Week 5 Thoughts: Odell Beckham Jr., mid-season-audibles and more!
More ways to fix the Giants’ injured secondary
Second, the organization needs to do something about the injury prone secondary through roster changes. With touted cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rogers-Cromartie out, odds of victory against the Packers are falling. As the game from this week showed, one word can summarize the Giants defense: mediocre.
Take, Donte Whitner for instance. He is an excellent candidate for the job.
"Whitner, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Bills back in 2006. After five years with the Bills, Whitner signed on with the 49ers and later joined the Browns in 2014."
Per rumored free agency deals, the Giants have seriously considered replacements to Mykkle Thompson who sat out for much of the season and on the inactive reserve.
Finding players who can improve statistics of the defense ranked 15 by Yahoo! Sports will be the only way the Giants can get things turned around. The offense seems to look aimless at times as Manning has not been able to maximize the effectiveness of his Pro-Bowl wide receivers so far.
More about Giants’ way with coming up short
The Giants’ organization have showed that they are not invincible as they looked after Manning outdueled Drew Brees. The 16-13 victory was scrappy and sloppy which relied on Josh Brown’s accuracy in field-goal territory.
The official analysis highlights a team that is struggling on both sides of the football made worse by the lack of disciplinary measures once put in place under Coughlin.
Per Michael Wilbon’s game day tweet when the Giants faced the Redskins, it will be forever etched into the Giants’ collective memory of the Giants’ “moronic” 128 penalty yardage.
Under Coughlin, despite two 6-10 seasons, Coughlin would show disappointment in his demeanor, arms akimbo and staring at the culprit who cost the Giants a chance at keeping the game winnable. Now, all the Giants have left is a diplomatic approach of Ben McAdoo’s offering a mild rebuke in press conferences.
The Giants can beat the Packers if they learn how to manage Beckham’s personality, make adjustments to their secondary and if McAdoo listens to the voice inside his head.