One of the first moves taken by the new Giants regime was to part ways with captain and starting safety Logan Ryan.
The last move the new Giants made before the real season began was parting ways with Blake Martinez, who is remembered as a captain and starter at interior linebacker.
From franchise faces to previous franchise faces.
There’s no question that Ryan and Martinez are “Joe Judge,” licensed members of the culture and leadership ideals he wants to instill. Ditching them wasn’t part of a hidden conspiracy to clear out all the old coaching staff’s favorite remnants of the roster. More importantly, the new front office and new coaching staff must operate in a sometimes grim but often redeeming way. Go out with old people. in and new.
As you go to the battlefield each week, you might as well go up or down with as many of your own players as possible.
The vision of general managers Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll is slowly coming into focus. They want their first roster to look like a hodgepodge of lost Giants remnants, fresh-faced rookie draft picks and strategic (and fairly cheap) freshman veterans, many of whom have formerly ties to Schoen, Daboll or someone else. An individual — usually defensive coordinator Wink Martindale — is on Dabor’s staff.
Dabor empowered Martindale by allowing the 59-year-old to have a major say in hiring defensive assistants. Daboll believes that Martindale will work closely with the team, so it makes sense to give Martindale a lot of input. Martindale brought in outside linebackers coach Dean Wilkins and inside linebackers coach John Egorugau from the Ravens after a decade in Baltimore.
When screening players for eventual staying, Dabor and Martindale often choose people they know.
On offense, backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and practice quarterback Davis Webb are in Buffalo with Daboll and Schoen. The same goes for center Jon Feliciano, running backs Matt Breda and Antonio Williams and new waiver calls for offensive lineman Jack Anderson. Another offensive lineman who waived the statement, Tyre Phillips, was a draft pick for the Ravens. On defense, Martindale’s former Ravens players include defensive end Jihad Ward, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and new recruits to the training class, safety Tony Jefferson and linebacker Chuck Wiley.
Whenever possible, go with someone you know.
That’s what the Giants owner expects, and the 2022 team will have a Bills/Ravens style that requires patience.
“John [Mara, co-owner] My conversations were really good,” Schon said. “The plus point was that he was in the building every day. He was there. We have good communication. In every action we take, we tell him what we’re thinking and why, and he’s a great sounding board. He has a lot of experience. He got me and Dabs to do our work, we kept him in the loop, and the communication was great. So, he understands what we want to do. ”
Schoen and Daboll are in trouble. Of course, arriving and being ordered to repair an oppressed program is the norm in the reconstruction process. Usually, there are enough resources in the first year to have at least one fighting chance. With a small salary cap budget, Schoen is looking for bargains and mid-level talent to reach the 53-man cap.
There are some – very few – gems left to preserve and cultivate. Andrew Thomas at left tackle. Xavier McKinney is safe at liberty. Azeez Oljulari as a passer, probably. Two first-round picks, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Evan Neal, must be defensive and offensive fixtures, respectively. Two of the most famous returners, quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley, are in the final year of their contracts and have a season to convince Schoen and Daboll that they are part of the plan, not just Expedient.
“All of these guys did everything we asked for,” Schoen said. “They’ve been really good teammates. Some of the guys you mentioned are captains and I think that’s important. That’s a big part of what we’re trying to build here. Their leadership is really important when we’re trying to make some changes. “I’m excited for all of these people. I hope they do well. It’s good for everyone.”
Health and production are particularly good for Jones and Barkley as they seek to stay. Unlikely. Will any of them survive the list as “Schoen and Daboll guys” this time next year?