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Bills OC Brian Daboll Hired To Be Giants Next Head Coach
The Giants today announced that Brian Daboll will become the 20th head coach in franchise history.

Daboll, 46, spent the previous four seasons as the Buffalo Bills' offensive coordinator. He joins Joe Schoen, who was hired as general manager a week ago, in a leadership tandem that seeks to improve the fortunes of a franchise that has endured five consecutive losing seasons. Schoen was Buffalo's assistant general manager during Daboll's entire tenure with the team.

The Giants interviewed six candidates for the head coach position.

In addition to Daboll, they spoke to former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores; defensive coordinators Leslie Frazier of Buffalo, Lou Anarumo of Cincinnati, Dan Quinn of Dallas and the Giants' Patrick Graham.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be named head coach of the New York Giants," said Daboll. "Thank you to Joe Schoen for believing in me and to John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for entrusting me with this position. My immediate goal is to assemble a coaching staff -- a strong staff that emphasizes teaching and collaboration and making sure our players are put in the position to be their best and, ultimately, to win games. That's why all of us do this. To teach, to be successful, to develop talent, and to win. I have a pretty good idea where our fan base's feelings are right now, and I get it. I promise we will work our tails off to put a team on the field that you will be proud to support and give us the results we all want."

Daboll, 46, guided top-five offenses in Buffalo each of the past two seasons. He is credited with spearheading the development of Josh Allen from an erratic, big-armed quarterback into one of the game's brightest young stars.

The connection between Schoen and Daboll from Buffalo made this an almost expected hire. Daboll was considered the favorite for the job from the moment Schoen was hired.

"It's going to be imperative that [the head coach is] somebody that's in lockstep with me that I can work with, we can have constant communication and we're going to be aligned in our vision as we build a football team," Schoen said at his introductory news conference.

Daboll was also the only offensive coach among the Giants' candidates.

That might have played in his favor, as the franchise looks to unlock the potential of young quarterback Daniel Jones and fix and offense that averaged 15.2 points a game in 2021, 31st in the league. Daboll arrives to accept this challenge but he arrives as the leader of the entire team, of course, and must now prove he is ready for this ascension as he becomes a head coach for the first time, at any level.

He was the offensive coordinator for the Browns, Dolphins, Chiefs and spent one year at Alabama -- winning a national championship -- and his big break came when Sean McDermott hired him with the Bills. Daboll, in his second year in Buffalo was handed Allen.

The day after the Bills lost a thrilling overtime playoff game to the Chiefs, Allen said "I think teams would be foolish not to offer Brian Daboll. I'm praying they don't, because I want him back here, but I love him and his family too much to really think that. I think he's one of the best coaches in the league."

Daboll succeeds Joe Judge, who was dismissed on Jan. 11 after two seasons with the Giants.

As New York Post staffer Paul Schwartz suggested, Daboll's most important hire will be his defensive coordinator.

Daboll could opt to retain current coordinator Patrick Graham, unless Graham has other options -- he interviewed with the Steelers for their defensive coordinator opening and will also speak with the Vikings for their head coach job.

Other experienced defensive coordinator options are Mike Zimmer, Vic Fangio and Don "Wink" Martindale.