As the Giants fly back from another successful trip to London we take a quick look at what we learned about Brian Daboll’s new regime against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
THE GIANTS ARE BUYING IN TO DABOLL
With an offense supposedly devoid of a QB and most of it’s receiving options, new HC Brian Daboll has a group of players who are 100% buying into his philosophy. There’s a lot of scrambling, a lot of very poor OL play, but also a lot of players going the extra mile for the coach.
Players like Richie James. Chris Myarick, and even Darius Slayton are stepping up and producing even as the likes of Kadarius Toney, and Kenny Golladay, have produced next to nothing.
If coach can get these kinds of performances out of this group of players, imagine what he can do when he gets a few solid drafts under his belt.
DANIEL JONES IS STARTING TO COOK
There are times this season when Daniel Jones, playing after his fifth year guarantee was declined, looks like a franchise QB. Now don’t be getting me wrong, he has a long way to go before I’m buying in to him being a guy to resign to a longterm deal, but he’s playing solid ball at times this season.
His 21/27, 217 yard performance on Sunday was definitely one of those days, and when you factor in the 7 for 37 on the ground you start to get all tinkly about bringing him back. It’s a long season though, so let’s keep checking in to see how he does the rest of the way.
WINK MARTINDALE HAS THE DEFENCE DOING DAMAGE
Giants new DC Wink Martindale is another bright spot quickly emerging. With 18 years of coaching experience he’s clearly not “new” to the NFL, but he might just be one of the most important signings for the Giants this off-season.
This defence is active, and aggressive and holding Aaron Rodgers to 222 yards on 41 drop backs is some feat from a team that was projected to lose most of it’s games this season. With 18 pressures on those 41 drop backs, Rodgers had a torrid day.
And anyone who can mastermind a second-half shut-out of a Rodgers-let Packers outfit is on the right-track. If he hangs around long enough Martindale could end up in the history books of the Giants.