Sometimes the game of football, much like life, throws a curveball as a test.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Weston Richburg were not at practice as the Giants returned to the practice field in preparation for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers still seeking their first victory of the season.
The Chargers, who relocated from San Diego, have a brand-new coaching staff led by Anthony Lynn. Since the National Football League merger in 1970, only the 1992 Chargers have overcome losing the first four games to make the playoffs. However, he was never a factor in the game and he said he didn't like what he put on film.
Can the 0-4 records be blamed on the quarterback?
- NY has lost their last four games, their worst stretch since losing seven games in a row from Oct 12, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014. The Bolts meanwhile are awful in the fourth quarter and are 1-9-1 against the spread in their last 11 games. But we've got to win one first. Rivers is signed through the 2019 season and has said he would like to be around when the team opens its new stadium shared with the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood in 2020.
"In 2008, we were sitting at 4-8 and found our way in the postseason that year". The games that went down to the wire, we found a way to win a couple of those games early previous year.
"It's very tough", said safety Landon Collin of the Giants allowing the Buccaneers to march downfield to set up the winning field goal. Although the circumstances aren't at an all-time high, both teams desperately need a win to avoid going 0-5 and being forced into getting a top-ten pick in next year's draft, possibly to get the future of their team. "We have things to counteract it".
"I don't care if you kick from the 5-yard line on our side", Beckham said.
The fifth-year pro has started 26 games at left guard since the beginning of the 2015 season. "If this was midway through the season or on the third quarter of the season, maybe some concern there, but not right now".
The New York Giants are going to simplify things in an effort to get a win. Unfortunately for both players, the season hasn't started the way they probably wanted it to.
Pierre-Paul said he wants to change that, and that it begins with his own play.
"We have to correct it". You know I'm running a slant. Still, Beckham had seven catches for 90 yards, so you have to wonder.
When a team is 0-4 there must be a lot going wrong. I know that for sure.
The Giants will have a recovery day on Friday and a final practice Saturday. Would the Giants still have the same GM and coach if they chose to go that route? "That's just the way it has to be and that's the mentality you got to have". They have fared worse in terms of gaining at least four yards on these plays, doing so just 49.1% of the time to rank 26th. If the pass blocking is keen, Rivers can attack a secondary that has played its worst when its best was needed.
McAdoo is counting on the leaders he has in the locker room to keep the team from falling apart at the seams. If you've got to get out of the pocket and extend the play, you've got to do that as well and work on that in practice.