Another football game, another utter debacle for the New York Giants on Sunday. A 31-21 loss to the previously 0-9 San Francisco 49ers that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated. Another mostly effortless, clueless, non-competitive game played by team that should be much better than it is.
Let’s get to the “Kudos & Wet Willies” and get this over with.
Wet Willies to ...
Janoris Jenkins — If anyone should be embarrassed by what happened on Sunday, it should be Jenkins. Of course, we don’t know how he felt about the performance because he bolted the locker room before reporters could ask him.
Jenkins’ effortless play said all anyone needs to know.
Zero effort from Janoris Jenkins. Zero. pic.twitter.com/H7M5B0VL9L— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 12, 2017
It wasn’t just the one play, either. Forget unprofessional, Jenkins’ lack of effort was despicable. The Giants gave him a five-year, $62.5 million and this is what they get for their money? I don’t care who the coach is next week, how much money Jenkins makes or how good he is when he actually tries, he should never play another down for the Giants. How can he face his teammates after that, and after the last couple of weeks overall?
Ben McAdoo — The Giants are 1-8. They have been outscored 106-45 the past three weeks, with each defensive effort seeming worse than the prior one. They just lost to, in fact got humiliated by, an 0-9 team. They made C.J. Beathard, a rookie placeholder for Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback for the 49ers, look like a Pro Bowler. The product is embarrassing. Yet, the coach was “not embarrassed by this team.” He should be embarrassed that he’s not embarrassed. But then, he probably has to go look at the tape, which he said 10 times during a five-minute press post game conference Sunday evening.
Eli Manning’s “fumble” — Even Manning couldn’t explain exactly what happened on this play.
One MILLION dollars to whoever can explain to me what Eli was thinking here. pic.twitter.com/3nHgGb87F0— UmmSZN Ethan (@EthanGSN) November 12, 2017
Was he foolishly trying to throw it? Did he just not get two hands on the ball when he knew he should have?
“I’ve got to hold on to it. I have to do a better job doing that and keep two hands on the ball, and just got to throw it. Had one hand on it, but I have to cover it, get a knee down and hold on to it as long as I can. ... I was trying to hit [New York Giants TE] Evan [Engram] on the deeper one and then kind of got wrapped up. I had one hand on it, trying to flip it out, and I’ve got to try to hold on to it as long as possible.”
Manning, otherwise, played an outstanding game. He was 28-of-37 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 113.
Aldrick Rosas — A kickoff out of bounds. Another missed field goal, this one a 34-yarder that NFL kickers need to make. He is now 10-of-15 (67 percent) and has missed at least one kick in five straight games. That’s the kind of work that leads to being out of work.
Anyone on defense not named Olivier Vernon — The defensive end returned to the lineup and had an interception, four tackles, one of only two hits the Giants got on Beathard, and a pass defensed. Everyone else?
The pass coverage was awful. The Giants gave up touchdown passes of 83 and 47 yards. They consistently allowed the 49ers to complete passes just long enough for first downs (San Francisco went 8-of-12 on third down). They gave up a 33-yard touchdown run up the middle to Matt Breida that looked like one of those end-of-game plays where a team intentionally lets the other side score in order to get the ball back.
Some time very soon defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo might become interim head coach. Watching the defensive play, though, Spags should be embarrassed if coaching that kind of product actually gets him a promotion.
Kudos to ...
The guys who played like they gave a damn —- Chris listed 10 of them Sunday night. His list is a pretty good place to start — Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman, D.J. Fluker, Kelvin Sheppard, Jonathan Casillas, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon.
I would add Landon Collins, Justin Pugh, Ereck Flowers and a few others — but not nearly enough to make up for the ones who didn’t care. Special mention for Fluker, who kept dragging himself onto the field in a lost cause despite a knee injury that had him walking like this after the game:
The guys who didn’t give their best efforts Sunday quit on a guy who cared that much.