Giants’ Brian Daboll, Wink Martindale are in ‘bad place’ and could part ways

Giants’ Brian Daboll, Wink Martindale are in ‘bad place’ and could part ways

The partnership between Giants head coach Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale could be hanging by a thread.

Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported on the pregame show before the Giants-Patriots game that tension has been building between the two to the point that a breakup might be on the horizon.

“These guys are in a bad place,” Glazer said of Daboll and Martindale. “Bad place to the point where I don’t see them actually continuing their relationship after the season, maybe not even during the season. It could be a mutual parting of the ways.”

Glazer said people within the Giants organization “can feel” the tension, and he reported that “it’s just getting worse.”

Giants head coach Brian Daboll
Giants head coach Brian DabollAP

Martindale denied there was a rift between the two earlier this month after cameras showed conversations between he and Daboll before and after halftime during a loss to the Cowboys.

Both Daboll and Martindale are in their second season with the Giants after leading the team to a surprise playoff berth a year ago, defeating the Vikings in the wild-card round before falling to the Eagles in the divisional round.

But everything has unraveled this year for the Giants, who are 3-8 entering Sunday’s game against the equally miserable 2-8 Patriots.

Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.Bill Kostroun for the NY Post

Daboll, 48, is in his first stint as an NFL head coach after many years as an assistant, most recently spending four seasons as the Bills’ offensive coordinator.

Martindale, 60, is a longtime NFL defensive coach who was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator for four years before joining the Giants. He was the Ravens’ linebackers coach for six seasons before his promotion.