Eli Manning

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2018 New York Giants

Truly horrible.

October 12, 2018 - 9:53 am

After the Eagles beat the Giants 34-13 last night, there are two ways to go here. Do I start the show with the glass half full and talk about the Eagles looking like the Eagles again? Or do I start the show with the glass half empty and talk about the Giants looking like the Giants again? Answer: neither.

Because the Giants didn’t look like the Giants. They looked worse than the Giants... If that was your first time watching the Giants this season, you came away with two observations: holy CRAP, Saquon is good. Holy CRAP the Giants are terrible. And they’re ripping apart and it’s even the middle of October. 

I mean they’re horrible. Truly horrible. And actually, given the talent that they have at the skill positions on offense, I’m actually proud of them for being that horrible. You think it’s easy being that bad when you have that much skill on offense? It’s not.

They’re 1-5 this season. They have 4 wins in their last 22 games. They’re getting booed at home, early in games. And the only reason they aren’t being booed late in games is because everyone left. 

And it didn’t have to be this way. They nearly beat Carolina on Sunday. They had a reeling Eagles team coming to town on a short week. They broke out their sweet, all-white gear. Last night was a time to break out. 

And instead, they broke apart.

At the end of the first quarter, Eli Manning had a passer rating of 7.8. At one point, cameras caught his head coach, Pat Shurmur saying, "Throw the ball!" That was after Eli checked down for a five-yard gain on second and 19. 

Let me interrupt this to say the following: Saquon Barkley had 13 carries for 130 yards. Nine receptions for 99 yards. This dude’s amazing. All class. Unfortunately, since he’s surrounded by all trash, it really doesn’t even matter that he’s a stud. I mean, if the rest of the offense was even decent, Barkley would be the topic right now because last night, he did some things that you might never see again. Saquon Barkley on a good team would be unbelievable. Because Saquon Barkley is on an awful team and it’s still actually amazing.  

Okay, now back to your regularly scheduled programming about how crappy the Giants are.

Yes, it’s easy to get distracted by Odell Beckham leaving the field before halftime to get an IV and head-butting a cooling fan. And yes, it’s totally tired. But don’t let that fool you. If you’re focused on him and his interviews and his antics, you’re focused on the wrong thing. 

He’s not the problem. He’s not the reason they’re Odell Beckham isn’t the reason the Giants are arguably the worst team in the league.  And. Sure, kicking or head-butting inanimate objects is really lame by now… and sitting down for that ESPN interview with Lil Wayne, was really weird. I mean, why the hell was Wayne there? I still haven’t figured that out. But again, he’s not the problem there. If anything, Odell is doing the coaching staff and the organization a favor by creating a distraction from their actual problem. Actual problem being, that they’re a terrible team. Arguably the worst in the league. They’re not just looking up at the Jets now; they’re looking up at every team in the league. 

Everyone freaked out when Beckham didn’t go with some political, canned response when he was asked in that ESPN interview if Eli was the problem. Remember, he said “I don’t know” and everyone rushed in to call this guy the worst teammate ever. Fact is, not only did he NOT run this guy under the bus the way everyone is saying, that answer was actually pretty charitable. He could have said, ‘have you watched any of our games?  Then what do you think,” Or “it sure as hell looks like it.” Because while Eli might not be their only problem, he’s their biggest problem, not Beckham. And they have plenty of other problems too. I’m not even sure where to start.

The offensive line is bad. Their big free agent signing left tackle Nate Solder was getting beaten with regularity. The play calling is bad. The receivers aren’t getting open. And the quarterback isn’t getting them the ball when they do. And their special teams are an embarrassment.

And that awfulness on offense is seeping over to the defense. Because early in the game, the Giants defense actually did show up. They were getting pressure on Carson Wentz. They were hitting him, they were causing problems. Philly’s first two touchdowns only came on short fields after an interception and a punt return. 

For a minute, I was actually going to give the dee some credit; and say it’s not a horrible team, just a horrible offense. But then the defense remember who they were and just started to mail it in. Then again, I’m not here to kill the defense, crappy as it was. Sort of hard to fault the defense because it knows no matter what they do, it will never matter. Because the offense will just bleep it all up.

Bottom line: they are a beautiful disaster. Beautiful, because they’re fully imploding and it’s only mid-October. There are still ten more games of this. Which means as bad as it is right now, it’s about to get worse. Much worse. It’s a grease fire now, but in a few weeks, it’ll be a dumpster fire wrapped up inside a trainwreck. This is going to end really, really badly, and frankly, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.