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Who will Brian Daboll choose as the Giants’ offensive, defensive coordinators?

Brian Daboll got the concert as head coach of the New York Giants. So what is he going to do with it now? The first order for Daboll is to build a coaching staff.

The Senior Bowl is next week and Giants GM Joe Schoen and other members of the Scout staff and front office are expected to travel to Mobile, Ala. without Daboll. He stays in East Rutherford, NJ to get used to and prioritize building a coaching team. At least that seemed to be the plan when Schoen held his inaugural press conference on Wednesday.

"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. from the team. announces his employment. "That's why we all do it here. To teach, to succeed, to develop talent and to win."

The key hires will, of course, be offensive and defensive coordinators. Let's look at some of what has already been speculated or assumed about who Daboll may be aiming for for these roles.

Defensive coordinator

Daboll is obviously a long-time offensive coach. It makes hiring the right person to orchestrate the Giants' defense a critical appointment.

There are really two names to see here - Don 'Wink' Martindale and Patrick Graham.

Martindale, 58, was fired by the Baltimore Ravens this month after four seasons as their defensive coordinator. In Martindale's first three seasons, Baltimore finished in second, third and second place in allowed points. In 2021, the Ravens were number 19 in allowed points and last in the league in allowed yards per. game. After a disappointing 8-9 season, Baltimore made a change. Martindale had been with the Ravens since 2012, first as a linebacker coach.

You can read more about Raven's decision to fire Martindale here.

An ultra-aggressive defensive play-caller of reputation, Martindale interviewed for the Giants' head coaching job in 2020 when the team hired Joe Judge.

Martindale has been training in the NFL since 2004, and the Giants probably will not be his only option. There have already been reports linking him to the Las Vegas Raiders if Josh McDaniels were to take the head coaching job there.

Of course, Daboll could choose to keep the guy the Giants already have - Graham.

Despite the Giants' poor 10-23 record the past two seasons, Graham's work on the team's defense has thrown him into the head coach picture. Graham has been interviewed for the Giants 'job and is reportedly set to be interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings' vacant head coach. He has also attracted interest from the Pittsburgh Steelers for their defensive coordinator opening.

Graham remains under contract with the Giants. He has a partnership with Daboll when the two were together as New England Patriots assistants for three seasons (2013-2015).

Retaining Graham would probably be immensely popular among the defensive players left from the 2021 team, and that would at least provide some continuity.

A big stumbling block, of course, would be whether Graham would actually like to stay or not. During Judge's tenure, Graham repeatedly declared his love for the Giants. However, he and Judge are close friends. Does Graham still feel that way, and would he be comfortable working with the Giants after the team fired his friend?

Offensive coordinator

There is a lot of speculation that Buffalo quarterbacks coach / passing game coordinator Ken Dorsey would be Daboll's best choice as offensive coordinator at the Giants.

While that is true, the bills are likely to have something to say about it. Buffalo have already lost Schoen and Daboll to the Giants. Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen has already expressed his desire to have Dorsey become the offensive coordinator with Daboll on.

Buffalo GM Brandon Beane was asked at a video conference with Gills and Giants media last week if he expected to lose more staff to the Giants.

"No, I do not think so," he said. "I mean, we like our staff, and we plan, we plan to keep our staff here."

Beane plans to do everything he can to keep Dorsey in Buffalo. Which means he's getting paid handsomely.

It is also there to consider. Why would Dorsey leave the Bills for the Giants?

In Buffalo, he has Josh Allen, an already established offensive lineman and would get to advance his career by being a play-caller. We do not yet know if Daboll will call play for the Giants, but his play-calling acumen and offensive plan is what got him into a head coach job, so you have to believe he will. Why would Dorsey make what would really be a lateral move? He would get a nice, new title - but he still would not design the attack or call the plays.

Maybe Cleveland Brown's coordinator / wide receiver coach Chad O'Shea, who was with Daboll in New England, could be a name to keep in mind.

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