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Giants Now: Pro Football Focus high on Giants' coaching staff


Pro Football Focus high on Giants coaching staff

It would be difficult to consider Brian Daboll's first season as head coach of the Giants as anything short of a success.

Daboll helped turn the franchise around as he led the Giants to a 9-7-1 record, their first postseason appearance since 2016 and their first playoff win since Super Bowl XLVI. He was awarded by the Associated Press as they named him the NFL Coach of the Year.

Pro Football Focus' Trevor Sikkema recently released his ranking of the top 10 head coaches in the NFL, where Daboll, with just one year of head coaching experience under his belt, came in at No. 10.

"Many coaches could be in contention for this final spot in the top 10, but Brian Daboll gets the nod because of an immensely impressive first year as the Giants' head coach in 2022," Sikkema wrote. "New York's overall offensive expected points added per play jumped from -0.169 to 0.015 from 2021 to 2022. The team's EPA per pass went from -0.197 to 0.026, and its EPA per rush went from -0.079 to 0.095. And this was all with mostly the same players from one year to the next. The difference was Daboll, and he has an even more talented team heading into 2023. He is a head coach who can raise both the floor and ceiling of a roster no matter where it is in its rebuild or winning window. Those are characteristics of a great head coach."

Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka helped transform the offense with many of the same players as the year before. Under Daboll and Kafka, the unit scored a touchdown on 63.3 percent of its trips inside the red zone, the seventh-best mark in the NFL.

Additionally, the Giants run game finished top five in yards, yards per attempt and touchdowns, while the offense's 16 total turnovers were the second-fewest in the league. Daniel Jones' 1.1 interception percentage not only led the NFL in 2022, but also set a new franchise record.

Here is Sikkema's full ranking of the top 10 head coaches:

  1. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
  2. Bill Belichick, New England Patriots
  3. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
  5. John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens
  6. Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
  7. Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  8. Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles
  9. Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills
  10. Brian Daboll, New York Giants

View photos of head coach Brian Daboll's time with the New York Giants.