They’re No Longer Giants: New York Football Team Is A Mess
One day after beating the Washington Redskins and clinching a spot in the 2016-2017 NFC playoffs, New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo granted his team a day off the next day (on Monday), before their upcoming Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers.
That’s when the Giants’ wide receiver corps — Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, and Roger Lewis — decided to head down for a one-day trip to South Beach, spend the evening partying with Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx, Khloe Kardashian, and Johnny Manziel, and then spend the ensuing day on a party boat with Trey Songz, and a whole bunch of groupies.
Six days later, the Giants were destroyed by the Packers. All four of those players failed to go for more than 65 yards receiving, while guys like Beckham made backbreaking drops that helped stifle an offense that scored 13 points all day (en route to a 38-13 shellacking).
If that entire scenario doesn’t illuminate why the New York Giants have one exactly one football game of consequence in 2017, then don’t worry, because that’s just the tip of the iceberg (which that boat that all the Giants wide receivers were partying on might as well have hit, given how poorly everything has gone for this team ever since).
For some reason, the man that seems to escape the lion’s share of blame that he absolutely deserves is General Manager Jerry Reese. Here’s a fun fact: from the last 10 NFL Drafts he’s presided over, he’s produced exactly four Pro Bowl players: Beckham, safety Landon Collins, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (the latter of whom made the Pro Bowl after leaving New York). Despite presiding over a free agency binge which saw Reese hand out over $200 million worth of contracts prior to the 2016 season, this team remains woefully undermanned all over the offensive line (a disaster for years now), running back (they haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2012), linebacker, and wide receiver (anyone and everyone behind Beckham, anyway).
After callously pushing Tom Coughlin — a man who led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories — out the door, Reese made the short-sighted decision to promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to head coach, because he was afraid that some other team would hire away McAdoo, and because Eli Manning stated his preference to keep McAdoo. Instead of realizing his job is about what’s best for the franchise, he went ahead and promoted a guy who had only two seasons of experience as a coordinator in the NFL, to the head coaching position of one of the most respected franchises in the NFL.
It’s pretty clear this season that McAdoo is just as overmatched as you would imagine. Over the last two weeks, the Giants have been outscored by a 75-24 margin. Fans of the team are openly wishing for losses each Sunday, because they hope it’ll spur a coaching change (if not an entire regime change, including Reese).
No matter who’s running this team, they’ll be stuck with the $22 million cap hit that Eli Manning will cost in 2018. Manning has regressed badly this season, despite playing in the offense of his hand-picked head coach. If you’re one of the few Manning apologists remaining, you could point to the fact that Manning has one of the worst groups of running backs to potentially give the ball, and plays behind an offensive line that’s been a joke for years.
On defense, they’re going to have to pay the piper next year, for the aforementioned binge by Reese in 2016. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison will cost nearly $10 million in 2018. Olivier Vernon will cost the team $17 million. Pierre-Paul will cost $17.5 million. They’re almost certainly going to release Janoris Jenkins, and eat $6 million of the $15 million he’s also owed.
This is what happens when you try to fix the Titanic with duct tape. This team has more problems than solutions, but is simply too ignorant and stubborn to admit it. The sad part is, Giants fans know the truth: things are only going to get worse, before they get better.