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Game Review Week 3: A Loss of Words


Wow, that just happened.   By the looks on the bench above it looks like they got hit by a train.  Let’s face it, they did.   That’s the look of a rudderless team right now.   It’s one of the few times that I can recall as a Giants fan where all aspects of the team look to be in disarray.    You can not name a facet of the game and say there is a positive for the Giants.    You can name it all Run D, Pass D, Run O, Pass O, Special Teams.   There were zero bright spots in this game and quite frankly basically the entire season.

It was sad to see the players not rally around their coach as he went through a very emotional week losing his brother in very tragic circumstances.     Maybe that was apart of it in terms of preparation.

There will not be a game review as I really don’t know what to review.   Everything was not good.  The only thing I saw that was remotely a positive was some hustle and fight from the young guys towards the end of the game, in particular Ruben Randle and David Wilson.    I thought they played hard until the final whistle.  That is no consolation but at least it was something and it’s all I can even remotely spin to a positive.

I’d rather talk about the state of this team for a quick second which is very telling and could be the precursor of something radical.   Let’s remember how this team is assembled.  There are multiple players on 1 year deals that JR handed out during the preseason.   I counted at least 14-15 key players who’s deals are up after this year.  This doesn’t even count players who could be cap casualties like a David Baas or who might retire like Chris Snee.   You could very well have tremendous roster turnover if this continues.   Does Tom Coughlin want to stick around for something like that especially of what just tragically happened with his brother?  Could that be the trigger to spend more time with his family after the season?   Do the Giants given what could happen this year and how the year is trending want a coach in his late 60’s knowing that his years left are dwindling?     Those answers are going to play out in the coming months and  I don’t think anyone in the organization has any concrete plan for the future.

Can they turn this around?  Of course anything can happen and especially given the NFC East, crazier things have happened.  I mean we are basically a small winning streak and  Dallas blowing a few games (which we all know can happen at any time) from being right back in the division race.    But in reality this feels a little different.   I was born in the 70’s so I don’t remember those bad teams of that day but I clearly remember the bad teams of the mid to late 90’s.  The Dave Brown, Kent Graham, Danny Kannell years.   At least in those years the offense was terrible but the defense usually kept them in games so there was something to hang our hat out week in and week out.    I just don’t know what this team can hang its hat on.   Turnovers? Erratic Play?

The Giants are 3-8 in the last 11 games.  And 2 of those wins were basically garbage.  The last game of the year vs the Eagles when they were playing for nothing and the Saints game when they were down to their 5th head coach.   That’s not a good sign for the immediate future.

One of the biggest problems is this team has no leaders.   I’m sorry Tuck is not a leader, nor is Eli, Rolle, Jacobs, Snee or anybody else.    There isn’t a player on the roster that can motivate people when things aren’t going great.    That needs to be addressed somehow, someway.   That needs to be done internally in that locker room.    Will that happen is the question?

Here’s the good news giants fans….there is really nowhere to go but up from here.  It can definitely stay bad for a while but it really couldn’t get any worse than that effort.    Their next 2 games are against teams that are undefeated so there could very well be more loses in the future.  Let’s hope this team has some pride and they come out fighting to restore some confidence for both themselves and the fans.

Last thoughts…..Let’s remember that this is a part of being a fan.  It’s these horrible times that make the peak times so great.    It sucks but if everything was all rosy all of the time what would we have to complain about?

There are 3 very historic NFL cities today really searching for answers(NY, Pitt, Wash) so we are not alone.



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3 Responses to “Game Review Week 3: A Loss of Words”

  1. While i dont disagree with anything – we know they are not going to part ways with anyone mid season. thats not how the giants roll.

    so the key question for me is, do they see that lack of adjustments to the reality of how bad they are, and how easily defenses are countering their game plans — and CAN THEY ADAPT. can they make adjustments between series — instead of waiting for the half when the game is going to be out of reach if they continue this trend.

    • S Verl says:

      yes i agree and I should have made i clearer that I wasnt thinking these things would happen in season but rather at season end. But your right they need to be able to make changes in game to be successful. Thats what they did so great during the playoff runs in 07 and 11.

  2. Jason C. says:

    This team has no leaders? I love the pundits that say asinine things like that. Just imagine what this team could do with LEADERS, maybe we could win a SUPER BOWL, too bad we only have non-leaders like Tuck, Eli, Rolle, Snee and Jacobs, those guys could NEVER lead a team to a SUPER BOWL…
    I’m sorry, I’m probably talking out of line here, clearly we only won the Super Bowl 2 years ago because of great leadership from Chase Blackburn, without him this team is useless…

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