3 things the Cowboys must watch for against new-look Giants
3. Brian Daboll has no fear and will use anyone it takes to win
Most people have been shocked by how little play time Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney have been getting in 2022. Toney is a former first-round pick and Golladay is a man carrying a four-year, $72 million contract with zero touchdowns to show for it. In fact, Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs has caught more balls in the end zone of MetLife Stadium than Golladay has. Yikes.
These guys may be the suspected top players, but Daboll could not care less. The new coach wants to win, and if the top guys don’t deserve snaps, they won’t get them:
"“Regardless of where you’re drafted, how you got here, how much money you make. We believe in everybody goes out there and competes. We play the guys that earn the right to play that week.”"
It’s still very early, but Daboll has somehow found success on a team that has struggled to be much of anything for several years. He gets his team into fourth-quarter matches and finds a way to win even with a subpar roster.
There has been a lot of controversy about Daboll’s decision not to use Golladay and Toney much, but the reality is that guys like seventh-rounder Richie James and undrafted David Sills are somehow getting the job done. These are two guys who would likely be sitting on the bench under any other head coach.
James had five catches for 51 yards in Week 2, while Golladay had zero recordable stats and Sills had two catches for no positive yardage. To be fair, Barkley has been carrying a lot of the offensive load, but you can’t deny that two big names are sitting on the sideline a lot.
We initially thought it would take months for Daboll to figure out how to turn this team around. However, his bold roster choices and lack of fear have paid off to the tune of a 2-0 start.
Look, the Giants aren’t going to the Super Bowl. However, Joe Shoen and Daboll have clearly done some good, quick work to get this team to look better than what most expected. The Cowboys will need to watch for aggressive playcalling on both sides, but this Dallas team is easily the biggest threat New York has faced so far. It should be a great matchup.