The New York Giants used a 14-2 fourth-quarter run to defeat the Green Bay Packers in their Week 5 showdown at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England.
That victory gives them a 4-1 record, their best start since 2008.
Their only defeat came in Week 3 against the division rival Dallas Cowboys.
More importantly, the team has matched their win total from last season when Joe Judge was still their head coach.
Without question, current coach Brian Daboll has his team playing at a high level.
He has carried his success from the Buffalo Bills to a team with just one winning record over the last six seasons.
That’s why ESPN’s Mike Greenberg is already casting an early vote for an individual award.
Brian Daboll is the coach of the year and it isn’t close. #Giants
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) October 9, 2022
Greenberg tweeted, “Brian Daboll is the coach of the year, and it isn’t close. #Giants.”
While he does have a strong case for that achievement, the Giants have 12 games left to play.
Barring any monumental collapse, it would be difficult to find a better candidate for the award.
Daboll has the most compelling story out of the five teams that have at least four victories early in the season.
The Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Dallas Cowboys are playoff teams last year.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings were a fringe contender with an 8-9 finish.
Daboll Helped Rejuvenate Saquon Barkley’s Career
But perhaps Daboll’s biggest success is helping running back Saquon Barkley rediscover his Pro Bowl form.
The former Penn State standout had 627 combined yards in 2020 and 2021 after missing much time due to an ACL injury.
In contrast, he has the second-most rushing yards through Week 5 of the 2022 season with 533.
He also has three rushing touchdowns and averages 5.5 yards per carry.
Barkley finished with 13 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown versus the Packers.
The second-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft also has 18 receptions for 143 yards.