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Brian Daboll rejects Wink Martindale rift with Giants pizza joke

Brian Daboll used his favorite tool, a self-deprecating sense of humor, to downplay the idea that he and Wink Martindale were headed for an ugly divorce that would rock the Giants.

Fox Sports reported Sunday before the Giants’ 10-7 win over the Patriots that the head coach and defensive coordinator were in a “bad position” and there was tension within team headquarters.

The report suggests Martindale may not even make it through the final six weeks of the season (five games after the bye), let alone return next season under Daboll.

“The biggest argument Wink and I had was over who had the last pizza,” Daboll said after the game. “I have a lot of respect for Wink. He did a good job. I’ll leave it at that.”

Martindale did not appear to the media last week due to Thanksgiving and (as usual) after the game.


Brian Daboll (R) and Wink Martindale stand on the sideline during the Giants’ victory over the Patriots on November 26, 2023.
Bill Kostron/New York Post

Due to a bye pending, he will not take questions until December 7th.

“He’s a great coach,” Daboll said. “We’re happy to have him on staff.”

Before heading to coverage questions, Daboll spoke with “Buddy” Martindale in the postgame locker room after the defense recorded three takeaways and two sacks, holding the Patriots to 4 of 14 on third down. threw the game ball.

This is not the first time Daboll and Martindale have faced questions about a possible rift.

Their very different approaches are attributable to Daboll’s fiery demeanor on the sideline (often staring daggers at assistant coaches and players) and Martindale’s calm demeanor, which he said in September, “On the sideline… You’re not going to see me explode.” It’s reflected in his attitude.

Another example was his response to a recent incident in which safety Xavier McKinney accused Martindale of not adjusting his play calls based on player in-game feedback.

Although Daboll tried to act as if there was nothing to see, Martindale detailed how he was personally hurt by the criticism.

Special teams and offense have struggled more than defense in this 4-8 start, so if he stays, it’s in the realm of possibility that Daboll would be looking for three new coordinators next season. It does not deviate from the

Parting ways with the popular Martindale (with players and fans alike) will undoubtedly be the biggest blow to Daboll’s reputation.

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