The New York Giants are a storied franchise. They’ve won eight championships and four Super Bowls since their inception in 1925. Well, the 2021 Giants appear to be the furthest thing from a championship contender. Amani Toomer won a Super Bowl with New York and is displeased with the current team’s performance.
Toomer ripped his former team to shreds when asked his thoughts on their disappointing start in 2021.
The New York Giants are currently 1-5
The New York Giants are in year two of the Joe Judge era. The team posted a mediocre 6-10 record in its first season under Judge. Now, they’re on pace to take a step back in his second season at the helm.
The NFC East turned into the NFC Least in 2020. None of the teams truly deserved a playoff spot. The Washington Football Team narrowly beat out the Giants for the division title.
Judge had his new team playing inspired football in his first season. However, the 2021 season has been an entirely different story.
New York is currently sitting at 1-5, heading into a Week 7 matchup with the Carolina Panthers. The team’s lone win of the season came against the New Orleans Saints. That win looks more like a fluke as the losses continue to pile up.
Over the past few weeks, the injury bug has bit the Giants hard, but that doesn’t excuse the team’s poor performance against an average schedule in terms of difficulty.
Amani Toomer is disappointed in the team’s start
Amani Toomer is a former second-round draft pick of the New York Giants in the 1996 NFL Draft. He spent his entire 13-year career in New York and helped the team win Super Bowl XLII.
Toomer is highly disappointed in his former team’s abysmal start to the 2021 season. He appeared on Blue Rush, a New York Post Giants’ podcast. The former wideout didn’t mince words when asked about their performance.
Toomer started by questioning their effort. “I dig into the body language, right,” he said. “Are they excited, are they edged up? They didn’t seem that way to me. It’s easy for me to say, but the amount of points they got beat by [the Rams] didn’t look like they were excited.”
The former Michigan Wolverine didn’t stop there, either. “They don’t look like a team that belongs on the field,” Toomer said. “It’s almost like they were playing Alabama. It’s really sad to see the state of the Giants right now.”
The Giants aren’t the most talented team in the NFL, but there’s enough there to be competitive. Their performance through the first six games is unacceptable. If they don’t play better, changes are sure to come.
Can the Giants turn things around in 2021?
The New York Giants are heading in the wrong direction. The chances of them making the playoffs in 2021 are slim to none at this point. But, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
However, it won’t be easy. Looking at the rest of the 2021 schedule, it’s difficult to pinpoint a game they should win. Through six weeks, New York is one of the worst teams in football.
The team showed promise in Joe Judge’s first season at the helm, but this version looks much different. Giants’ defensive back coach Jerome Henderson called out his guys’ lack of effort against the Los Angeles Rams, per the New York Daily News.
When you have to question the players’ effort, it’s usually a sign of a bigger issue. The Giants have to look in the mirror and assess the coaching staff and front office.
Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge, and Jason Garrett should be on the hot seat. The general manager’s history of making questionable decisions should be enough to show him the door.
The team may be a lost cause in 2021, and the franchise needs some serious changes to brighten the outlook moving forward.
All statistics courtesy of Pro Football Reference.