An Offensive Defense

Here are my takeaways from the fourth-straight Giants loss.


First, the problem is the defense.

Second, no matter what Daniel Jones does, they aren’t going to win without fixing that defense.

Lastly, they might need a new coach

Jones was really good today and he has been really good when he has a reasonable number of weapons to use  His worst game came when he was missing his top two running backs and top two receivers.  I’m not saying the guy is headed to the Hall of a Fame, but it seems like he is going to be at the very least an average QB in the league for awhile

But no matter what Jones does, the defense has to get a whole lot better.  They give up big plays like candy, don’t come close to putting consistent pressure on the QB, and never get a big stop.  There are some promising players on the front 3, but the eight guys behind them need a lot of work.

And that brings me to the coach who continues to disappoint.  Last week the Giants played a close game after falling behind 17-0.  Today the same thing happened today after falling behind 14-0.  That’s two weeks in a row the team wasn’t ready to play when the game started  Beyond that, he makes bad in-game decisions.  He went for two with over four minutes left in the third quarter and his team down 24-19.  They didn’t make it, and they could have used that extra point when they had an easy field goal on 4th-and-long down 31-19.

But far worse than that was the fourth down decision with just over three minutes in the game, two timeouts left, and a 12-point deficit  They threw a deep ball to the end zone, and a flag was thrown for defensive holding or interference.  But then the refs picked up the flag and Shurmur didn’t challenge.  At that point, the value of the time out you might lose with an unsuccessful challenge, is nothing compared to the value of getting the call made and the ball on Detroit’s 1-yard line.  You have to throw the flag!  Shurmur didn’t and he saw his career record fall to 17-40.



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  • blmeanie  On October 28, 2019 at 7:31 am

    many of your comments sound like you were describing the Falcons coaching and lack of readiness at the beginning of games, or I should say, soon to be former coach of the Falcons

    • nysportsfanatic  On October 28, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      I was surprised to learn the Falcons had a worse record than the Giants. However, Quinn has been successful, so he deserves much more runway. At 17-40, Shurmur is 177th out of 183 coaches in NFL history. He’s going to have to do better than 2-6 over the second half of the season.

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