Since their 2011 title run, the New York Giants have lost their identity. They have made conflicting moves, telling fans they are unsure if they are rebuilding or competing.
The New York Giants have officially become unwatchable, and it’s time for a complete regime overhaul again. The team is no closer to competing for a title than they were when Dave Gettleman took over, and it’s fair to say it may be further away. They have won seven games in the past two seasons combined. Giant’s owner John Mara struck out once again on this general manager/head coach regime.
Since coming over to the Giants as their new general manager, Dave Gettleman has made a lot of moves that irritated fans, to put it mildly. Why would you take away a receiver as talented as Odell Beckham Jr. from a rookie quarterback? They were never going to be a better football team without Beckham on the field. The football world was robbed of what Beckham, Daniel Jones, and Saquon Barkley could have been as an offense. That was supposed to be the next chapter of Giants football.
There has never been any real justification for this move, and it’s clear it backfired as this team has no firepower on offense. The infamous “we didn’t sign him to trade him” line by Gettleman makes a move scratch your head. For a rebuilding team to have to eat $16 million from one deal is again puzzling.
Barkley is the only weapon this season, and defenses are stopping him. Their offense is bland and predictable. It’s unclear how Pat Shurmur can survive this season after such a lackluster performance. Shurmur’s play-calling has been questionable at best. It’s not much different than his predecessor Ben McAdoo coaching style, except McAdoo, was at least able to reach the playoffs once.
The defense has been atrocious for years now. The defense itself needs an entire overhaul. Trading for Leonard Williams still makes no sense for a rebuilding team. Especially a team that already has a surplus of defensive tackles. Why get rid of two essential picks that could help build for the future? Williams wasn’t likely to be out of reach during free agency. It’s another costly mistake for Gettleman and the future of this team.
The best move Gettleman has made was signing Markus Golden, who has been one of the only bright spots in this lost season. For priding himself on fixing both the offensive and defensive lines, his lack of effort to acquire a big name pass rusher might be his undoing. It might always haunt them that they passed on Josh Allen.
If Shurmur and Gettleman do survive beyond this season, it’s hard to be excited about the Giants’ future. Jones and Saquon Barkley leading a team should make fans excited about the next chapter, but it’s difficult with the stale play designs and bizarre trades. This team is lacking leadership who will finally right the ship and return the New York Giants to winning.