Bye Week Blue!

Written by: Glenn Warciski @nygunderground

Thankfully, the 1-7 Giants do not play this week.  Next game is November 12th.  The hapless Giants face the equally as hapless San Francisco 49ers.  In the meantime, we will discuss for what is in store for this dreadful Giants teams as they begin the second half of the 2018 season. Continue reading

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Prophet’s Pulpit-Redskins vs Giants Preview & Prediction

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Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

The Falcons game was the turning point game in the Giants season. It resulted in showing that the “Emperor has no clothes” (Shurmur) and started a fire sale. I have been watching the NFL since I was 7 years old, and I have never seen such bad coaching from a coach as I saw from Shurmer on Monday night. How can you go for 2 when you need 14 points????? His explanation is BS. He said he wants to be aggressive and had a good play. Even high school coaches know that if you EVEN were going for 2 you do it on the next touchdown so you can go ahead. However, with a 14 point deficit, there is no going for 2!

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Slipshod Shurmur

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:

  1. another touchdown after this one.
  2. the Falcons not to score any points for the rest of the game.
  3. 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.

 

Prophet’s Pulpit-Giants vs Atlanta Preview & Prediction

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Written by:  Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

The Giants had some momentum coming out of the prior game vs. Carolina. They should have won the game against a team that looks to be playoff bound. They lost on the last play of the game by a miracle 63 yard field goal. So you would think that 4 days later as the home team on a short week that they would come out stronger. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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“Patch” Mara!

Written by: Glenn Warciski

This mess is all on you John “Patch” Mara.   The NYGunderground.com will continue to use the nickname Patch when referring to John Mara.   Why Patch?  As a result of his band-aid decisions, this once proud franchise has become the worst team in the NFL.  His flawed thinking has produced a ripple effect.  Consequently, the Giants have become irrelevant.

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Prophet’s Pulpit- Thursday Night Edition. Giants vs Eagles.

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

I apologize that I don’t have time on the short week to do a full breakdown of last week’s game. There is a lot to talk about there especially incompetent officials. It was a bit of a turning point. As much as OBJ’s bus driving in public is inexcusable, the team showed a real spark for the first time all year. Eli attempted to throw deep to Beckham and he did with 14 targets. 

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Prophet’s Pulpit- Week 5 NYG vs Carolina Preview & Prediction

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Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca

Everyone in America thought the game with the Saints would be a shootout. It turned out to be anything but. The Saints ended up cracking 30 points but the Giants were in their familiar less than 20 point game. The defense played well and kept them in the game forcing the Saints to kick 4 field goals. However the supreme weapon Kamara was unstoppable rushing for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had 47 receiving yards to add to the rushing. Continue reading

Shurmur: Give Up The Play Calling!!

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Letdown!  After making positive strides offensively versus the Texans, Pat Shurmur’s offense disintegrated against a woeful Saints defense.  This is the same Saints defense which  allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons to score 48 and 37 points respectively.  Unfortunately,  Shurmur’s Giants could only put up 10 points.  The last 8 points were scored in garbage time.  Speaking of garbage, Shurmur’s team is playing like trash.  His special teams and offensive line stinks.  It is time for him to devote more time in overseeing the offensive line and special teams.  Both areas, without question, need serious improvement.  And relinquish the play calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Shula. Continue reading

Prophet’s Pulpit-Week 4 NYG vs Saints Preview & Prediction

Written by: Tony “The Prophet” Yantosca”

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What a difference a week makes. The Giants saved their season with a gutty performance on the road. Who knew that exchanging Chad Wheeler at right tackle for Ereck, one of the greatest Jerry draft busts of all time picked at #9 overall, Flowers would make such a dramatic difference. The Giants were able to run the ball. They ran for 115 yards after averaging 74.5 yards in the first 2 games. They scored on their first 4 possessions of the first half. This allowed Shurmer to use Barkley the way everyone anticipated that he would be used when he was drafted #2 overall. He was not Captain Checkdown catching 15 passes like he did in week 1. Barkley didn’t score but he had over 100 yards receiving. Eli was the “Good Eli” completing 86% of his passes for 297 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 picks. They won the time of possession battle at 35:30 minutes which is the most for the Gmen in a long time.

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A Giant Win: Shurmur Makes Corrections

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Written by: Glenn Warciski and Paul Burke

Credit Giants head coach Pat Shrumur for making necessary corrections in order to get his Giants on the winning track.  A week ago,  I was critical about the state of the team and the awful 0-2 start.  Yesterday versus the Texans,  he had his team prepared and ready to play.  Indeed, it showed with an impressive road win over the Texans 27-22.

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