The New York Giants are having a very underwhelming season.
Headed by first-year head coach Joe Judge, the Giants new coaching staff has also had a tumultuous year so far.
This new staff has been the source of recent drama, starting with Judge’s decision to fire offensive line coach Marc Colombo.
Colombo’s firing came after the two coaches got into various arguments over the past few weeks.
The New York Giants have reportedly fired O-line coach Marc Colombo, but deny a report that he was involved in a physical altercation with Joe Judge https://t.co/6y8pqjiAU2
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2020
Judge had also been working extensively with the offensive line, which has shown increased improvement.
Tensions peaked after Judge brought in a new offensive line consultant, Dave DeGuilielmo.
Now, reports are saying that fans should expect even more turnover within the team’s coaching department.
A Shaky Coaching Staff
With the firing of their offensive line coach, the Giants may just be getting started with changes.
Judge’s first season as a head coach has been anything but successful.
With the constant spotlight being on in New York, cracks in the coaching staff are becoming clear.
The firing of Colombo raises more question marks for the rest of Judge’s staff.
This is particularly true for Giants’ offensive coordinator, Jason Garrett.
Garrett was the one who suggested and brought in Colombo for the coaching staff.
This shifts pressure onto Garrett, as Judge may not trust his coaching and personnel judgment.
As the offensive coordinator, Garrett has also failed in improving the team’s offense.
Per @JasonLaCanfora the #Giants could move on from Jason Garrett after 2020. Garrett has improved in recent weeks, deserves props for zone read game with DJ + more play action, but still wouldn’t see this as being a major loss. Upgrades are out there. https://t.co/dM3MUcM4Gb
— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) November 22, 2020
The Giants currently rank 30th in the league in points scored and total yards.
Their passing game is rated particularly low, ranking in the bottom quarter of the league across the board.
This is a significant step back from their 2019 offensive stats, where they were higher across the board.
While it is unclear whether moves will be made during the season or after, it is expected that the culture of the staff will change.
Still in Contention
While the Giants have struggled on and off the field so far, they are still in playoff contention.
With the NFC East being the weakest conference in the league, the Giants find themselves in second place.
This is all with a 3-7 record, trailing the Philadelphia Eagles at 3-5-1.
If they were in any other division, they wouldn’t be better than third place.
The loss of star RB Saquan Barkley in week two to a torn ACL had a major impact on the team.
When on the field, Barkley is a dynamic spark plug for the offense.
He gives the team a dual threat, being both a dangerous rusher and viable receiver.
Second year QB Daniel Jones also hasn’t torn up the league this season.
His problems with turning the ball over have carried on from last year, with a higher INT% in 2020 so far.
Though he’s played three less games than in 2019, Jones has 16 less touchdowns.
He does have a higher QBR, however.
However, when Jones is protected in the pocket, he shows his potential as an NFL QB.
Daniel Jones is the Giants highest graded player from yesterday’s game with an 84.2 overall.
That’s Jones’ highest game grade of his career as he continues to shred from clean pockets.
When kept clean, Jones went 18 for 18 with a 93.1 passing grade 🎯 pic.twitter.com/5OxLxB68mQ
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) November 16, 2020
This is one of the major reasons for Colombo’s firing.
The defense, meanwhile, has seen improvements over last season.
While they were ranked towards the bottom of the league in 2019, they are now 16th in yards allowed and 11th in points allowed.
If the team is able to find any consistency on offense, they may have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.
Expect more changes among the coaching staff, especially on offense, as they try and piece together wins moving forward.