The New York Giants are in trouble, and not just for the 2021 NFL season. They suffered another embarrassing loss in Week 6, dropping the team to 1-5 on the season. Joe Judge‘s handle on the team seems to be lessening in his second year as head coach.
After the Giants ‘ latest defeat, Judge made some post-game remarks, which should have fans and the front office questioning his ability to lead this team.
The New York Giants get blown out again
The Los Angeles Rams had their way with the New York Giants, toppling them 38-11 at MetLife Stadium. The Giants left the home crowd disappointed yet again.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead into the second quarter, but the light bulb finally turned on for the Rams. LA didn’t look back, either. They dominated New York for the remainder of the game, reeling off 38 straight points before the Giants scored a garbage-time touchdown.
The Rams didn’t even play their best game, especially considering their slow start. However, the Giants were unable to take advantage of it.
Sean McVay‘s squad controlled the time of possession. The Giants turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions by Daniel Jones. Danny Dimes was showing some signs of life to start the season, but this performance was discouraging.
Joe Judge has his work cut out for him if this team will turn things around in 2021.
Joe Judge’s puzzling analogy
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was not pleased with the way his team fought in the first half of the loss to the Rams.
“I challenged guys at halftime and wanted to see who’s going to finish the game,” said Judge per The Athletic. “I wanted to see what type of fight some of these guys have. We’ll go through the tape, but there are some guys I could see with the eye test right away that fought and finished, and that’s how we’re going to do things around here.”
The team needs to make some changes because that second-half fight only mustered up eight points in the game’s final minutes. Judge provided an interesting analysis of the Giants’ current situation in the post-game presser.
“We’re in that submarine right now. If something happens on that submarine, there’s got to be someone on that ship to step up and save that thing,” Judge said. “You spring a leak, someone’s got to plug that thing for you. No one’s coming. It won’t get there in time to help you if you don’t fix it yourselves.”
The Giants have more than a leak in their submarine. It’s in danger of sinking. By Judge’s eye test, this is not a contending team right now.
The Giants may need to accept that Judge is not the answer
All Saquon Barkley‘s injury in Week 5 did was compound the problems New York already had.
Daniel Jones was outperforming expectations, but he was bound to come back down to earth at some point. Just as the offensive line started to show signs of improvement, they took another giant step back. The Rams sacked Jones four times and hit him seven more times.
The defense lacks reliable talent at all three levels. The upset victory over the New Orleans Saints is looking more and more like a fluke.
The on-field product is bad, but the coaching isn’t much better at this point. We know what we’re getting with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, but Joe Judge is a wild card.
He’s provided some nice quotes this season but has done little to instill confidence for the franchise’s future. The game was out of reach, yet he kept his Jones in the game, even after suffering a concussion in the previous game.
It’s unclear what preparation looks like for New York on game weeks, but it’s not working. He’s just two years in, but the ship is sinking. No one’s coming.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.