Warren Sharp, in his own words, is looking "onward and upward," and he's breaking down expectations for the Giants' 2022 season. As a data-driven sports analyst, Sharp is no stranger to changing regimes and dynamic rosters. He recently joined John Schmeelk on the Giants Huddle podcast to forecast the forthcoming era.
Sharp spoke highly of coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. Though he acknowledged the challenges of crafting a roster defined by a former regime, Sharp said that the Giants are pointed in the right direction.
Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka shows promise when it comes to getting "great things out of (the) quarterback position." The role of a coach and a play caller, Sharp insisted, is to "put a quarterback in good situations to see success." Given Kafka and Daboll's accomplishments in Kansas City and Buffalo, respectively, Sharp is hopefully that Daniel will be positioned for success.
On passes thrown more than 25-yards down the field, Jones has led the league in EPAs (expected points added) per pass attempt since 2020. According to Sharp, "offensive minded coaches" will be paramount to capitalizing on similar metrics from the young quarterback. With their offensive backgrounds, Kafka and Daboll will prioritize avoiding third downs by passing earlier and veering away from predictability. In doing so, Sharp adds, Daboll's staff will increase the frequency of explosive plays, which he defines as any play that gains more than 15-yards. Statistically, drives that involve explosive plays end in touchdowns more frequently than those that do not.
Sharp offered another positive outlook, this time for Wink Martindale's notably blitz-heavy defense. With vested veterans like defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Dexter Lawrence and safeties Xavier McKinney and Julian Love, the talent undeniably matches up. Martindale's defense will be challenged to expand their skillset when facing quarterbacks who are well-versed against the blitz.
Sharp concluded by expressing optimism for the Giants' schedule and offering a comprehensive analysis of the NFC East.
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