Written by: Paul Burke and Glenn Warciski
Another Sunday. Another Giant loss. Under GM Dave Gettleman’s watch, the Giants have a dreadful record of 12-38. Rather than ascending on the right track, the Giants are on the road to perdition. Although we foresee 2020 becoming a complete unraveling for our beloved Giants, this is our major takeaway.
A major positive from the first two games is a character stamp. This is head coach Joe Judge’s mark on his team. In both contests, the Giants did not give up or mail it in. Over the last three seasons, a majority of these players have been mired in a losing culture. Judge’s intentions is to get them to commit to his way of doing things. A buy in. In his introduction press conference, Judge shared this: What I’m about is an old school physical mentality. We’re going to put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are going to be proud of because this team will represent this area. We will play fast, we will play downhill, we will play aggressive. We will punch you in the nose for 60 minutes, we will play every play like it has a history and a life of its own, with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves. That is our mission right here. I’m about caring for the players in the locker room. Let’s not forget there’s a human element to this game. Let’s not think that in professional sports that paying a pay check to somebody makes it absent of empathy. We need to make sure that we take care of the players in our locker room, that we treat them the right way, that we teach them the correct techniques, and that we put them in the right situations to be successful. We’re going to ask these men to come in and give everything they have every day. We’re going to demand it, and we appreciate everything they give us. It’s our responsibility to take care of them on a daily basis and make sure that when they are done with our game, they are better furthered for the rest of their career as a father, a husband, and a professional in whatever avenue they take. Additionally, the devastation of losing your best player running back Saquon Barkley is enough to severely dent a team’s confidence. Couple this with the Bears complete dominance in the 1st half, things were very bleak for the Giants. To the Giants and Judge’s credit, they battled back and almost won this game. Even though, it is very early on- 2 games into this season, it is too early to jump to conclusions about how long a character stamp on a team will last. Every coach has a shelf life. If a coach does not accumulate wins, and the avalanche of losses pile up, this character stamp will evaporate very quickly.
We will hear about the fighting Joe Judge this week. It will be the new moniker like Danny Dimes. Please keep a perspective and don’t get sucked into the main stream media’s narrative. The reality of who you played, the QB you played- Trubisky in a QB driven league, Matt Nagy’s serious miscues . and how good is a team that scored 0 points in 2nd half to finish a game per Tom Coughlin’s mantra?
In week one, the Bears squeaked out a win versus the Lions. just that, to me, is enough living in Metro Detroit. Who believes Trubisky is even a top 25 QB in the league…….anyone?
We give Giants cornerback Bradberry kudos for his play, as he, arguably, played the best game of anyone on the field. But Trubisky has a track record. The pick in the 4th quarter was underthrown, seriously. The head scratching decision by Nagy in their last drive was stupidity. You are gashing the Giants via the run. Why do you choose to throw on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1? They clearly lucked out on 4th and 1, but acumen? He played not too lose. It is ass backwards when you decide to run after getting the miraculous 1st down. Then to choose to kick FG and risk giving your opponent a short field to lose the game who had no timeouts.
We cannot make too much out of this start given there was not much of a preseason and the first couple of weeks is now the “new preseason” but we seriously lack depth at any position, much less talent at certain positions. This is why we do not have much optimism for this season and this backward Front Office.
Note: Another concern is the OC play calling. Garrett was pushed out because of not adapting and adjusting in Dallas. Our belief if he is another example of an arrogant coach who believes in his system versus adjusting to a) his personnel and b) to his opponent. Thus far 16 points in week one and 13 points in week two. Watch and pay attention moving forward.
Tony will have a more detailed analysis with his Prophet’s Point After. Stay tuned.