New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t too happy with cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ comments on the pass-rush struggles.
It’s only two weeks into the 2019 NFL regular season, and the New York Giants are already experiencing the “blame game.” On Sunday, after their 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills, cornerback Janoris Jenkins had an answer for the secondary-based struggles. Ultimately, he blamed the pass-rush.
“When you got time and get no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds?,” Jenkins said. “Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds?”
Now, after hearing these comments, head coach Pat Shurmur wasn’t too pleased.
“That doesn’t reflect him that well,” Shurmur said, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I talked to him how things we say can be interpreted. He was referring to one play and not anything in general. But I spoke to him and we discussed what should be said moving forward.”
The Giants are ranked No. 30 in the NFL in passing yards allowed-per-game, having let up an average of 321.0 yards. It’s evident that the secondary needs to improve ahead of Big Blue’s Week 3 matchup against Tampa Bay.
However, Jenkins isn’t entirely wrong when you look closely at the film. New York is tied for No. 26 in the league with just 2.0 sacks through their first pair of games.
At the end of the day, this is a team sport. Both the secondary and pass rush need to step up more than they have thus far. It starts with this Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET in Tampa.