There is no better rivalry in football than the NY Giants going up against the Dallas Cowboys. Up until the last decade, seemingly every Giants-Cowboys game determined who would win the NFC East. The two rivals have had epic battles that determined the fates of each franchise. Tony Romo vs. Eli Manning was a long debate on who was better. But, come on, us real Giants fans know that Manning was above Romo.
Who can forget 2007, where despite losing twice to the Cowboys in the regular season, the Giants went to Dallas and stunned the No. 1 seed 21-17 in the NFC Divisional Round thanks to R.W. McQuarters’ game-sealing interception of Romo. How about 2009, when Lawrence Tynes kicked a game-winning field goal for the Giants to win the first ever game at Jerry’s World. Eli Manning even wrote “first win in the new stadium” next to his name on the wall in the stadium postgame.
The fans of each of these two franchises hate each other – the players on each of the two teams hate each other as well, and frankly the city of New York hates the city of Dallas. The Giants and Cowboys are arguably the two most popular franchises in the NFL, and both are ranked in the Top 9 of Forbes worldwide most valuable sports franchises list. Everything between the two franchises is compared, and that is no different this offseason. Here are four ways the Giants have been better than the Cowboys this offseason.
4. The Giants made the necessary coaching changes
The most notable way in which the Giants have been better than the Cowboys this offseason is because they were bold enough to make the changes their franchise desperately needed. Last season, most NFL coaching power rankings had former Giants coach Joe Judge and Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy ranked in the bottom five of all NFL head coaches. This offseason, only one of the two franchises did something about their brutal coaching.
The decision by John Mara to fire Judge and replace him with the top coaching candidate on the market, Brian Daboll, the man behind one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses the last three seasons in Buffalo, may be the best decision he has made since Super Bowl XLVI. The change in leadership by the Giants to bring in not just Daboll, but also Mike Kafka from Kansas City to be the offensive coordinator and Wink Martindale, the architect of the superb Baltimore Ravens defense from the last decade, to run the Giants defense, has created quite the buzz and optimism in New York.
Jerry Jones’ decision to bring back McCarthy as Cowboys head coach has also made many in the Tri-State area very… very happy. The last memory we have of McCarthy coaching the Cowboys was his boneheaded decision to let quarterback Dak Prescott run the football with less than 10 seconds left in the NFC Wild Card game in January, a play that has left an indelible mark in the minds of NFL fans.
As we all remember, Prescott did not have time to get off the ground, get the offense set, and spike the ball before the clock hit zero, one of the wildest and dumbest endings to an NFL playoff game ever. The confused look on Prescott’s face as time ran out was a perfect depiction of the last 25 years of Dallas Cowboys football.
McCarthy has coached one preseason game so far in 2022 and the Cowboys lost 17-7 to the Denver Broncos and were penalized 17 times for 129 yards. Last season the Cowboys were the most penalized team in football, and it seems they are on track to do that again. It could be a long year in Big D with McCarthy in charge.