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Brian Daboll achieved a little bit of historical past Sunday, when his Giants beat the Panthers, 19-16.
Daboll, a rookie head coach making his residence debut at MetLife Stadium, is now 2-0. Which places him in relatively uncommon firm amongst coaches in Giants historical past, which dates to 1925.
Extra on that in a bit. However for now, Daboll is a attainable 3-0 begin, coming into subsequent Monday night time’s residence showdown with the Dak Prescott-less Cowboys.
Earlier than the season, some observers certainly figured the Giants might beat the Panthers at residence in Week 2. However a 2-0 begin, together with a win on the Titans in Week 1? Who envisioned that?
Daboll is aware of one huge factor that has led to this undefeated begin.
“We have a bunch of tough-minded guys,” he instructed reporters after Sunday’s sport.
It positive appeared that manner Sunday, when Wink Martindale’s protection held the Panthers to 275 yards and a 2-of-12 exhibiting on third down. (The Giants completed with 265 yards.)
In Week 1 on the Titans, the Giants overcame a 13-0 halftime deficit and received 21-20. On Sunday, they have been down 13-6 till 9:19 remained within the third quarter — however rallied, together with a game-winning, 56-yard area objective from Graham Gano with 3:34 left within the sport.
The Giants on Sunday have been aiming for his or her first 2-0 begin since 2016. Earlier than that, they hadn’t began 2-0 since 2009, after they opened 5-0, but nonetheless managed to overlook the playoffs, at 8-8. (Simply twice since 2009 had the Giants even received in Week 1, till this yr — 2010 and 2016.)
Daboll on Sunday was attempting to place himself in oddly unique — however profitable (kind of) — Giants teaching firm. Getting into Sunday, simply three Giants head coaches had ever began 2-0 or higher of their first full season on the job.
Not Invoice Parcells or Tom Coughlin (and even Jim Fassel). Not any of the coaches who received a pre-Tremendous Bowl NFL championship — Earl Potteiger, Steve Owen, and Jim Lee Howell. The three coaches — Ben McAdoo (2-0 in 2016), Dan Reeves (3-0 in 1993), and Doc Alexander (2-0 in 1926).
None of these three is a Giants teaching legend, clearly.
So in the end, a quick, undefeated begin to a head teaching profession doesn’t imply an entire lot. Parcells in 1983 opened 2-8-1 and debuted with a 3-12-1 report. Coughlin in 2004 began 5-2, however couldn’t maintain that — and completed 6-10. Each males, in fact, went on to win two Tremendous Bowls.
It’s not possible to know proper now if Daboll would be the subsequent McAdoo or Reeves — or perhaps as profitable as Parcells or Coughlin. (Or maybe someplace in between these two units of coaches.)
For now, although, Daboll will simply get pleasure from his tough-minded 2-0 begin.
“We’re a young team that’s still developing,” he stated. “Let’s take it one day at a time.”
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