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Giants-Eagles ‘things I think’: A fun way to end the season, but the real work has yet to start

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants
Sterling Shepard
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Sunday was a lot of fun at MetLife Stadium for the New York Giants and the handful of faithful fans who braved the weather, ignored the Giants’ 5-11 record entering the game, and dealt with the throng of Philadelphia Eagles fans in MetLife Stadium.

The Giants pummeled the Eagles, 27-10, in a game that was so far out of hand that Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was pulled before halftime with the score 24-0.

The ‘Let’s Go Giants’ chants, rarely heard at MetLife Stadium this season, were heard before the half.

Some of the Eagles writers in attendance were overheard counting the days until the Philadelphia Phillies begin Spring Training. Can’t blame them. The Eagles have lost five of six, and what happened Sunday said more about what a mess they are than it did about the Giants.

There were other milestones and enjoyable happenings. Sterling Shepard got three receptions in what might have been the final game of his career to pass Jeremy Shockey and move into fifth place in franchise history with 372 catches. Darius Slayton had 62 yards receiving to reach a career high with 770 yards. The Giants had five sacks and created four turnovers.

Best of all, Eagles fans did not get to celebrate in the Giants’ home.

The real ‘fun’ is just beginning

Now the Giants head into the offseason. It will be an interesting one that could see significant change come to the roster and the coaching staff.

Shepard, the longest-tenured Giant, almost certainly won’t be back. Saquon Barkley, face of the franchise since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2018, might not be back. Defensive stalwarts Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney might not be back. Daniel Jones will be back, but might have to share the headlines — and playing time — with a highly-drafted quarterback of the future. The offensive line has to be revamped.

On the coaching staff, there are a multitude of questions. Will any of the coordinators — Wink Martindale on defense, Mike Kafka on offense, Thomas McGaughey on special teams — be back? Will offensive line coach Bobby Johnson be retained? Will any other position coaches be let go or decide to move on to new opportunities?

One thing I definitely think is that the way the Giants finished the season playing defensively, and as vociferously as players have supported Martindale, he and Daboll need to find a way to mend whatever fences need to be mended and make sure the defensive coordinator stays put.

We begin to get some answers, or at least a picture as to what the organization might be thinking about the many questions it faces, when GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll meet with media for their season-ending press conference at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Big Blue View will be on hand for the proceedings.

About that Daniel Jones report

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Sunday morning that the “expectation” is that Jones will be the Week 1 starter at quarterback for the Giants next season. He also said Jones “should be ready” for the start of the season as he has “attacked his rehab.”

I’m honestly not sure that we should consider any of that news. That’s what Schoen said weeks ago, and the fact that Jones has “attacked his rehab” is exactly what everyone should have expected from a player who works as hard as Jones does.

The whole “Week 1 starter” thing, for me, is much ado about not a whole lot. Week 1 starter does not mean ‘QB1 for the foreseeable future.’ If the Giants draft a quarterback in the first two rounds, Jones is simply a placeholder until that quarterback is ready for his opportunity.

Tyrod Taylor states his case

Veteran backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor might not be back with the Giants next season. Over the final two weeks, though, Taylor certainly made a nice case for why, in a league where backup quarterbacks play increasingly important roles, he deserves a healthy contract to be a backup on a team with playoff aspirations next season.

Taylor went 23 of 32 on Sunday and fell just shy of 300 passing yards with 297. He had a touchdown pass and an interception. He completed nine passes of 15 yards or more, including passes of 46, 33 and 25 yards. Taylor ran eight times for 38 yards and manipulated the pocket beautifully to buy time.

A week ago, Taylor went 27 of 41 for 319 yards and a touchdown. The 34-year-old can still sling and can still run after 13 years in the league. He will find a home, and a nice paycheck, this offseason.

Noteworthy

  • It was nice to see Shepard get the two catches he needed to tie Shockey. He has been a good player and terrific Giant, and if this is the end of his career I know I wish him well in whatever he does with the rest of his life. I hope the entire Big Blue View community does the same.
  • Azeez Ojulari waited until the season finale to have an impactful game. He finished with two sacks, a quarterback hit and a fumble recovery. I think it’s too bad we didn’t see more of that Ojulari this season.