5 take­aways from Giants’ lat­est set­back

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - BY PAT LEONARD

The Giants de­fense didn’t have any take­aways in Thurs­day night’s un­ac­cept­able 34-13 beat­down to the Ea­gles. But we have 5 from the dis­ap­point­ing de­feat.


De­fen­sive cap­tain Alec Ogle­tree bris­tled when I asked him if there was a prob­lem with ef­fort: “I don’t ques­tion any man’s ef­fort out here,” but he’s a diplo­matic leader, and in an­other way Ogle­tree es­sen­tially chal­lenged his team­mates to give more and fight to save the sea­son.

“We’ve got a lit­tle break here, so I hope ev­ery­body goes and re­flects on what we wanna come back and be,” said the vet­eran line­backer (eight tack­les, one for loss, one QB hurry). “(It will take) ev­ery man just look­ing in the mir­ror and do­ing the things they say they want to do. We’ve got to come to­gether as a team and play as one. We can’t have mis­takes all over the field, be­cause it hurts us.”


Saquon Barkley had sev­eral runs Thurs­day night that left the en­tire na­tion breath­less, mak­ing com­par­isons to Wal­ter Pay­ton and Barry San­ders, and yet when he looked up af­ter his 50yard TD run in the third quar­ter, the score still was 31-13 Ea­gles. I asked Barkley how strange it was to dom­i­nate in­di­vid­u­ally but still see his team down by so many points.

“You re­ally don’t even know that you’re dom­i­nat­ing in a game when you’re down two touch­downs, three touch­downs,” Barkley said. “Only thing in your mind is no mat­ter what, if you’re down by 40, if you’re down by 50, 60 or what­ever, you just con­tinue to play your heart out for this team and for your brothers on the side­line. So you’re not even fo­cus­ing on that. I guess that’s why you don’t even no­tice it be­cause that’s just the mind­set that I have.”

I also asked Barkley if he was try­ing to “carry” the team to a win. He ba­si­cally said he doesn’t want to char­ac­ter­ize it that way but, hey, if we want to, he can un­der­stand why we would.

“I wouldn’t say that I was try­ing to carry the team. That’s not my mind­set re­ally ever,” Barkley said. “My mind­set is to go out there and play my butt off, lead on the side­line, push my­self, push my team­mates and do what­ever it takes to help the team win or help put us in a bet­ter po­si­tion to win. It’s never re­ally the mind­set of car­ry­ing the team on my back. If that’s how peo­ple take it or see it, then I guess you could say that. But my mind­set is just go out there fight­ing, fight­ing my butt off and try to break tack­les and make plays for my team­mates.”


While Pat Shur­mur flies to Nashville to see his son, Kyle, lead Van­der­bilt against Florida in a noon start, GM Dave Get­tle­man should flip on his TV at 3:30 p.m. and watch No. 17 Ore­gon and quar­ter­back Justin Her­bert take on No. 7 Wash­ing­ton. If the Giants are go­ing to have a top three pick again, and they’re well on their way, they need to eval­u­ate the emerg­ing top QB in the 2019 draft class. The Giants, by the way, as of Fri­day morn­ing are dead last, 32nd of 32 teams, in the NFL stand­ings. Same record af­ter six games that they had last sea­son. They also have lost four straight head-to-head vs. the Ea­gles, and Philly coach Doug Ped­er­son is 4-1 in twoplus years so far against the Giants.


Now it’s not just Odell Beck­ham Jr. vent­ing openly on the field and side­lines. Shur­mur could be seen on the FOX broad­cast ap­pear­ing to say “throw the ball” in frus­tra­tion af­ter one Eli Man­ning de­ci­sion. “I don’t re­call that,” he said af­ter the game. And Man­ning un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally and clearly blamed RB Wayne Gall­man for run­ning the wrong route on a third down in­com­ple­tion in the sec­ond quar­ter. Gall­man had dropped a pass on sec­ond down, and Man­ning and the run­ning back weren’t on the same page on third down, so the pass fell in­com­plete. Man­ning made sure ev­ery­one in the build­ing knew it was Gall­man’s fault. The QB is feel­ing the heat. He should be.


Since the in­fa­mous Boat Trip, the Giants have a 4-19 record in their last 23 games.

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