3 offseason moves by Cowboys’ NFC East rivals that make us worry a bit
Earlier this week, we did an article listing 3 laughable moves that the Cowboys’ NFC East foes made. The reality is that, for the most part, the Washington Commanders, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants have had similarly lackluster offseasons as the Dallas Cowboys have. However, we wanted to take the opposite approach to the story we did last week.
At the end of the day, the Cowboys need to face these three teams at least twice this season. We tried to take a unique approach to this one. It’s not that the NFC East teams necessarily had blockbuster signings or splash pick-ups. In fact, Washington got a new quarterback who ended up on our most laughable moves list. However, there had to be some changes that cause concern for Dallas heading into the 2022 season. So, let’s take a look. Again, we will pick one good move made by each of the Cowboys’ NFC East opponents.
3 offseason moves made by the New York Giants, the Washington Commanders, and Philadelphia Eagles that should worry the Cowboys a bit
3. The New York Giants Hiring Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen
We told you finding good offseason player moves wouldn’t be all that easy. But these front office changes may even be more powerful to the New York Giants in the long run. The Giants had a brutal 4-13 season in 2021. It ended particularly poorly when the Giants lost their final six games in a row. The dreadful season led to the firing of head coach Joe Judge after just two seasons. It also (finally) brought along the “retirement” of GM Dave Gettleman after four long years of mediocrity.
The Giants were in desperate need of a revamp and they made it happen. Just 12 days after the announcement of Gettleman’s retirement, the organization announced the hiring of Joe Schoen as the new GM. Schoen was a much-needed change that wasn’t all that far away. He spent his previous five years as the Bills’ assistant GM and was often known as Brandon Beane’s right-hand man.
It’s no surprise that president John Mara went with Schoen. The Buffalo Bills were a great model for a successful rebuild and the team hoped that Schoen would be able to come in and help solve the mediocrity the Giants had been experiencing for many years. With a better leader in the front office, the Giants may not make a full 180 this year, but they will start making better decisions, and that is definitely a cause for concern.
Schoen is inheriting two top ten picks in the 2022 NFL Draft that he will use wisely to move the club forward. The team needed a head coach, too. And the former Bills’ executive knew exactly who to choose. Schoen brought over Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to be the new head coach. A smart choice.
Daboll is now the fourth head coach for New York in just six years, and they are hoping he is the one who actually sticks. The 46-year-old is widely known for leading one of the league’s best offenses. He also helped young QB Josh Allen develop into one of the best in the league amongst many other young quarterbacks who haven’t quite figured themselves out yet.
Daboll also brings championship experience. He has five Super Bowl rings from his time under Bill Belichick in New England and an NCAA National Championship win from his time as the OC of Alabama. But, he certainly won’t have it easy. The Giants were 31st (out of 32) in scoring and total offense for the last two seasons. However, part of the reason the Giants chose Daboll is his efficiency.
Buffalo was the 30th ranked offense in 2018, 24th in 2019, and second in 2020. With time, the no-brainer Giants could become a threat to the Cowboys.