The New York Giants are unraveling, and retribution will come for those responsible for the downfall.
Former offensive coordinator Jason Garett got fired after the Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11.
At 3-7, it was unacceptable for him to continue mentoring Daniel Jones and company.
He does not foster creativity in executing plays anymore, causing the Giants system to look uninventive.
Jason Garrett has been relieved of his duties as offensive coordinator.
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 23, 2021
New York’s highest-scoring output this season is 29 points, and it came in Week 2.
Since then, they regressed by failing to reach the 20-point milestone over the last five weeks.
With Garrett gone, Freddie Kitchens will take over the play-calling duties.
Giants going to Freddie Kitchens 😂 pic.twitter.com/uKcsQ6bCT7
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 23, 2021
However, it’s still uncertain if this change will have a positive impact on the team.
But it feels like Garrett’s firing is the first of a series of layoffs that team chairman John Mara will initiate to uplift the team’s fortunes.
Joe Judge Isn’t Safe
Giants head coach Joe Judge isn’t safe from the purge because he’s still the person with the final say in all the team’s decisions.
Therefore, there’s a big possibility that he might be gone as well after this season.
Perhaps the Giants front office would want him to finish their campaign to see if he can spark a turnaround.
Judge is saying the right things during press conferences, but he cannot translate his wisdom from the podium to the field.
This seems like Jason Garrett is being fired pic.twitter.com/Hpnx5m6NtW
— Bobby Skinner (@BobbySkinner_) November 23, 2021
The team expected him to have a better record in 2021 than their 6-10 slate last season.
Sadly, it looks like the Giants will have fewer wins than in 2020, which won’t help keep his job.
His only saving grace is if he leads the Giants to a winning record through their last seven games.
Such results might help his bosses reconsider his employment and give him another try next season.
“You can write that tonight.”
Joe Judge saying this performance is on the coaches more than the players. He bit his tongue somewhat, but tone was different. Have to think changes are coming here. Boiling point for the head coach. #NYGiants
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) November 23, 2021
Otherwise, the 2021 NFL season might be his last with the Giants.
Pat Shurmur also got two years before Judge, and he may follow suit if the team continues to look lethargic.
Time For Dave Gettleman To Go
Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman joined the team in 2018 when Eli Manning was about to wrap up his successful career.
Despite that possibility, he lacked foresight and selected Barkley with the second overall pick instead.
There’s nothing wrong with drafting the former Penn State standout because he dominated in college.
Unfortunately, drafting a running back early poses some risks.
Dave Gettleman is 18-40 with no playoff trips in 4 years with the Giants. His predecessor Jerry Reese was 90-82 and 8-2 with two rings in the postseason. In Reese's final 4 years, his poor record – 25-35 (fired after 12 games in '17) – was still much better than Gettleman's.
— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) November 23, 2021
At first, Barkley proved that he was the right choice.
But injuries derailed his march to become the league’s best running back.
Even if he can still play, Barkley isn’t the same talented player anymore.
Don’t get cozy Dave Gettleman pic.twitter.com/9PamktDUBh
— Nicky Snacks (@Snacks_BDGE) November 23, 2021
Gettleman also failed to build a solid offensive line through four seasons, and Andrew Thomas was the only pick that he got right.
Talent evaluation is critical in building a team, and the Giants have lacked that necessity during Gettleman’s tenure.
Therefore, the timing is right for him to leave, together with Garrett and Judge.