The New York Giants haven’t had much success over the past decade.
While they finished winning seasons in 2012 and 2016, they only reached the playoffs once and lost in the Wild Card Round.
Their last five campaigns have been terrible because they haven’t won more than six games.
Their previous head coach, Joe Judge, also compiled a 10-23 record in two years.
But the light at the tunnel’s end might be near as new head coach Brian Daboll has injected energy into the once-proud franchise.
He was not used to losing when he was still the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator.
That’s the mentality he would like the Giants to embrace, as proven in his game-winning call for a two-point conversion.
Reporter: "When did you know you were gonna go for two?"
Brian Daboll: "When we got the ball."
Daboll: "Go for the win." pic.twitter.com/0Xy6dnnB2J
— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) September 12, 2022
Daboll added during the post-game press conference, “We’re gonna be aggressive. That’s what we’re going to do. That’s the mindset I want the players to have. If it didn’t work, I can live with it. I thought that was the right decision. I trust Saquon (Barkley). I grabbed a couple of defensive players that busted their tails out there. Also, some offensive guys went out there. We got the ball wherever it was. I said, ‘You guys want to go with that?’ and they said, ‘Yeah.'”
Barkley made the two-point conversion to put the Giants over the Tennessee Titans, 21-20.
A Total Shift In Mindset
That play is a far cry from the third-and-nine quarterback sneak they tried last season.
With Daboll at the helm, the Giants have made the right decisions that led to victory.
However, they must replicate that mindset throughout the season if they are to make a postseason return.
Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers should provide a good challenge and Daboll will plan accordingly.