Big Blue United

Giants Hit Rock Bottom

The New York Giants lost to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-21 on Sunday. The loss moves the Giants to 1-8 on the season. (Photo Credit: Giants.com)

By Harrison Kaye – Big Blue United 11.12.17


What Went Right:  Rookie tight end Evan Engram added another impressive game to an already impressive rookie season. He recorded six catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. With his fifth touchdown catch of the season, he tied Giants tight end Bob Tucker for most receiving touchdowns in a season by a Giants rookie tight end. Second year wide receiver Sterling Shepard had his best game of the season recording 11 catches for 142 yards. Now that he is finally healthy, Shepard is undoubtedly the number one receiver and target for quarterback Eli Manning. Olivier Vernon had a nice game recording four tackles, an interception, and a few quarterback pressures.

 

What Went Wrong: The Giants were flat out embarrassed. Most Giants fans, including myself, thought that the 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams would be the most embarrassing loss of the season, but the Giants losing to the winless 49ers, a team that had not won in 323 days, takes the crown. The Giants tackling has been pathetic this year. Whether it is poor technique or lack of effort, it is unacceptable. A prime example of the poor tackling was on the long touchdown by 49ers tight end Garrett Celek. The tight end caught the ball and was running towards the end zone and cornerback Janoris Jenkins tried to make a half effort arm tackle and Celek broke it and took it into the end zone. On the long touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, Janoris Jenkins not only got beat on the play, but failed to tackle him as well. Now, Janoris Jenkins isn’t the only Giant who has missed tackles, it has been the whole team, Jenkins just has been a repeat offender this season.

 

If it wasn’t clear before Sunday’s game that Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese need to go, then it is now. McAdoo looks lost and can’t even motivate a team to beat a winless team. The failure of the team also falls on Reese because he has put together this roster. Reese was on the hot seat prior to the offseason where he signed Vernon, Jenkins, and defensive tackle Damon Harrison. He needs to go now. The Giants aren’t far away from being a good team. A good coach and a good general manager who makes some tweaks to the team and adds some good players via the draft and free agency, and the Giants are right back in the conversation for Super Bowl Contenders, but they will not go anywhere with McAdoo and Reese at the helm.