New York Giants: Media Jumps Off The Offensive Line Bandwagon

Big Blue’s offense was a dud on “Sunday Night Football”. The analysts have all concluded that, as if viewers could not see that with their own eyes.

New York Giants fans have plenty of reasons why the offense didn’t work on Sunday. Among them are: inferior personnel, poor drafting, lousy play-calling, a bad quarterback, terrible running backs, bad scheme and sub-standard coaching.

In reality, it’s likely to be a little bit of everything on this list. Ironically, after months of seeing the writing on the wall, Giants Nation finally woke up. The loss to the Dallas Cowboys knocked those rose-colored glasses right off everyone’s head.

Why did this turn of events surprise anyone?

Because with the exception of ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, almost every New York Giants beat writer kept repeating the company line. Spoiler alert: a few folks under our masthead did the same thing. And now faced with the grim reality, many of these same folks have jumped off the bandwagon.

Less than one month ago, Raanan wrote this:

“The Ereck Flowers concerns are real. The New York Giants can cross their fingers, pray and hope for the best, but it’s not going to mitigate the risk they’re taking by throwing Flowers out as their left tackle for a third straight season. The first two did not go so well.”

Better late never

Having been in locker rooms, it’s no fun interviewing guys after losses. It’s no fun interviewing losing teams. As a journalist, you give the benefit of doubt to these guys. Rarely, if ever, is losing summed up through lack of effort.

But when Jerry Reese continued his GM-speak this spring and summer, most of the beat writers ran to their keyboard to regurgitate what the general manager just uttered. After all, Reese calls the shots as far as personnel procurement, and everyone was slapping his back last season.

You can’t argue with 11-5, can you?

True enough, but the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs didn’t sit right. It seemed like a lot of baggage was opened up on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. But they made the playoffs, and the future was bright.