What Charlie Weis knows for sure is that Brian Daboll can handle it. What happens next is a guess. But Weis—who was with the Patriots when Daboll got his start in the NFL—knows that the new Giants head coach can handle anything that comes with the most demanding job. “There are questions like 'How do you deal with adversity?' especially in the New York market, how's that going?" Weis told The Post on Saturday. “How do you deal with the media in the New York market? Until you get the chance to do that, there will be unknowns no matter who you end up choosing. “He's hardened. Sometimes we talk about people who are soft. He is not soft. He is hardened.” Daboll's first NFL experience was with Bill Belichick. His first and later most recent experience in college was with Nick Saban. “We coach hard there in New England, Bill is very strict with his staff,” Weis said. “If you look at Saban, you know that Saban was hard on him when he was there. You watch Nick hammering the coordinators all the time. He is hardened.” Charlie Weis and new Giants coach Brian DabollGetty Images; APWeis is not bystander of this curing process. When he said that Daboll "can lick and keep tapping" and when he insisted, "He can take a beating," that assurance is not based on observation. "I did it!" said Weis. 'What do you mean, did I see it? I am guilty as accused. I'm one of the people I'm talking about. He had mental toughness and he had that when he was young." Weis was the Patriots' offensive coordinator in 2000 when Daboll was hired as a defensive assistant. Two years later, Daboll was elevated to wide receivers coach, meaning he worked directly with Weis and was stationed in the office next to Weis. Daboll, now 46, was in his mid-20s and embarked on a 21-year NFL coaching career that took him back to the Patriots and Alabama through the Jets, Browns, Dolphins, Chiefs. For the past four years, his work with the Bills and Josh Allen made Daboll the most popular candidate. "We're talking a lot of years," Weis said. "Sometimes I got jealous of men who got jobs that I thought were getting jobs they didn't deserve. They just seemed to get jobs. felt that the jobs I got I had to earn I think Brian definitely deserved this job Sometimes you doubt a choice even though there were really good candidates interviewing them no one could doubt Brian Daboll this opportunity He deserved because he did. You take the last six years and say, "Is there anyone else whose arrow was higher than his?" I think you'd have a tough job coming up with someone who was better, maybe even, but not better." Weis said his first impressions of Daboll were that he was smart, worked hard, came up with good ideas, was energetic and had a positive personality. He said that Daboll "can be crazy, just like everyone else", but he thinks Dboll will have no problem dealing with the New York media. This is the step that stumbles so many coordinators, the step that Daboll is taking now. "Let's face it, this is the New York Giants, the biggest market in the country," Weis said. "Can he run the room? He's been in command of half the room for the past few years. He's the last "I've been a coordinator for years. That's commander of a room with a bunch of men, not just kids." Weis believes Daboll is ready and ready for anything that comes with it.