Next Day Thoughts: Giants Chargers

What can you say about that one? Ugly. Deflating. Potential playoff costing. I was at the game (and kudos to Mark Picucci who did a great job filling in for me) and it was the weirdest feeling. The stadium fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. My friend had his head in his legs, just shocked. The guy next to me had a blank expression. Me? I didn’t know what to do. I was just stunned. Stunned. With that in mind, here are some Next Day Thoughts on the Giants Chargers. (Below is my view of the game)

-Why on Earth were the Giants playing prevent defense on that last drive? As you can tell, I had a pretty good view of the game, and you could see everything unfold. This was the Giants defense on the last drive: 5 down ends. 3 blitzing linebackers. 3 defensive backs, who were playing deep. THERE WAS NO ONE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD!!!! So the Chargers spread things out, and did short passes over the middle. This prevent defense prevented them from winning. I could not believe what I was seeing. Which leads me to my next point.

-I’ve said that I don’t like calling for someone’s job. But, don’t be surprised to see Bill Sheridan looking for one after the bye. He is not very aggressive. He doesn’t make in-game adjustments. He’s not fiery on the bench. He’s not the answer. They have to start over. They need a jolt. Firing Sheridan might be the way to go. One thing, though: Let’s say Steve Spagnuolo gets fired (which I don’t think he will, but if the Rams lose out, it’s possible). Do you throw all the money in the world to make him the D coordinator, with the promise of becoming the head coach?

-Aaron Rouse was an improvement over CC (Can’t Cover) Brown, in that he didn’t do anything stupid. He didn’t take risks. That’s a good thing.

-What was going on during that last offensive drive? You have 3rd and nine at around the 10ish. AND YOU RUN THE BALL?!?!? What does that accomplish? So you can get 5 yards closer for a field goal? Really? ¬†Does that honestly make sense, Gilbride? You HAVE to go for the end zone there. A field goal does nothing. You have to go the end zone. If you don’t get it, fine, go for the FG. But, a touchdown puts the game away. The Giants might’ve blown their season there.

-Jonathan Goff deserves playing time. That hit on Sproles on the kick return was dirty. Absolutely dirty.

-This bye week could not have come at a better time. They can take a breath, re-adjust. But, like I said, no one (not even Coughlin) should feel safe. Why? Whenever you lose 4 games in a row in the NFL, serious changes are on the horizon. This is a team that won the Super Bowl two years ago. They sure don’t look like it.

-Antonio Pierce has lost a step (or five). And it’s hurting the team. Don’t be surprised if the Giants get a middle linebacker (Brandon Spikes?) with their first round pick.

-There’s not much more to say about this game. This could’ve been the end of a great couple of years. Or maybe the Giants will rally after the bye week and make the playoffs. I don’t know. What I do know is that changes (personnel, scheme) will have to be made. Will the Giants do it? How should they do it? That’s up for debate. What an amazing turn of events. 5-0 and on top of the world. Now 5-4 and on the brink.

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2 Responses to “Next Day Thoughts: Giants Chargers”

  1. with the Rooney Rule the Giants can NOT promise Steve Spagnuolo the job-in-waiting.

    At least not officially.

    But what coach wants to take a word of mouth deal?

  2. Shane says:

    I think AP’s replacement will be Goff or Spikes next year.

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