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09.03.2019 07:16
NFC East remains within reach for last-place Giants Antworten

I’m not looking forward to spending five hours in the car on Tuesday Authentic Eli Manning Jersey , but I am looking forward to getting into the Giants’ locker room and gauging the temperature of the players in the room.It’s been a tumultuous few days for the Giants. The Odell Beckham Jr. melodrama. A difficult loss that dropped them to 1-4, followed by an uncharacteristically angry press conference from coach Pat Shurmur. The jettisoning of former first-round pick Ereck Flowers. The specter of a short week and a Thursday Night Football encounter with the rival Philadelphia Eagles.What kind of mood is this team in? Are they ready to pack it in, knowing their fate for 2018 is sealed? That seemed to be the case when they fell to 0-3 a year ago on a 61-yard field goal by Eagles’ rookie kicker Jake Elliott.Are they ready to fight? Do they still believe they have something to play for this season? Are they itching to build off Sunday, when they played perhaps their most inspired game of the season in a losing effort?I wrote Sunday night that I believe this Giants team has a better chance of digging itself out of its current plight than last year’s team did. I said the same thing on Monday’s ‘Locked on Giants’ podcast.Tuesday, and whatever happens on Thursday against the Eagles, will tell us a lot.The NFC East is still there for the takingThat’s the amazing part. Even with just one victory in five games, the Giants still have a chance in the NFC East. The New Orleans Saints’ 43-19 beat down of the Washington Redskins Monday means every team in the division lost in Week 5 and no team has more than two victories. Here are your NFC East standings:1 - Washington Redskins (2-2)2 - Dallas Cowboys (2-3)3 - Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)4 - New York Giants (1-4)The Eagles are the defending Super Bowl champs. Even with quarterback Carson Wentz back from last season’s knee injury, though, they haven’t looked like it yet. Philly is averaging 20.6 points per game, less than the Giants (20.8), and just lost running back Jay Ajayi for the season with a knee injury.The Cowboys don’t really look like a good team and now coach Jason Garrett is being questioned by owner Jerry Jones. The Redskins? Hard to believe in them after what we saw Monday night.If the Giants can win Thursday night against the Eagles, they put themselves right in the middle of the race. Wrapping up the Odell dramaJust like people are dug in on Eli Manning, so are they dug in on Beckham. The arguing rages on and on, as we saw with the reactions to his ESPN interview, and no minds get changed. At the risk of stirring this whole hornet’s nest up again, I want to clarify something. I’m getting crucified as an Odell hater, and if that’s what you believe that’s not going to change. It isn’t, however, true. I just don’t always agree with his actions.When it comes to his interview with Josina Anderson, Beckham said a lot of things about heart and energy and the need to be more aggressive and imaginative on offense that rang true. Good for him. Saying that losing wasn’t OK and that the Giants, with the talent they have, needed to be better on offense is fine and probably needed to be said. I just thought it was ill-advised to make his remarks in a silly setting with the rapper L’il Wayne there nodding along in agreement. I will also agree with Peter King that Beckham went too far by not supporting his quarterback and by not shutting Anderson down when she asked if he was unhappy in New York just weeks after the Giants made him the game’s highest-paid wide receiver.Finito. Done. That’s all I’ve got on that topic.Sunday’s version was the Eli the Giants needEli Manning threw two interceptions on Sunday after having thrown only one in the first four games. He compiled his lowest completion percentage of the season. His passer rating was his second-lowest of the season.And I will take that version of Manning every single week for the next 11 games. That was the Kevin Gilbride-era Manning. He pushed the ball down the field, averaging 10.7 Intended Air Yards per throw (third among Week 5 quarterbacks per Next Gen Stats) and was seventh among QBs in Aggressiveness Percentage.Ten of Manning’s 36 throws were at least 15 yards down the field and the Giants had six completions of 20 yards or more. Interceptions or not, this was Manning’s best game of the season. He made mistakes, getting fooled by the Panthers on his first interception and just plain throwing a bad ball on the second. But, he kept firing. Kept attacking. Made plays at the end when they mattered, and had the Giants in a position to win the game with a minute left. I will take that over “Checkdown Eli” every week, even with the interceptions.About those penaltiesIf this is a penalty on Landon Collins then you simply are not allowed to try to play defense any longer in the NFL.Collins is diving for the ball and gets his hands on it. He’s not even turned toward Carolina’s Devin Funchess when contact occurs Womens Connor Barwin Jersey , so how can he be targeting something he’s not even looking at? If anything, Collins is the defenseless receiver here who gets hit by Funchess. You might argue that the penalty could have been on Michael Thomas (31), but he is also clearly leading with his hands and trying to avoid an infraction. There is helmet-to-helmet contact with all three players, but it’s all incidental. It’s all football. There is zero intent and absolutely nothing any of the players involved could have done differently. Other than just let Funchess catch the ball.In chatting with Chris about this, I think he’s absolutely right. Whether they slow the game down or not, the helmet-to-helmet calls and the roughing the passer penalties (which are way out of control, in case you hadn’t noticed) should be quickly and automatically reviewed. If the league doesn’t want to automatically review these plays, how about adding one “penalty challenge” for each team to give coaches the option of asking for review on a critical play like that one?I honestly don’t blame the on-field officials for what is happening. Yes, they are the ones throwing the flags. They are, however, being asked to subjectively judge intent and far too many incredibly hard to parse minute details in real time with athletes moving at incredible rates of speed. They are being asked to do too much. I also understand the anger about the Christian McCaffrey first down call. This tweet appears to clearly show that McCaffrey, with the ball in his left arm, never gets the ball to the line to gain.I’m also not buying this, from the league:It would have been interesting to see the Panthers try to run the field-goal team on and get that kick off with the clock running down. The distance wouldn’t have changed, but the degree of difficulty certainly would have.That said, the Giants shouldn’t blame this loss on the officials. Beckham muffed a punt that cost them a touchdown and dropped a fourth-down pass that ended a scoring opportunity. Russell Shepard had a drop and a penalty that ended a drive. The Giants turned a Carolina fourth-and-8 at the Giants’ 41-yard line into a Panthers’ first down at the 16 with THREE penalties. Manning threw two picks. They couldn’t run block. Or tackle. The officials made mistakes. So, however, did the Giants.Adieu, Ereck FlowersOffensive tackle Ereck Flowers is in his final hours as a member of the Giants. The Giants will cut Flowers today if they aren’t’ able to trade him by 4 p.m. ET.The NFL Trade Deadline isn’t for another three weeks (Oct. 30), but the Giants have obviously decided to cut their losses — financial and otherwise — and move on.The whole Flowers saga in New York has been unfortunate. Maybe things would have been better for him if he hadn’t been forced to play left tackle immediately as a rookie due to the injury to Will Beatty. Then again, maybe not.Flowers’ personality, barely speaking to media, never seemed to fit in the big city. In four years it looked like the only friend he ever had in the locker room was ex-Giant Bobby Hart, and that didn’t end well. At least when media is around, other players seem to hardly ever speak to Flowers. Having gone through three position coaches and a position switch you have to believe at this point his lack of improvement over the years has more to do with him than the quality of coaching he has received.Missing on a pick in the top 10 of the draft is a huge setback for the franchise When they selected him ninth overall in 2015 he was looked at as the potential cornerstone of the offensive line for a decade. Now, he becomes little more than a symbol of the failure to get that critical position group right for the past several seasons. A failure the current regime is still paying for, and trying to correct.[E-mail Ed at or via the Big Blue View Contact Page | Follow Big Blue View on Twitter | ‘Like’ Big Blue View on Facebook | Follow Big Blue View on Instagram] New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur addressed the “quarterback question” clearly and succinctly on Friday. There will not be a change at the position and Eli Manning will start when the Giants face the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football in Week 7.“No,” Shurmur said when asked if such a change could be considered. “We believe in Eli.”With the Giants at 1-5 Authentic Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey , Manning coming off a poor game and the Giants headed for yet another disappointing, playoff-less season the question about a quarterback change had to be asked. Shurmur’s answer, though, was entirely predictable. At this point, it was the only one he could give.The Giants went all in on the idea that Manning could still play and that they could win games and be successful on offense with him. The record is an awful 1-5, but there has been some good mixed in with the bad. Despite the public perception, and calls like the one I made for the Giants to move on at the end of the season, they can’t do that just yet.Heading into Thursday’s game they believed they were making progress, and had a 31-point showing against the Carolina Panthers to offer as evidence. “We lost games. I think what’s important is we keep trying to improve, we keep working, and we keep doing what we can to win the next game. I don’t know anything about expectations,” Shurmur said. “I know there’s reasons why there’s new coaches, I happen to be one of the new coaches in the league from last year, and you’ve got to do what you can to get your locker room right, get everybody playing the right way and coaching the right way, and do it in a way where you can win games.”For now, that means Manning stays at quarterback. “We just keep going. Everybody around us is doing the math. We don’t do the math, we just keep playing,” Shurmur said.Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsWhat about 2019?I wrote on Friday that “there is no point in going forward beyond this season with Manning as the quarterback.”So, what are the Giants’ options?Kyle LaulettaThe Giants really like the fourth-round pick out of Richmond. They chose to work with him rather than Davis Webb as the young backup behind Manning.The calls for Lauletta to play have already begun. For now, though, Shurmur isn’t having it.Asked Friday about moving Lauletta up to second string so he would be active on game days, Shurmur said “there’s no reason to discuss that right now” and that “we’re not talking about a quarterback change.”Make no mistake though, if this season reaches the point of no return the way 2017 did Shurmur and Dave Gettleman will not make the mistake that Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese did. If and when the Giants are eliminated from the playoffs I fully expect that Lauletta is going to play.If and when that time comes, Lauletta will have an opportunity to show whether or not he deserves an opportunity to be the quarterback in 2019. The 2019 NFL DraftFans are already speculating about the possibility of the Giants drafting Justin Herbert of Oregon or Drew Lock of Missouri, right now the top college quarterbacks expected to be available in the draft.There is really no point in arguing about the viability of drafting any college quarterback at this point. We have no idea how the rest of the season will play out at the college or NFL level, where the Giants will be drafting, who will be available , how the pre-draft process will play out. Still, get used to hearing names like Herbert, Lock, Ryan Finley and whoever else gets added to the conversation.Free agencyTeddy Bridgewater is expected to hit the market, and he has ties to Shurmur from the Minnesota Vikings. Other than that, it’s names like Tyrod Taylor, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trevor Siemian.Of course, there could be someone out there languishing on a team’s bench that Shurmur or Gettleman really like who could emerge as a mystery candidate. We’ll see.Eli ManningWait? What? I know you’re thinking “wasn’t this supposed to be about who would replace Manning in 2019?” Well, actually it’s about who will be the Giants’ quarterback in 2019.Fact is, despite what you, me or anyone else other than Gettleman, Shurmur and John Mara think should happen doesn’t matter. As we sit here, it’s entirely possible they will end up deciding that Manning remains their best option for 2019.Leading up to the season, Gettleman made it clear that he still believed in Manning. At times, when he is comfortable in the pocket, we have seen that Manning can justify that faith.Manning, though, has been sacked 20 times and hasn’t been comfortable in the pocket often enough.Manning is still under contract for 2019. The Giants could save $17 million by moving on, but would still incur $6.2 million in dead money. What if, over the next 10 games, Gettleman, Shurmur and Mara decide that the offensive line is still a bigger problem than Manning and they don’t want to jettison the two-time Super Bowl winner until they take one more shot at upgrading the offensive line in front of him?Unthinkable for some. Still, however, possible.

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