4 NY Giants not named Daniel Jones to blame for the Week 1 train wreck

Everyone blaming Daniel Jones for the Week 1 loss needs to get a grip

Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll during the
Aug 26, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll during the / Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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1. NY Giants head coach Brian Daboll

I will put this nonsense to bed early; Brian Daboll belongs nowhere near the hot seat. Even if the Giants have a poor campaign in 2023, Daboll will remain the leader of this team. He won the Coach of the Year award in 2022, but he deserves honest criticism for how his team played Sunday night.

The buck stops with the coach. Daboll's team looked unprepared, played with little poise, and most concerningly, lacked effort. It's been over seven months since the Giants were embarrassed by the Eagles in the Divisional Round, and they had a prime chance to prove to a national audience that they were on the same stage as the Cowboys and Eagles.

Instead, Big Blue showed they weren't even in the same conversation. In the last two games, the Giants have been outscored 78-7 by their divisional rivals. Daboll also deserves criticism for leaving Jones in until the last minutes of the fourth quarter.

With Big Blue trailing 40-0, and Thomas already out due to injury, Jones was still in, playing behind a beat-up offensive line with a backup tackle, Matt Peart. Regardless of his play on Sunday, Jones is the Giants future. There is no need to put your $160 million QB in harm's way, especially when down 40-0.

Even Micah Parsons criticized the coach for playing Jones, a wild statement from a player who just whooped Daboll's player's butts. Daboll also contributed to the poor offensive line play. Unable to decide on guard starters all summer, Daboll split the reps between the three guards.

Bredeson and Glowinski, the two starting guards, missed key reps and development while sitting on the side watching Ezeudu, who played zero guard snaps Sunday, take reps. Daboll can, and will, right the ship. On Sunday night, his ship ran right into an iceberg, though.

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