Dave Gettleman’s NY Giants have lost 26 games since he took over in 2018, but his most recent loss to the 49ers was the worst one of them all.
When Dave Gettleman took over as the general manager of the NY Giants in late 2017, he sold us all a bill of goods about how things would quickly change, and that he would wake up every day and “kick-ass”.
Well, we’re three years into the Dave Gettleman era and the NY Giants are doing anything but that.
Pretty much nothing Gettleman proclaimed would happen in his initial press conference has transpired and you could very well make the argument that the NY Giants are worse now than when he took over after a 3-13 2017 season.
There have been some gut-wrenching losses over that span, but none have been as bad as what we witnessed yesterday at Metlife Stadium where the NY Giants got their doors blown off by the M.A.SH. unit that is the current San Fransisco 49ers.
After playing hard during their first two games against solid football teams – and even having a legitamate chance to win against the Bears in Week Two – the NY Giants were totally outclassed in the 36-9 loss.
Even worse, the young team appeared to have quit down the stretch which is a very concerning sign so early on in the Joe Judge era, as the rookie coach assured us that things like that would not happen under his watch.
Just how beat up were the 49ers? Take a look.
It’s a wonder how Dov was even able to fit all those positions into the Twitter character limit, but in essesnce, the 49ers were missing seven starters and multiple backups to those starters.
And they weren’t just any starters, but their starting QB and their best players on both offense and defense.
Not to mention, undrafted QB Nick Mullens was able to carve up the NY Giants’ defense to the tune of 343 yards on a 69% completion percentage.
It just doesn’t get much worse than that.
Vegas Oddsmakers respect the NY Giants so little that they had Big Blue as the home underdog despite all those injuries, and as it turns out, their line of 49ers minus three points wasn’t nearly big enough.
As bad as the loss to the Arizona Cardinals was in Week Seven of 2019, it doesn’t come close to rivaling this one as at least the Cardinals trotted out a healthy team and had Kyler Murray at QB.
The 49ers were seemingly a play away from having to strap a helmet on head coach Kyle Shanahan.
Run defense lone positive for NY Giants
While taking a look at the box score, you have to look really hard to find any positives from yesterday’s drubbing.
It’s hard to tell which unit was worse, the offense or the defense, but linebacker Blake Martinez continued to live up to his free-agent contract and Leonard Williams continued to show why so many people around the NFL feel he has untapped potential.
Martinez racked up 9 tackles, a sack, and 2.5 tackles-for-loss as he did all he could to slow down the 49ers’ rushing attack.
Leonard Williams was also a big factor in holding San Fransisco to 2.7 yards-per-carry as he also tallied 2.5 tackles-for-loss and chipped in a sack for good measure as well.
Of course, the 49ers were without their top two running backs in Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, but holding a team under 3 yards-per-carry is impressive under any circumstance.
And, when you take out wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk’s three carries for 31 yards and QB Nick Mullens’ 0 yards on four attempts, the NY Giants were able to hold the 49ers’ running backs to just 2.2 yards-per-attempt.
However, in this day and age stopping the run is nice, but being able to hold up against the pass is what really counts.
The Big Blue defense was awful in that regard against a unit littered with backups.