The New York Giants, based on record alone, are one of the worst teams in football.
The team dropped to 0-3 following a 17-14 loss against an Atlanta Falcons team that also appeared to be one of the worst in football.
Following a low-scoring loss, all the focus goes to the offense.
In this case, let’s look at how the key contributors performed.
Daniel Jones went 24/35 for 266 yards and no touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley had a touchdown, but only gained 51 yards on the ground.
That is not exactly ideal production from a former top pick.
No receiver had more than 64 yards and all eyes were focused on Jason Garrett following yet another loss.
Here is where the Giants rank offensively since hiring Jason Garrett as their OC (2020)
🏈 32nd in yards to go on 3rd down
🏈 31st in points per game
🏈 31st in explosive pass plays
🏈 30th in points per drive
🏈 28th in yards per play
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 27, 2021
Nothing he is doing seems to be working and scoring 14 points against the Falcons is a fireable offense.
Waiting For Success
Joe Judge is the head coach all about discipline and doing things the right way.
Well how are players supposed to buy into such a message when the only result is more losing?
One drive in particular stands out as a reason why Giants players may want to revolt.
The Giants were trailing 7-6 midway through the third quarter and faced a fourth-and-four from Atlanta’s 39-yard line.
That alone is field goal range and we saw kickers drill kicks from farther out on Sunday.
Yet Judge had so little faith in his offense he decided to punt.
He was playing not to lose instead of realizing his winless team needed a spark.
The final result, as we know, was another loss.
Joe Judge was preparing to punt from the 39-yard line since August. Yesterday was the moment. https://t.co/wxUYRQDRIZ
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 27, 2021
So who is to blame here?
System Just Not Working
Judge was brought in after two pointless and forgettable years under Pat Shurmur.
The last thing ownership wants is another reset, but one may have to come.
The first minor step would be firing Garrett.
This would allow Judge and ownership to see if he is truly the problem.
But if the talent just is not there, the next step would be firing GM Dave Gettleman, who passed on plenty of talent to make Jones and Barkley the core on offense.
Both may have success one day, but it is not looking like the current plan of attack is working.
If Gettleman goes, Judge and all his coaches would likely follow so a new GM could pick his head coach.
So when could the firings happen?
We may want to pump the brakes a bit because it is only Week 3.
Yet if Garrett and Judge can’t form a proper plan on a long week to beat a lowly Falcons team, there may be no hope.
The upcoming Giants schedule is brutal and it is possible the team enters their Week 10 bye at 0-9.
They exit the bye playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so things are only getting more difficult.
The Giants must win in Week 4 on the road in New Orleans if Judge and Garrett want any legitimacy in the locker room.
Because at some point soon, if the losing continues, players are not going to run laps for mistakes.
They will demand the same from Judge and wonder if he is even equipped to run this team.NEXT: Why Isn't Saquon Barkley Being Given A Chance To Contribute?