Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, speaking with me Wednesday on “Big Blue View Radio,” was as direct as can be about New York Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers.
“Ereck Flowers is just not a good football player.”
That’s it. No talk of technique, no play-by-play breakdowns, no hopeful mention of his offseason work or his youth. Just that he is “not a good football player.” On top of which, I hadn’t even asked Schwartz about the beleaguered left tackle yet.
“I don’t know what more I can say to that,” Schwartz said. “That’s just what it is.”
After Flowers allowed three sacks of Eli Manning by Ezekiel Ansah of the Detroit Lions in the Giants’ 24-10 loss on Monday night, coach Ben McAdoo said that Flowers would “absolutely” remain at left tackle.
Per Pro Football Focus, Flowers has allowed six pressures in 78 pass-blocking snaps this season, a pass-blocking efficiency rate of 92.9. It’s no consolation to Giants fans weary of watching Flowers flail as rushers zoom by, but Flowers is actually 44th of 71 tackles graded by PFF. So, it could be worse. Problem is, when Flowers gets beat, He really GETS BEAT. And it is really ugly.
If you still think the cavalry is coming with trades, in-season free-agent acquisitions or a massive re-shuffling of who plays where on the Giants’ offensive line, Schwartz squashed all of that talk:
“They can talk about scheming a lot of chips in but that’s not really Ben McAdoo’s offense. The way he schemes in a chip is throwing the ball as quick as possible. Possibly he’ll have some new formations, some new ways to get the ball out really quick and that is how they fix the offensive line,” Schwartz said. “There’s no magic pill, they’re not inserting anybody. That’s reason why I think McAdoo has remained really positive toward Ereck Flowers publicly, because what are you going to do? You can’t threaten to bench him and then not do it, right, if he plays poorly. So you’re not going to threaten him. That’s where they’re at right now.
“They did not address the offensive line position in the offseason and this is the offensive line they have going forward.”
Schwartz addressed a variety of other Giants-related topics during our conversation. There will be one more post this week, likely about Eli Manning, that will include some of Schwartz’s observations. Click the player above to listen to the entire show.