EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – There's no escaping the fact the Giants have struggled the previous five seasons. Their collective record was 22-59. They have endured double-digit loss totals in four consecutive years for the first time in their history.
During those four years, Brian Daboll was the offensive coordinator in Buffalo and the Bills won 40 games, made three postseason appearances, won two AFC East titles and advanced to the 2020 AFC Championship Game.
As the Giants' new head coach, Daboll has the challenge of not only teaching the players X's and O's, but how to win.
"I've definitely thought about it," Daboll said today. "You naturally think about it. You want to try to win. If you're a competitor, you want to win in everything you do. So, you try to, in these situations in practice, you try to create as competitive an environment as you can whether that's in the cafeteria, at the walk through, in the locker room, everything's about competition. If you love this sport or you love to compete – you should love to compete. You should try to do everything you can to try to win knowing again it's hard. We're committed to a process of trying to improve and do things a certain way. And sometimes the results aren't going to be exactly what you want right away, but you have to stay committed to what you believe in and keep improving.
"Talking about competition and creating that type of competition, I think that it's players and coaches that you bring into the culture you're trying to create. It's hard nowadays. It was hard 20 years ago when I was doing it, to not let the results affect the process. We're strong in our belief of trying to do things the right way and keep improving in that area, competing. And you hope that the better you do, the more you compete, the more detailed you are that the results come with it.
Daboll was asked if teaching a group of players how to win is the hardest part of his new job.
"I don't know if it's the hardest," he said. "There's a lot of things that have come across my desk the last few months that I ask for a lot of opinions not just from my staff, but from people that have done it in the past. You know, humble, don't have all the answers, doing the best job you can and creating a culture that you see for your team as you got to give it sun and water every day. It just doesn't stay the same. You have to stay on top of it. The values that you believe in, you have to commit to those, and you have to find different ways to express those and show them good examples of what they're doing. Not just the players but the coaches, the staff. You have to be a good communicator. But there's certainly a big part of it that I've been trying to work on the best I can. And it takes time."
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*In what seems like a daily occurrence, Daboll was asked to update Daniel Jones' progress.
"I think he's been doing good," Daboll said. "Each day, he's making progress. Made good decisions. Had a couple turnovers (yesterday), which one was a little slip on the skill guy and a timing route. So, I thought the other one (cornerback) Adoree' (Jackson) made a really good play. Attacked the ball well. We always try to limit those the best we can. But I think he's making progress. Decision making. Trusting his reads. Still got a ways to go."
*Linebacker Blake Martinez is enjoying his return to the field. The seven-year veteran tore his ACL in Week 3 last season and endured an arduous rehab. Today, he was an active participant in a full-pads practice. Every bit of contact was a little slice of heaven for him, particularly since his knee has held up well.
"Oh, it's feeling good," he said. "Knee is feeling good. Everything is kind of working hand-in-hand together. It feels good to actually play football, especially for me to have that contact, to have that feeling again. Hitting guys, coming off blocks, doing all that stuff, especially with my knee, it's been really good for me."
Does he even think about the knee?
"I mean, it's here and there," Martinez said. "But overall, it's been going well."
*Kenny Golladay made two outstanding catches, leaping high over Adoree' Jackson to secure a pass for Daniel Jones and then outmuscling Aaron Robinson for a reception on the other side of the field.
*Center Jon Feliciano returned to practice after missing four days because of heat and hydration issues. He split the first-team reps with Jamil Douglas.
*A crew of NFL officials led by referee Alex Kemp worked the practice.
*The following players did not practice today: tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, cornerback Rodarius Williams, wide receiver Robert Foster and running back Antonio Williams.
*The Giants announced late this afternoon that offensive lineman Matt Gono has left the team. That leaves the Giants one player shy of the 90-man roster limit.
Once again, the New York Giants are bringing back their classic blue uniforms from the '80s and '90s this Sunday as part of two Legacy Games presented by Quest.
Giants Fan Fest returns to Metlife Stadium
Free and open to the public, the Giants Fan Fest will feature a Blue & White intrasquad scrimmage, autographs by Giants Legends, and a fireworks show.