So coach Bob McAdoo decides to let long time failure backup quarterback Geno Smith start in in place of Eli Manning in Sundays game, yet earlier in the season he refused to bench Erick Flowers who couldn’t block a 5th grader. That’s how this wonderful awful, disgrace of a head coach and General manager show thanks to a classy long time 2 time Super Bowl MVP.
Manning has started 210 consecutive regular-season games, the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Brett Favre’s 297. He has started every Giants game since Nov. 21, 2004, when he took over for veteran Kurt Warner in the 10th game of his rookie season. Manning has also started 12 postseason games, including the Super Bowl victories.
This move proves to Giant fans that in the future McAdoo will never coach the Giants or any team for that matter. What is his reasoning? He said he thinks Geno can be the future QB for the Giants. He thinks they have a better chance to win with Smith. Not sure what he’s smoking but, the moment he said that it confirmed just hoe bad a coach he is. Smith by the way, will be a free agent after this season. If you’re really worried about the future then let rookie Davis Webb start.
The Giants said Manning was offered the chance to start again Sunday, but declined. The 14-year veteran didn't want to be part of a sham. If you start, you play to win, not keep a streak alive. A classy decision by Eli. Not a classy move by the Giants.
Manning, 36, was going to have to surrender snaps at some point to rookie Davis Webb, given the Giants’ season has tumbled into a 2-9 oblivion and they would need to see Webb in games to prepare for next spring’s draft. Not Smith. But it wasn’t supposed to happen like this.
McAdoo, Jerry Reese and John Mara chose the route of blindsiding Manning. I didn’t think the Giants season could have gotten worse, but it has.
Finally a win. It’s fair to wonder where it has been the past few weeks, but there is no doubt the Giants played with passion during yesterday’s 12-9 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
No Eli Apple, Sterling Shepard and Justin Pugh. The offense wasn’t great but good enough to get the win. Eli Manning finished the game 19-for-35 passing for 205 yards. This was the first game that Manning didn't throw for a touchdown since the Giants week one loss to the Cowboys. For the first time in forever we saw a few creative plays. One that worked and one that didn’t. We even saw a few new offensive formations. Interesting.
The Chiefs defense kept Giants tight end Evan Engram in check all day. Engram finished the game with only one catch for nine yards. Roger Lewis led the Giants in receiving, with three catches for 55 yards.
We saw passionate play , hard hits and effort by the D. Damon “Snacks” Harrison intercepted a shovel pass. Jenkins and Collins had picks. Collins continually came up with big plays. Olivier Vernon hurt his shoulder. The fact that he stayed on the field spoke volumes about him. So, playing with passion is a key to victory. Mark that down.
The Giants announced a paid attendance of 76,363. No way there were that many people at MetLife, which seats 82,500. Lots of empty seats, but perhaps the 76,000 were paid for.
The Giants fought through all four quarters and overtime to get their first win at MetLife. The G-Men will enjoy this victory but will have to turn it around quickly with a road game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving night. Lets hope they don’t play like turkeys.
As you know, because if you are reading this you are likely part of it, the New York Giants fan base is in a foul mood after the team lost to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, 31-21. It wasn’t that close.
There will be plenty to break down from yesterday’s game, but let’s keep one thing in perspective. The Giants stink. I mean, they’re a really bad team…ok, they suck. So bad that it would not be at all surprising to see Ben McAdoo get fired after this performance. The Giants haven’t made it a habit to fire coaches in-season, but the embarrassment of the past two weeks (the turmoil and the non-competitive results) might be too much. This is not to take away from the 49ers. They faced a bad team and took care of business.
McAdoo on Friday called the player rips of his leadership “fake news” and, well, he was dead wrong. His response to yesterday’s debacle was “I’m not embarrassed”. He refused to acknowledge that there appeared to be a lack of effort from some players, especially on defense, saying “We had some fight in us and it got away from us at the end.” What game was he watching?
What I saw was a kicker who hit the game-opening kickoff out of bounds and went wide right on a 34-yard field-goal attempt and has now missed a field goal in five consecutive games in which he has attempted one. I saw an aging immobile quarterback lose his fourth lost fumble of the season. I saw two right tackles get beat on almost every snap.
I saw a defense make 3rd string QB C.J. Beathard (19-of-25, 288) into a passing wizard, getting shredded for TD passes of 83 and 47 yards. Janoris Jenkins should have stayed suspended. He got burned and looked uninterested in physical contact. Really poor. Allowing 186 rushing yards and 67 percent on third-down conversions is abysmal. No sacks, no pass rush, no effort and no clue.
I saw a head coach who was unable to get his team to snap to attention and get the football right. If I were McAddo I’d probably find a decent real estate agent sooner rather than later.
What we all saw yesterday was disgusting, disappointing, discouraging and embarrassing.
I’ve wanted to do a look back on the local basball season for a while now. So two weeks after the Astros won the World Series, here is my condensed version.
The Good: They didn't just limp into the playoffs, they were a phenomenally good team, better than anyone thought. The Yankees were almost as good as the Dodgers and Astros this regular season, so it's no surprise they knocked off Cleveland in the American League Division Series and went to a 7th game in the ALCS. Aaron Judge began the season fighting for a job and ended it as one of the three best players in the American League. Yeah, he had a two month struggle, but he bounced back when they most needed him. Luis Severino ended last season in the bullpen, and most likely ended this one on a majority of Cy Young ballots. The players the Yankees added at the trade deadline had a huge impact and will mostly be around, and contribute next year. They did all this and put themselves in position to get under the luxury tax threshold next season, which will give them more payroll flexibility in the years afterward. All of this happened with almost no expectations on them in 2017. It was as perfect as a season that ends on Oct. 21 can be.
The Bad: They blew a 3-2 lead. They were so close. Gary Sanchez defense. Jacob Ellsbury and Dellin Betances. The firing of Joe Giardi.
Good season? Great season!
The Good: Michael Conforto was basically a star, and Noah Syndergaard (34 strikeouts, two unintentional walks, no homers allowed in 30 innings -- might be better than the best-case projections for him. Jose Reyes had an up-and-down year or, more precisely, a year that started down and finished up. After struggling in both 2015 and 2016, Kevin Plawecki was solid in 118 plate appearances this year, hitting .260 with 3 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 11 runs scored. Despite the relatively small sample size, Plawecki’s bat showed its first signs of life in the major leagues and makes him an interesting player to watch going forward. Amed Rosario might be the best prospect in baseball, and debuted at 21. There remains something like a very good core here, and not all things that happened to that core were bad. Jacob deGrom stayed healthy.
The Bad: Injuries and a lack of communication between training staff and coaching staff. Cespedes was productive when he took the field. The only problem was that he played just 81 games due to persistent hamstring trouble. The perils of building around young pitching were, for the one millionth time, proven. Matt Harvey's 6.70 ERA is the worst in franchise history (minimum 80 innings). Matt Harvey! Zack Wheeler ended up back on the 60-day DL, Robert Gsellman got hit hard, Syndergaard threw 30 innings, and one Jacob deGrom is not enough for a team built around young pitching. It was a bleak season, as down years for the Mets inevitably are.
Good season? No so much.
This season has reached Code Red for Big Blue and the head coach of the Giants has become delusional. It is ridiculous that the coach of the 1-7 Giants would comment in his Wednesday talk with the media that he’s calling on his young players, such as Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Dalvin Tomlinson and Avery Moss to also step up and become leaders while adding he believes “we have a run in us.” Really? You have a run when you have lost most of the team, especially your secondary? Maybe HE should try stepping up and become a leader.
The Rangers are finally playing with confidence after a rocky start to the season. It was another win last night. They beat the Bruins 4-2. It’s the Blueshirts’ fifth straight win as they continue to distance themselves from their rough start this season. They’re averaging 4.4 goals per game during their five-game win streak. And though there remain some defensive lapses, the penalty kill continues to excel, while the power play is red hot. Lets go Rangers.
Roy Halladay’s death in a plane crash Tuesday was a shocker. Yesterday Boston sports radio radio host Michael Felger instead of mourning Halladay or respecting those who were, Felger decided to spend over 10 minutes blaming Halladay for his own death thanks to his decision to fly a plane, calling him a “moron” and a “jackass”. Imagine that, a Jackass calling another man a jackass. I guess it takes one to know one who by the way, wasn’t a jackass.
Joe Girardi is out. The Yankees need a manager. Brian Cashman is still looking. The newest names to be thrown in the mix are broadcasters David Cone and John Flaherty. Both have never managed or coached on any level. One who has experience is Yankee bench coach Rob Thomson. The 54-year-old Thomson, a classic baseball lifer well-respected throughout the industry for his overall knowledge of the game, was the Yankees third base coach from 2009-2014, and has been with the Bombers for 28 years in a variety of roles. He is well-versed in analytics and popular among players in the clubhouse. Wanna make this easy Cash? Hire Thomson.
Ryan Fitzpatrick used to play QB for the Jets. Last season, Fitzpatrick was benched twice, threw 12 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions and ended the season with a 3-8 record as a starter. The Jets finished 5-11, and when the offseason began, Fitzpatrick wasn’t offered a new contract. He considered retirement, but instead signed as a back-up with Tampa. This Sunday due to an injury to Jameis Winston, he will start against the Jets. This should be fun.
It was supposed to be the Jets who were nothing this season. The Giants have been nothing, one win better than the Browns and the 49ers. Yesterday the Giants played like they cared about nothing, a disgrace and embarrassment.
The Giants couldn’t get out of their own way on offense, couldn’t stop the Rams on defense and eventually looked like they just wanted the game to be over with. They certainly didn’t look like a team with any fight left in them.
Eli looked old and washed up, the defense gave up 51 points and allowed a 52-yard wide receiver screen TD on a third-and-33. Special teams had a blocked punt again and kicker Aldrick Rosas missed a field goal for a fourth straight game. Rookie Wayne Gallman fumbled (one of 3 turnovers). Oh, and Injured Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon remained kneeling for the national anthem on Sunday. All in all a very bad day at Metlife.
If you still think this is all about Odell Beckham’s injury, maybe there is some swamp land in the Meadowlands still for sale. This is about a team who has given up on their coach. A coach who should be grateful he still has a job today.
Even with the Giants imploding week-by-week, that coach, Ben McAdoo is either delusional or in a state of denial, because when asked if he was worried about his job, he said, “Not at all.” It got even more awkward when McAdoo refused to respond to a question about what he told his team at halftime. The coach said "um" before staring blankly into the distance until he was asked another question.
None of this should be a surprise. McAdoo has lost respect from the media, lost the team and lost too many games.
The biggest surprise in all of the NFL is this: The Giants have been the JV team at MetLife, not the Jets.
I should have used this space today to write about the surprising Jets, but last night, the New Jersey Devils beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-0, in the first game of a crucial Western Canada road trip. The team played, perhaps, their most complete game of the season. The Devils are flying high with a Metropolitan Division leading 9-2 record, and an impressive road record of 5-0. How did this seemingly overnight transition happen?
Eleven games is a small sample size, but they are off to the best start in the entire 35 year history of Jersey’s Team. I’m questioning if this team could be for real, but maybe they are ahead of schedule. With all of GM Ray Shero’s work, the Devils look like they’re back on the correct track; the team has gotten much younger (from being one of the oldest teams to now one of the youngest) and they are out from under a few burdensome contracts. Additionally, the prospect pool has been refilled thanks to Shero hiring Paul Castron to replace the seemingly out-of-touch David Conte.
The team on the ice this year has been a revelation, thanks to a number of players injecting youth and speed into their lineup. Perhaps the biggest surprise has been the play of Jesper Bratt. The talented, 19-year-old Swede has become a dangerous scoring threat. He seems to understand his responsibilities at both ends of the ice. He brings speed, stick handling and puck control.
Nico Hischier, the team’s first ever first overall draft pick has gone a bit cold lately, but 7 points through 11 games and realistically only one major mistake to his name so far) is pretty good for an 18 year old NHLer.
Taylor Hall leads the team with 15 points, and is playing like a man possessed. You can tell just from his body language that he wants the postseason badly for the first time in his career, and with the way the team is playing, it’s so close he can taste it.
While they don’t have an aging legend in net, they have an above-average goaltender in Cory Schneider. He’s helped by 3 defensive lines spread with scoring talent and speed causing havoc for the opposition while contributing offensively.
I know the team started well last season too before the wheels fell off the bus. If you’re a Devils fan you hope the bus keeps moving in the right direction. The fact right now remains that with roughly 1/8 of the season played, the Devils are thriving. They’re finding ways to win games that they almost certainly would have lost last season. I wish I could say that about the Rangers.
The NY Giants have been considered by many as one of the classiest and successful NFL franchises in the last 15 years. Things are different this year as yet again another black eye occurred for the Mara family when Janoris Jenkins didn’t bother to show up or contact anyone from the Giants when players were required to return to work on Monday after their bye week break.
A second top defensive back in three weeks draws a suspension for disrespecting the coach.
Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple are McAdoo’s three best defensive backs. And in the past 25 days, Apple complained about McAdoo’s “culture,” Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended in Week 6 for walking out of the facility on McAdoo, and now Jenkins isn’t even bothering to show up for work or alert his coach why. We could add to this when last season Odell Beckham pretty much did whatever he wanted and did the same this season until his season ending injury.
Coach McAdoo only decided to begin disciplining players after Odell Beckham Jr.’s dog-peeing touchdown celebration in Philadelphia in Week 3. But the coach didn’t punish Beckham, nor did he even condemn his wide receiver’s disgusting behavior until co-owner John Mara finally made a statement days later.
There have been outbursts in practice and on the sidelines (mostly by Beckham), and some players began to wonder where this new sheriff in town had been when Beckham was punching a hole in the wall in Green Bay last year, or when Ereck Flowers was shoving a reporter last regular season. Are you seeing the picture? McAdoo has lost this team.
The Giants are 1-6 for many reasons, but the way I see it, the biggest reason is the head coach. It’s difficult at this point to argue that McAdoo has control of the locker room, and that cannot bode well for his future as head coach. Jenkins probably won’t be the last one suspended, and McAdoo and Reese probably won’t be here by Jan. 1.
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