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Giants Have A Built-In Excuse To Not Clean House

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After the New York Yankees blew a five run lead to the Cleveland Indians in Game 2 of the 2017 American League Divisional Series, Yankees twitter pronounced Manager Joe Girardi’s tenor with the team dead as soon as Indians Catcher Yan Gomes ripped a walk-off single down the third base line. Girardi has been Yankees manager for nearly a decade, has won a championship and has had an immense amount of success with the organization. Yet like Tom Coughlin, fans are trying to kick him out of the city. (Photo Cred: Bill Kostroun/Associated Press)

By Randy Hammond – Big Blue United 10.9.2017

Coughlin and Girardi are not the same situations by any stretch and the Yankees have overachieved this season. But that’s what fans and the media does, they overreact to things and want immediate change. As soon as a guy has a bad game “he’s a bum” and he’s over his head. But Giants twitter has been on fire all season and for once, they’re right: Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese should be fired. This will not happen for one specific reason. The organization has a built-in excuse.

When Odell Beckham Jr. suffered a high ankle sprain in week two of the pre-season the Giants had their out if things went wrong. They didn’t have their star, their MVP, their focal point and lifeline of their offense. As the news broke today after the Giants 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the “MetLifeless” bowl, the Giants announced their season is over, Beckham to have surgery on his fractured ankle that he suffered in the fourth quarter.

Who cares that the Giants were 0-4 on the brink of 0-5 before Eli Manning overthrew the guy who saved his career? The Giants will brush it off as bad luck and an injury-rattled season. That will be their excuse. It will be their excuse for overlooking one of the worst offensive line units in the entire NFL and one of the most questionable running back groups in the league. They completely ignored the ineptitude of their failed first round LT Ereck Flowers and wasted a first round pick on a CB who should probably be a Safety in Eli Apple. Mind you they already had a secondary of Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Landon Collins before they pulled the trigger on Apple.

Beckham missed week one because of the high ankle sprain, played in week two on limited snaps, was full strength in weeks three and four and played nearly the whole game until midway through the fourth quarter until he fractured his ankle. The same team that maligned Beckham for fake peeing like a dog after a TD in Philadelphia will use him playing three and a half games all season as an excuse for the absolute dumpster fire of a season Jerry Reese, Ben McAdoo and the Giants have put together.

You see the difference between Ben McAdoo and Girardi is that with teams handed to them, they did the opposite. The Yankees were supposed to be in a rebuild, developing young stars for the future. But instead they won 91 games and are competing with the World Series favorite in the ALDS. The Giants were projected to win the NFC East and were perennial Super Bowl contenders but after five weeks, have matched their 2016 loss total.

The Giants are the worst team in the NFL at game planning, play calling, and in-game adjustments. That is coaching, that is players not responding or respecting coaching and that is simply unacceptable. John Mara needs to swallow his pride and cut his losses before Reese whiffs on another draft pick, one that is critical for the Giants future.

The Giants were not a perfect team under Coughlin. They had several bad stretches under his tenor with the team. But Coughlin never lost the locker room until the very end, was responsible and was always accountable. Ben McAdoo has no redeeming qualities. He was dubbed an “offensive guru” when he was Giants OC in 2014-15 before being named HC in 2016. To his credit, Eli Manning did have back-to-back career seasons in those years but one major difference in the offense as well was No. 13. Was it McAdoo or was it Beckham?

I’m not opposed to McAdoo being demoted back to OC, but he is in way over his head as a HC. He throws his QB under the bus, continuously has questionable play calls in key game situations and has the most clueless look on his face all of the time. This offense somehow, has a bigger problem than poor OL play and inconsistent play from the QB. The HC has no awareness or understanding of how to use his players.

Three receivers left the game Sunday with ankle injuries (Beckham, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall) and one is out for the season with a broken foot (Dwayne Harris). NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport reported this morning that the Giants were not planning on moving on from Ben McAdoo, I promise you that at the end of this disastrous season that they will use Beckham’s injury as an excuse to not make any major changes and it will be a mistake.