New York Giants veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins refuses to speak to the media after criticizing defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
This past Sunday, the New York Giants dropped their eighth-straight game and 10th total on the year. The Green Bay Packers came into MetLife Stadium and ousted Big Blue 31-13 behind four touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers.
After the game, veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins decided to air his frustrations to the media. Ultimately, Jenkins’ comments were directed toward his role. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher doesn’t have Jenkins travel with the opposing team’s top receiver, something many defenses in this league do.
When given the chance to clear the air on Wednesday, Jenkins didn’t wish to provide any clarification.
Janoris Jenkins has declined talking to #giants media. I asked him if he wants to clarify anything, he said, ‘No.’
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) December 4, 2019
There are a few ways to look at this. Either Jenkins and the coaching staff have already cleared things up and the veteran doesn’t feel the need to talk about it any longer. Or, there’s still tension in the locker room that Jenkins just doesn’t want to speak on.
Either way, he and the rest of the organization need to put their heads down and prepare for Philadelphia next Monday.
This secondary hasn’t had the greatest go-around in 2019, and that includes Jenkins. Quarterbacks have combined to complete 51.4% of throws when targeting him for 448 yards and three touchdowns.
With the amount of money the team is paying him (has a base pay of $10.15 million in both 2019 and 2020), it’s very unclear if he’ll even return next year. It’ll definitely be one of the decisions the front office will have to make this offseason.