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Giants Get Embarrassed

The New York Giants lost to the Los Angeles Rams 51-17 on Sunday. The loss moves the Giants to 1-7 on the season. (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By Harrison Kaye – Big Blue United 11.6.17


What Went Right: Rookie tight end Evan Engram is an absolute beast. He recorded four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. He has scored a touchdown in each of the last three games. Engram has definitely been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. On Sunday, quarterback Eli Manning joined the 50,000-yard passing club. He is one of three active quarterbacks to reach this mark, joining Tom Brady and Drew Brees. This is an unbelievable achievement for Eli.

 

What Went Wrong: The Giants might as well have stayed on their bye week. Once again, they failed to show up for another week. They were completely embarrassed on their home field, giving up 473 total yards and 51 points. The defense has been awful for most of the season. Sunday was another example of this. In the second quarter the Rams had a 3rd and 33 and threw a screen pass to wide receiver Robert Woods and he took it 52 yards to the house. For a team that prides themselves on defense that is completely unacceptable. Second year cornerback Eli Apple has not performed well this year. On the 52-yard touchdown screen, Apple just stood there and let Woods go right past him on his way to the end zone. Apple may develop into a good NFL cornerback, but as of now he does not look like a top-10 pick. The Giants have a bigger problem than the players on the field or the outcome of the games. They have a culture problem that starts with the General Manager and ends with the coaching staff. General Manager Jerry Reese failed to address some of the Giants biggest needs in the offseason and it is showing now. He is a very conservative General Manager, a poor trait to have if you hold that job. He let an all-pro tackle get drafted before him because he let everyone know that is who he wanted to draft. He fails to trade up for someone and refuses to acknowledge large problems with his team. Head Coach Ben McAdoo should have just coached his last game for the Giants. He looks lost and uncomfortable. He fails to make the necessary adjustments week to week and appears to have lost control of his locker room. In the post-game interview, McAdoo said he wouldn’t call Sunday’s game an embarrassment but a “disappointment”. When you have two weeks to prepare for a game and then get blown out at home to a team that just traveled across the country to play you, that is an embarrassment.

 

It is time now for the Giants to clean house in both management and the coaching staff, but with the Mara’s loyalty to their staff, will they make a change?