Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen aligned on Giants vision
Friday was 21 years of preparation for Daboll. He began his NFL coaching career with the New England Patriots as they began their dynastic run. Daboll won five Super Bowls during his 11 years (two stints) in New England, then a national championship as an offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama before joining the Bills.
Yet despite all the victories, he knows he doesn’t have all the answers.
“It’s a growth mindset,” Daboll said. “As soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out in this league, it makes you pretty quick. So being open-minded, listening, learning, I think those are qualities you have to have, whether you’re a head coach , coordinator , position coach, scout, someone who works in support staff. You don’t have all the answers. I think this has to be a collaborative effort; it really is. The set building matters. Organizations win. You have to have good players, you have to have good coaches, you have to have good support staff, but at the end of the day, everyone has to work together for a common goal. And you listen and you learn from everyone.
And that’s what he did not only under the greatest coaches in the game, but also under two other very important people in his life.
“First and foremost, I would say that my grandparents [are my greatest influences]”, said Daboll, who has six children with his wife, Beth. “I know everyone wants to talk about who in this company has been a mentor, but without them I wouldn’t be here. I lost them both in last year’s season, which was tough. Both from Buffalo, so it was good to be with them at the end of their lives.”
Daboll added: “I think it’s important to be authentic no matter who it is. You can learn from a lot of different coaches, from a lot of different people, but at the end of the day the players , support staff and people will see through you if you’re not being authentic. That’s what I try to be.
Speaking of players, Daboll, who developed quarterback Josh Allen, said he spoke to Daniel Jones and a few others in the building.
“Relationships are the foundation here,” Daboll said. “Not just with the quarterback, but I would say with all the players – getting to know them, what their strengths and weaknesses are, but [also] get to know them outside the building and what motivates them. Quarterback is a tough position to play, and he had quite a few coaches here in his early years and some different regimes. The first thing I wanted to do was get to know him as a person and find out what drives him. And then we’ll do everything we can to put the pieces around him and design an attack that suits his strengths.”
The Giants’ problems, however, extend beyond any position. Daboll takes over a team that has finished with double-digit losses in each of the last five years and seven of the last eight.
So what is his vision for the Giants in 2022 and beyond?
“Smart, solid, reliable,” Deboll said. “We’re going to have to do a good job of signing the right kind of people. Again, it’s a tough process to make sure you put together a team that will be competitive week in and week out. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. we.”
Daboll added: “There are a lot of things that come to your desktop [as head coach] – I have learned this in the last few days – which you do not expect. Coach [Bill] Parcells always said, hey, it’s five or six things a day. How are you going to react to this? How are you going to carry this out? It’s never going to be perfect, but you do things with a great mindset to try to improve, learn, and treat people the right way. And you work on it together.”