Giant Debacle: Sifting Through the Ashes

Ken BlairContributor IOctober 19, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 18:  Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints forces a fumble by quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants at the Louisiana Superdome on October 18, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The beat down the Giants received at the hands of the Saints was tough to watch.  So what does it reveal about the team going forward? 


I think it's fair to say the Giants are a better team than we saw on Sunday.  But clearly there are  problems that need to be addressed –- primarily on defense.


Pass Rush 

I know Drew Brees has a quick release, but seriously, how was the Giants front four so ineffective –- especially with Osi Umenyiora going up against a second string left tackle? 

Brees had all day to dissect the Giants secondary. Maybe Chris Canty could have helped if he was healthy.  Maybe Justin Tuck’s foot is a major problem.  Maybe Bill Sheridan didn’t find creative ways to bring more heat.  Or maybe they just got whipped, plain and simple.  It’s a mystery to me.

C.C. Brown is a Liability

It seemed like I saw him getting beat on every down field play. The Giants are really going to miss Kenny Phillips for the rest of the season.  Perhaps Aaron Rouse would be an improvement at Safety. He certainly couldn’t be worse.


Not much to say here besides it would sure be nice to see how the defense could look with Aaron Ross, Chris Canty, and Michael Boley in the mix.  And of course, Kenny Phillips, who I think could have had a special year.  No hope there, sadly.


Offensive play calling

After the porous defense helped the Saints build a quick lead, the Giants offense became very one dimensional, and therefore much easier to defend.  That’s all very understandable.  But what I don’t get is why the Giants came out passing at the beginning of the game. 

You’d think eating up the clock with a steady dose of the run to keep Brees & Co. off the field would have been an obvious strategy. Nope. Coordinator Kevin Gilbride had Eli chucking it deep from the get go. 

It’s almost like he drank too much of the “Giants have a potent pass attack” Kool-Aid before the game and was dead-set on showing the Giants could win a shoot-out –- which is a horrible strategy when your offensive line run blocks better than it pass protects.

On a week when Brandon Jacobs had something to prove, you’d think Gilbride would have let him take his frustrations out on the other team. Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw both averaged over four yards a carry in the game as well. 


Still, I’m not hitting the panic button yet.  I’ll save that for next week, if they lose badly to Arizona with a game in Philly on the horizon. 


I think Eli did the best he could with the defense rolling out the red carpet for the Saint’s offense. It’s not easy when the other team gets to spend most of the game sitting back playing center field as you’re forced to pass to catch up.


The Giants also got a reality check last year, losing to the Browns in Week six.  Then they went out and reeled off seven straight wins against solid competition. 


Sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward.