Nobody has been hit harder by injuries in the NFL than the New York Giants. After Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants offense looked like a new team after Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, and Kenny Golladay left the game with various injuries.
Barkley’s timeline is a week-to-week officially, although it could be more, and Jones left the game with a concussion after a brutal hit. Golladay was already nursing an injury and could miss time as Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard missed the past two games with injuries of their own.
It has been an absolute mess in New York, and while injuries can be part of the blame for a shaky start to the year, the rash of injured offensive players could lead to the end of Jason Garrett’s job as offensive coordinator in New York.
Jason Garrett’s play-calling is under fire after latest injury to Daniel Jones
It has been a disastrous start for the Giants, who are just an overtime period away from being 0-5 on the year. Barkley returned from his ACL injury and finally got rolling before going down with yet another injury.
Jones has exceeded expectations after a rough rookie campaign and was finding his footing, tossing for 402 yards and a pair of scores in their lone victory against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4. But, all of that has put into question Garrett’s job status. The play-calling has been atrocious, and Sunday was as evident as ever.
The injury to Jones was the icing on the cake. Garrett called a quarterback rollout instead of handing it off or calling a short pass with the ball on the Cowboys’ one-yard line. In turn, Jones was leveled by the Cowboys’ defense and ultimately left the game after a scary scene saw him tumble toward the sidelines in a daze.
Jones would leave the game with a concussion, and the Giants offense went from big names to no names as Mike Glennon stepped in for Jones.
Nonetheless, Garrett’s play-call to run with Jones– who is not Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray– was highly questionable and needs to be examined.
The offense has hit a wall and could mean the end of his job as OC and ruin his chances for a head coaching gig
Remember when Garrett was named Coach of the Year back in 2016 while he roamed the sidelines for the Dallas Cowboys?
Yeah, that seems like forever ago, and Garrett has been itching for a chance to get another head-coaching job. Unfortunately, his performance with the Giants has shut the door on teams calling for his services.
The Giants offense is toward the bottom in essentially every category except passing yards, which can be attributed to them playing from behind every week and forcing the ball in the air, not to mention their patchwork offensive line.
New York finished Joe Judge’s first year with a 6-10 record and is going downhill quickly, even more after the latest batch of injuries will put Barkley back on the sideline. If the Giants don’t start winning games, Judge could be gone, or he could decide to pull the plug on Garrett in hopes of revitalizing the offense and saving his job as the head coach.
The next few games will be crucial for the Giants
Yes, the Giants weren’t picked to win the Super Bowl this season. However, this start is not what they wanted to see, especially after spending a ton of money on wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Sure, injuries are one thing, but even when everybody was healthy, this team was a concern.
Garrett needs to find some way to score points and will have to do so without Barkley, who is out for at least this upcoming week, although it could be longer. The status of Jones will be the big story, and if he can’t go, it is time for Glennon, who threw two interceptions in relief against the Cowboys.
The next four games are against the LA Rams, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Las Vegas Raiders before heading into their bye, and at this rate, Garrett won’t be around for much longer.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference