Coaching is everything in the NFL, and the 2022 New York Giants are living proof of that.
Brian Daboll took virtually the same team Joe Judge had, and he turned that historically poor offense into a playoff team.
In fact, he made Daniel Jones — who didn’t even get his fifth-year option picked up by the team — a legit NFL starting-caliber quarterback, and they’re now in the NFC Divisional Round, against all odds.
That’s why NFL insider Peter Schrager believes this Giants team is eerily similar to the 2007 version.
"These @Giants are 𝘦𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘺 like the '07 team."
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) January 19, 2023
That was the year when Eli Manning finally shut down the doubters and when the Giants made one of the unlikeliest deep playoff runs in NFL history.
Notably, in hindsight, he makes some pretty valid points.
For starters, both teams had pretty similar records (10-6 in 2007 and 9-7-1 in 2022).
The 2007 Giants also won their first game on the road against a divisional champion no one was sold on (the Bucs in 2007 and the Vikings in 2022).
After that round, they took on the No.1 seeded Dallas Cowboys, who had swept them in the regular season, just like this year with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Their unlikely run in the NFC was capped with a massive upset at Lambeau Field over Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, and this year, they’d have to get past either the Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers.
And if that wasn’t enough, they got to face the AFC juggernaut New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, and there’s no doubt that they would be huge underdogs against any of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, or Buffalo Bills.
So yeah, maybe it’s all a coincidence, but the similarities are most definitely there.