Blueprint to fail­ure

New York Post - - SPORTS - —Paul Schwartz

Wednesday was a rough day for the Gi­ants, with Ben McA­doo an­nounc­ing the sus­pen­sion of Do­minique Rogers-Cro­mar­tie. In this win­less and ter­ri­ble 2017 sea­son, it was more of the same for a team that has en­dured a whole bunch of rough days. Here’s a look at what has gone wrong:

Odell Beck­ham Jr. comes up limp­ing in Cleve­land. A high an­kle sprain in a pre­sea­son game against the Browns forces the star re­ceiver to the side­line and he ends up miss­ing the reg­u­lar-sea­son opener.

Rookie tight end Evan En­gram in his sec­ond NFL game cel­e­brates his first ca­reer touch­down with a crotch-grab that gets him a 15-yard penalty.

After Eli Man­ning took a de­lay-of-game penalty on a fourth-and-goal from the 2, forc­ing the Gi­ants to set­tle for a field goal in­stead of going for a touch­down in their 24-10 loss to the Lions, Ben McA­doo chas­tises his quar­ter­back. “Sloppy quar­ter­back play. The quar­ter­back and cen­ter need to be on the same page there,” McA­doo said. “We’ve got to get the ball snapped.”

Beck­ham cel­e­brates his first touch­down catch of the sea­son in Philadelphia by get­ting down on all-fours, rais­ing his right leg and pre­tend­ing to pee like a dog (above). He is hit with a 15-yard penalty and a re­buke by co-owner John Mara.

Gi­ants score 24 points in the fourth quar­ter to take leads of 21-14 and 24-21 against the Ea­gles, but ul­ti­mately lose on Jake El­liott’s 61-yard field goal as time ex­pires. It is the long­est game-win­ning field goal against the Gi­ants in fran­chise his­tory and the first of three con­sec­u­tive games in which the Gi­ants blow a fourth-quar­ter lead.

Poised to fi­nally get their points of a first half, the Gi­ants are inside the Ea­gles’ 1-yard line when Or­leans Darkwa on fourth down is stopped for a loss of a yard. A day later, McA­doo blames him­self for the play call. “Put the big guys in a bad spot there,’’ he says. The Gi­ants lose 25-23 in Tampa and af­ter­ward Beck­ham re­lates a con­ver­sa­tion he had with Buc­ca­neers corner­back Ver­non Har­g­reaves, who says the Bucs knew what routes the Gi­ants were run­ning be­fore they ran them. Ster­ling Shep­ard and Bran­don Mar­shall go down on the same se­ries in the sec­ond quar­ter Sun­day, one of the dark­est days in team his­tory. Beck­ham, who was hurt in the fourth quar­ter, and Mar­shall are lost for the sea­son with an­kle in­juries and the Gi­ants fall to 0-5 with a 27-22 loss to the Charg­ers.

Benched for the first three de­fen­sive se­ries vs. the Charg­ers, Eli Ap­ple in­fers he is be­ing scape­goated. “You lose games and it’s got to be some­one else’s prob­lem and they look around and think, ‘OK, this is the prob­lem,’ ’’ says Ap­ple, who adds the prob­lem is with the “whole cul­ture’’ of the team. Janoris Jenk­ins leaves the field in the fi­nal sec­onds be­fore the fi­nal kneel-down by the Charg­ers. McA­doo says this vi­o­la­tion of team rules will be han­dled in­ter­nally. Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie (left), upset to hear he will not be ac­ti­vated to play Sun­day in Den­ver for going into the locker room in the sec­ond half of the loss to the Charg­ers, walks out of the team fa­cil­ity and is sus­pended by McA­doo.

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