At 1-6, the New York Giants are playing for pride and jobs next season. Some high priced talent appears to be working their way out of New York already. Which leads to the next question; if you are New York Giants management, what are you thinking at the moment?
Surely noone could have predicted the abysmal 1-6 start to the 2017 season. Perhaps we were a bit overrated after last season but we are not a 1-6 team in 2017, rignt? You are what your record says you are!
The GMEN’s 1-6 record can be attributed to letdowns in several areas, including:
- Offensive Line Play
- Play calling
- Quarterback play
- Overall defensive performance (although it is hard to blame the defense when they are on the field for most of the game
- Failure to acquire talent to backup key positions
- Key Injuries
Point the blame wherever you want. It is probably all valid.
So what does New York Giants management do at this point of the season? Probably nothing. See who plays hard and still wants a job next season. Replace General Manager Jerry Reese if you like, if for no other reason than it’s time for a change (just like it was time to replace Tom Couglin).
Is it time to give rookie Davis Webb a try at QB when there is nothing to lose? Probably not when you are still paying Eli Manning a zillion dollars.
As for the head coach, that is another story. The Mara family, specifically The Duke (may he rest in peace), has not historically made hasty decisions on their head coaches. (If they gave Ray Handley two seasons to sink the Giants ship, they surely will give McAdoo another season in light of the fact thay he took the team to the playoffs in his first season as head coach). Will they really fire McAdoo after what looks to be a disastrous second season as head coach? Time will tell of course, but this is unlikely if you ask me.
I suppose this decision depends on how the Giants play out the remainder of the 2017 season. Certainly Giants fans and management alike do not like to face the reality of the 2017 season; they are the second best team that plays in Met Life Stadium. (How can you not appreciate the Jets swarming defense that repeatedly gets hits on the quarterback… memories of the Strahan and Tuck days).
A strong second-half and player buy-in will go far to secure another season of having Ben McAdoo as head coach.
However, if the levee breaks, and all hell continues to break loose, all bets are off. Stay tuned.