EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The New York Giants have hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as their new head coach, the team announced Friday.
Daboll replaces Joe Judge, who went 10-23 and was fired after two seasons. He was the third Giants coach in a row to be fired after two seasons or less, after Ben McAdoo (13-15) and Pat Shurmur (9-23), as the once-proud franchise has stumbled through one of the worst 10-year stretches in its history.
Now it's Dabøll's turn to try to stop the trend.
New York cleaned house out of season. General manager Dave Gettleman resigned after the end of the season. Former Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen was hired in his place.
Daboll was one of five finalists for the job along with former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, Bill's assistant head coach / defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. Quinn informed the teams Thursday that he would return to Dallas.
Daboll, 46, has guided top-five offenses in Buffalo each of the last two seasons. He is credited with spearheading the development of Josh Allen from an erratic, big-arm quarterback to one of the game's brightest young stars.
The connection between Schoen and Daboll from Buffalo made this an almost expected employment. Daboll was considered the favorite for the job from the moment Schoen was hired.
"Over the last four years, I have observed Brian's strengths as a leader - he is an excellent communicator, intelligent, innovative and hardworking," Schoen said in a statement. "Brian's genuine and engaging personality is refreshing. He promotes relationships with the players and coaches around him. He is progressive in his vision and values cooperation, two of the qualities we think are essential.
"I'm excited to work with Brian and welcome him and his family to this side of the state."
Daboll was also the only offensive coach among the Giants' candidates. It could have played to his advantage as the franchise looks to unleash the potential of young quarterback Daniel Jones and correct the NFL's 31st ranked offense.
"My immediate goal is to bring together a coaching staff - a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and ensures that our players are enabled to be their best and ultimately win matches," Daboll said in a statement. . "That's why we all do this. To teach, to succeed, to develop talent and to win. I have a pretty good idea of where our fanbase feels right now, and I understand that.
"I promise we will work to put a team on the field that you will be proud to support and give us the results we all want."
A potential beneficiary of Dabolls departure, Bills coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey is likely to become an offensive coordinator with either the Bills or Giants, sources said.