By Jeff Pilgrim @Jeff_NYG
It was another dreadful day at the office for the New York Giants. The GMen dropped their 7th straight game and fall to 2-9 on the season.
Head Coach Pat Shurmur had two weeks to try to correct some mistakes. As hopeful fans, we anticipated new offensive schemes to get Barkley in space. We were looking for our defense to tighten up in the secondary. Finally, we were looking for improvement from Special Teams (I’m looking at you, Rosas).
Zero creativity on offense led to “3rd and long” all day. The Giants converted just one of twelve of these opportunities for the first down.
Kicker Aldrick Rosas is a shell of his former pro-bowl self. He missed two field goals on Sunday from 42 and 43 yards. He’s now missed a PAT or a field goal in 5 consecutive games. These missed opportunities continue to crush the Giants and the game script. Each miss causes a ripple effect that winds up hurting the Giants later in the game. We’re not a good enough team to overcome these mistakes. This needs to be corrected or we’ll have a new kicker next year too.
The Good News:
1) The Giants didn’t go down 14-0 in the first quarter. Quite refreshing. They held the Bears to zero first-quarter points.
2) New York led at half time for only the second time this season.
3) Daniel Jones has now gone consecutive games without throwing an interception.
The Bad News:
1) The Giants also failed to score in the first quarter.
2) The Bears scored 19 consecutive points as the Giants just rolled over in defeat.
3) Daniel Jones lost is TENTH fumble of the season.
Pilgrim’s Point: This is what rock bottom feels like.
It’s truly concerning that our coach has made no visible changes to our shortcomings. We have made Saquon Barkley look like a mere mortal out there when we all know he has otherworldly talent. He’s definitely dealing with some injuries but so is the entire NFL. The play calling is horrendous. That’s on Pat Shurmur.
I want to see a new coach next year. If we keep Shurmur and have another dreadful season, we would continue to waste the prime of a lot of our weapons. We’re still early enough in this rebuild to get the right guy to lead us. Keep him until end-of-season and then move on.
The Giants will continue their losing streak this Sunday as we host the Green Bay Packers. A top 3 Draft Pick looks like a sure thing.