Coach Brian Daboll's extensive NFL experience lends him a unique view of the game and a broad network of influential football coaches. Daboll is quick to admit that his time under acclaimed veteran coaches is a factor in his success today. He joined one of those colleagues, former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, on SiriusXM NFL radio to articulate what it means to be the head coach of the Giants, who enter their bye week with a 6-2 record.
Weis commended Daboll for changing the team's mentality and effectively mobilizing them on the field.
"As you know from sitting in this seat, it takes a lot of people," Daboll said on SiriusXM NFL. "We're still a far way off. But the people in the building, the players – credit goes to those guys."
Daboll, who got his start in the league as a defensive assistant at the Patriots, also spoke about his rise through the coaching ranks.
"I came from the defensive side my first year, so I had to spend a lot of time with Charlie just learning so many things," Daboll said. "I was just so raw, and he took the time to help out a young coach. I'm forever grateful for that."
From Bill Belichick to Ivan Fears and Dante Scarnecchia, the first-year head coach said his proximity to great football minds afforded him an elevated understanding of football. That knowledge is similarly relevant in his approach to bye week.
"We're going through all the players, looking at their strengths and weaknesses and figuring out how we can help them be better when they get back," Daboll said about the plan for the week. "We're looking at our schemes and then getting on to Houston."
In advance of the impending trade deadline, Daboll said his consistent communication with general manager Joe Schoen is the secret to striking a balance between the long-term and the short-term.
"For me, most of it is the here and the now," Daboll said. "And when I talk to Joe, if there's stuff that goes on, he just keeps me in the loop with that."
Of course, the Giants' stellar record is also a testament to players like Daniel Jones, Andrew Thomas and Fabian Moreau – all of whom acclimated quickly to the offensive scheme, Daboll said. The Giants are stacking wins, and Daboll has been the talk of the league.
"I don't do a whole lot; I just come into work. I'm not out very much," Daboll laughed in response to his prominence.
This week, he added, he is focused on being a father and husband.
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