Mike Kafka’s voice in Daniel Jones’ ear may be the one calling the plays, but it was Brian Dabol who gave Jones a hearing after a costly protest last Sunday in Nashville.
The Giants coach was caught by television cameras enthusiastically berating Jones on the bench after the quarterback threw a scoring chance when behind the Giants by seven points in the fourth quarter.
“Set a fire under the leadership of Daniel The offensive coordinator, Kafka, who sits in the coaches box high above the pitch during matches, said, “Daniel had a lot to do with that drive. I think it was effective in this regard.”
Daboll explained after the game that Jones told him he saw a window to throw the back shoulder to Saquon Barkley, to which Daboll replied, “That’s not what I saw, but you’ve got the ball in your hands, so get the ball back at some point. Let’s go down and get it again.”
Kafka, who played for an NFL quarterback and was the game-passing coordinator for the Chiefs, understands the need for conversation.
“Whatever problem happened, you want to solve it right away and then be able to communicate what we are going to do next,” Kafka said. “I think there’s always a time and a place for that.”
Despite his struggles through three seasons, Jones was rarely publicly criticized by anyone in the organization. Daboll inadvertently pointed out that the kid’s gloves were off.
“Everyone is accountable to the other on the team,” Kafka said. “That’s what we’ve always been from day one. I think we have to have those tough conversations sometimes. Dabes does his way that I think makes him special. That’s how Dabes gets the best out of the players.”
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday. A hamstring injury hindered him during pre-season, and he played seven shots in the opening game. Tony was the first to line up for a singles workout on Thursday, but he stepped aside to allow two more to pass first and then practice over – perhaps a sign of his limits.
OL Devery Hamilton (illness) was added to the injury report and did not exercise. CB Aaron Robinson (appendicitis), WR Wandell Robinson (knee), and CB Nick McCloud (hamstring) didn’t train either.
C Jon Feliciano (lower leg), OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf), S Jason Pinnock (shoulder), OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Tony were limited.
Ritchie James averaged 12.4 yards on five penalty kick returns against the Titans. After the Giants had cycled through countless returnees for four seasons, James seemed like a possible solution.
Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGoughee said, “I think we probably have what qualifies as a really good Punt comeback unit, and obviously it starts with the guy with the ball in his hands.”