Brian Daboll wins the PR battle in fourth quarter

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By , Audacy Sports

The highlight of the fourth quarter of Brian Daboll's head coaching debut appeared like it was going to be his exasperated response to a red zone interception from Daniel Jones.

Instead, the New York Giants got the ball back, marched down the field and scored both a touchdown and game-winning two-point conversion against the Tennessee Titans, all part of a fourth quarter that's likely to endear Daboll to the New York Giants fanbase.

It shouldn't be lost on anyone how frustrated Daboll appeared to be with Jones after Amani Hooker picked off a pass that he intended for Saquon Barkley in the end zone:

Whether consciously or subconsciously, there's a PR aspect to being a head coach. Daboll is aware that while the Giants haven't set Jones up to be successful in his first three seasons, the team's fanbase is exhausted by the consistent turnovers that have plagued the former No. 6 overall pick.

With cameras around and an awareness that video of his exchange with Jones would get out, Daboll laid into Jones without going over the top. If that lit a fire under Jones and helps him to turn his career around this season, this will be viewed as a turning point. If not, Daboll appears to have the same frustration that many of the fans of the team do with a player he inherited. It's a win/win, as a head coach tries to set the tone in a cynical media market.

What ended up happening is that the Giants got the ball back, went on a 12-play, 73 yard drive and scored a touchdown. Rather than attempting to kick the extra point to play for overtime, Daboll was aggressive, and the athleticism of Barkley made his decision to go for two look smart:

Even if the Titans had ultimately finished off a fourth-quarter drive by winning the game, Daboll won the PR battle in the fourth quarter. But things really came up roses when Titans kicker Randy Bullock missed on a 47-yard field goal attempt that would have won the game. Instead, the Giants won Daboll's debut, 21-20.

There will unquestionably be some valleys during Daboll's first season as head coach of the Giants. But an upset win on the road against the team that was the No. 1 seed in the AFC a season ago will be enough to win over some sports radio hosts and callers. And as you try to clean up a mess left for you by the prior regime, having some cache early isn't the worst thing in the world.

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