Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates for this Tuesday morning.
Giants reportedly interested in Eric Weddle
Pro Football Talk first reported that the San Diego Chargers have put veteran safety Eric Weddle on the trade block. An hour alter, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report tweets that there are four teams that have contacted the Chargers on Weddle and that the New York Giants are one of them.
However, the Chargers have denied all rumors of the team trying to trade the former All-Pro safety. While the Chargers may intend to keep him, the Giants reported interest has yet to be debunked which could indicate signs of a possible move before the deadline. The most plausible detail to take away from these rumors is that the Giants are trying to upgrade their defense -- and for good reason.
Giants defense blasted by pundits
Shootouts, especially on the losing side of them, are often remembered for bad defensive play rather than the stellar offense. As such, expect the media reaction to the defense to be harsh at best.
"I’m not going to give you a lot of adjectives to tell you how I feel about not stopping them,’’ said coach Tom Coughlin, sounding a bit in shock.
No doubt the few choice words Coughlin would use would not be suitable for family listening. At least the Saints at times made Eli Manning uncomfortable as he tossed his six touchdown passes. The Giants never sacked Brees in 50 pass attempts. They allowed 614 total yards and the only time they allowed more (682) in a game was way, way back in 1943 to the Bears. No one has ever thrown for more yards against the Giants than Brees’ 511. He became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game.
The problem, though, is that the Giants are the ones who have to live with what has become an all-too-common theme for their defense. They have no pass rush, shaky coverage, spotty tackling. Yes, they are opportunistic and come up with big turnovers — like the fumble cornerback Trumaine McBride recovered and returned for a 63-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that could have, should have won this game.
Linebacker Devon Kennard
"They did some different things. But for the most part, it was stuff that we expected, but we just weren't stopping it. They definitely had some new wrinkles. It was just like every week, when teams are making adjustments. Maybe they're doing it out of a different formation. It's northing we didn't go over and didn't prepare for, we just couldn't get the stops."
Safety Landon Collins
"We just had a breakdown in the defense all day and he picked us apart. We just weren't on the same page in the secondary and it showed."
CB Trumaine McBride
"He made plays but most of those touchdown and most of those plays were our fault on the backend. We had a lot of communication issues that we can't have."
But here's more truth: Amukamara wouldn't have made much of a difference Sunday. Beason is closer to retirement than a Pro Bowl, and JPP, while a feel-good story, had better not make any plans for that bonus money in his contract.
The Giants haven't beaten a legitimate quarterback this season (sorry, Colin Kaepernick fans), and they almost lost last week to a guy who hadn't thrown a pass in a year.
You'd think all this would have pushed Tom Coughlin's blood pressure into the stratosphere. But Coughlin, obviously aware that he has a lousy team in what is probably his final year — has turned his postgame analysis into merely stating the obvious.