For two months now, Giants fans have seen the same porous defense chase receivers and tight ends all over the field and watched as opposing offenses have done whatever they pleased. After every game the quotes are the same from Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan’s players:
“This isn’t Giants football.”
“We have to play better.”
“We just have to keep working.”
Last night, Justin Tuck told the Star Ledger’s Mike Garafolo their performance in their 45-38 loss to the Eagles was “horse (bleep”). Couldn’t have said it any better myself, Justin.
For the third time this season, a team dropped 40 points on the Giants’ defense. Let that sink in. THREE TIMES. Does that sound like a playoff team to you? It’s a miracle the Giants are still in the playoff race and who knows, maybe they actually do sneak their way into a Wild Card game in January, but really, does anyone expect them to win it? Not with this defense.
With the Giants having finally clawed their way back from a 14-0 lead and taken their first lead of the game at 31-30, Donovan McNabb was allowed to snap the ball, take the Amtrak to Philly, grab a cheese steak at Gino’s, take the train back to the Meadowlands and calmly place a pass into the hands of a wide open DeSean Jackson for a touchdown. A heart-stomping play that has happened too many times to this defense this year.
1 strip sack and few pressures was all this once-vaunted defense could muster on McNabb. This all lead’s me to following questions:
Just how bad is Justin Tuck shoulder?
Is Osi Umenyiora all the way back from his knee injury or has he simply regressed?
Is there a defensive tackle on this team who can pressure the interior of an offensive line?
Was Corey Webster ever that good or was his huge contract a product of the defensive line of yesteryear?
Barring a miracle, Bill Sheridan will be out of a job at the end of this season. I don’t believe he deserves as much of the blame as he has gotten but he took over a top ranked Giants defense (with many of the same players) that had been a constant strength for two seasons under Steve Spagnuolo and has turned it into this team’s Achilles heel.
Are the Giants done yet? Not with an offense that seems to keep getting better every week and has big play ability from every skill position. I have to feel for Eli Manning last night, whose numbers (27-38, 391, 3TD’s) would have been even better if not for four drops from his receiving corps.
Their season is on life support, though, and no one needs the answers as to why.