On the other side of the ball, possibly the biggest addition to the Big Blue defense was Wink Martindale.
Daboll hired Don “Wink” Martindale earlier this offseason to serve as the team’s defensive coordinator, bringing some aggressive play-calling to the Giants’ defense. Under Martindale, the Baltimore Ravens ranked in the top three in points allowed in three of his four seasons as DC.
“It’s a tough system to coach against, ” Daboll stated. “When you’re a play caller on the other sideline coaching against his protection, it presents a lot of challenges throughout the week. A lot of things that break some rules in terms of your assignments on offense, you have to be really sound for, or maybe game plan a little bit differently for. He’s had a lot of success where he’s been at Baltimore. I really didn’t know Wink much, just you know him through being in the league for a while. But he did a really good job in his interview, impressive guy, and thought he was a good fit. ”
Since being named head coach, Daboll has made a serious effort to get to know everyone at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, not only those on the football side of the building.
“I think it’s just how I was raised. I got a lot of respect for just people in general, ” he told Papa. “And when there’s someone in the building that works in a different department than I’m working in, those people put in a lot of time and effort and energy to help the organization be as good as they can and they’re really important to the success of the organization. I think having respect for everyone in the building is really critical, a critical part of being a good leader.
“I like hanging out, meeting new people, kind of like a break from schedules and organization and things like that. And you just go, let your hair down, if you will, no pun intended and get to meet some people and tell them that you appreciate their work and their effort that they’re doing because it is important. I think you put time into relationships, those pay dividends. ”
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