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The Giants Have Found Their Play Caller For 2022

Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll announced Monday that Offensive Coordinator Mike Kafka will call the plays on offense. Since this is Daboll’s first year as a head coach in the NFL, this makes all the sense in the world.

During a press conference Monday morning, Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll made an announcement that many expected based on the activities during training camp. He stated that offensive coordinator Mike Kafka would be the one calling the plays for the offense this season. There was some doubt this would be the move though since Daboll called plays in Buffalo and that was his specialty.

However, he has given the reins to Kafka and will let him do the honors for the first time in his coaching career. This might seem like a risky move to some but what Daboll is doing is giving himself the opportunity to be the best head coach he can be. 

When a coordinator becomes an NFL head coach, they sometimes want to keep the same rhythm they had at their previous destination while upgrading to a boss-like role. Some can do it seamlessly but most however run into problems in that area. The Giants organization has seen that happen twice since Tom Coughlin was fired in 2016.

Daboll’s Decision For The Giants Is A Welcome Change

Two of the three head coaches since Coughlin were offensive coordinators before being hired as the head coach of the Giants. Ben McAdoo and Pat Shurmur had previous success calling plays as offensive coordinators, and when they became head coaches, they kept that responsibility. It started out okay for both but as time went on, it was one of the reasons for their downfall. 

McAdoo had a tremendous first year, ultimately leading the Giants to the playoffs. A year later, the Giants were 2-10 after Week 13, and McAdoo was fired. Although the Giants went 5-11 in his first season, Shurmur’s offense wasn’t seen as the problem as he was doing a good job with that side of the ball. However, the defense was atrocious and the following year everything went bad leading to the firing of Shurmur. 

Being a head coach while also being the play-caller isn’t for everyone. Some head coaches such as Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan have the capabilities to balance both roles, but it’s not for everyone. As a first-time head coach, Brian Daboll needs to put his focus this year on the entire team because improvements are needed throughout. 


Previous Experience Should Help The Giants New Regime

The defensive secondary particularly needs serious attention after the departure of James Bradberry this offseason. New Giants Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale’s scheme is blitz first which puts a lot of pressure on the backend. Daboll needs to keep his eye on the development of that area. Luckily, an advantage he has with that is he started in the NFL as a defensive assistant with the Patriots in 2000. That lends itself key to him understanding what those players need. 

It’s also a relief for Daboll that he’s handing the reins of play-calling duties to a guy who coached Patrick Mahomes from 2018-2021. Mike Kafka was the Chiefs’ Quarterbacks coach during that time and was around Mahomes every day. He coached him to be one of the best quarterbacks in the game, including winning a league MVP. 

Kafka also brings an innovative offensive mind to the Giants, something they’ve lacked for many years. New York has been known for being vanilla on offense the past two years when Joe Judge was head coach and Jason Garrett was offensive coordinator. Now, Kafka combined with Daboll will incorporate modern NFL schemes and motions that will help out Daniel Jones in a big way. Also, as seen throughout training camp, they’ve been using running back Saquon Barkley more in the passing game where he’s shown to be a true weapon. 

Brian Daboll put his faith in Mike Kafka when he announced him as the offensive play-caller. He could have easily called the plays himself and nobody would have doubted his decision based on his success in Buffalo. He knows that to be a great head coach in the NFL, you have to trust your coaching staff and Kafka is more than willing to be the man for the job.

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