The next day, Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs delivered a stern message to players on the Giants’ roster.
Diggs, 28, told Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post for a story published January 29 that Daboll, 46, is “my guy forever” and that the Giants players should not mistake his kindness for his being a pushover.
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“I can tell you first-hand that Brian Daboll will never let anybody walk over him,” Diggs told Cannizzaro. “He’s cool, but he ain’t that cool. He’s a tough guy. He’s going to be hard on you. But he’s going to give you that rope and tell you he trusts you.
“You want to play for [guys like Daboll] because you’re, like, ‘OK, my coach trusts me, I’m going to put that extra time in, catch a couple extra balls, watch 30 more minutes of film.’ That’s the kind of relationship you want with your coach.”
Diggs Praised Daboll’s Trust in Players
Diggs, who had the two best years of his seven-year career under Daboll, told Cannizzaro he wanted to Daboll to get the respect he deserved.
“As far as being a head coach, I think it’ll translate magnificently,” Diggs said. “He has that great relationship from players-coach kind of thing. He trusts his guys. He trusts his players to make plays. When you have a coach like that, you want to play well for him. You don’t want to let him down because he puts so much trust in you.”
As the Bills No. 1 wide receiver, who finished the 2021 NFL season with 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns, Diggs credited Daboll with much of his success in Buffalo.
“I felt like when I got to Buffalo, he made me exceptional,” Diggs said. “That’s my guy forever. When I tell him that I love him, I mean it because I really appreciate all he’s done for me.”
Josh Allen’s Top Choice to Replace Daboll May Also Join the Giants Coaching Staff
As it will be for Diggs, Daboll’s departure will also be an adjustment for Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who told reporters he would like for Daboll to have stayed in Buffalo.
“I think teams would be foolish not to offer Brian Daboll a job. I’m praying they don’t because I want him back here,” Allen said during his end-of-season press conference on January 24. “But I love him and his family too much to really think that. I think he’s one of the best coaches in the league.”
As for possibly finding Daboll’s replacement, Allen said at the press conference, “There’s a guy in this building that I’m a huge advocate for.” That guy is Bills quarterback coach Ken Dorsey.
However, Dorsey might be following Daboll to the Giants.
ESPN’s Jordan Schultz tweeted on January 28, “As I reported earlier in the week, Daboll wanted to be a package deal with Ken Dorsey. He’s getting his wish. Source says Dorsey is currently in negotiations with the #Giants to become their new OC. Bills Mafia heads to the Meadowlands.”
However, Dorsey’s decampment for the Giants is not yet set in stone. On January 28, Schultz tweeted, “As expected, #Bills are making a concerted effort to retain Ken Dorsey. Here’s the issue for Buffalo: I’m told his negotiations with the #Giants revolve around a “big payday” and the strong push of Brian Daboll – who believes Dorsey’s the guy to elevate Daniel Jones.”