Brian Daboll and Kenny Golladay must use each other ahead of inevitable Giants split

Brian Daboll and Kenny Golladay must use each other ahead of inevitable Giants split

Keeping Kenny Golladay stuck on the bench isn’t going to help anyone. That won’t help Golladay, of course. That’s not going to help the Giants and a passing offense that needs to show a lot more to keep winning games with the tightest margins. And that’s not going to help Brian Daboll in his first season as head coach.

It has to be a user relationship more than anything else. The most powerful telescope in the country can’t see Golladay on the roster in 2023. There’s no legitimate way to consider him off the roster in 2022, given the salary cap implications inherent in dropping him and the fact that he’s guaranteed $13 million whether he plays or sits.

It certainly looks like Daboll and Golladay’s shelf life is this season alone. Why not share it with the two before they separate?

Golladay was only on the field for two snaps in Sunday’s win over the Panthers. Three days later, he stood at his locker – there are places to hide, if desired – and admitted he was appalled at his lack of playing time. He wasn’t ringing as much as he seemed confused.

A day later, Daboll was ready for it. He got off to a 2-0 start and instilled energy and hope into a team and a fan base. Two weeks later, Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen beat 1,000. There will be swings and misfires — maybe the first whiff comes Monday night against the Cowboys — and the good ship Daboll will take on water. It happens to every head coach and every team at the start of a recovery project.

“I’ve been in the NFL for a long time,” Daboll, 47, said Thursday. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been on a team where someone isn’t happy about something. I have a lot of respect for Kenny. I’m glad he’s not happy about not not having played, it shows competitiveness. He’s been a pro and we’ll see how it goes this week.”

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Brian Daboll responded Thursday to Kenny Golladay’s remarks.
Noah K. Murray – NY Post

Golladay, when asked about his relationship with Daboll, said: “I’m not here to be friends with coaches. They’re just colleagues to me.”

Daboll in his first few months with the Giants worked overtime to connect with players. He thinks that’s his strong point. If Golladay’s “colleague” line got to him, he didn’t hint at it.

“No,” Daboll said. “I trust Kenny. I have a good relationship with him. I’m sure for a 28-year-old player it’s not always the easiest thing.

The Giants are undefeated despite Daniel Jones not having 200 passing yards in two games, with Richie James leading the team with 10 receptions and 110 yards and with a rushing offense that is fifth in the league and an offense that only averages 20 points per game. .

The Giants are 2-0 with no receptions from Golladay and two receptions for zero yards from Kadarius Toney. It’s more important not to follow Toney – he has a chance to be back next season, he’s a first-round pick in 2021 and he’s supposed to be a legitimate threat with the ball in his hands.

Golladay is a different matter. He’ll never live up to his contract (four years, $72 million) and he’ll never lead the NFL in touchdown receptions again (like he did in 2019) but he can resurrect his career for his next team. If he can’t prove on the training ground that he offers more than David Sills then he has no motivation or the wear and tear on Golladay’s body has taken its toll and he is physically down.

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Kenny Golladay only played two snaps in week 2.
Noah K. Murray – NY Post

From a rookie head coach’s perspective, Daboll’s meritocracy is the way to build a program. Rate only based on what you see in the field, without considering salary, family tree, or draft status. By these measures, based on what happened this summer, Sills deserves to play in front of Golladay. Burying Golladay is not the solution, however.

“Coach Daboll told us, ‘It’s going to be a competition and whoever competes the best and does the best in practice will play in the game,'” safety Julian Love said.

That’s what the coaches say. Only some of them stick to it.

“When something is said like that, you can see it as lip service, I guess,” Love said. “He stays true to his word and I respect that. He just stays.

Golladay does not consider this fair. Daboll said whoever insisted on that was doing more than he actually was. At 2-0, Daboll is in a strong position. Golladay is thinking about entering the field on Monday night, and if he doesn’t produce, the MetLife Stadium crowd will give it to him. Fans tend to side with an undefeated head coach rather than a highly paid, unproductive and unhappy player.

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