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Giants news, 12/11: Why was Leonard Williams on the sideline in overtime?

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Why Leonard Williams watched most of game-losing drive

Defensive tackle Leonard Williams was on the sideline for the first six plays of the eight-play, 75-yard game-winning drive by the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime on Monday.

Why? Because, according to coach Pat Shurmur, it wasn’t his turn to play.

“We had a rotation going and that’s basically it,” Shurmur said on Tuesday. “For whatever it’s worth, I felt like the interior defensive linemen were pretty disruptive, and we liked the rotation we had to keep them fresh throughout.”

Memo to Shurmur: That’s not worth much. You’re in overtime. The game hangs in the balance. Rotations and keeping players fresh is out the window at that point. Rightly or wrongly, this is a guy your GM gave up two draft picks for and who is considered one of your best players. He needs to be on the field.

Williams didn’t come in until the Giants were facing a first-and-goal. Just add this one to the growing pile of evidence that this coaching staff simply doesn’t understand game situations or its personnel.

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