New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll introductory press conference
Shortly after the Giants unveiled Brian Daboll as their new head coach Monday, he went on the radio with one of his old pals — Brett Favre.
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Daboll coached Favre for just one season, in 2008, when Favre was the Jets’ quarterback. Daboll was the Jets’ quarterbacks coach from 2007-08 under Eric Mangini, before following Mangini to Cleveland in 2009 as his offensive coordinator.
Daboll on Monday appeared on “The SiriusXM Blitz,” which Favre co-hosts with Bruce Murray. And it was a fun little interview, during which Daboll shed some light on what he learned from Favre about coaching quarterbacks.
Daboll started by saying he was in his office at the Giants’ headquarters.
“Faav-ray, what’s up brother?” Daboll said, intentionally mispronouncing Favre’s last name, since that is apparently Daboll’s nickname for Favre.
Daboll, 46, is six years younger than Favre, but they developed a close, joking relationship during that one season with the Jets, 14 years ago. They remain friendly.
So away the interview went, as Favre immediately poked fun at Daboll’s husky physique.
Favre: “Man, I’m so excited for you, but I’m wondering: Do you have a treadmill in your office? Because you need to … "
Daboll: “I knew I’m going to come on this show, talk to you guys, and the first thing I’m going to get broken about — I could’ve guaranteed you. Favre’s not real original right now. I knew that was going to come up.”
Then all three men cracked up laughing.
Daboll: “Look, I got it. I’ve got to shed a few pounds. I understand it. [Favre] rides like 200 miles a day on his bike and does all this other stuff. Maybe one day when I retire I’ll be able to do that.”
Favre: “Dabes and I, we bust each other’s balls and we have a good time.”
Favre: “I was with Brian for one year, but it was an awesome year. I loved him. He was a great coach. I have spoken up numerous times about him becoming a head coach. So I’m excited for you.”
Daboll: “What a blessing to be around [Favre]. I don’t want to sit here and blow his head up, but I learned a ton of football from him and how he operated. One of the best to ever do it.”
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Later in the interview, Daboll mentioned one interesting thing he learned from Favre — something he can perhaps apply now as he mentors the Giants’ Daniel Jones.
“Sometimes you can be so complicated with a player that’s good that it messes him up,” Daboll said. “Favre used to tell me all the time [and then Daboll started imitating Favre’s Mississippi accent]: ‘Look, Dabs, just give me these six plays, and we’ll be fine.’”
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