Written by: Glenn Warciski @nygunderground
Even with a new coaching staff, inexplicably, the Giants struggle to score points. For two and one-half years, the Giants are averaging 16 points per game. ( This is our adjusted average. We throw out the garbage touchdowns.) To make matters worse, Shurmur continues to make bone-headed game management decisions. We gave him a pass in the New Orleans game. Giants had all three timeouts remaining in the first half, and he left them on the scoreboard. What is important here, if he would have used his timeouts, the Giants would have had an opportunity, to get the ball and possibly score. But now, we are putting him on notice.
The Atlanta Falcons had the 29th ranked defense in the NFL. So with the Giants facing a crappy defense, one would have thought the Giants would have been able to score points. Not the case again. In the above video, the Giants trail 10-6 in the third quarter. Instead of kicking a field goal to get within one point. Shurmur goes for it on 4th down. Failed attempt. Instead of designing a play to get the ball to Barkley or OBJ, the pass is thrown to some decrepit stone hands third string tight end. What the heck is going on? Shurmur’s Giants are 29th in the league in red zone touchdown percentage. A putrid 43 percent conversion rate overall. Against the Falcons, in five trips and two scores.
Here are the things most mentioned as components to being a successful red-zone team (in no particular order):
1. A mobile quarterback — The threat to also run the ball in for a score can break down a red-zone defense.
2. An athletic tight end — Teams need a player who can open up his alignment and take defenders away from the line of scrimmage to open up the running game.
3. A tall receiver — With size, there is always the threat of a fade route in the end zone.
4. A power back — Pushing the pile and moving the chains can keep defenses honest.
The Giants do not have a mobile quarterback. They have an athletic tight end but Engram was mysteriously not involved in the aforementioned play. The Giants do not have a tall receiver but have athletic ones. They have a power back but nobody can open a hole for him. This supposed offensive genius cannot get this offense out of first gear. They were able to move the ball against this 29th ranked defense but could not score touchdowns.
As for the two point conversion decision, Shurmur did not consider his defense. In the entire second half, the Falcons were able to move the football. Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 18 passes in a row. Yes, 18 straight completions. And you are going to tell me, the math tells you to go for two points down 20 to 12? The traditional two point conversion chart tells you to kick the PAT in the Giants situation. Now for a team who scoffed at analytics, Pat is hiding behind them. He claims the correct move was to go for two points.
From the article, author Jacob Herlin: I’m here to tell you that going for two after the first touchdown was the correct choice, even though it didn’t work out. After the Saquon Barkley
touchdown, the Giants needed three things to happen to win the game in regulation:
- another touchdown after this one.
- the Falcons not to score any points for the rest of the game.
- three points between the two extra point attempts they had left.
Problem with Shurmur and Herlin’s thought process, the Giants defense stinks! They do not have a pass rush. And as I stated, the Falcons were moving the ball efficiently in the second half. So this reasoning is flawed. The Giants scored another garbage touchdown to make the game close, but this is not the case. Another ugly loss in front of the whole country.
Even in this interview with Francesa, Shurmur is not taking responsibility. He continues to blather on about execution. This is New York not Cleveland. Tell the fans you stink and the whole team stinks. And 2018 is a year in which we will evaluate who we have and focus on putting out a better product in 2019.
Finally, Shurmur is not a first year head coach. This is his second and final stint as an NFL head coach. The decisions he is making is unacceptable. The fact the Giants cannot score points is unacceptable. The losing is unacceptable. Especially since, he was going to fix things. Fix Eli and this nondescript dysfunctional offense. He has nine games to make things right. Let us hope the team plays hard and does not give up. Because if the Giants finish poorly again, Patch Mara has to reconsider his choice as head coach. Right now, Shurmur, in my opinion, does not have the chops to get the Giants on the winning track.