then you move on to the next week.

“These guys are human and there is an element of emotion to it, and you know we didn’t perform well. So, you own it … tell them the things that you need to fix. It starts with you and then you move on.

“You can’t let it linger too long. … It won’t be a fun tape to watch, it wasn’t with the coaches, it’s not with the players, but you know that’s what happened. So, you can’t run from it, you can’t hide from it, you own it, and then you move on.”

–Field Level Media

Hazy conditions from the wildfires in Canada are seen around MetLife Stadium after the New York Giants canceled their organized team activities (OTA's) due to air quality issues on Thursday, June 8, 2023, in East Rutherford.

Giants cancel practices due to poor air quality

The New York Giants canceled their remaining organized team activities for Thursday and Friday in East Rutherford, N.J., due to air quality concerns stemming from the Canadian wildfires.

The Giants initially planned to work indoors on Thursday before the team called an audible after a haze made its way inside the fieldhouse.

“We just felt it was the right thing to do,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said. “We’ll let this settle out and come back next week (for minicamp).”

The Giants conclude their offseason program with mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) sacks New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) in the second half. The Giants fall to the Cowboys, 23-16, at MetLife Stadium on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.

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Giants without OT Evan Neal, other key linemen at Dallas

Daniel Jones might be thankful for five capable blockers at Dallas on Thursday after the New York Giants released their final injury report for the afternoon game with the Cowboys.

Offensive tackle Evan Neal did not travel to Texas and is out with a knee injury along with center Jon Feliciano (neck), guard Joshua Ezeudu (neck) and guard Shane Lemieux (toe).

Top tackle Andrew Thomas is listed as questionable due to illness. Head coach Brian Daboll remained optimistic Thomas could be ready Thursday.

“There were no physical exertion practices (this week). We’ll just take it right up, as long as we can take it,” Daboll said of a decision on his starting front five.

in the first meeting with Dallas this season, Jones was sacked five times by the Cowboys. The Cowboys are on a record pace through 10 games with 42 quarterback sacks.

New York is also without tight end Daniel Bellinger (eye), cornerback Adoree Jackson (knee) and safety Fabian Moreau (oblique).

The Giants (7-3) have lost two of their past three games. The Cowboys (7-3) ruled out linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) and defensive linemen Tarell Basham and Johnathan Hankins are questionable due to illness.

Pass rushers Micah Parsons (knee, ankle) and Demarcus Lawrence (foot, illness) were limited Wednesday and officially listed as questionable.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott (knee) and cornerback Trevon Diggs (ankle) were full participants in practice Wednesday. They were removed from the injury report.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll, left, talks to safety Xavier McKinney (29) during the second day of training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

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Giants get WR back, lose two for season during bye week

The bye week was painful for the New York Giants.

Safety Xavier McKinney is out for weeks with a hand injury suffered while on an ATV tour during the week off and the Giants also lost defensive tackle Nick Williams in a more traditional method; he suffered a torn biceps at Seattle before the bye week.

“I feel bad for Xavier. Disappointed that he got injured. And he’ll do everything he can do to get back and be ready to go,” Giants head coach Brian Daboll said. “I feel bad for him. I feel bad for us. I know he’s disappointed. But we can’t do anything about that now.”

Daboll said Tuesday the Giants also confirmed cornerback Aaron Robinson (knee) would be out for the season. He was injured in the Week 4 win over the Chicago Bears.

McKinney, the team’s defensive co-captain and on-field play caller, was placed on the non-football injury list and cannot return before Dec. 11. Daboll said he would miss at least the mandatory four games but wouldn’t disclose the nature of the injury incurred while riding an ATV in Mexico.

The Giants did get some potential good news with wide receiver Kenny Golladay back at practice. Golladay, the purported lead receiver for the Giants, last practiced two days before New York beat the Bears (Week 4) due to a sprained knee.

Offensive guard Shane Lemieux, the starter on the left side, has been out with a foot injury since Aug. 11 but was able to practice Tuesday. The Giants are likely to take their time with Lemieux, who started in 2020 as a rookie and suffered a knee injury in 2021.

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll receives a Gatorade bath from linebacker Oshane Ximines (53) after a win against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Brian Daboll: Two-pointer the right call, win or lose

Brian Daboll tasted victory in his head-coaching debut with the New York Giants Sunday, thanks in large part to his decision to go for a two-point conversion with 1:06 left in regulation.

Daboll reiterated at his press conference Monday that he would have lived with the decision if the Giants failed to convert it, and the same would be true had the opposing Tennessee Titans converted their last-second field goal attempt to steal the win.

“Certainly, you want to try to go out there and give yourself a chance to win,” Daboll said. “But the decision to go for two with a loss, I would feel the same way about it today as I did yesterday. The guys fought it out; they did a great job. And it’s a decision we felt right at that particular time. I still feel it was the right thing to do.”

After Daniel Jones hooked up with Chris Myarick for a touchdown to bring New York within 20-19, Daboll called for the two-point try, in which Jones hit running back Saquon Barkley with a completion to create the 21-20 final score.

Daboll, who said Sunday that he’d consulted some players on the sideline about his desire to go for two, added Monday that his team’s analysts also had their say.

“I think analytics always plays a role in key decision-making,” Daboll said. “I know what we do is we talk about that during the week, myself and Ty (Director of Football Operations & Innovation Ty Siam) and Cade (Offensive Assistant/Game Manager Cade Knox), two of the guys that run that department on gameday with myself. And we go through tons of different situations.

“But you certainly take into factor the three timeouts; we would probably have had an onside kick if we didn’t get it, bring the three timeouts and then have a really long field. But those are conversations that are happening during timeouts or in between series. But I lean heavily on those guys. One of them went to Cornell; another one went to Harvard, so they’re pretty good guys to have.”

It all added up to the Giants’ first Week 1 victory since the 2016 season.

After the game, cameras captured Daboll dancing in the middle of a large circle of his players in the locker room.

“It was a Biggie song, and it was a good win,” Daboll said. “These guys worked hard. They were dancing before I got in there. So, I don’t know if I was really dancing very much if you want to call it that. But it’s good to celebrate with your guys. They put a lot of work (in).”

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive guard Jon Feliciano (76) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Giants C Jon Feliciano (heat exhaustion) out another ‘day or two’

New York Giants center Jon Feliciano missed practice again Monday due to issues related to heat exhaustion.

The 30-year-old initially suffered what coach Brian Daboll termed “heat and hydration” issues Thursday and has not been with the team since. But Daboll said Monday the veteran would rejoin the team soon enough.

“Day or two away,” Daboll said. “But he’ll be here this week.”

Daboll answered in the affirmative when asked if Feliciano needed intravenous treatment.

“Yeah, he’s taking care of himself. They’re working with him,” Daboll said. “He’ll be OK.”

Feliciano followed Daboll from the Buffalo Bills to the Giants, where he signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract as a free agent in March. A longtime guard for the then-Oakland Raiders (2015-18) and Bills (2019-21), Feliciano was picked up to play center in New York’s revamped offensive line.

With Feliciano sidelined, guard Shane Lemieux played some center during recent training camp practices.

“We want to try to create position flexibility for our front guys,” Daboll said. “And obviously with Jon out, you know with (guards) Ben (Bredeson) and Jamil (Douglas), we wanted to add Lemieux inside and get (guard Joshua) Ezeudu some work inside there with the ones against (defensive linemen) Leo (Williams) and Dexter (Lawrence) and guys like that.”

–Field Level Media

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw in the first half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants QB Daniel Jones (neck) cleared for offseason program

There will be no limitations on what quarterback Daniel Jones can do as the New York Giants begin their offseason workout program Monday.

Jones told reporters he was “cleared and ready to go” with the Giants after a neck injury cut short his 2021 season.

Jones only played 11 games for New York in 2021, his third NFL season, before the injury sidelined him and eventually got him placed on injured reserve. In those 11 games (all starts), Jones threw for 2,248 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a career-best 64.3 completion percentage.

He also fumbled seven times, and the Giants went just 4-7 in those games.

The Giants are under new management, with GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll opting to bring in veteran Tyrod Taylor at the position. Jones remains the starter for now.

“I’m excited. I’m excited to get going here. I appreciate the support,” he said. “But it’s my job to do my role, to prepare this team, to prepare myself to play as well as I can and put this team in position to win games. So I take that responsibility very seriously and that is what I’m focused on.”

Jones has yet to play a full season in the NFL, missing time each season with injuries while playing behind a much-maligned offensive line. Owner John Mara admitted this winter that the Giants had “done everything we can to screw (Jones) up since he’s been here.”

Soon New York will need to choose whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie contract for 2023. That would be worth a costly $22.4 million.

“We’ll do that when it comes up,” Jones said Monday. “But I’m focused on what we’re doing here and preparing and taking advantage of every day we have here together.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ next coach odds: Brian Daboll tops deep list

New York Giants co-owner John Mara vowed to take his time in rebuilding the team’s leadership from “the ground up” after firing coach Joe Judge on Tuesday.

That was immediately followed by another word: “again.”

Judge became the third consecutive coach to be fired by the Giants after only two seasons at the helm. And his departure came a day after embattled general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement.

Mara and co-owner Steve Tisch began interviewing general manager candidates Wednesday and plan to fill that void first. That GM will be tasked with rebuilding a team that has reached the playoffs just once since winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season.

While the GM has yet to be identified, the early list of favorites to replace Judge is heavy on respected offensive minds.

That includes offensive coordinators Brian Daboll (Buffalo), Eric Bieniemy (Kansas City), Byron Leftwich (Tampa Bay) and Josh McDaniels (New England) along with former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

Daboll was installed as the +350 favorite by BetMGM, and those odds have shortened to +325 as he leads with 30.8 percent of the bets and an overwhelming 70.1 percent of the early money wagered at the sportsbook. It helped that Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen was the first to interview with the Giants on Wednesday.

Pederson has the second-shortest odds at +400, followed by former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, who has moved from +500 to +550 despite being tied with Daboll with 30.8 percent of the early tickets backing him.

Flores is a Brooklyn native who was a long-time assistant for the Patriots. Then again, Judge also came from the Bill Belichick coaching tree.

Bieniemy, who interviewed for the Giants’ job two years ago, is +600 followed by Leftwich and current Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh at +700. McDaniels is being offered at +800 followed by current Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham at +900. Graham is close to Judge and is considered a longshot.

Three other names that could quickly emerge depending on the GM hire are Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinators Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay) and Dan Quinn (Dallas). Each currently has +1000 odds at BetMGM.

Daboll is the sportsbook’s biggest liability with the heavy early action supporting him. Harbaugh is third with 15.4 percent of the bets, while Leftwich had the third-most money backing him at 8.5 percent compared to Harbaugh’s 5.0.

Mara and Tisch are set to hire their fourth head coach since 2016 — following Judge, Pat Shurmur, Ben McAdoo. The Giants went 4-13 in 2021.

All of the losses and uncertainty created a fan base short on patience and trust. Mara said he grasps that he hasn’t given fans a reason to believe the Giants will get it right, and senses the franchise has a bridge to rebuild with fans.

“That’s not going to happen overnight,” he said.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores during a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Bears’ next coach odds: Brian Flores early favorite

Brian Flores does not appear destined to be out of work long.

Fired by the Miami Dolphins on Monday following three seasons, Flores has already emerged as the favorite to fill the Chicago Bears’ head coaching vacancy. He is being offered at +160 by BetMGM, ahead of Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier (+600), while Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus both had +650 odds Thursday afternoon.

Bears chairman George McCaskey is leading the five-person committee searching for Chicago’s next coach and general manager.

Thus far, the deep group of reported head coaching candidates includes a variety of offensive and defensive minds.

One key question is whether Flores is seen as a good fit with whomever the new GM is going to be. The second is whether the Bears will be Flores’ first choice.

Houston reportedly fired coach David Culley on Thursday, and Flores is close with Texans general manager Nick Caserio from their years together with the New England Patriots. Flores is also being offered at +550 to replace Joe Judge with the Giants and +800 to replace Mike Zimmer with the Vikings.

Flores has been backed by the most bets to be named the Bears’ next coach with 21.3 percent at BetMGM. Frazier, whose odds opened at +500 on Thursday morning, has been supported with the most money wagered at 33.2 percent, making him the sportsbook’s biggest liability.

Daboll’s odds had lengthened from +600, while Eberflus had the biggest move with his odds shortening from +1400.

Former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is being offered at +800 and has drawn 17.0 percent of the bets and 19.9 percent of the money. He interviewed for the position on Wednesday while the Bears have also interviewed several GM candidates.

–Field Level Media