Do giants win because they are not afraid to lose?
This thinking may be too deep for the Monday after game two of the season and could be the basis for the first lecture in the class titled “Overthinking 101.” But there may be something to this.
Sure, we all know Early schedule It offered a chance for the Giants to get off to a good start. Their first four games, before leaving the country for a meeting with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in London, against the Titans in Nashville and then three in a row at home, were facing the Panthers, Cowboys (in “Monday Night Football”) and the Bears. Going 2-2 after four games was not out of the question. Getting to 3-1 was sending a glass half full.
Well, the Giants are 2-0 and a quick start is already secured. They scored only four touchdowns in two games and converted only 29 percent (8 of 28) from their third defeat. Their total production in the first half: six points. They trailed 13-0 in the first half and won 21-20. They trailed 1-6 in the third quarter against the Panthers on Sunday He won 19-16. Their margin of error is very low.
It’s too early to wrap this up because anything other than two wins aren’t nimble, but it’s not too early to note the way new coach Brian Dabol is building his first team for the Giants. It is designed to engage as many players as possible. He pressures the team to prepare in the right way while refusing to play the final score. He said he was completely at peace with going for the two-point conversion and winning in Nashville even if it failed. A week later, the Giants in offense were booed during the opening game at MetLife Stadium. Daboll predicted this and before that asked his players to use negative noises for emphasis.
“Tell us if we hear the boos that equal focus for us,” Andrew Thomas said.
Daboll knows this isn’t the list that will lead the Giants to big things in what he hopes will be his long-term survival as a responsible man. He loves his first team but understands the limitations. He prepares the program to reflect his priorities and beliefs. He knows about the lost aura about the franchise he got into. Through two games, he trained to win rather than not lose. there’s a difference.
“The guys we have on our team aren’t afraid to fail,” said safety Xavier McKinney. “We’ve been rock bottom, we’ve been through all of that, so we’re not worried about messing around. Sometimes we hear boos and stuff but we don’t really worry about it. We know we’re going to make a breakthrough at some point.”
2-0 is a breakthrough?
“I don’t know, I think,” McKinney said. “We are 2-0, we have to keep working. I have learned in this league that things can go south very quickly.”
More of what resulted in Giants Week 2 winning:
Kudos to attacking coordinator Mike Kafka and Dabol for organizing a 2-0 score without too many passing attacks. Daniel Jones threw 188 yards at the Titans breakout and 176 yards against the Panthers. He has three touchdown passes and one interception. This is not a formula for continued success and the broad reception state is baffling and troubling. Kadarius Toney only played seven shots in game 1 and Kenny Golladay only played twice in game 2. Daboll runs strictly on a merit system based on who he thinks can help this particular week. If Toney and Golladay aren’t in the first set of goals, something is wrong, given their talent and pedigree. Golladay was a limit player in the Pro Bowl with the Lions and Toney was the 20th pick overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. Daboll and Kafka go with Sterling Shepard, Richie James and David Sills — as well as rookie Wan’Dale Robinson before he injured his knee in Nashville. It sure sends a message to the rest of the team that playing time won’t be dictated by salary (Golladay) or draft status (Toney). Daboll is building something and it looks like he’s not going to cut any corners here. However, it is imperative that the offense at some point will include Golday (who is likely to pass in 2023) and especially Tony. In 28 shots (only 38 percent of the 73 Giants played during the attack) Tony was targeted three times. He got two passes (one of which was more of a delivery with Tony in motion) for not having yards – he lost 2 yards on one shot and gained 2 yards the other. All we hear constantly is how dynamic Tony is with the ball. We saw signs of that last season in games against the Saints and Cowboys. When will we see him this season?
The rotation continues on the left guard, but this was not the combined experience we saw in the first week. Ben Brydison played 56 of 73 offensive shots (eight chains), and rookie Josh Izudo played 17 shots (four chains). The coaching staff is determined to develop Ezeudu and it seems they want him to work his way up to an entry-level job. However, he is not ready for that yet.
– Saquon Barkley will no longer win back-to-back NFC Offensive Player of the Week award He won that award with his 164-yard revolution to strike the Titans. Barkley in the second week carried the ball 21 times and finished with a 72-yard rushing and his three receptions netted only 16 yards. It was far from unimportant. The Panthers were loaded onto defense to tackle Barkley and prevented him from getting cold (five dash attempts for 3 yards) in the first half. There were no standout moments in the second half but Barkley picked up 69 yards and allowed the attack to balance out. His 16-yard run ignited the only touchdown of the day, as a 15-yard sprint in the middle pulled the Giants from deep in their territory to spark a field goal-shooting campaign and his 10 and 8-yard distances made it into the game. – Gain the moving target field.
– Now you see it, now you don’t. Indoor linebacker Austin Calletro played 44 of 65 shots in defense in the opening game, but was used for five shots against the Panthers. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale filled the field with defensive backs (occasionally six at a time), bringing Amanti McKinney and Julian Love closer to the line of scrimmage and keeping rookie Dan Bilton as the only center back. On Belton’s NFL debut (he missed the opener to recover from a broken collarbone), he didn’t let the ball get past his head and showed why the Giants from day one of the spring were so far ahead in the fourth-round pick from Iowa. Pelton played 79 percent of the shots. He wasn’t looking good when he took a bad corner and breathed on Christian McCaffrey’s 49-yard track, but was saved by cornerback Fabian Moreau, who chased McCaffrey to prevent a 75-yard touchdown.
– How about Gary Brightwell? For the second year in a row he placed himself on the list based on his work on special teams. He had one rushing attempt as a rookie last season. He had one rushing attempt against the Panthers and it came in the fourth quarter on a drive that produced winning points. In the third and one-place finish of the Giants’ 44-yard streak, all eyes were on Barkley as the logical ball carrier to try to capture the first inning. Brightwell was the linebacker in the linebacker role and it was a surprise when Jones took the snap and put the ball into Brightwell’s center. Brightwell is doing it all hard and he hit the hole hard and ended up with a 14-yard gain. One record for Kafka.
– Jihad Ward was not a reckless player when he formerly played for Martindale with the Ravens. With two games, Martindale can’t do without Ward. He played 57 of 65 shots in Game 1 and 53 of 58 shots in Game 2. That workload will probably drop once giants Aziz Olgolari (maybe still another week away) and rookie Kayvon Tibodu (likely to play next Monday night against… Cowboys).