NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Get to the point.
That, more than anything else, will be the backdrop of this entire season for the Giants. It is not about a franchise turnaround of epic proportions or a return to playoff football or a charge for a fifth Lombardi Trophy to put behind glass at the team facility.
It is about getting more points.
The Giants open up a new season Sunday against the Titans at Nissan Stadium needing to rid themselves and their fan base of the lingering stench of the offensive dysfunction that turned the end of the 2021 campaign into a wholesale embarrassment and triggered the end of the Joe Judge coaching tenure just two years after his hiring.
The new head coach, Brian Daboll, was brought in to lead the entire team, of course. He has a résumé, with various NFL clubs, steeped in expertise of finding ways to move the ball and get in the end zone.
Those are the marching orders for Daboll, the first choice of new general manager Joe Schoen, based on their four years together turning the Bills into Super Bowl contenders. No one is expecting grandiose results from the Giants in Year 1 of this regime. The Giants are nobody’s choice to do much of anything, as even the suggestion that they are capable of approaching a winning season is met with eye-rolls and guffaws.
This is more about establishing a foundation for what is to come for a franchise that matches the Jets for the worst record (22-59) in the NFL over the past five years.
Finding a way to score a few points is a fine place to start for Daboll, who smartly decided to give his cherished play-calling duties to Mike Kafka, his novice offensive coordinator, in order to oversee the entire operation.
Daboll will have what Judge did not have down the stretch of 2021 — a healthy Daniel Jones at quarterback and a fully healed Saquon Barkley.
Anyone who caught a glimpse of what Josh Allen did for the Bills in their season-opening rout of the Super Bowl champion Rams can at least dream of Daboll having an impact on Jones that approaches that level of excellence.
It must be remembered that this is Jones’ first year in Daboll’s system, and evaluating him early this season should come with a warning about quarterbacks needing time to rise.
“I think it’s a versatile system,’’ Jones said. “I think it allows the quarterback to do a lot in the pocket, outside the pocket, in the run game. It allows us to get into advantageous looks depending on what the defense does, easily getting in and out of plays. I think from all those perspectives, it’s very quarterback friendly for any quarterback. I’ve certainly enjoyed working with him.’’
Daboll’s track record shows a proclivity to throw the ball, but he will lean on what is working and what best suits his team.
There is nearly a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms during the game, and if the Giants and their suspect defense can keep it close and prevent Derrick Henry from running wild, perhaps Kafka can lean on Barkley — and Matt Breida, the capable backup running back — running behind the right side of a revamped offensive line with guard Mark Glowinski and massive rookie right tackle Evan Neal.