PHILADELPHIA — Giants rookie head coach Brian Daboll inexplicably went for it on 4th and 8 from the Eagles’ 40-yard line in the first quarter, trailing 7-0, after a Haason Reddick sack of Daniel Jones.
Reddick sacked Jones on fourth down, too. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles’ offense went right back downfield for a second touchdown, and the Giants never recovered and lost 38-7.
“We got beat soundly,” Daboll said afterward. “We got outcoached. We got outplayed. And that all starts with me.”
Daboll oddly didn’t seem to regret the call.
“I knew what the line was for our kicker, it was past that, so I felt good about the play that we’d worked on throughout the week,” He said. “We’d practiced a fair amount of fourth downs. Just didn’t get it done.”
Granted, Dabol had set the tone for this encouraging Giants season by going for 2 and getting it to win the Giants’ Week 1 visit to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
But there is a time and place for everything, and despite the Eagles’ offense clearly humming on the game’s opening touchdown drive, Daboll gave the ball right back to them on a short field to bury his team in a two-touchdown hole.
Then, contrary to his aggressive first-quarter mindset, Daboll punted on 4th and 6 from his own 42-yard line while trailing 28-7 with 13:21 to play in the fourth quarter.
His explanation essentially amounted to a lack of confidence in his offense.
“They hadn’t scored yet in that half, and I’m counting on the defense maybe with them backed up to get a 3 and out. Then they had a long drive,” Daboll said. “Probably could have [gone] for it. Really weren’t executing well enough to, either. So that’s what we did.”
All of the Giants players will take lessons from this beatdown in South Philadelphia, no doubt, especially their first-year head coach.