The New York Giants' Struggles

December 9, 2017

     

 

The New York Giants have had a tough season to say the least.  At the beginning, many analysts picked them to win their division, the NFC, and the super bowl.  This prediction was justified pre-season, because the offense had one of the best receiving corps on paper with Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and the hyped-up rookie Evan Engram at tight end/ widereciever.  The quarterback position looked to be solid with the two-time super bowl champion Eli Manning still playing, and the defense looked stacked.

 

      The defense finished tenth in the whole NFL and was the second to most expensive defense in the NFC.  This side of the ball has many star players such as Landon Collins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Janoris Jenkins, Eli Apple, Damien Harrison, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.  Collins plays safety and has a knack for getting himself in position to either knock the ball down or pick it off, while being physical.  Pierre- Paul is a defensive end, who gets a lot of sacks due to his skill at using football moves to get past defenders, even though he doesn’t even have all ten fingers.  Janoris is a corner back, and is lock down in man to man coverage, while possessing great ball hawking skills.  The corner back, Eli Apple came out of Ohio State, and is quick while being a little physical with his opponent in coverage.  Damien Harrison is a defensive tackle that got traded from the Jets and is an outstanding run stopper, while making his presence known in the passing game too.  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a corner back, and has superior footwork to make himself in position to make the plays necessary to win the game.  Even with all of these outstanding individual performers, there were struggles as a collective team.

 

     Injuries at the very beginning of the season really hurt the Giants as a whole organization.  When Odell went down it was awful news, but then it followed with Brandoon Marshall and Sterling Shepard.  This lowered the confidence of the team as shown by their awful 0-3 record at the time, but the problems just got worse.  The players started to lose faith in coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, which is what started the chaos that kept building up over time.  Players such as DRC had arguments with McAdoo, but in this specific case DRC got suspended for a game.  While some players supported coach McAdoo, there were much more people who despised him and the general manager. This is a major reason why McAdoo and Reese were relieved of their duties in the organization. The giants at one point seemed to give up on winning, which is the sign that the future was the main concern.  Now the giants have a 2-10 record, benched Eli for Geno Smith, and are worried about their star players future recoveries from their current injuries.  This is the attitude of a losing organization, because when players are being paid, at the end of the day they need to play their hearts out every play or else the NFL is not the right place for them.  The first thing on the Giants agenda right now is finding a reliable head coach, but those are extremely tough to come by.  The choices that came to the Giants mind immediately were Jon Gruden, Nick Saban, and Josh McDaniels.

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