It is their worst start since 1979.
They aren’t who we thought they were.
Cue the Dennis Green clip, please.
Fast forward to the 2013 New York Giants and to oppose Mr. Green, the Giants aren’t who we thought they were.
Entering this season, everything looked brighter and better. Sure, the Giants choked after their annual second-half swoon and they lost key components to their defense, but first round draft pick Justin Pugh seemed liked the right move to add some youth to a very elderly offensive line.
Victor Cruz was re-signed and the tandem of David Wilson and Andre Brown were projected to run roughshod.
Then, the problems that weren’t addressed such as a meager offensive line and timid pass rush started to ferment through the exterior image of the Giants. If you were to tell me that the Giants would start the season 0-5 and give up the most points to opponents while having one of the worst offensive outputs in recent memories, I would’ve proceeded to laugh in your face until my face went crimson red.
Nevertheless, the Giants aren’t who we thought they were.
Eli Manning finally cracked
When your back is against the wall in the fourth quarter, there is no other quarterback you would like to have on your team than the one who holds the record for most 4th quarter comebacks and touchdowns in a single season.
Yet, on Sunday against the Eagles, Eli Manning looked nothing like that quarterback. He finally cracked. Instead of throwing for touchdowns, Manning looked like his rookie-self and threw three interceptions in three consecutive drives. What was once 22-21 in favor of the Eagles turned into 36-21 in favor of the Eagles.
The quarterback who came back twice to topple the almighty Tom Brady in two Super Bowls and arguably the most reliable quarterback in the fourth quarter finally cracked under the pressure.
He forced passes he knew were unable to be caught and converted. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket. And most of all, he didn’t have the calm demeanor he is most famous for, but instead a scowl worth a thousand words describing in one solitary image how the 2013 season has been for the New York Giants.
Where’s the defense?
You are now a private investigator given the task to find the missing New York Giants defense that has always been a force to be reckoned with.
You’ll have better luck finding a needle in a haystack because this Giants defense is nowhere to be found. What was a once a dominant pass rush has turned into a game of push and shove for the opponent’s offensive line. Ranked 31st in sacks with 5.0, 30th in receiving touchdowns allowed with 12, 26th in passing yards allowed with 1,346, and 27th in rushing yards per game allowed with 126.0, this defense is horrid.
This season was Perry Fewell’s statement season to avoid getting sacked himself, but he is looking like the prime suspect in the Giants’ 0-5 record.
There’s a myriad of problems that need fixing that the Giants aren’t doing. As stated last week, their is no room for sticking with the status quo. Everyone is on the hot seat and everyone is responsible for this horrendous 0-5 record.