Falcons 17 Giant Ass Clowns 14

What is it going to take for you to blow up your team?

Written by: Glenn Warciski

I have had enough. And so do some Giants fans who took their umbrage out at John Mara by booing him incessantly. But does our owner John Mara? The Giants continue to find ways to lose football games. On a beautiful Fall Sunday in northern New Jersey, albeit on Eli Manning Day, the Giants lost to the lowly Atlanta Falcons on a FG as time expired 17-14. On consecutive weeks, the Giants suffered the agony of defeat. Their last two games ended on walk off field goals. So with three games into the 2021 campaign, the Giants find themselves with an 0-3 record. Needless to say, with no hope in sight to revitalize this season, this team will post another double digit losing season. Over the last decade, the Giants have posted a dreadful record of 51-70. And John Mara fails to see the urgency in making major changes with the organizational structure. What will be the flashpoint?

Earlier this week, I asked Albert Breer, SI NFL columnist, the following question.

From TrueBlueNYG (@NYGunderground): What is it going to take for John Mara to realize his team needs a complete makeover?

His response:

True Blue, I’ve heard at a few points over the last half decade that Mara’s hot over the state of his football operation. So I’d imagine another disappointing season (the Giants have the fifth-longest playoff drought in the league, having last made it in 2016) will lead to more change in the team’s ranks. The question is at what level.

As it stands, I think coach Joe Judge is safe. The Maras really like him, and the team’s taken steps forward under his leadership. I also think it’d be difficult for the family to stomach another coaching change. Consider this: From 1931 to 2015, from Steve Owen to Tom Coughlin, and through 85 seasons, only one coach (Ray Handley) didn’t make it into a third year. If Judge were fired, he’d be the third consecutivecoached fired after just two seasons. The Giants pride themselves on organizational stability, and this would not be that.

Could change happen in the front office? Yes, I think it’s possible. But the question then would be, if GM Dave Gettleman were to take a step back, or step down, whether the next hire would be a doubling-down on Judge—with a GM who has a background with him (like Tennessee’s Monti Ossenfort) coming in—or a fresh start. Or an internal promotion, with someone like Kevin Abrams or Chris Pettit moving up.

And then, there’d would be the question of whether there are simply too many Giants lifers in the building, people who have worked there and nowhere else (it’s something that’s been raised in Pittsburgh in the past, and something that led to a bit of house-cleaning in Jacksonville with the arrival of Urban Meyer).

Fact is, if things don’t get better, there’ll be plenty of questions for the Maras to answer.

Since John Mara officially took over after his father Wellington passed away in 2005, the Giants had stability within the organization. Ernie Accorsi was the GM and Tom Coughlin was head coach. Wellington Mara handed the keys to the car to John. Subsequently, the Giants won two improbable Super Bowls with the man they honored on Sunday-QB Eli Manning. Eli was the last link to winning. One has to remember, Eli did not do it alone. He was surrounded with outstanding players who helped the Giants get to the top of the mountain.

John has failed to obtain quality players on both sides of the ball. Thus, he has trusted complete morons to run the once mighty Giants into the ground. Yes, Dave Gettleman is an anathema. This crusty the clown has a record of 15-36.

Since Mara unceremoniously dismissed Tom Coughlin as head coach. Look at the dreck he promoted to head coach.

Stooge number one. Ben McAdoo 13-15

Stooge number two. Pat Shurmur. 9-23

Stooge number three. Joe Judge 6-13,

As we have stated here on this humble blog, once Mara decides to pull the lever in order to remove all the stench from 1925 Giants Drive, the losing will continue.

Other Observations:

The Atlanta Falcons stink. As our Tony pointed out over their first two games, they have given up an average of 40 points per game. With 10 days to prepare, the Giants managed 14 points.

Joe Fudge’s game mismanagement.

He lost a challenge.

Burned two crucial timeouts which left the Giants with one remaining at the 11:34 mark remaining in the 4th quarter.

With the game tied at 14, the Giants are faced with a 4th and 9 at midfield with 1:58 left in the game. Keep in mind, the Giants have one timeout remaining. Thanks to Judge’s mismanagement. On their last possession, the Falcons drove the ball down the field to score the game tying TD. More importantly, Giants QB Jones was sacked and fumbled a few plays earlier. Thankfully, Jones recovered his fumble. So what does Judge decide to do?

Punt. When Judge made this misguided decision, I knew the Giants were going to lose. The could not stop the clock. His defense could not get big stops. And Atlanta needed a FG.

Next, the Giants face New Orleans who will be playing their first home because of Hurricane Ida which ravaged most of South East Louisiana. The Giants are going to be run out of the building. 0-4.

First Look At Giants First Round.

Written by: Glenn Warciski

The Giants have the 6th and 17th picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. What do they plan on doing? Will it be grabbing two guys to bolster the maligned defense? Will they obtain Hog Mollies to bolster the offensive line?

I asked MMQB’s https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/04/russell-wilson-seahawks-contract-negotiationAlbert Breer the following question:

From Glenn Warciski (@NYGunderground): A lot of talk about @giants going defense with one or both of their first round picks. What about offensive line? Do you know who they like? Need another tackle. Continue reading

Slipshod Shurmur

Written by: Glenn Warciski @nygunderground

Even with a new coaching staff,  inexplicably, the Giants struggle to score points.  For two and one-half years, the Giants are averaging 16 points per game.  ( This is our adjusted average.  We throw out the garbage touchdowns.)  To make matters worse, Shurmur continues to make bone-headed game management decisions.  We gave him a pass in the New Orleans game.  Giants had all three timeouts remaining in the first half, and he left them on the scoreboard.  What is important here, if he would have used his timeouts, the Giants would have had an opportunity, to get the ball and possibly score.  But now,  we are putting him on notice.

The Atlanta Falcons had the 29th ranked defense in the NFL.   So with the Giants facing a crappy defense, one would have thought the Giants would have been able to score points.  Not the case again.  In the above video,  the Giants trail 10-6 in the third quarter.  Instead of kicking a field goal to get within one point.  Shurmur goes for it on 4th down. Failed attempt.  Instead of designing a play to get the ball to Barkley or OBJ, the pass is thrown to some decrepit stone hands third string tight end.  What the heck is going on?  Shurmur’s Giants are 29th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage.   A putrid 43 percent conversion rate overall.  Against the Falcons, in five trips and two scores.

Here are the things most mentioned as components to being a successful red-zone team (in no particular order):

1. A mobile quarterback — The threat to also run the ball in for a score can break down a red-zone defense.
2. An athletic tight end — Teams need a player who can open up his alignment and take defenders away from the line of scrimmage to open up the running game.
3. A tall receiver — With size, there is always the threat of a fade route in the end zone.
4. A power back — Pushing the pile and moving the chains can keep defenses honest.

The Giants do not have a mobile quarterback. They have an athletic tight end but Engram was mysteriously not involved in the aforementioned play.  The Giants do not have a tall receiver but have athletic ones.  They have a power back but nobody can open a hole for him.  This supposed offensive genius cannot get this offense out of first gear.  They were able to move the ball against this 29th ranked defense but could not score touchdowns.

As for the two point conversion decision,  Shurmur did not consider his defense.  In the entire second half, the Falcons were able to move the football.  Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 18 passes in a row.  Yes, 18 straight completions.  And you are going to tell me, the math tells you to go for two points down 20 to 12?   The traditional two point conversion chart tells you to kick the PAT in the Giants situation.    Now for a team who scoffed at analytics,  Pat is hiding behind them.  He claims the correct move was to go for two points.

From the article,  author Jacob Herlin: I’m here to tell you that going for two after the first touchdown was the correct choice, even though it didn’t work out. After the Saquon Barkley

 touchdown, the Giants needed three things to happen to win the game in regulation:

  1. another touchdown after this one.
  2. the Falcons not to score any points for the rest of the game.
  3. three points between the two extra point attempts they had left.

Problem with Shurmur and Herlin’s thought process,  the Giants defense stinks!  They do not have a pass rush.  And as I stated,  the Falcons were moving the ball efficiently in the second half.  So this reasoning is flawed.  The Giants scored another garbage touchdown to make the game close, but this is not the case.  Another ugly loss in front of the whole country.

Even in this interview with Francesa,  Shurmur is not taking responsibility.  He continues to blather on about execution.  This is New York not Cleveland.  Tell the fans you stink and the whole team stinks.  And 2018 is a year in which we will evaluate who we have and focus on  putting out a better product in 2019.

Finally, Shurmur is not a first year head coach.  This is his second and final stint as an NFL head coach.  The decisions he is making is unacceptable.  The fact the Giants cannot score points is unacceptable.  The losing is unacceptable.  Especially since, he was going to fix things.  Fix Eli and this nondescript dysfunctional offense.  He has nine games to make things right.  Let us hope the team plays hard and does not give up.  Because if the Giants finish poorly again, Patch Mara has to reconsider his choice as head coach.  Right now, Shurmur, in my opinion, does not have the chops to get the Giants on the winning track.