After another disappointing loss to the now 9-3 Green Bay Packers, the New York Giants have a lot to look at. This loss is significant to the team, resulting in elimination of the Giants from playoff contention. This has been the third straight losing season for the Giants. As a fan myself I can’t take it anymore; and the question has to be asked. What is going on with this team?
There are many people/groups to blame for this unsuccessful team.
It can be put upon the poorly constructed offensive line that has been a major disappointment in the development of this offense. They have also allowed the opponent to get 35 total sacks on the quarterback this season; not giving enough time for the passing game to develop. While the running backs haven’t been amazing, there is definitely still potential being shut down by the group.
Is it due to Saquon Barkley? It is very obvious that after his high ankle sprain suffered in week 3, his influence on the field has been less present. Barkley has 307 yards in six games since coming back from his injury. In comparison to his 227 yards in his first two games, the injury has obviously caused some conflict with the second year running back out of PSU.
Another group to blame is the defense. The G-men defense has allowed the fourth most points per game with an average of 28.2 ppg allowed to their opponents. Considering the offense is not matching these numbers on the other side of the ball, this is a problem that must be addressed.
Finally, this leads to the most signficant problem in my opinion – Pat Shurmur. Shurmur has a record of 7-21 (.250) as the Giants head coach over his past two years spent with New York. His oblivious play calling skills are a major reason as to why this team is struggling so badly.
After Sunday’s loss there have been rumors as to the Giants possibly firing Shurmur by the end of the year. Even so, a new coach isn’t going to magically make this team a Super Bowl contender. Talent MUST BE added to this team during the offseason.
For anyone losing hope, just remember there’s always next year!.
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