Francesa On Giants' Loss: New York 'Embarrassed' In Dallas

Mike's On
September 17, 2018 - 5:19 pm
Eli Manning gets tackles on a run by Jaylon Smith at AT&T Stadium.

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After Sunday night's embarrassing loss to the Cowboys, the Giants are off to an 0-2 start for the second consecutive year and for the fifth time in the last six seasons. 

Not the start new general manager Dave Gettleman or new head coach Pat Shurmur were hoping for...

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New York's roster was filled with holes last year, none of which were bigger than that of the offensive line. Despite Gettleman revamping the unit during the offseason, bringing in three new starters from outside the organization, the offensive line has struggled mightily in the first two games of the 2018 campaign. 

Mike Francesa opened up Monday's edition of Mike's On with some thoughts on the Giants' poor performance in Dallas Sunday night.

"We talked for months about the schedule, and the pitfalls that may have been in front of them," Francesa said about New York's tough early part of the schedule. "But this isn't even about the schedule. This isn't even about the level of competition. This is about not having a clue how to fix the problem that was presented."

The Giants signed LT Nate Solder away from the Patriots during free agency, giving the lineman a four-year, $62 million deal with $34.8 million guaranteed. Gettleman also signed guard Patrick Omaheh from the Jaguars, handing the 28-year-old a three-year contract worth $15 million with over $10 million guaranteed. In addition, guard Will Hernandez was selected with the second pick of the second round (34th overall).

Yet even with all of the new additions along the offensive line, the unit has not been able to find any success blocking, whether it's for the run or the pass.

Excluding his 68-yard touchdown run against the Jaguars, rookie running back Saquon Barkley has totaled only 66 yards on 28 carries, averaging a mere 2.4 yards per carry. The line has performed just as bad in pass protection, having allowed Eli Manning to be sacked eight times through the first two games (including six against Dallas) while surrendering 14 QB hits. 

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"Here's the bottom line- they made changes. They identified it and brought people in," Francesa said Monday about the awful play of New York's offensive line. "And then they looked last night as bad as any Giants line has ever looked. They were unaware. They lacked anything in the way of cohesiveness. They were getting beat on elementary stunts and blitzes, likes of which you could never see. And frankly, the guys they brought in- and I bought in to the left side. I thought Solder would be okay. I thought Hernandez would be good. They've been terrible. And the right side, you knew it was dangerous- it's been worse than that!

"When Dallas played them straight up, they embarassed them. You come away from that game and three things are unbelievably apparent- they cannot block the run, they cannot block for the pass, and they have no pass rush."

New York will try to get its season on-track against the Texans in Houston Sunday.