Plenty of woes con­front Gi­ants

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. >> Ben McA­doo’s hon­ey­moon with the New York Gi­ants is over.

After get­ting off to a 2-0 start, the rookie coach has seen his team lose three straight games and fall into last place in the NFC East.

The of­fense is hav­ing trou­ble scor­ing. Eli Man­ning seems a lit­tle off. The line has been in­con­sis­tent and the dy­namic re­ceiv­ing trio of Odell Beck­ham Jr., Vic­tor Cruz and Ster­ling Shep­ard are not pro­duc­ing as ex­pected. That’s only half the prob­lem. The Gi­ants in­vested a ton of money in the de­fense in the off­sea­son and the re­turns are not match­ing the in­vest­ment after five games.

While Steve Spag­n­uolo’s unit pro­duced its first two turnovers

in Sun­day’s night’s 23-16 loss to the Pack­ers in Green Bay, the highly touted de­fen­sive line has not ap­plied pres­sure to op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs this sea­son.

In­juries took a toll on the sec­ondary in road games at Min­nesota and Green Bay, and there have been plenty of missed tack­les.

“I think when you face two tough road games like we’ve had, two tough op­po­nents, I think we need to re­group, we need sur­ren­der our ego, stay to­gether and work to win this week,” McA­doo said Mon­day.

When the penal­ties, turnovers and mis­takes on both sides of the ball are added, it makes for a los­ing record and some dis­grun­tled fol­low­ers, who en­tered the sea­son be­liev­ing that McA­doo had the tal­ent to end New York’s four-year play­off drought.

How­ever, the Gi­ants’ prob­lems go beyond foot­ball.

The first five weeks also been dom­i­nated by Beck­ham’s tantrums on the field and the side­line. He was on his best be­hav­ior in Green Bay.

Left tackle Ereck Flow­ers, how­ever, was not. The 2015 first-round draft pick put his hands on ESPN re­porter Jor­dan Raanan in the locker room after the game.

Flow­ers was talk­ing to two re­porters and Raanan walked over to in­ter­view him.

Flow­ers did not want to speak to him and told him a cou­ple of times to leave. Raanan replied a cou­ple of times that he was just do­ing his job and wanted to stay.

Flow­ers even­tu­ally ei­ther shoved or pushed the re­porter.

McA­doo, gen­eral man­ager Jerry Reese and the team’s pub­lic re­la­tions depart­ment all met with Flow­ers on Mon­day. Flow­ers also apol­o­gized to Raanan, McA­doo said.

“He un­der­stands that he can­not be­have that way,” McA­doo said. “It’s un­ac­cept­able, and it’s im­por­tant for us to all have a pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship with the media, play­ers and coaches.”

Raanan did not re­turn a tele­phone mes­sage left by The As­so­ci­ated Press seek­ing com­ment.

McA­doo re­fused to say whether Flow­ers would be dis­ci­plined, not­ing that would be han­dled in house. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to the AP that the team was han­dling the in­ci­dent.

The Gi­ants will re­turn home this week­end to play the Bal­ti­more Ravens (3-2).

“When you face two tough road games like we’ve had, against tough op­po­nents, I think we need to re­group, we need to sur­ren­der our egos to­gether and work to win this week,” McA­doo said.

The Gi­ants have a lot to fix. Man­ning has thrown five touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions this sea­son. He has had two games with­out a TD pass. He missed a cer­tain scor­ing pass late in the first half Sun­day night when he over­threw wideopen tight end Will Tye with New York trail­ing 14-6.

When asked if Man­ning was hurt, McA­doo said that he knew of no in­jury.

The run­ning game has suf­fered with Rashad Jen­nings miss­ing the last three games with a hand in­jury and Shane Vereen out for the year with a torn tri­ceps. Or­leans Darkwa has started the last two and he was held to 11 yards on seven car­ries by the Pack­ers.

The re­ceivers also strug­gled. Beck­ham had five re­cep­tions for 56 yards and a touch­down.

Cruz did not catch ei­ther of the two passes thrown his way, and Shep­ard had sea­son-low to­tals of two re­cep­tions for 14 yards. It’s not good, at least com­pared to last year.

After five games in 2015, New York was 3-2, had scored 132 points and given up 109 in Tom Cough­lin’s fi­nal sea­son. This year, New York is 2-3, has 89 points and sur­ren­dered 108. Hon­ey­moon over. NOTES: McA­doo said CBs Do­minique Rodger­sCro­mar­tie (groin) and Eli Ap­ple (groin) would ei­ther not prac­tice or be lim­ited early this week . ... WR/ Re­turner Dwayne Har­ris sprained a big toe against the Pack­ers . ... When asked if vet­eran T Will Beatty would be given a shot at play­ing with fel­low tack­les Flow­ers and Bobby Hart hav­ing prob­lems, McA­doo said ev­ery line­man gets a chance to push for a job ev­ery week.


Gi­ants’ Joe Panik, right, fol­lows through after he de­liv­ered a game-win­ning dou­ble in the 13th in­ning of his team’s 6-5 win in San Fran­cisco on Mon­day night.

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