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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

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.”

 

New York Jets – Week 2 Review – @ Buffalo Bills

The Bills left a bad taste in the mouths of Jets fans, coaches and players last season. The Jets managed to obtain a very respectable 10-6 record, yet still somehow missed the playoffs. This fate was sealed with a week 17 loss to the Rex Ryan led Bills.

The Offense

The good

Ryan Fitzpatrick– Consider me befuddled. My biggest knock on Fitz this off season was the holding out for money I felt he didn’t deserve. When looking at the tape last season, by which I mean beyond the stats, you realize how many drawbacks Fitz had. His deep passes were inaccurate and it took extra effort from his receivers to make him look good. However, in this game he looked like a 12 million dollar quarterback. He started clumsy with the ball coming loose several times including a recorded fumble which was thankfully recovered by the Jets. He quickly moved past that and picked apart a pair of highly touted corners and a secondary that many considered to be one of the best in the league.

Wide Receivers– Coming off a game where the Jets passing game could be described anemic at best ( not to say the offense didn’t work well in other facets), this game was a revaluation, a return to form if you will. Quincy Enunwa continues his growth, and unlike last week the big two (Decker and Marshall) had stellar games.

Brandon Marshall– Although I mentioned the wide receivers above, I am giving Marshall his own category because of that scary looking injury. From the initial looks of it I gasped in shock, fearing the worst. It looked season ending and, at Marshall’s age, potentially career ending. However, surely enough the machine trotted back onto the field in the next drive.

The bad– Not too much bad on offense, one could argue early on things were looking a little ugly as Fitzpatrick looked like he forgot to hold a football, but these problems were quickly gone. The one big thing that I will point out is Jalin Marshall’s fumble! The Bills turned this one slip up into a big play going in the wrong direction for a touchdown.

The Defense

The good

The Defensive Line– I have a feeling this unit will be talked about a lot this season and show up frequently in this category. While this performance wasn’t as dominating as their 7 sack showing against the Bengals, this was still a dominant and physically opposing unit that limited one of the best rushing teams in the league last season to just 86 yards on the ground. Only 59 of those yards came from LeSean McCoy. They provided a lot of pressure against a mobile quarterback, and if the secondary helped up a little better they would have done some real damage and the score would have been much more lopsided.

The bad

Darrelle Revis/ Game Plan for the Secondary– The secondary gave up two big plays that kept the bills in the game. Two long touchdown passes of over 70 yards kept the Bills hope for a victory alive. One of those plays was directly on Revis, an 84 yard bomb to Michael Goodwin, a receiver with Olympic level speed. Now here’s the thing Revis may have lost a step, but I’m not a fan of how he is being used. During the prime of his career he was such a good shut down corner because of how good he was on the line of scrimmage. He would play man press coverage and receivers would struggle even getting off the line to run their routes. We all know now that he was nursing a wrist injury, an injury that required off season surgery. This is why last season he played a lot of off coverage, gaining a head start against an opposing receiver so he could be in the right place at the right time, of course his age made this difficult and their were times against young speedy receivers where he was simply outclassed. I think in order for Revis to have a good season the defense is going to have to find a way to let him be the physically imposing presence he once was on the line, while having a safety net behind him.

Special Teams Report– The Jets lost only 6 games last season, but in many games they gave up punt returns of kick returns for touchdowns. Furthermore, punting was a real issue last year as well and opponents too often would have a short field to work with. I am happy to report that with a new couch in place and an injection of young talent it looks like the special teams won’t be the liability they were a season ago

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