It’s very easy for me to vent about the horrid performance by the G-Men Sunday. There’s a lot of anger, a lot of frustration. And there are a lot of questions. Here are some Thoughts, Giants Panthers style (or, as I said in the title, what happened to the 2009 Giants?)
-There is no excuse for the lack of effort on Sunday. No excuse. This was the biggest game of the year. And the Giants come out like it’s a pickup game after Thanksgiving dinner. They come out with no fire. They come out with no passion. The Panthers, on the other hand, had nothing to play for.
Yet, they come out like it’s the Super Bowl. I can’t explain why the Giants didn’t come to play. I don’t know if they can. But, they didn’t. And, it’s been that way for the whole year. Think back to the first Eagles game. The Cardinals game. The Saints game. The Broncos game. We thought this team could be a Super Bowl team. We had high expectations for the team. And you saw, when there is consistent effort, the Giants look awesome. Think of the Redskins game. But, the effort is there. The fire isn’t there. And, no team can be successful without a strong effort.
-CAN SOMEONE TACKLE! Jonathan Stewart must’ve broken at least 50 tackles. Players are going for the ball, not the player. It’s an awful display of football.
-Too many mistakes. Manningham fumbles. Hedgecock holding. That first drive seemed to be all the Giants had. And, mistakes screwed it up.
-Look, I don’t know what will fix the Giants. Yeah, they need some talent on defense. They need some help on the interior O-Line (I’m talking about you, Rich Seubert). They desperately need secondary depth. That can be had. But, where does the leadership come from? I always think back to the playoff game last year against Philly. You see Brian Dawkins going absolutley nuts, firing the team up. Giants don’t have anyone like that. Did you watch the Cowboys game last night? Keith Brooking looked like he was going to have a stroke. The Giants need that. They need an infusion of passion, an infusion of pride, an infusion of determination. That’s what they need. The talent part can be fixed. The formation stuff, that can be fixed. The passion can’t be fixed. They have to get someone who can provide that. Is that person out there? I don’t know. But, the GIants have to find it somewhere.
-What the hell happened to the Giants? They were 5-0, and looked unbeatable. Sure, they were playing the Bucs and Raiders. But, they were dominating them, and that’s what good teams do. But, then, the Saints cream them. The Eagles beat up on them. They lose to the Chargers.
They get embarrassed in Denver. This team, in my opinion, is an average team. They can beat up on the bad teams, but they can’t beat the good ones. They were lucky to rack up wins against the cupcakes. But, when it meant something, this team didn’t show up. Every Giants fan should be angry. Every Giants fan should be upset. Every Giants fan should demand changes. Giants fans were expecting a great team this year. They didn’t get it. It’s a shame.