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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.

Patriots vs Giants Review

No matter the circumstances when the Patriots and Giants get together it always seems to be a competitive game.

Sunday was no different, as the Giants gave the Patriots their biggest scare of the season.

The Pats deserve credit for taking advantage, but for all intents and purposes the Giants handed the Patriots the win.

The G Men had the ball first and goal to go from the Patriots 5-yard line with 2:06 remaining. In the ensuing three plays, the Giants went: incomplete pass (OBJ drop), incomplete pass, sack.

More importantly, they shaved just 16 seconds off the clock due to the two minute warning and the Patriots calling their final timeout with 1:50 remaining.

Poor clock management coupled with Landon Collins’ near interception gave Tom Brady and the Pats too many chances to overcome a 2-point deficit.

After the benefit of film review, let’s take a look some of the highs and lows from Week 10:

On Offense

Julian Edelman Injury: As Tom Brady said Monday morning on his weekly radio hit, you can’t just replace Julian Edelman. Edelman, especially this season, has developed into one of the best receivers in football. In theory, the Patriots have a viable Edelman replacement in Danny Amendola. Amendola can run similar routes to Edelman, and serves as a sure handed target for Brady, but is not close to Edelman in terms of running after the catch. Edelman is one of the league’s best playmakers with the ball in his hands. Edelman has game breaking ability, and that will be sorely missed in the Pats O for the next 6-8 weeks.

Tom Brady Going Deep: Over the last few years as Tom Brady has aged we have seen him struggle with accuracy throwing the deep ball. Brady has been much better in that regarded this season, ranking 5th in the NFL in completion percentage of 21+ air yards (min. 8 att). Brady has a 43.3 comp percentage on passes of 21+ air yards this season, compared to just 24.5 in 2014. If it wasn’t for some breakdowns on the offensive line, Brady could have had a few touchdowns of 50+ yards in this one. In particular, over the last two weeks Brady has gotten on the same page with WR Brandon LaFell. His 54-yard completion to LaFell was a little bit behind the receiver, but a great throw nonetheless considering it went over 50 yards in the air:http://www.patriots.com/video/2015/11/15/highlight-tom-brady-54-yard-pass-brandon-lafell.

Final Drive: Let’s face it, the Giants handed the Patriots a second chance when rookie safety Landon Collins dropped an easy interception. Having said that, Brady and the Pats recovered nicely from the near turnover to get into field goal range. Brady didn’t force the issue after the almost pick, and relied on Danny Amendola over the middle to get them down the field. It wasn’t the cleanest of two minute drills, but it obviously got the job done. The Patriots went 44 yards on the final drive to set up Stephen Gostkowski, and 32 of those yards were on completions to Amendola. The play of the drive was a 4th and 10 completion to DA to keep the game alive. Brady waited until the last possible second to hit Amendola for 12 yards over the middle. Here is the final drive: http://www.patriots.com/video/2015/11/15/patriots-game-winning-drive-vs-giants.

On Defense

Giants Pick On Pats Backups: One part of the Giants game plan that was very obvious was that they liked their chances against Patriots backup linebacker Jonathan Freeny and corner Rashaan Melvin. Both Freeny and Melvin were in the game due to injuries (Jamie Collins, Justin Coleman), and the Giants did a good job of taking advantage. There’s such a big drop off from Collins to Freeny. Freeny filled in admirable, but was beat badly in coverage multiple times and whiffed on a few tackles. Melvin also got beat a few times by Giants WR Dwayne Harris, including a big 30-yard play to set the Giants up in field goal range on their final drive.

Malcolm Butler: The stats weren’t particularly friendly to Butler in this one, but it was mostly because of the 87-yard bomb he surrendered to Odell Beckham Jr. in the first quarter. Devin McCourty overran the play, and took a bad angle to the ball causing the major breakdown. Typically, McCourty makes that tackle preventing all the yards after catch. For the rest of the contest, Eli Manning was just 2-9 for five yards with three pass breakups when targeting Butler in coverage. Butler spent the majority of the day playing press-man on OBJ, so giving up just 5 yards after the big catch to Beckham is a heck of an accomplishment. Butler also made a game saving pass breakup in the end zone on the Giants final drive. It might sound a bit homerish to say, but Butler is turning into a very capable #1 CB.

Pats Ditch Big Dime Defense: Through the first 8 games of the season, the Patriots have relied on their four safeties on passing downs forming a big dime package. On Sunday, they opted to go with a more traditional look. The Pats decided to play Rashaan Melvin and Justin Coleman over rookie safety Jordan Richards (1 defensive snap). Richards was typically a part of the big dime look with McCourty, Chung, Harmon, Butler, and Logan Ryan. The decision didn’t exactly pan out for the Pats, as Eli Manning took advantage of the Patriots lack of depth at CB.

Special Teams

Amendola Punt Return: One of the biggest plays of the game was Danny Amendola’s 82-yard punt return that should have been a touchdown. The return provided a much needed spark for the Pats, and set up a LeGarrette Blount touchdown that got them back in the game.

Stephen Gostkowski: The Patriots have themselves an absolute weapon in kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Having a kicker that is deadly accurate from 55 yards and in is such a great thing to have for any football team. The Patriots started the final drive of the game with 1:47 remaining and no timeouts. Having Gostkowski meant they only needed 40-45 yards to attempt the FG. A 54-yarder is no chip shot, but Gostkowski made it look easy.

 

Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Things Learned Through 6 Weeks

1. The Eagles secondary is improving significantly as the Eagles effectively shut down Odell Beckham Jr. in their contest against the Giants.  Eli Manning targeted Beckham seven times in the first half, and he caught all seven throws for 61 yards and a touchdown.  However, in the second half, Beckham had one target, but Manning led him out of bounds, and he did not get the reception; he had no receptions in the second half.  Riley Cooper, with 76 yards and a touchdown, had more production than Beckham in the game.  The Eagles mixed zone and man coverages and played Beckham both at the line of scrimmage and off the line to throw him off.  Then, once the Eagles had the lead, all they had to do was double cover Beckham and keep him from getting a long reception.  It was a great scheme from defensive coordinator Bill Davis, but, for the first time in a long while, the secondary is really starting to become a strong point for the Eagles defense.

2.  2015 third-round draft pick Jordan Hicks is the Eagles best draft pick this season, and no other 2015 draft pick is comparable.  On Monday, he had a team-leading 10 tackles, and, in each of the three games prior to the Giants matchup, he had a fumble recovery.  His 31 tackles rank second on the team behind Malcolm Jenkins’ 32.  Hicks has a knack for reading the offense, diagnosing plays, and finding opposing players to tackle before they gain extra yards.  After DeMeco Ryans was injured, the Eagles were down to zero projected starters at the inside-linebacker position from the beginning of the season since Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso have have been out for weeks.  That left Najee Goode as the linebacker next to Hicks.  However, no egregious mistakes were made.  Hicks is a great find for a third-round pick, and it will be tough to sit him when Alonso and Kendricks come back.  He’s playing better than the Eagles first-round draft picks from the past two years and is exciting to watch.

3.  DeMarco Murray is starting to get more rushes, and, with added volume, his yards are starting to increase. Prior to the Saints game, Murray had 29 attempts in three games for a underwhelming 47 yards – with 13 of the 29 attempts coming against Dallas.  Then he received 20 rushes against the Saints, on which he ran for 83 yards and a touchdown, and 22 attempts for 109 yards and another touchdown against the Giants, totaling 42 rushes for 192 yards in the past two weeks.  What is more important, though, is that he averaged 5 yards-per-carry against a Giants defense that allowed 3.5 prior to the matchup.  After complaining about not getting enough touches two weeks ago, he’s getting them, and his production is increasing with them.  The Eagles look like they’re going back to having a featured back again as Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles, especially Sproles, are getting less attempts in comparison.

4.  The Eagles scored their first touchdown in the first quarter of a game all season against the Giants.  In fact, the Giants game was the first matchup of the season in which the offense looked like it was ready to go from the start of the game, and they took a 17-7 lead into the half.  The Eagles struggled in third-down efficiency, though, converting on just one of six third downs (17 percent) in the first half, but a 32-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper and a great interception by Nolan Carroll gave them 14 of the 17 points they earned to take a 10-point lead into the half.  The team is getting points from all around, and the defense is helping out a lot.  With Agholor out, tight end Zach Ertz played more snaps than any other receiver (86 percent), and Jordan Matthews (79 percent), Miles Austin (64 percent), and Josh Huff (56 percent) saw a drastic change in snap counts.  Riley Cooper, who played 49 percent of snaps, led all receivers in yards with 76 and had the only receiving touchdown.  Matthews saw less snaps than in earlier games, but all the other receivers had more snaps.  Is this the trend we should expect to see going forward, even when Nelson Agholor comes back?

5.  The Eagles defensive line is starting to become one most formidable lines in the NFL.  Fletcher Cox was the Defensive Player of the Week against the Saints last week, during which he sacked Drew Brees three times, had two forced fumbles – one of which he recovered himself – and six tackles.  Cox is turning into one of the best defensive linemen in the league, and, at the end of the season, if he keeps up this production, he could be a top-10 pass rusher.  Against the Giants, he had another sack and a forced fumble as offensive lineman are having an extremely difficult time keeping him from getting to quarterbacks.  In addition, Brandon Graham is starting to become a key piece of the defense as well.  His role on the Eagles defense has been questionable for years following the Eagles selecting him as the first pick in 2010, but, with Trent Cole gone, he is starting to become a crucial member of the defense.  The way Cox and Graham played on the third- and fourth-and-1 stops at the end of the first quarter against the Giants, holding Rashad Jennings from getting a first down twice from one yard away, was a gigantic boost for the team and a major momentum changer.  Connor Barwin, who had a team-leading 14.5 sacks last season and two through six games this season, and Vinny Curry, whose 9 sacks last season ranked second on the team, are two other players on the line who are cycled in and out and always seem to be in the right spot at the right time.  Offenses are going to have to change their whole game plan regarding how they block the Eagles defensive line.