Big Blue View mailbag: Kadarius Toney, Landon Collins, Dave Gettleman, more

It is time as soon as once more to open up the Big Blue View Mailbag. This is some other complete one with an array of questions. Let’s get to it!

Let’s get started off with a couple of Kadarius Toney questions. I will be able to give one solution.

Spencer Gross asks: After remaining yr’s abnormal starting from a one-cleat apply, being injured constantly to supporting a former NFL participant who took place to kill somebody I’m in reality beginning to marvel what if anything else will come from Toney’s time as a Giant. I realize it’s simplest Year 2 however it is a constant downside. Yes, there was once one excellent sport towards Dallas however he was once additionally thrown out of that sport for no longer having the ability to stay his composure. The man has ability however I consider him at all times being injured or simple immaturity will stay him from ever absolutely greedy it. I wanna be unsuitable however I absolutely consider he was once a horrible draft select and received’t even end his rookie contract with the Giants. Thoughts?

Jerry Panza asks: The Kadarius Toney tale is hard. Is there any probability the Giants can lower bait in this persona and simply business him and get a seventh-round draft select for him?

Ed says: Spencer, Jerry, sure, the Kadarius Toney tale is hard. It is maddening. It is unlucky. It is numerous issues, together with no longer excellent. For Toney or the Giants.

I’ve observed sufficient locker rooms and watched sufficient avid gamers come and cross to remember that there’s a distinction between being within the NFL and really being a qualified soccer participant.

I in truth don’t assume Toney is a nasty man. I simply marvel — and I don’t have any within data to again this opinion up — if Toney is a type of guys who likes taking part in soccer, likes being within the NFL and all of the cash and notoriety it brings him, however doesn’t really perceive what it approach to be a qualified athlete. To get ready correctly. To do the paintings in the back of the scenes to handle your frame and to enhance as a participant. There are numerous marginal avid gamers who’ve lengthy, a success profession as a result of they perceive what it takes to be their best possible each day. There are numerous in reality gifted guys who by no means succeed in their possible, and that’s regularly as a result of they don’t perceive the paintings that is going into it. Considering that such a lot of of Toney’s problems have apparently been preventable, I simply need to marvel.

I’m going again to his rookie yr. The teaching personnel started the spring speaking about how Toney had to acquire the agree with and recognize of the avid gamers and coaches. They ended the yr pronouncing the similar issues, which indicated he didn’t make a lot growth in that house.

Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen have mentioned sure issues about Toney. It’s truthful to marvel, even though, how they in reality really feel.

Could the Giants get anything else for Toney? Maybe, despite the fact that I believe the easiest way to get one thing in go back could be to attend till the offseason. Perhaps he can get at the box sufficient over the following 12 video games to ascertain some type of worth.


Jesse Sorel asks: When the season began it was once recognized all over the soccer universe that Giants had been in a rebuilding yr. Getting rid of avid gamers that had been to dear, no longer a part of the coordinators scheme’s, or simply no longer the coaches form of man. Then determine what participant’s they’d stay shifting ahead with, and successful video games possibly wasn’t the highest precedence in comparison to understanding QB place. Maybe in the back of closed door Giants and Joe Schoen by no means idea they’d be 4-1. They were making strikes for subsequent yr and past. With that being mentioned do you assume now the Giants will get started attempt to business some draft capital for a CB or a WR and check out to make a put up season run this yr? What do you assume the ones strikes may just appear to be since this was once meant to be a rebuilding yr and they’ve no cash? Are there intriguing avid gamers on unhealthy groups (Steelers, panthers) that wouldn’t price prime draft capital?

— Ed’s solution is within the YouTube video under:


Timo Krüger asks: What do you assume what Landon Collins’ position on this protection will probably be?

From my perspective, the 3 safeties we recently have at the box are doing a good process and I in truth wouldn’t wish to see Collins taking part in deep. He hasn’t ever been a really perfect protection man, however he in reality excels with regards to the road of scrimmage.

That being mentioned I’d see Collins taking over more of a hybrid linebacker position. The Giants have numerous DBs at the box time and again even though.

What do you notice him taking part in as soon as he’s are compatible and up to the mark?

Ed says: Timo, I believe the Giants most probably see Collins as more a alternative at the roster for somebody like Austin Calitro than they do a part of their rotation of deep safeties. I used to be no longer at apply on Wednesday, however phrase from the ability was once that Collins practiced no less than some with the interior linebackers. He did the similar when I used to be there on Thursday. Collins has at all times been higher within the field as a blitzer/run defender than he has taking part in deep as a canopy man/middle fielder.

The downside has at all times been that the hybrid linebacker position is one he by no means in reality sought after to include. Maybe being out of a role all through the primary a part of the season has modified Collins’ considering.


Carol Stone asks: Who has the last word on who’s lower from the crew and who will get a freelance? Do the Giant house owners have a proper to prevent cuts? Can they override the selections of the overall supervisor?

Ed says: Carol, John Mara and Steve Tisch personal the crew. If they would like one thing to occur, no person can overrule them. That mentioned, ultimate roster selections are made by means of the overall supervisor.

Joe Schoen has the overall name on which avid gamers to draft or check in unfastened company. That mentioned, MAJOR selections like, oh, buying and selling Saquon Barkley, are issues possession has to log out on. Schoen’s no longer going to have a role if John Mara wakes up one morning and sees an alert on his telephone that Barkley were given traded to the Buffalo Bills. Or, if Mara sees that the Giants signed Daniel Jones to a 10-year, $50 billion contract he didn’t know they had been even negotiating.

Ownership is knowledgeable and consulted on all main selections. Now, they aren’t going to care whether or not Player A or Player B is increased from the apply squad. But giant ones, debatable ones, dear ones they’ll wish to learn about and can at all times have veto energy.

Ownership was once within the conferences with head trainer applicants, for instance. They signed off on Schoen’s resolution to rent Brian Daboll however had been a part of the method.

Mara was once requested about this again in January. Here is what he mentioned:

“All personnel decisions in this building – and this has always been the case – have been made by the general manager and the head coach. When they agree on a personnel decision, they come to me with it and as long as they’re both in agreement, I okay it. The only times I would possibly not do that is if there was an off-the-field conduct issue … The personnel decisions have always been made and will always be made by the general manager and the head coach. If they agree on a draft pick, on a UFA, then I’m going to okay it 99.99 percent of the time. The only time I will raise an issue about it is if there is a conduct issue. I’ll question them about it, I’ll make them defend their positions and I’ll make sure that they’re on the same page, but at the end of the day if they’re in agreement, then that’s the decision we’re going with.”

As an instance of Mara creating a conduct-related resolution, he flatly dominated out the Giants buying and selling for DeShaun Watson again in January.


Jacob Willett asks: I’m most likely going to be ripped to shreds for being a Gettleman apologist however I really consider that he was once no longer that unhealthy. Make no mistake, I’m no longer pronouncing he was once excellent and I absolutely supported him “retiring” however I believe like his awfulness has been overvalued by means of the media, particularly in regard to the draft. It’s having a look just like the remaining two Hog mollies he drafted have professional bowl possible (Dex and Thomas). An argument can also be made that McKinney and Ojulari can have a equivalent ceiling. The 2020 draft appears love it may well be the Giants’ best possible general draft in a very long time with Lemieux, Holmes, Brown, and Crowder additionally all taking part in equivalent or above worth for his or her draft slots. Jones was once the most productive QB in his draft magnificence and it’s no longer even shut. And for all the Saquon hate, thru 5 video games he’s an MVP candidate whilst Darnold and Baker have washed out. Josh Allen was once a leave out however lots of the groups within the NFL additionally neglected on him. The media loves to show what the colts had been in a position to get in that draft with Nelson and Leonard however how a lot has that impacted successful for them particularly since each are actually some of the highest-paid at their place? I believe like no GM is batting 1.000 within the draft. For as nice as Ozzie Newsome was once that guy couldn’t draft a WR if his existence trusted it. Check Belichick’s draft report during the last 5 years too. So was once Gettleman nearer to reasonable than the media portrays?

Ed says: Jacob, in case you have no longer but learn Tony Del Genio’s piece this week about Dave Gettleman, please do this. It covers numerous this territory and does so exceedingly effectively.

That mentioned, you’ll’t name Gettleman “closer to average” as a GM. The report is what the report is, and 19-46 (a .292 successful proportion) is terrible.

In totality, Gettleman didn’t do a excellent process as Giants’ GM. That’s no longer breaking information. Too many free-agent errors. Too many unhealthy contracts, and an excessive amount of wage cap mismanagement. Too many neglected alternatives to maximise the worth of the belongings he had at his disposal.

Now, as Tony did so effectively, you’ll make the case that there are a number of avid gamers Gettleman spent Day 1 and day 2 draft alternatives on — Barkley, Daniel Jones, Andrew Thomas, Xavier McKinney, Oshane Ximines amongst them — who’ve been giant portions of the crew’s good fortune so far.

What Gettleman did was once no longer all unhealthy. His process, even though, was once to make the Giants a greater crew. During his time as GM he couldn’t do this.


Bob Donnelly asks: 4-1 is numerous a laugh!

As I take a look at the way in which they’ve completed this excellent get started it came about to me that a number of DG-drafted avid gamers are contributing in significant techniques and apparently more so than prior to now. This begs the query:

How a lot of the previous disappointing seasons had been the serve as of deficient teaching/scheme/sport plan vs. deficient participant variety?

Ed says: Bob, now we have pointed it out time and again right here at the web site, on podcasts, and on YouTube — high quality teaching makes an enormous distinction.

Pat Shurmur was once a really perfect man, however no longer head trainer subject material. The largest indicator? In my view, he had only a few top-tier assistant coaches on his personnel. No one was once banging down the door to return and paintings with him. Joe Judge employed a training personnel crammed together with his faculty cronies. It had little or no NFL enjoy, and that confirmed.

Brian Daboll? He employed a couple of guys you may name “cronies,” like offensive line trainer Bobby Johnson — who occurs to be excellent at his process. Daboll, even though, didn’t know Wink Martindale. He didn’t know defensive backs trainer Jerome Henderson. He didn’t know Mike Kafka, Thomas McGaughey, or one of the different coaches he employed.

He sought the most productive other folks and has employed a personnel stuffed with veteran NFL coaches who know what a excellent product is meant to appear to be and the way issues are meant to function, and he has allow them to do their jobs. It displays.


Solo Writer asks: What is the standing of the contracts for the offensive and defensive coordinators at the Giants? No subject how the Giants end this yr, I worry each Wink and Kafka may just get head trainer alternatives. Are they locked into their contracts?

Also, I don’t perceive the media’s love (he’s this sort of nice trainer!) of our earlier defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. The report for the groups he has coached from 2020 throughout the first 5 video games of 2022 is 11 wins and 27 losses. That’s the similar report for a similar time that simply were given Matt Rhule of the Carolina Panthers fired! Isn’t one’s report without equal determinant of your effectiveness? I believe we dodged a bullet together with his leaving for Las Vegas and our acquisition of Wink Martindale. What do you assume?

Ed says: Solo, there is not any database we will be able to flip to that lists contract main points for coordinators. When Wink Martindale was once employed, studies had been that his contract with the Giants was once for 3 years. I’ve no longer observed anything else detailing the period of Kafka’s contract.

Thing is, the period of the ones offers doesn’t subject. If they’re requested to interview for a role that may be a promotion, and head trainer from coordinator is a promotion, they’re unfastened to do this.

My $.02? Stop being worried about it. Yes, Kafka or Martindale may get a head-coaching alternative. That is a great factor, even though, as it virtually surely signifies that the Giants were doing effectively. Teams don’t rent coordinators from unhealthy groups to be their head coaches. Trust that GM Joe Schoen and trainer Brian Daboll will rent excellent replacements. You know, Ken Dorsey is doing lovely effectively changing Daboll in Buffalo. As excellent as Kafka is, does Patrick Mahomes glance crippled by means of his loss?

As for Patrick Graham, the fellow is a in reality excellent trainer. He is way other, a lot more technical, and more “bend, don’t break” than Wink Martindale. Graham needs to play chess. Martindale simply brings a bulldozer. Shoot, Graham is a Yale grad. Martindale is a former trucker. So, yeah, other backgrounds and personalities. Both approaches can and do paintings in case you have the correct avid gamers.

You can’t put a won-loss report on a defensive coordinator. That’s at the GM and the pinnacle trainer. Graham makes sense. He’s well-spoken. He cares about avid gamers. His avid gamers replied to him. I believe “dodged a bullet” is much too sturdy, however there is not any doubt Martindale is super at what he does.


John Raggio asks: There are numerous comparisons to Daboll and the former regime. However, I’m curious what you assume is the most important distinction between Daboll’s personnel/taste vs. McAdoo’s of their 1st yr, sooner than the wheels fell off in yr 2? I’m curious for the reason that Giants had a excellent yr then too (11-5) and there have been a number of excellent vibes then which occurs when a crew is exceeding expectancies, however this personnel feels more foundational than that one. Coach’s hairstyles apart.

Ed says: Brian Daboll vs. Ben McAdoo? John, this isn’t going to prove effectively for McAdoo.

Brian Daboll has other folks talents. Ben McAdoo didn’t. Daboll pertains to all of his avid gamers and everybody within the Giants group. McAdoo was once a glorified offensive coordinator who had no courting together with his defensive avid gamers. When issues went sideways, the locker room didn’t recognize him and when he all of sudden attempted to self-discipline avid gamers, particularly defensive avid gamers, that ended in an open riot and he misplaced the crew.

There is some other crucial distinction. Brian Daboll has been keen to hear a number of concepts. He has melded programs with Mike Kafka. He has employed coaches from numerous backgrounds, lots of whom he didn’t in the past know. He is keen to and in a position to making changes. McAdoo knew one machine, the 11 team of workers heavy Green Bay offense. He didn’t know the way to regulate and didn’t wish to modify. McAdoo simply saved doing the similar stuff and hoping it could recover. He idea he had the solutions.

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