5 Things we’ve learned about the NY Giants in the first 8 weeks
Through the first eight weeks of the NFL season, the NY Giants appeared destined for another losing campaign, as some hard truths have already emerged
The NY Giants have been a franchise in flux for several years now.
Is New York rebuilding? Are they not rebuilding?
It doesn’t seem like anyone knows, including those in the organization. A coaching carousel has plagued them since the stability of Tom Coughlin, the organization is led by a general manager that is hated by most of the fanbase (deservedly so in some cases). An offensive coordinator that is also hated by the entire fanbase. A head coach in Joe judge that has caught a ton of criticism this year for his conservative coaching style, among other things.
At 2-6 going into Sunday against the Raiders, what have we learned so far about the NY Giants? Here’s a look
The NY Giants are a bad offensive team
Quarterback Daniel Jones in now in his third year and this was his “jump” year.
The Giants are coming off being the 31st ranked offense last year; big free agent pick-ups in Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph along with a first round pick of electric Kadarius Toney were to propel the unit to new heights.
Ranked 20th in the league right now, you may see that as an improvement. It is not unfortunately, the team struggles to score points (19.5/game) and is the worst efficient team in the Red Zone. Two recipes for disaster.
The offensive line is a patchwork quilt that has so many holes it just cannot be repaired. The play calling is atrocious, hence the hate aforementioned about the offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. Injuries have certainly played a part in this, no doubt. Saquan Barkley is on to miss his fourth straight game, as might Kenny Golladay. Sterling Shepard is on the shelf again and Toney has been on and off hurt. Andrew Thomas is also hurt leaving a big hole on Jones blindside.
All that being said this is the NFL and it next man up. Weapons hurt aside, where is Kyle Rudolph? Where is Kaden Smith? Evan Engram was not traded so he is still that “match-up nightmare” we always talk about. Target John Ross more than two times (surprisingly not injured). The offense is bad and comes down to Garrett along with his poor play calling. Change that and and you will see improvement.