Brian Daboll explains his surprising Giants coaching staff

LOS ANGELES — The Giants formalized several coaching positions on Friday, including their coordinators: Mike Kafka (offensive), Wink Martindale (defense) and Thomas McGaughey (special teams). It was not business as usual for Daboll, a first-time head coach, as he had no prior connection to any of the three.

“I knew them, but I wouldn’t say a relationship,” Daboll said. “I’ve known them over the years just by being in the league.”

Kafka, 34, comes from the Chiefs.

“He was part of a winning program and culture,” Daboll said. “He has done a great job helping Patrick Mahomes develop. Played the position. Very intelligent, very thorough, very level-headed and a good teammate.

Martindale, 58, has led the Ravens’ defense for the past four years.

“Wink is a very good communicator, has a good personality, is energetic and very passionate about how his defense should play,” Daboll said.

McGaughey, 48, was an assistant or coordinator with the Giants on three previous Giants coaching staffs and was retained by Daboll.

Mike Kafka is the Giants’ offensive coordinator
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“I was very impressed with T-Mac’s overall knowledge of the kicking game and the things we need to do to execute in that part of the game,” Daboll said.

The first woman to coach the Giants “will have her hands on the whole organization in terms of coaching,” according to Daboll, who has hired Laura Young as the Giants’ director of coaching operations. She will be involved in the coordination and organization of training as well as match day operations.

Young has 18 years of NFL experience, including the last four years at Buffalo when Daboll was with the Bills.

Wink Martindale is the defensive coordinator for the Giants
Wink Martindale is the defensive coordinator for the Giants
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“She’s with me every step of the way,” Daboll said. “She really is a rock star, and I feel very lucky to be able to work with her every day because she provides tremendous support and value to everyone, but me the most I would say.

“She’s smart, there really isn’t a job she can’t do and a job she won’t do. It’s her mindset. Very humble, no ego, but driven, smart I just think she’s the best.

Daboll will retain four assistants who were on staff at Joe Judges: Jerome Henderson (defensive backs), Mike Treier (assistant defensive backs), Anthony Blevins (assistant special teams) and Nick Williams (new role in special teams quality control ).