New York Guardians: Three takeaways from 27-0 loss at DC

New York Guardians vs. DC Defenders. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
New York Guardians vs. DC Defenders. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Struggles for the New York Guardians offense continued as they were shutout in Washington DC, 27-0. Here are three takeaways from a disappointing loss.

It was flat out ugly in the United States Capitol on Saturday for the New York Guardians. The offense was, in a word, awful. As a result, their defense was constantly playing on a short field and after putting up a good fight for a half finally fell short.

New York couldn’t get any offensive momentum all game. That includes a dismal one out of 11 on third downs. When they need a little something to get them going, their tank was empty. It wasn’t like DC’s defense was dominating either. There were plays to be made however the New York Guardians couldn’t make them. Here are our three takeaways from the 27-0 loss.

1. Turnovers are the difference between Weeks 1 and 2

Last week against Tampa, the Guardians offense wasn’t great either. The difference, however, was that New York was able to capitalize on their opponent’s turnovers. By winning the takeaway battle 3-0, the Guardians held Tampa to only three points despite being outgained 394-226. It’s why NYG was able to win by 20 points.

On Saturday, the New York Guardians had no such luck. As a matter of fact, this time they were the team that gave the ball away three times while getting only one interception themselves. Losing the turnover battle led to losing the game overall.

2. Mobile quarterbacks

The handwriting was on the wall last week. When Tampa changed quarterbacks from Aaron Murray to Quinton Flowers the Guardians entire defensive dynamic changed. It was open season on Murray, they sacked him five times. But when the Flowers came into the game, New York couldn’t get to the more mobile QB.

Defenders signal-caller Cardale Jones can not only move well but he is also huge at 6-5, 250-pounds. The Guardians defensive line couldn’t hold the edge. There was no outside containment on either side. When Jones moved around in the backfield, there was all the time necessary for him to make plays.

3. McGloin is a problem

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Matt McGloin‘s had a bad day at the office. The New York Guardians quarterback completed a dismal eight passes in 19 attempts for 44 yards. He also threw a pair of interceptions one of which was a pick-six. It wasn’t 100 percent his fault, the offensive line he was playing behind was down two starters.

He was running for his life at times, but there were opportunities for big plays throughout the game. Just like last week, McGloin couldn’t complete passes to open receivers on deep routes. Additionally, at several points during the game, he blamed his coaches and teammates for the offense’s failings.

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