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Brian Daboll, Buffalo Bills (October 31, 2021)

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The New York Giants have officially announced that Brian Daboll will become the 20th head coach in team history, and their fourth since 2016. The 46-year old Daboll has served as the offensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills for the past four seasons. Daboll interviewed with the team twice, the first virtually on January 21 and the second in person on Tuesday. General Manager Joe Schoen, team President/CEO John Mara, and team Chairman/Executive Vice President Steve Tisch conducted the interviews.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named head coach of the New York Giants,” said Daboll in the team’s press release. “Thank you to Joe Schoen for believing in me and to John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for entrusting me with this position. My immediate goal is to assemble a coaching staff – a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and making sure our players are put in the position to be their best and, ultimately, to win games. That’s why all of us do this. To teach, to be successful, to develop talent, and to win. I have a pretty good idea where our fan base’s feelings are right now, and I get it. I promise we will work our tails off to put a team on the field that you will be proud to support and give us the results we all want.”

The Giants interviewed five other candidates for the position, including Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo, Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn, New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham, and ex-Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores.

“We interviewed several people who are incredible coaches and all of whom are going to enjoy much more success in this league in their current positions and as a head coach,” said Schoen. “With that said, we – me and ownership – all felt Brian is the right person to serve as our head coach. Over the last four years, I have observed first-hand Brian’s strengths as a leader – he is an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative, and hard working. Brian’s genuine and engaging personality is refreshing. He fosters relationships with the players and coaches around him. He is progressive in his vision and values collaboration, two of the attributes we think are essential. I am thrilled to partner with Brian and welcome he and his family to this side of the state.”

“Brian was the first candidate we met with when we began our search,” said Mara, “and as we continued our conversations, it was clear that his approach to coaching and team building was what we are looking for moving forward with our team. Brian has had tremendous experience in the NFL and has been part of multiple championship teams. It is clear he used that experience to grow and develop into a dynamic leader, one that we are confident is the right fit as our head coach.”

“First of all, Joe did a great job in lining up prospective head coaches,” said Tisch. “It was an impressive group, which made this an incredibly difficult decision for John, Joe and me. In the end, it was obvious Brian has spent his career preparing for this moment. He is creative, thoughtful, determined, and Joe and Brian are the perfect complement to each other. We will do everything we can to support their process as they build toward the 2022 season and well after that.”

Daboll’s resume:

  • 2018-2021: Offensive Coordinator, Buffalo Bills
  • 2017: Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach, University of Alabama
  • 2013-2016: Tight Ends Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2012: Offensive Coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2011: Offensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins
  • 2009-2010: Offensive Coordinator, Cleveland Browns
  • 2007-2008: Quarterbacks Coach, New York Jets
  • 2002-2006: Wide Receivers Coach, New England Patriots
  • 2000-2001: Defensive Assistant, New England Patriots
  • 1998-1999: Graduate Assistant, Michigan State University
  • 1997: Volunteer Assistant, College of William & Mary
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Safety, University of Rochester (1994-1995)
  • Born: April 14, 1975
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Leslie Frazier, Buffalo Bills (October 31, 2021)

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NEW YORK GIANTS FINISHING UP HEAD COACH INTERVIEWS…
The New York Giants officially confirmed that they interviewed Brian Flores on Thursday in person at the team’s facilities. The interview was conducted by General Manager Joe Schoen, team President/CEO John Mara, and team Chairman/Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. According to the team’s press release, Flores also met with other members of the front office and toured the facility. Flores was head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2019 to 2021.

Unless something changes, the last candidate to be interviewed will be Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier for a second time on Friday. This meeting will be in person at the team’s facilities. The first interview was held virtually last Saturday.

The number of candidates the Giants have interviewed stands at six. The other four are Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll (interviewed virtually last Friday and in person on Tuesday), Cincinnati Bengals Defensive Coordinator Lou Anarumo (interviewed virtually last Sunday), Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn (interviewed in person on Monday), and New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham (interviewed in person on Wednesday).

However, Quinn announced today that he is no longer interested in pursing a head coaching vacancy this year and will be returning to the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive coordinator in 2022.

JOE SCHOEN SIGNS FIRST BUFFALO BILL…
The Giants have signed running back Antonio Williams, who has spent most of the past two seasons on the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills, to a reserve/future contract. The 24-year old, 5’11”, 215-pound Williams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Bills after the 2020 NFL Draft. He played in one regular-season game in 2020, carrying the ball 12 times for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

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