It's been a horrendous football season in New York, especially for the Giants. Through five games, Big Blue is 1-4 and very lucky not to be 0-5. The Giants' offense has been a disaster. The Giants' defense has been a disaster.
Offensively, Mike Kafka's playcalling (and potentially Brian Daboll's) has been non-innovative, Daniel Jones has seemingly regressed, and worst of all, the offensive line looks worse than ever, which is saying something considering what we've seen over the last decade.
New York has the NFL's worst offense in total yards, second worst in passing yards, second worst in points, and 10th worst in rushing yards per game. The Giants offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the last 145 minutes of game time. That is nearly 2.5 games. The defense has been terribly inconsistent too. All in all, things have been a nightmare and there's plenty of blame to go around:
5. GM Joe Schoen
Joe Schoen received plenty of praise for his work during his first offseason and then plenty of people were singing his praises over the summer. The second-year general manager appeared to make some big-time moves to potentially get this team back to the postseason for the second consecutive campaign.
Five games into the season, though, and plenty of people out there are blasting Schoen for some of the questionable decisions he made leading up to Week 1. For starters, the depth on the offensive line is a joke. Schoen ignored the swing tackle spot and we're seeing the negative consequences for that with All-Pro LT Andrew Thomas injured. Joshua Ezeudu has been forced to fill in and he's been quite terrible in that role.
Let's not forget about Schoen not adding any pass-rush depth behind Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari. Yes, he brought back Jihad Ward, but depth is still an issue there. Also, Ojulari, who has missed time with a hamstring issue, also suffered an ankle injury against Miami. Who knows if he'll play against Buffalo on Sunday night.
We've got to give Schoen plenty of credit for helping the Giants reach the postseason in 2022 for the first time in six years. However, this group is looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL right now and Schoen is a big reason for that.