The New York Giants' disappointing season is finally over. After the expectations were increased following the playoff appearance under Brian Daboll in his first season, the Giants failed miserably to meet them all year. Having struggled both offensively and defensively all year, the Giants finished the season 6-11. This rightfully warranted changes to the coaching staff, and the team wasted no time in announcing them.
Despite some fans calling for Coach Dabes to be replaced, there was no way the Giants were going to dismiss the 2022 Coach of the Year this quickly. Another disappointing season next year; and Daboll's seat might get warmer.
His assistants, however, were never going to be as lucky. Daboll announced on Monday that the team has moved on from special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey and offensive line coach Bobby Johnson.
The Coaching Changes for the NY Giants Were to Be Expected
Johnson's dismissal doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched the Giants allow the second-most sacks in NFL history this season. Injuries have certainly played a role, but the lack of impact and development of their additions to the OL such as Evan Neal and Joshua Ezeudu has been striking.
Similarly, McGaughey struggled to find any consistency with his units, finishing second-to-last in the league in field goal conversion, and 30th in kick return yard average.
The Giants will need to replace these two coaches as well as the running backs coach Jeff Nixon and strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald, who took other jobs.
Even though the Giants' coaching staff will look significantly different next season, offensive coordinator Mike Kafka and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale are surprisingly expected to remain in their roles.
Despite ranking 30th offensively and 27th defensively in terms of points this season, the Giants are seemingly content with Kafka and Martindale. Even though Daboll admitted he hasn't had conversations with them yet, he said he expected them to come back.
"It’s my expectation that they’re going to come back. I think they’re good coaches. Be good to have some continuity and bring them back ... I appreciate how hard they work, their commitment to the team. So that’s my plan."- Giants HC Brian Daboll
Whether the Giants make any more changes to the coaching staff in the upcoming days remains to be seen. But for now, it seems like Daboll, Kafka, and Martindale will be at the helm on Week 1 come September.