Blame whomever single individual you’d like. What you can’t claim is that the New York Giants football culture has improved over time.
Blame Eli Manning if you’d like. Get on the horrid offensive line. Even raise the issue of the non-existent pass rush, something that’s never been cause for concern on the blue side of Northern Jersey for the better part of the last four decades.
Whichever culprit you decide to label as “the problem,” go for it. It may just make you breathe and feel a little easier.
Once you’re done, make sure you arrive at the heart of the issue.
The New York Football Giants culture as a whole has fully and officially evaporated.
Falling by the final of 34-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles in primetime only scratches the surface of the story. This offensive line—despite wholesale changes via Dave Gettleman—once again let down the entire offense. Aside from a couple of Olivier Vernon sightings, the pass rush continued to place the second level and the secondary in a terrible situation.
Most importantly, however, the effort and attitude are candidly askew for an organization rich with pride and dignity.
Odell Beckham Jr., of course, has gone back to being Odell Beckham Jr. Apparently, the kicking net called it quits after the 2017 season. It’s now time for the air conditioner to get in on the action.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 12, 2018
Small potatoes. While keeping composure is part of the leadership gig, getting in on a fantastical dose of domestic violence with a kicking net prior to make-up sex weeks later is all good fodder. It’s what bleeds into the rest of the locker room that’s troubling.