WAS 20 NYG 6

At least the NY Giants are very good at one thing. They can score efficiently when the game is officially out of reach in garbage time. That’s what has happened in 4 of the 7 losses, which means a bad team is really uncompetitive.  This week, the Giants were down 20-6 and scored 7 points in garbage time. They have done similarly vs the Cowboys, Saints and Falcons.

The NY Giants Garbage Time Scoring Tracker:
DAL 10 points 108 yards
NO 7 points 106 yards
ATL 14 points 150 yards
WAS 7 points 70 yards
TOTAL 38 points 434 yards

So the Giants have scored 150 points, yet 38 of them are at the end of games which do not affect the outcome (in the slightest). That is 112 points in 8 games, and that is 14 points average per game. In today’s NFL, 14 points per game is horrible.

Charles Davis remarked how the Redskins collected a “gritty win.” Huh? Come again? The Giants scored exactly 6 points all game and the sloppy Redskins let them stick around, coughing up the ball in the red zone for a 40 yard (Collins strip) fumble scoop by Olivier Vernon. Yes, the Gmen Defense played well enough to win, and nearly scored 6 points on their own. It’s the 1970’s all over again. For those of you young enough and lucky enough to have missed the 1970’s, this is what it looks like. Garbage football where the Defense gets worn down and gives up a late score. Offensive Ineptitude. Losing seasons and contemplations of high Draft picks in November.

The Offensive Line is so bad. Eli is erratic and untrustworthy. Engram is playing hurt and mostly invisible. How ironic that he scores the only (meaningless) TD at game’s end.  Eli was sacked 7 times. It is a war zone out there.

The Giants go into the bye and then play the SF 49ers on Monday night. At least our eyes are saved for 15 days from this regurgitated vomit. Medusa’s head is looking mighty pretty right now.

There are 32 teams in the NFL. Four of them play competent football each week. Those teams are the Chiefs, the Patriots, the Rams and the Saints. The other 28 teams are various levels of garbage. The Redskins today were an anemic pathetic garbage football team. They are 5-2. It shows you just how bad the NFL is. A 5-2 team was busy playing with its food the way an adult Male Lion plays with an injured hyena cub. The Skins were called for numerous penalties, failing to execute on both sides of the ball. Adrian Peterson coughed up the ball in the red zone. Alex Smith couldn’t throw a long (play action) pass in the same zip code as an open receiver.  To counter, some will quickly reply that hey, the Skins were good because they were the team that registered those sacks! But this Defense has generated 14 sacks in their first 6 games. They played the Giants Offensive Line is all.

The Redskins got a 64 yd TD by Peterson to seal the victory. The Giants once again were selling out to stop the team and got burned late. Without that late play, the Redskins generated 296 yards of Offense.

Evan Engram is playing hurt, but he is arguably the most disappointing player on the team. That is based on skill and potential. We had high hopes for the second year Round 1 pick. He has vanished. Maybe he can heal up over the bye.

Wynn, Collins, Vernon, Carter… those guys play football. On Offense? Not so much. Engram drops. Eli missed opportunities, including a pick in the red zone. Barkley has no run blocking. OBJ racked up 136 yards but it shows how you can’t build a team around a WR.

The Giants have holes in most places, but they need to start at the OL and QB. This is going to be a rebuild. So REBUILD. I’d rather lose with young players than go 1-7 with expensive ones like Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh.


PHL 34 Barkley 13

The NY Giants are just a really poor football team. The OL is a sieve. Eli is aging rapidly. In this week’s installment without a Tight End, the Offense continued its ineptitude. The Giants racked up 15 consecutive failed 3rd down conversion attempts. That streak came to a merciful end when OBJ broke a tackle before the sticks. Not so uncoincidentally, a play later Barkley rumbled for a 50 yd TD. But it was too little too late.

The Giants keep finding new ways to dig deeper holes each week. They are 1-5. In those 5 losses, here are the halftime scores:

JAC 13 NYG 6

DAL 10 NYG 0

NO 12 NYG 7

CAR 20 NYG 13

PHL 24 NYG 6

The fiasco got off to a flying start with a turnover INT. Eli throws to a 3rd string TE who is just ill-equipped. The ball deflects and is picked, leading to a quick TD.

Solder gets beaten like a drum on a speed rush, and Eli is sacked (/fumble) at his 1 yd line. Great field position after poor punt coverage leads to another TD. A nice 14-3 hole blew up the game before it even started.

The defense got eaten alive. While the pass rush was augmented by Vernon’s return from injury, there were way too many stops that couldn’t be made. The Giants have a liability vs TEs and Ertz didn’t disappoint, collecting 7 receptions and a TD. The Eagles converted 9 third downs.

Saquon Barkley is a freak. He had that 50 yd TD run. He had a 55 yd monster screen catch and run that had Joe Buck gushing “incredibles.” His greatest play may have been the best 9 yd run I have ever seen. Ever. In my life. Barkley put up 229 yards from scrimmage. He was responsible for all 13 points scored.

But SB can’t block for himself, he can’t throw the ball, he can’t play Defense and he can’t stop the Specials transgressions. The architecture is all wrong in 2018. Too many skill players and not enough supporting players on both sides of the ball.

The Giants are 1-5. They were 1-5 last year. It’s a different ugliness. Eli’s days are over. The OL is just another nightmare. OBJ is back to his old childish self, frustrated and acting out on the sidelines. Not a good look. The season is over. Let’s get some starts for Lauletta. Rebuild.

CAR 33 NYG 31

I don’t have it in me to recap this game. It’s too f***ing painful. This game had everything. Classic Good Bad Ugly. But losing on a 63 yd FG? I’m just sick.

It’s 30 mins later. I’m off suicide watch, as I’m too busy vomiting. The Giants and I need an IV. Maybe I’ll post some more comments later but it’s like revisiting a nightmare. We’re Giants fans, not masochists. This was as tough a loss to take as anything in a few years. They fought back but … too many mistakes and bad officiating. So a 63 yard piece of luck. Special teams. Nauseous. 1-4. Vomit. Help.

Saints 33 NYG 18

You are not going to beat Drew Brees and the Saints by scoring 10 points. The Giants scored 3 points after the opening drive. Forget 8 points in garbage time when the Saints went into the Prevent Defense.

The NY Giants are 1-3. The Giants have been +3, +3, +6, and +3.5 point underdogs and were capable of winning any of the four games. They have won 1 of them. You are what your record says you are.

This NY Giants blog does not like picking on rookie head coaches. We believe that a new head coach is entitled to a one year honeymoon. The problem with Shurmur is that this is his second stint as Head Coach. So he does not get the luxury of this period of grace. After watching him get seriously outcoached vs Dallas 2 weeks ago, Wonder (italics) takes the gloves off:

Shurmur is a moron. I understand they are coaching players who are not very smart. You need to dumb it down for the them. Belichick does this. He spells out their responsibilities. It eliminates thinking. The only people who think on the Patriots are the Wide Receivers. Timing and option routes. Chad OchoCinco could not do this, so he was gone. Guys like Edelman, Moss, and Welker learned the system and that was it.

You watch Shurmur and there is no rhyme or reason to their Offense. We wanted to see fake counters to Barkley. Not done. OBJ clear the zone to throw to Shepard underneath. Not done. In the run game, trap block, open the interior. Not done. No blocking scheme. Barkley had 10 carries for 44 yards. CLE ATL and TB ran for an average of ~85 yds/game against the Saints without a Barkley.   

There were two things we discussed on Defense (see podcast, previous post). Bettcher did one of them. They took away Thomas with bracketed coverage. But they did not shadow Kamara. 

They did not try to wear down a smaller New Orleans defensive unit with 20+ carries to Barkley. They had a total of 12 runs the whole game. Everything was a 4 yard underneath throw. The main weakness of the Saints Defense was in pass coverage and the Giants did not attack that. How can Shurmur be an Offensive guru if he does not gameplan vs the porous Saints pass Defense?

I did not expect the Giants to win the game. I did think the Giants had a shot to win the game. But after the opening TD, they were zombies.

Football is a gladiator sport. You have to be out of your mind to play this game. If you play for only money, you can’t win. So in order to be ready to spill blood and play hurt, you have to buy into family and team. Us against Them. Buy in. Leave it on the field. Is that what we saw today? A resounding HELL NO. 

Just a little more piling on Shurmur- at the end of the half there is a minute left and you have 3 timeouts. The Saints are about to finish their drive in the red zone. Call a timeout and get the final possession? No. Shurmur fessed up… “In hindsight, maybe could of.” I am getting the sense that (once again) the Giants have a guy who wants to be both Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator, and he is not doing either very well.

I know that many here will try to back away from too much criticism this early against Shurmur. Confront the Brutal Facts. Shurmur is not putting out a good enough product. Yes, it is only Week 4. We know that the OL is not good but your gameplan needs to leverage what you have and cover up what you do not have. This Saints Defense was gashed for an average of 335 yards in the air in the first 3 games… until today. Today, the Giants passed for 153 yards in the air before padding the stats with 102 yards in garbage time. You have an elite WR in OBJ and a very capable WR in Shepard and you are getting a total of 153 yards in the air? And 12 total run carries? Anemic. To quote one Twitter commentator: “(The Saints have the) Worst D in the NFL and we are making them look like the ’85 Bears.”

Shurmur is generating underachievement.