End Of An Era For New York Giants?

September 21, 2017 by

Giants Annihilated by Lions in NFL Game 

Monday night saw the Giants being run over by the Detroit Lions ending in a dismal 24-10 defeat.  Bad as that may be, the truth is that the New York Giants have bigger problems.  The loss isn’t a fluke and the failure not merely a once off.  In fact, the question has been begging since the start of the NFL season:  Is this the end of an era for the New York Giants?

Expectation dictated that the Giants were supposed to be strong championship contenders at best – play-off contenders at worst – as far as the current season is concerned.  This has not happened.  Not even by a long shot.  Instead fans are being left hanging and shame-faced at the absolute lack of performance – and perhaps more importantly, lack of defence – by the once NFC powerhouse.

Might 2017 signal the end of an era for the Giants, and with that, the end of an era for Eli Manning?

Naming And Shaming

Ben McAdoo conducted the post-game press conference in a manner that few coaches would dare to do: he called out and publically criticised his most important player.  The message was clear: the Giants had lost McAdoo blamed veteran quarterback Eli Manning for it.  Whether a public humiliation would afford the intended kick in the pants is debateable, but at least the message was carried over in the strongest way possible: The comedy of errors – not the first of its kind for the season – would no longer be tolerated.

McAdoo has cited sloppy quarterback play as the main culprit responsible for Monday night’s loss. Why did he not call a time-out when he saw the disaster unfold?  He had a veteran quarterback who had played a lot of football, creating the expectation that the Giants would in fact get the ball snapped.

Shared Responsibility

McAdoo acknowledged that he too had a hand in the events of the evening as well as the season so far.  This on a night during which a home crowd ended up boo-ing away at the home-side offence after only three offensive plays.  Perhaps McAdoo realised that the sheer magnitude of the disaster did not belong at the feet of one man alone, or maybe the man in charge knew something that the rest of us didn’t.  Whatever his reasons, the acknowledgement certainly resulted in a shift from blame-game to taking on some of the responsibility for the evening’s events.

One thing is for sure – the Giants will have to do a great deal more than merely acknowledging their mistakes if they are to salvage anything of what is left of the current NFL season.

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