EAST RUTHERFORD – A reporter asked Giants coach Joe Judge about Xavier McKinney’s personal foul that led to a touchdown and a halftime lead for the Falcons.
It was the last question of a post-match press conference after Sunday 17-14 loss, sending the Giants to a 0-3 record for the second year in a row, and the judge said he would rather not comment on the penalty without watching the tape.
As the judge left the podium, another reporter shouted over and over again, “Shoulder to shoulder,” as if this penalty analysis would absolve the Giants of a loss that has plunged Big Blue into the abyss of the NFL yet again. start of the season.
The comment itself prompted the judge to turn around, not looking at anyone in particular, and responding, âYou’ll be fine, guys. OK? Everything will be alright. “
The judge still believes in what he’s trying to build here, and at this point it’s not worth trying to convince anyone outside of the organization that whatever plan they have, it will work.
The Giants have an inherent problem the judge can’t resolve until his team start winning games, and it was never more evident than when part-owner John Mara prepared to slip the blazer. Ring of Honor on Eli Manning’s shoulders during what was supposed to be a feel-good ceremony to celebrate a franchise icon, everyone heard boos.
And boy, they were loud. Even Mara acknowledged the sentiment to reporters as she walked the press gallery on the way home from the owner’s suite at halftime.
“Of course I heard it,” Mara said. Look, I would have booed too. We are 0-2 and under at halftime.
I could only imagine the anger when Younghoe Koo’s winning basket and the Falcons split the amounts, sending the Giants to their second heartbreaking loss in a row when time expired.
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Mara getting booed during what should have been a moment to celebrate for the Giants was just part of what turned out to be an unacceptable afternoon of missed opportunities, inexplicable mistakes and more for a team that is not up to the fundamental bricks set by its coach.
They are now 0-3 and face an intimidating road schedule for the next two weeks at the New Orleans Saints and Arlington Cowboys before returning home to face the Rams.
The Monday Night Football presentations against the Chiefs in Kansas City and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay remain on the schedule for November.
There’s no easy way to tell: The Giants are among the worst teams in the league at this point in the season, and the reality is it could get worse in the standings before it gets better.
Which is hard to fathom: Daniel Jones is emerging as a quarterback over the past two weeks and the Giants have nothing to show for that. It is a devastating reality.
Defensive captain Blake Martinez suffered what is believed to be a serious injury on Sunday. Two of the attacking’s best targets, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, started in the first half with hamstring injuries.
The defense that was supposed to lead this team through a tough first streak leaves everyone losing one possession at a time.
The Giants can’t worry about giving hope to a disgruntled and somewhat apathetic fanbase right now. The biggest challenge for Judge and the leaders of this team is trying to make the players believe that things are going to change as they continue to look for answers.
“I’m sick of losing. Everyone is sick of losing,” Saquon Barkley said. “But I wouldn’t consider us a bad team. We just have to figure that out.”
Until they do, the Giants must face the consequences – from top to bottom.
Michael Strahan has already predicted the score for what turned out to be the biggest win in Giants history, stomping the sideline ahead of the quarterback and the offensive line that was hailed at halftime on Sunday with a simple but unforgettable sentence:
“17-14, guys. One touchdown, we’re world champions. Believe it, and it will happen.”
The stakes were nowhere at the level of Super Bowl XLII on Sunday, of course, and this time it was the Falcons who thought they would eventually get away with it.
You must be wondering what the Giants need to do to get one back.
Not another Vince Lombardi Trophy, mind you, but just one victory to get rid of all the negativity that once again clouds the organization.
Art Stapleton is the Giants’ beat-maker for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.