Zach Gelb on Giants' hirings: 'For the first time in a long time, there's actually optimism'


The rebuilding New York Giants on Friday became the latest team to hop off the NFL's head coaching carousel, as they officially announced the hiring of Brian Daboll, who spent the previous four seasons as offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. The 46-year-old will be the franchise's fifth head coach since 2015.

Daboll's tenure with the Bills was a resounding success. He guided two top-five offenses in each of the past two years, and significantly contributed to the development of quarterback Josh Allen, who's emerged as a superstar. This season, Buffalo ranked third in the league in average points (28.4) and fifth in average yards (381.9).

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"Do we know how Brian Daboll's going to be as a head coach? No. But for the first time in a long time, there's actually optimism around the hires the Giants made," Zach Gelb said during The Zach Gelb Show on Friday. "Now the Giants are trying to emulate what the Bills have been in the last few years. Because Buffalo, before they ended up getting Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott, that was an organization that didn't make the playoffs since 1999...

"You land two guys who've worked together, in Schoen and Daboll, who know what it's like to go through a rebuild, to excel in a draft, and get that franchise quarterback. If you're a Giants fan, you know that Rome wasn't built in a day. You get that. This is still going to be a long process. But at least you bring in two guys where there's actually positive things to be said... So, Giants fans, you have some hope. We'll see how long those good feelings and hope last."

Daboll, who succeeds Joe Judge, will certainly have his work cut out for him. New York finished a pitiful 4-13 for last place in the NFC East this year, and its offense ranked 31st in average points (15.2) and yards (287.3), and dead last in total giveaways (30). Since 2012, the team has achieved just one winning season and finished with double-digit losses in seven of the last eight years. The Giants currently own the fifth and seventh overall picks in the 2022 draft.

Gelb's complete thoughts on Daboll and the Giants can be accessed in the audio player above.

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