Are veterans succeeding because they are not afraid to fail?
This may be too deep of an idea a day or two after the second game of the season and may be the basis for an introductory lecture in class called “Overthinking 101”. But something could happen in it.
The Giants are 2-0 up and a quick start is already secure. It’s too early to seal this off as anything more than a byproduct of two impressive victories over the Titans (21-20) and Panthers (19-16), but it’s not too early to focus on the way new head coach Brian Dabol is building. Is. His first legendary team.
He is determined to include as many players as possible, regardless of age, salary, NFL pedigree, name, rank or serial number. He is pressuring the team to prepare properly by refusing to play the veena on the final result. He said he was completely at peace with going for a two-point conversion in Nashville, even if it failed.
Dabol knows it’s not the roster that will lead the Giants to big things, which he hopes will last as long as the man in charge. He likes his first team but understands the limits. He is setting up the program to reflect his preferences and beliefs. He is aware of the lost aura that hovered over the franchise he had stepped into. Through two matches, he has trained to be loose, not tight, to win, not lose. There is a difference.
“The people who are on our team are not afraid of failure,” said safety Xavier McKinney. “We’ve been at the bottom, we’ve experienced it all so we’re not worried about messing up. We know we’re going to have success at some point.”
Is 2-0 a success?
“I don’t know, I guess,” McKinney said. “We have to keep working. I’ve learned in this league that things can go south very quickly.”
At some point adversity will strike and when she does, another line will be added to the Dabol resume explaining how she handles a loss, or two, or five. He has kept his bookkeeping clean in week 3 which is quite an achievement.
The way Dabol swings his wide receivers is further proof that he is oblivious to the consequences of going against the grain. Richie James got 42 snaps on offense in the opener and only seven for Kadarius Tony? David Sills got 67 against Panthers and only two snaps for Kenny Golladay? This is a head coach who can be free from any criticism.
As for his shown form, Dabol entrusts his defense to Vink Martindale, a seasoned veteran who, says Dabol, “is not afraid of failure.” On cue, Martindale introduced rookie Dane Belton in Week 2, who made his NFL debut at the back end of the defense, playing deep safety for 46 of 58 snaps. Last line of defense, literally. Panic has no place at the table with Dabol and his staff.
Afraid of failing? Here is a definition:
“For a team, you just want people to send it,” security Julian Love said Monday. “You want people to play fast, play free without worrying about being perfect. Some people may fall victim to it in recent years. Now, it’s just top to bottom, and its coaches are open too and send it and go. Willing to make mistakes.”
Love played as a rookie for Pat Shurmur and then for Joe Judge. He didn’t say that but he certainly implied that there was a fear of failure in the last two years. He thought of a play he made – after all – in the first quarter, as he tracked down Christian McCaffrey on a screen pass after a 6-yard advantage. Love, in pursuit, slipped and fell on the ground. He ended up tackling.
“You just get up, you just play free,” he said. “Maybe in the past I’ve thought, ‘My god, they’re gonna hate the movie,’ but nothing like that. You wake up and you make a play because the team is up to you to play loose and Play for free.”
Dabol wants his players to know he has their back, as long as they follow his three principles of being smart, tough and trustworthy.
“You can get stuck in this league very quickly,” he said, “by making a mistake and letting it be in the next play and the next play.”
The only feeling Dabol’s hopes will remain is that of familiarity with victory. Through two games, all these giants know.