MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Listed below are the Giants, clanking alongside on a creaky treadmill. For the previous six weeks, they’ve been laboring on a lose-win-lose-win-lose-win cycle.
When unsure, flip to Bruce Springsteen to uncover the truth — on this case, the lackluster actuality — of the scenario.
“We’re the identical unhappy story, that’s a reality. One step up and two steps again.’’
Or, if you happen to want:
“Someplace alongside the road I slipped off observe. I’m caught movin’ one step up and two steps again.’’
Yup, that’s just about it with the Giants.
It’s all the time one thing with this staff, and normally that one thing just isn’t great. On Sunday, the Giants, for the fifth time prior to now three seasons, will go right into a sport with out their beginning quarterback. Daniel Jones will sit out on the Dolphins, felled by a strained neck. There aren’t any ensures he will probably be cleared for contact in time for the Week 14 sport on the Chargers. Whereas the Giants play wait-and-see with Jones, within the here-and-now they flip to Mike Glennon, the (largely) profession backup who will make his first Giants begin.
The information are what they’re. When Glennon begins a sport, his staff fairly often loses. He’s 6-21 as an NFL starter, 2-15 in his previous 17. At 6-foot-7, he’s a bit taller than Jones and he has a robust arm, however he not have practically the mobility Jones possesses. Put it this manner: Interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens just isn’t going to name any run-pass-options for Glennon.
In 2020, Glennon went 0-5 as a starter for the Jaguars, however he truly had extra landing passes than interceptions and didn’t play poorly.
“I don’t actually take that a lot personally,’’ Glennon stated. “We have been 1-15. It wasn’t all on me. I wish to win as a result of I wish to assist the Giants win this week. That’s actually it.’’
Final season, the Giants upset the Seahawks on the street with Colt McCoy changing an injured Jones, although that victory was way more concerning the protection than it was about McCoy. Glennon’s solely earlier motion this season got here at Dallas, after Jones was compelled out with a concussion. Glennon appeared practical, finishing 16 of 25 passes for 196 yards and one landing, however he additionally was intercepted twice. In his 9 NFL seasons, Glennon has 44 landing passes and 27 interceptions.
Maybe Kitchens, who’s reputed to be extra aggressive than Garrett and extra decided to force-feed the ball to the supposed playmakers — Kenny Golladay (no touchdowns) and Saquon Barkley (three touchdowns) — will discover a means to assist Glennon hunt some success.
“I believe you continue to should belief your eyes, belief your learn, and if the ball takes you to that man then you definitely throw it to him,’’ Glennon stated. “If not, you must transfer on. Some adjustments, some similarities you could’t simply be silly about it and power it.’’
The Dolphins current a problem. They’ve gained 4 straight video games — following a seven-game shedding streak — by leaning largely on a risk-taking protection that, through the successful surge, led the league in sacks with 16 and was third in factors allowed (11.5 per sport). The protection has allowed the Dolphins to simplify the system for Tua Tagovailoa, who’s finishing 70.5 p.c of his passes.
The Giants (18 touchdowns on offense this season) want to determine a option to get into the top zone.
“I believe folks exterior get so caught up in what number of instances this individual is getting the ball or what number of instances this individual is touching the ball,’’ Barkley stated, “when the one factor and our complete important goal as a staff is simply discovering a option to get the ‘dub.’ No matter it takes, that’s the way in which we’ve acquired to do it.’’
Folks on the surface largely get caught up on successful and shedding, and the Giants do far more of the latter than the previous. They’ve but to win back-to-back video games this season, and this represents one other alternative to take action, coming off a defense-infused 13-7 victory over the Eagles. In any other case, it’s one step up and two steps again, once more.