Keeping Kenny Golladay stuck on the sidelines won’t help anyone. It won’t help Golladay, of course. He won’t help the Giants and a passing attack that has to show a lot more to keep winning games by the narrowest margin. And he won’t help Brian Daboll in his first season as head coach.
This has to be a relationship with the user more than anything else. The most powerful telescope on earth cannot see Golladay on the roster in 2023. There is no legitimate way to picture him off the roster in 2022, given the salary cap implications of his abandonment and the fact that he is guaranteed 13 million. dollars if you play or sit down.
It certainly appears that the shelf life of Daboll and Golladay is from this season. Why not make it beneficial to both of them before they go their separate ways?
Golladay was only on the field for two shots in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers. Three days later, he stopped in his his locker – there are places to hide if you wish – and admitted he was appalled at his lack of time to play. He didn’t play as much as he looked confused.
The next day, Daboll was ready for this. He started 2-0 and infused a team and fan base with energy and hope. After two weeks, Daboll and CEO Joe Schoen beat 1,000. There will be swings and misses – perhaps the first smell comes Monday night against the Cowboys – and the good ship Daboll will get some water. It happens to every coach and every team at the start of a cleanup project.
“I’ve been in the NFL for a long time,” said Daboll, 47, on Thursday. “I don’t know I’ve ever been part of a team where someone isn’t happy with something. I have great respect for Kenny. I’m glad he’s not happy he didn’t play, this shows competitiveness. He has been a professional and we will see how he goes this week. ”
Golladay, when asked about his relationship with Daboll, said: “I’m not here to be friends with the coaches. They are just work colleagues for me. ”
Daboll in his early months with the Giants worked overtime connecting with the players. He believes it is he who is strong in him. If Golladay’s “collaborator” line struck him, he didn’t let on.
“No,” said Daboll. “I trust Kenny. I have a good relationship with him. I’m sure it’s not always the easiest thing for a 28-year-old player. ”
The Giants are undefeated despite Daniel Jones not reaching the 200-yard pass in two games, with Richie James leading the team with 10 receptions and 110 yards and with a quick attack that is fifth in the league and an attack that is averaging. of only 20 points per game.
The Giants are 2-0 without Golladay receptions and two zero-yard receptions by Kadarius Toney. It is more important that Toney is not tracked: he has a chance to return next season, he is a pick in the first round of 2021 and should be a legitimate threat with the ball in his hands.
Golladay is a different business. He will never live up to his contract (four years, $ 72 million) and will never lead the NFL in touchdown receptions again (as he did in 2019), but he can resurrect his career for his next team. . If he can’t prove on the training ground that he delivers more than hardworking David Sills, then he has no motivation or Golladay’s body wear has impacted and he was physically shot.
From a first-time coach’s perspective, Daboll’s meritocracy is the way to build a schedule. Evaluate based solely on what you see in the field, regardless of salary, pedigree, or draft status. With these measures, based on what happened this summer, Sills deserves to play ahead of Golladay. However, burying Golladay is not the answer.
“Coach Daboll told us: ‘It will be a competition and whoever competes better and does the best in training will play in the game,’ ‘safety Julian Love said.
This is what the coaches say. Only some of them respect it.
“When you say something like that, you can see it as a word service, I guess,” Love said. “He stays true to his word and I respect him. Remains loyal. ”
Golladay doesn’t see it as right. Daboll said whoever is insisting on this is making a bigger deal out of it than it actually is. At 2-0, Daboll is facing from a position of strength. Golladay plans to take the field on Monday night, and if he doesn’t produce the MetLife Stadium crowd he’ll give it to them. Fans tend to side with an undefeated manager for a highly paid, unproductive and unhappy player.