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Giants Remain Tragically Uninspired by McAdoo’s Methods

Well, I hate to break it to you folks, but the New York Giants have officially hit rock bottom. I postponed writing last week with the naïve hope that a win against the Los Angeles Chargers in week five could be the delayed catalyst that would reignite a winning Giants team. Sadly, I’ve never been more wrong, as the Giants are now in worse shape than ever projected from season start. And we can all blame head coach Ben McAdoo, who has slowly but surely lost his grip on what was once a competitive franchise.

“Everyone’s disappointed, I’m aware of it,’’ McAdoo said. “Everybody’s irritated, I’m aware of it. My focus right now is trying to help with the personnel department to field a football team, give us a chance to prepare and win.’’

In lieu of losing yet another win-able game, combined with the total destruction of what was supposed to be an unstoppable receiving core, remaining players have given up on the season. And understandably so. It was announced today that powerhouse cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left the Giants, after an alleged altercation with McAdoo on Sunday following the loss.

“I never really go in the season with expectations, because I always know there’s going to be highs and lows of the season,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But what I do is just go out there and just prepare and play the best of my ability within the system.”

So, what now?

It’s clear to we fans that McAdoo has to go. He’s clearly not cut out for this skipper position – which is reflected by the Giants record and the attitude of the players. Unfortunately, GM Jerry Reese isn’t going to ditch McAdoo anytime soon, mostly because the injuries to Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, and every other capable receiver the Giants had this season came at a terribly apropos time.

Let me explain.

McAdoo now has ammo to support why the Giants are failing. He can easily use his annihilated receiving core as means to justify this tragedy of a season, rather than man up and explain that we suck because no one is rallying behind his coaching methods.

It’s a sneaky and borderline asshole thing to do, but if McAdoo has any brains at all, he knows his days in East Rutherford are limited.

And good riddance too.

The Giants have all the potential to succeed – in fact they arguably have more talent on their current roster than they had when they won their most recent Super Bowls. Injuries aside, Odell Beckham is one of the best receivers in the league. He’s a better receiver than Mario Manningham ever was, better than David Tyree, and still those guys found a way to win it all. Our defense is stacked like it hasn’t been in years, and still we can’t find a way to scrape by against a shit team like the Chargers.

It all comes down to coaching. All fingers (middle included) point to McAdoo. Now it’s just a matter of time before he gets the boot.

 

By: JADE CAPRISTO // jadesgiants.wordpress.com

No Hope for the New York Giants

The New York Giants are once again one of the worst teams in football. And the hardest part about this season in comparison to other losing years, is the fact that they have the talent to succeed, and yet, they don’t. Big Blue has succumbed to collective piss-poor play on all sides of the football, and the prospect looks bleak.

“A lot of guys are disappointed right now and rightfully so,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “The game continues to teach us tough lessons that we have to learn from and learn from in a hurry and fix.”

The Giants are 0-3 to start the year, after a typical “let’s rally in the 4thquarter” style loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. Unfortunately this isn’t wholly their fault – some of the flags (or lack there of) truly influenced the outcome of the game. But flags aside, the Giants beat themselves – again. This comes at no surprise, especially because Eli Manning was too busy wondering which direction his next sack is coming from to focus on where to throw the ball. And let me tell you, the solution to this problem is NOT rushing out of the backfield. The O-line can scarcely hold up for two seconds to allow Manning a throw, let alone to allow a decent run.

And the worst part is the Giants will continue to fail until McAdoo makes some serious changes with his O-line.

“Everything adds up in this league,” McAdoo said. “Seven penalties, too many yards, the tempo worked for us as an offense in the ball game, but we had too many formation infractions there that hurt us. The first win keeps getting delayed. We are not playing well enough to win as a football team. We are irritable and we need to find a way to win a game. It’s not going to get any easier.”

At this rate, the Giants should start looking for GM and head coach replacements. This might seem extreme but the Giants have been in desperate need of an offensive line for roughly four seasons now, and there has been little effort to fix it. Sure, Ereck Flowers had a big his rookie debut. But since then, he’s been a total headache, either missing tackles completely or getting called for holding. It’s Jerry Reese’s job to buy talent to fix problems, and it’s Ben McAdoo’s job to coach said talent into a functional football team. The Giants have had issues working together as a well-oiled team since last years’ playoff collapse, and this season is no different. In fact, the only thing oiled about the Giants is McAdoo’s new slick-back hairstyle, which will look great with the “looking for work” sign he’ll need to start carrying if he doesn’t get his guys to shape up.

Look, I know it’s not over yet. Teams have overcome worse odds and undergone random win streaks out of nowhere. But the fact of the matter is this: if Manning doesn’t have the time to throw a touchdown pass because his O-line doesn’t exist, then how in the hell are the Giants suppose to score?

If you don’t score, you don’t win.

But that’s just my opinion.

 

By JADE CAPRISTO // jadesgiants.wordpress.com

The New York Giants Need More than Odell

The New York Giants’ 2017 season debut against the Dallas Cowboys was less-than-stellar, thanks to an underwhelming offense. We all know the Giants’ O-line is Swiss cheese. Last season, the blame could mostly be placed on Ereck Flowers, who had been shaky by either forgetting how to block or getting flagged for holding. Sunday’s game was an improvement for Flowers who managed to not get flagged. But wouldn’t you know – now John Jerry doesn’t know how to block without holding.

So when Eli Manning actually managed to connect to his timid offense, the chains wouldn’t move. And I hate to break it to you, but if you don’t move the chains, you don’t score; hence the brutal 19-3 beat-down.

“No part of the offense was functional [Sunday],” coach Ben McAdoo said.

On top of that, the Giants’ $206 million defense still had trouble shutting down the third and long/third and short. I get it, the Cowboy’s O-line is the best in the league. But giving up critical third and longs is how teams beat themselves, which is exactly what happened.

“At the end of the day there’s not much to hang your hat on, scoring three points and getting beat like we got beat,’’ left guard Justin Pugh said.

Now, I know the prospect seems bleak and everyone wants to win their season debut. But let me explain how the Giants aren’t actually screwed…yet.

First of all, the Giants once again got caught on the wrong side of BS penalties. For example, Janoris Jenkins did not deserve that PI call that ultimately put the Cowboys in the red zone for their first touchdown. While this may seem minor, calls like this add up quickly and result in big points or renewed downs. The Giants were only trailing by two field goals before Jenkins was flagged, but once the Cowboys found the end zone, they also found their momentum.

Secondly, Eli did not play as badly as you all think. Shocking, I know. But here’s why Eli isn’t the problem.

Eli is not blessed with the gift of speed. He’s not a Russel Wilson/Aaron Rodgers type of guy, so when his pocket collapses, he’ll likely go down with it. With the Giants’ O-line being as shaky as it is, Manning has about two seconds to make a decision before he’s facedown on the carpet. Which make his mis-throws more understandable. On top of that, we had a rookie tight end playing in the big leagues for the first time, Brandon Marshall finding his stride with a new offense, and no Odell Beckham Jr.

And finally, Cowboys’ wide receiver Cole Beasley is a slippery son of a bitch and his neck-catch was a testament to his luck rather than skill. But it’s players like Beasley who manage to find the holes on third down that gas the Giants’ defense and make it tired by the fourth quarter.

Luckily, all of these factors can be fixed – except for the refs needing glasses. It is up to Ben McAdoo to bring out the best of his offense, and seal the deal on defense. Sure, the outcome of Sunday’s game could have been 100% better. But let’s give it a few more weeks before we count out Big Blue for good.

“Well, it’s one of 16 games,” McAdoo said. “We have to be careful getting too emotional about one football game. A lot of effort and energy goes into the first game. You’ve got to tip your hat to Dallas and move on to the next one.”

 

Ben McAdoo’s Giant Mistake

Preseason football is dangerous for a number of reasons. Not only does it mean nothing in terms of a teams’ regular season achievement, but it also gives starters the chance to get hurt. Such was the scenario for the New York Giants last night in their matchup against the Cleveland Browns.

Odell Beckham Jr. took a nasty-looking hit that caused the 2017-18 season to flash before the eyes of coaches and fans alike.

“The play wasn’t a penalty, but it’s something everyone knows that is something you don’t do,” said Giants’ safety Landon Collins. “He had about 30 seconds to make a play on the ball in the air. He could’ve made a play on the ball, could’ve hit him high, but he chose a different route. I can’t respect him.”

While Beckham got extremely lucky and walked away with a high ankle sprain rather than broken bones or torn ligaments, you have to wonder why such an impact player was still in the game past the first quarter at all. In fact, head coach Ben McAdoo kept all of his starters – ranging from Eli Manning to Landon Collins – active until Beckham took the cheap shot to the knees at the top of the second.

Beckham is now questionable to open against the Dallas Cowboys for week one.

Like I said before, preseason doesn’t matter. The fact that the Giants are now 0-2 doesn’t matter. Sure, it’s great to throw a W on the left, but what the Giants need is healthy starters come regular season. And they’ll definitely have a hard time of it if McAdoo doesn’t bench his guys as soon as possible.

“If he can play, he will play,” McAdoo said of Beckham. “I can’t answer that question (if it might be more than a sprained ankle) right now. We will take a look at it. We will see what the medical staff says.”

The only silver lining in this situation is the fact that Beckham won’t play for the remainder of preseason, with the hopes he can recover by September 10th. Hopefully McAdoo uses Beckham as a wakeup call and goes easy on his use of his starters. Because no preseason game is worth the loss of impact players.