Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Giants Morning Report for Tuesday.
Rashad Jennings Expected Back Sunday
Running back Rashad Jennings, out since Week 5 with an MCL sprain, is expected to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
"I think he will, I'm hoping that he will," head coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday. "I can't tell you 100 percent, but I think he will, and if he is ready, then obviously he will have a big share of the load."
Despite missing those four games, Jennings still leads the Giants in rushing with 396 yards and yards per carry (4.4). Rookie Andre Williams has carried 50 times for 155 yards (3.1 yards per carry) during Jennings' absence. The Giants will certainly be glad to have Jennings back.
Eli: Offense Improved From 2013
The Giants are 3-6 for the second straight season, this time riding a four-game losing streak instead of a three-game winning streak. Despite that, quarterback Eli Manning thinks the 2014 Giants are a better team. At least offensively.
"I feel like we are a better team. I feel like we are doing some good things. We are just not, for whatever reason, we are not able to put four quarters together," Manning said. "We are close. We are a few plays away. We still hurt ourselves sometimes. We can be dynamic. We can make some big plays and can take short passes and run our offense efficiently. We just have to do it for four quarters. We can't let one bad series or one bad play dictate the rest of the game."
Recanting a 'Kudos'
This has probably never been done here at BBV, but I have to recant the 'Kudos' issued Monday Giants' cornerback Zack Bowman. After re-watching part of the game and twice seeing Bowman absolutely refuse to even make an effort to tackle Marshawn Lynch, once even backing away into the end zone, he has to get downgraded to a 'Kwillie.' Give him credit for his interception, but he's not Deion Sanders. Would he have succeeded in tackling Lynch either time? I don't know, but it's his job to at least try. After the first one, which came on Seattle's first drive, Tom Coughlin lit Bowman up on the sideline.
Around The Inter-Google
Steve Serby hits the nail on head in a column addressing the future, or lack thereof, of Coughlin. He writes that "you hate to see Coughlin go out this way" and then adds that "the problem will be whether a proud ownership that loves him will want him to lead the rebuilding of a decaying team at a time he will turn 69 years old."
Agreed, on both counts.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post writes that the Giants not only have to consider Coughlin's future, but also whether or not GM Jerry Reese is still the right man to be in charge of acquiring talent.
Dan Graziano writes that a year after the Giants' offense was "broken" the defense finds itself in the same boat.