Jimmy Carter was the President and gasoline was $0.90 a gallon the last time the N.Y. football Giants were 0-5. That was back in 1979 when more than half of our readers weren’t even born yet! And now, history has repeated itself as the team once again has arrived at that dubious milestone.
This season has been going downhill for the Giants every week as this merciless season has unfolded. The only real bright spot took place in game one when three Giants receivers had 100+ receiving yards. There really haven’t been any other bright spots over their next four games.
The Giants have struggled on both sides of the ball but the most glaring common denominator has been turnovers. The team has 20 turnovers to lead the league in that category while 12 of those have come through interceptions by the once very elite quarterback & captain Eli Manning, who threw 15 all of last season!. (Eli has never lost five games in a row since coming into the league back in 2004). Those turnovers have resulted in 54 points scored by their opponents which also leads the league.
Some could raise the argument that the club has suffered more than their share of injuries but that’s just the nature of the game. Fact is their offensive line has not protected Manning enough as he has been sacked 15 times this season (19 all of last year). They also have not been able to open any lanes consistently for the Giants running game to get off the ground as David Wilson and Brandon Jacobs have proven to be a major disappointment on offense.
Their defense has been, well, in a word, “offensive”. Their secondary has been as porous as swiss cheese and rushing the passer has become as extinct as the dinosaur. Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck are a shell of what they once were. Here’s a stat that exemplifies how their complete lack of defense has helped them actually make the record books: The 182 points allowed so far this season are the most through five games by ANY team since the Raiders gave up 187 in 1961…That’s over 50 years ago folks!
It’s most shocking to see a Tom Coughlin team perform this badly, even going back to his early days in Jacksonville when he brought respectability to that franchise for the first time ever, they played hard every game for the fiery coach. Were the two Giants Super Bowl wins under Coughlin just flukes? Has the team lost its passion and hunger for another championship? Or has Tom Coughlin just lost his team?
Good questions all. We’ll have to wait and see what happens by the end of the season to realize any definitive answers. One thing is perfectly clear; no team that has begun the season 0-5 has ever made the playoffs and this bunch will be no exception to that rule. Can General Manager Jerry Reese work his magic and bring in some key replacements in time to at least salvage the season by making the Giants relevant or has that ship already sailed?
Meantime, that smoke you see coming out of Met Life Stadium means that the Giants season is done….WELL done!