Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your updates on another sad Monday morning.
How can the Giants fix this mess?
After falling flat for the majority of their game against the Washington Redskins, it seems to be clear that the Giants need to make some changes in they want a successful playoff push. Patricia Traina offers some suggestions. Her biggest advice? Limit the touches of number two wide receiver, Reuben Randle.
This week, Randle caught one of six pass targets for 36 yards, the one catch being a 40-yard touchdown, but was also a target on one of quarterback Eli Manning’s season-high three interceptions, this one coming in the end zone when Randle appeared to slow down in his route.
It really spoke volumes that this week, 18 of Eli Manning’s pass targets went to Odell Beckham Jr., who seems to be the only receiver the quarterback can fully trust out there.
It’s also quite disturbing how Randle has averaged just 2.6 yards after the catch coming into this game, which is not good at all.
Don’t be surprised if the Giants start getting receiver Hakeem Nicks, who’s only been here a couple of weeks but who has bigger hands and who runs better routes, more involved in the passing game ahead of Randle.
What changes would you make Giants fans?
You just know the media will be out for blood this week after sloppy and noncompetitive play from the New York Giants.
When last we saw the Giants in action, they were in a toe-to-toe staring contest with the best team in the NFL and came up just a few plays short of an upset. There was every reason to believe that playing at that level would win a game against almost every other opponent in the league, and no reason to think the Giants could not accomplish that.
But when they took the field against Washington on Sunday, that team that nearly beat the Patriots was nowhere to be found. Where'd it go?
They made themselves relevant, but the stakes were lifted higher. The Giants had a chance on Sunday to legitimize themselves. Legitimize their hold on first place. Legitimize themselves as a team above the moribund pack in the NFC East.
Well, the Giants showed that, until further notice, they are illegitimate.
For 13 days, the Giants sat idle, and watched the NFC East fall apart.
The NFC East will enter December with each of its members possessing a losing record after the Washington Redskins jumped out to a 20-point fourth quarter lead on a Giants team that supposedly had everything to play for, before holding on for dear life in a 20-14 triumph in front of 77,367 at FedEx Field.
What we learned: It’s disgraceful, but it’s apparently true: The Giants (5-6) aren’t even good enough to put away this pathetic excuse for a division.
Given a golden opportunity to silence their critics, to prove they’re even a fraction as good as they think they are, to put a stranglehold on the NFC East and to turn down the heat on Tom Coughlin’s seat, the Giants put on one of their most embarrassing shows in years.
Tom Coughlin on the hot seat?
Ralph Vacchiano has been adamant that the Giants need a playoff caliber team in order to save jobs. Once more, he writes of Tom Coughlin's murky future with the organization should the Giants miss the playoffs a fourth straight year.
Tom Coughlin’s damning assessment of the Giants’ disgraceful effort on Sunday were four simple words: "Too little, too late."
Those might end up being the final words of this Giants season.
They could also end up being the epitaph on the end of his own Giants career.
Because if this all ends up continuing downhill and the Giants don’t win their pathetic division and Coughlin is pushed into a forced retirement he clearly doesn’t want, then this will be the moment where all that was locked up. In the biggest game the Giants have played in three seasons, with a chance to give themselves a clear and easy path to the playoffs, they spent three quarters in an embarrassing, inexplicable funk.
Geoff Schwartz likely out for season
The Giants prized interior lineman has had trouble in appearing in games for the Giants and it's all but official that his time on the 2015 Giants is over.
Geoff Schwartz actually had to crack a sad smile because he didn’t know what else to do. His season is over, prematurely, again, and he cannot believe it.
"I don’t know, man, don’t know what else to say,’’ Schwartz said after the Giants’ 20-14 loss to the Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field.
Schwartz, normally the starting right guard but working this game at left guard, went down in the first quarter with what was first called a knee injury, then an ankle injury and finally diagnosed as a fractured lower leg. That will end his season, and this injury comes 364 days after Schwartz broke his left ankle last Nov. 30 at Jacksonville — after missing the first 10 games last season with a dislocated big toe.
Schwartz has tried to remain positive on his outlook.
Fracture is an ugly word. Might not be season ending. I hope not. We will see. https://t.co/uCqczSGHHE— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 29, 2015
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