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Dabs' Digest: Giants preach 'competitive stamina'


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dabs' Digest,'s weekly conversation with head coach Brian Daboll:

Q: You have trailed in every game this season and you already have the full-season franchise record with three wins after trailing by 10 points. If you keep the game close in the fourth quarter, does this team have confidence it can find a way to win?

Daboll: "Yes. Look, there's a way to play every game. We obviously don't want to get behind. But I think having the mindset of playing for 60 minutes and playing the next play regardless of what happened or the score or the situation, that's important for a football team."

Q: Graham Gano has played on more teams and in more games than anybody here. He said, "I've been on a bunch of teams, and on a lot of them, you can kind of sense guys just getting down. And there's not a single person on this team that gets any feeling like that." Why do you think that is? Is that something you preach?

Daboll: "Absolutely. I tried to do it all the way from (the time when) I first got here in OTAs and training camp – put them in different situations. Put the coaches in different types of situations and just go back to focusing on the next play and controlling the things you can control, which is how you play and how you coach."

Q: Daniel Jones said you preach "competitive stamina". How would you define that?

Daboll: "I would say playing fast, playing physical, being resilient, which is focusing on the next play, and finishing regardless of score or situation."

Q: With a team, you can see a personality develop during a season. Do you see a resolve developing on this team?

Daboll: "I think the guys are just trying to control what they can control. Again, I know it's boring, but play the next play. There's a lot of things that are going to come up this season, good and bad. And to maintain a consistent attitude and a consistent approach is what I want to do in our organization."

Q: You mentioned that you don't want to fall behind, but in the first half you've been outscored by 24 points. And you've outscored the opponent by almost 40 points in the second half. Does that become a dangerous way to play at some point? Do you need to play better in the first half?

Daboll: "Yeah. You always want to play well. You want to play well for 60 minutes, and we'd like to get off to a fast start. It's something that we work on. Unfortunately, we haven't had one yet. So, that's what we've been focusing on a lot."

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