Rush to Judge-ment on O-Line
The Giant Insider|October 2020
Rush to Judge-ment on O-Line
Kevin Gleason

can deal with Daniel Jones making a couple youthful mistakes in his 13th start as a pro. You can deal with Evan Engram dropping a ball and getting called for pass interference, especially when it wasn’t pass interference. You can deal with the secondary at times failing in coverage against one of the league’s great quarterbacks and talented receiving units.

That doesn’t mean you can happily accept it all, just that you can process those mistakes with a degree of patience and hope and optimism.

What you absolutely can’t deal with, as seen in the season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, is an offensive line that doesn’t adequately protect the quarterback or run block with any level of efficiency.

First things first: These aren’t the same old Giants, namely because this isn’t the same old coaching staff. Even casual observers could feel a sharper focus on discipline, on execution, on outlook and approach, well before Pittsburgh arrived in town for the opener. If you need a more pinpoint barometer measuring the mostly new coaching staff, then answer this one: Did you feel the same level of confidence when Ben McAdoo or Pat Shurmur had the whistle?

I didn’t.


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October 2020