Giants John Mara unhappy with NFL scheduling home game on Rosh Hashanah

The Giants are not happy with how their schedule has played out in Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season

The NFL schedule can’t please everyone all the time. One team, the New York Giants, and their co-owner, John Mara, are particularly upset about how 2022 will play out.

The Giants will be home to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. The game is on Sept. 26, which coincides with the second night of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

The Giants requested the NFL avoid scheduling their Week 3 game this season late on Sunday or Monday night. The contest with the Cowboys means Jewish fans observing the holiday will not be able to attend.

“I am well aware of that and not happy about it,” John Mara, the Giants co-owner, told The New York Post on Tuesday. “I made my feelings known to the league as soon as I saw the schedule. We have always requested the league take the Jewish High Holy Days into consideration when formulating our schedule. Not sure why it happened this year.”

A league exec, SVP of broadcasting Howard Katz, said Mara did make the request.

“We are never able to accommodate every request,” said Katz, who heads up the panel that puts the schedule together.

“Mr. Mara absolutely this year and every year when the Jewish holidays fall on football days, he always asks to avoid the Jewish holidays. He certainly did. In this particular case, we were not able to accommodate that request.”

The Jets, who share MetLife Stadium with the Giants, put in a similar request and the league obliged by having them play the Cincinnati Bengals at home with a 1 o’clock kickoff.

The game will be over by sundown when Rosh Hashanah begins.

Katz thinks the situation was unavoidable.

“But this is on me, this is not on John Mara. There are flaws in every schedule, we’ve never seen a perfect schedule,” he told The Post. “This was a flaw. We were gonna play a Monday night game so Jewish fans somewhere were going to be conflicted and have to make decisions on whether or not to attend the game or watch the game or not. It turned out that it was really unfortunate that it happened in New York. But it was going to happen somewhere.”

Giants Graham Gano with incredible gesture after ‘selling’ No. 5 to Kayvon Thibodeaux

Graham Gano sold his jersey number to Kayvon Thibodeaux and came through for a great charity with the funds

There are stories upon stories about the prices athletes are willing to pay their teammates for numbers they covet. However, none are close to the goodness Graham Gano of the New York Giants displayed when he gave up his No. 5 to first-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Gano wore No. 5 for Big Blue because he has five children. Thibodeaux wanted the digit he wore at Oregon.

So, Gano negotiated a price for No. 5: $50,000.

However, the kicker to the story is the kicker didn’t keep the money. He is donating it to Puppies Behind Bars, which provides service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, in addition to explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.

The mantra for Puppies Behind Bars:

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains incarcerated individuals to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their incarcerated puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it.

Gano’s generosity is a Mitzvah as one would say, any way you put it. Well done. Kudos.

Giants hiring Brian Daboll as head coach

The New York Giants are going to have a Buffalo flavor with Joe Schoen at GM and Brian Daboll as head coach

The New York Giants have found their next head coach and their GM Joe Schoen is bringing him with him from Buffalo.

Brian Daboll is going to come from Western New York to the Big Apple.

His work with Josh Allen has turned the Buffalo Bills’ quarterback into one of the elite in the NFL.

The deal is either done or about to get done, depending on what insider’s word you take when it comes to NFL news.

The Giants’ pursuit was sped up because of the New Orleans Saints and Miami Dolphins’ interest in Daboll, per Tom Pelissero.

Daboll replaces Joe Judge, who went 10-23 and was fired after two seasons. He was the third consecutive Giants coach to be fired after two seasons or less, following Ben McAdoo (13-15) and Pat Shurmur (9-23).

Daboll was quarterbacks coach for the New York Jets in 2007-08. Gang Green will now see him coaching the team with which it shares MetLife Stadium.

He came to the Bills in 2018 after spending a season on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2017.

He has been part of five Super Bowl championships through his time in New England and has been a part of coaching staffs with six NFL teams.

This is his first NFL head coaching jobs.

 

The one stat that sums up the Giants’ offensive ineptitude this season

The New York Giants offense struggled this season. One stat encapsulates their ineptitude perfectly.

This season has been filled with struggles for the New York Giants, and those have been well documented. They fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett midseason. General manager David Gettleman is expected to retire on Monday. They limped to a 4-13 record on the season, the second losing record in two years for head coach Joe Judge.

On the offensive side of the football, there are any number of metrics you can use to make the case that the Giants are among the worst offenses in the league. They ranked dead last in Total Offense DVOA coming into Week 18, behind teams like the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers. Looking at their offense through the lens of Expected Points Added, you can see how the Giants stacked up this year:

Not well.

But as Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus pointed out, there might be one stat that best summarizes the Giants offense this season.

After signing Kenny Golladay to a huge contract this offseason, and adding Kadarius Toney in the first round of the draft, it was left tackle Andrew Thomas who caught the most touchdowns — in fact the only touchdown — among that trio of players.

Making matters worse was this little bit of context:

Truly a brutal year on offense for the Giants, one that their fans are happy is over, so they can go start the process of forgetting it even happened.

Giants’ Jake Fromm throws pick-six to Washington Football Team’s Bobby McCain

Jake Fromm throws a pick-six to Washington’s Bobby McCain

Joe Judge actually might have had the right idea when he called two quarterback sneaks from deep in Giants’ territory Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

What could go wrong on a quarterback sneak? Certainly not what can happen when you ask Jake Fromm to throw a pass.

The WFT’s Bobby McCain picked off Fromm and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to make it a 12-0 lead in the battle between NFC East also-rans.

The awful truth about Giants’ Mike Glennon

Mike Glennon is 6-24 as an NFL starter but continues to get the starting call at QB from the New York Giants

It was a coincidence that in Week 17 Mike Glennon faced a Chicago Bears organization that once bestowed a mega-contract on the quarterback. The New York Giants’ effort had to revive nightmares of the fans of the NFC North team.

Glennon was 4-of-11 for 24 yards with two interceptions Sunday in a 29-3 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field. When all was said and added up, the Giants were credited with -10 yards passing.

That would be the first time since 2009 a team finished a game with negative yardage through the air.

Glennon replaced Daniel Jones when the Giants’ starter suffered a neck injury in early December. There have been five consecutive losses and the numbers are getting uglier by the week.

After a pair of decent efforts in losses to Miami and the Chargers respectively, Glennon has not thrown for more than 100 yards in three consecutive appearances.

One was when he was mercifully sent into action for an awful Jake Fromm.

The last three games:

  • Dec. 19, 21-6 loss to Dallas Cowboys, 13-of-24 for 99 yards, 3 INTs
  • Dec. 26, 34-10 loss to Philadelphia Eagles, 17-of-27 for 93 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • Jan. 2, 29-3 loss to Chicago Bears, 4-of-11 for 24 yards, 2 picks

Overall in his career, Glennon is 6-24 as a starter, including 0-3 with the Giants in the 2021 regular season. He has earned $31,967,539 while winning 20% of his NFL starts.

His best mark was in 2013 when he was 4-9 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That translates into going 2-15 since 2014.

Remember, the Chicago Bears gave Glennon a contract worth north of $43 million in 2017 only to trade up and draft Mitchell Trubisky. The deal was year-to-year with more than $18 million guaranteed. Not sure that offers any comfort.

Glennon’s entire contribution in Chicago was four starts, a 1-3 mark with 5 picks and 4 TD passes.

After that, it was off to Arizona, Oakland, Jacksonville, and New York.

In case any teams are concerned, Glennon will be an unrestricted free agent when the market opens in this off-season.

Giants fire Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator

The Giants have fired Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator

New York Giants head coach Joe Judge was quick to say the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday was not on the players.

He was quicker Tuesday to make a change, firing offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Garrett came to the Giants after a long run as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants are 3-7 and in last place in the NFC East.

Judge was asked about Garrett after the Giants were ripped by the Super Bowl champions.

The New York Daily News offers some background on the run of Garrett, which lasted 26 games.

Freddie Kitchens, Joe Judge’s senior offensive assistant, is expected to take over playcalling with Garrett gone …

The Giants rank dead last in the NFL with 42 offensive touchdowns since the start of the 2020 season …

Judge’s Giants were 31st in points (17.5) and yards (299.6) per game with Garrett calling the plays last season. They are 25th in points (18.9) and 23rd in yards (322.8) per game this season.

And Monday night’s 30-10 loss at Tampa saw the team post season lows in points, yards (215), first downs (15) and time of possession (24:21). The Giants offense also was 1-for-9 on third downs.

 

Giants’ Daniel Jones hits 6-5, 320-pound Andrew Thomas with TD pass

The New York Giants’ Andrew Thomas with the big-man touchdown in Tampa

No one would be surprised if they heard a first-round pick of the New York Giants from the SEC caught a touchdown pass.

What is stunning, though, is that it wasn’t Kadarius Toney, their 2021 top pick out of Florida.

Due to numerous injuries to the receiving corps, OC Jason Garrett had to reach deep into his bag of tricks in the second quarter Monday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Daniel Jones threw a TD pass, all right.

The receiver was 2020 first-round choice out of Georgia, Andrew Thomas.

The former Dawg goes all of 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds and has plenty of hops. He reeled in the pass for a 2-yard TD.

This upped Thomas’ NFL point total to 8. He caught a pass for a 2-point conversion as a rookie in 2020.

Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones makes spectacular catch

Daniel Jones shows he has good hands in addition to a talented arm

The duel between ex-New York Jets QB Sam Darnold and New York Giants’ QB Daniel Jones at MetLife was lackluster.

The Carolina Panthers and Big Blue had combined for all of 8 points deep into the third quarter.

Time to pull out any trick you had in the playbook, even if it meant the quarterback who was concussed on a savage hit a couple of weeks ago turning into a receiver.

Jones did his part on the play and Dante Pettis threw the ball to the quarterback, who made a dazzling grab and took another wicked shot.

Jones returned the favor later in the drive, connecting with Pettis from 5 yards to give the Giants a 12-3 lead after the PAT.

Film study: Why Giants WR Kadarius Toney could become the NFL’s most versatile, explosive weapon

Touchdown Wire’s Laurie Fitzpatrick breaks down the film to examine the elite skill set of Giants WR Kadarius Toney.

It’s not unusual for rookies to need some time while they acclimate to the faster and more challenging level of play in the NFL.

But just a few weeks into his debut season, New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney already appears to be making a leap. No NFL player has formed more missed tackles (eight) in the past two weeks than Toney, and last week he set a Giants rookie record with 189 receiving yards against the Dallas Cowboys. That eclipsed the previous record of 185, set by none other than Odell Beckham Jr.

Toney, the former Florida Gators star who was drafted No. 20 overall by the Giants this year, is an above-average performer with the ball in his hands. He can juke guys out of their cleats with twitchy lateral cuts and the ability to get upfield extremely quickly.

In the season’s first three weeks, Toney was only on the field for an average of 34% of the Giants’ offensive snaps. But as his playing time increased, he began to impress. But now, injuries to Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley will give Toney the chance to play a primary role in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams — although he will face a difficult assignment playing opposite standout cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Let’s take a look at the film to examine why Toney is special:

There are three things about this play above that stand out. First, Toney slows down during his break to ensure that quarterback Daniel Jones can see him at the top of his route. Second is the body adjustment at the catch. Third is how he used the momentum from the ball being thrown behind him, then quickly turned toward the defender and juked him.

In Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, Toney started to put opponents on notice, pulling in six catches for 78 yards. On the play below, he jukes no fewer than six defenders.

Let’s not overlook Toney’s crisp release at the line of scrimmage, either. The press coverage of Saints rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo is no match for him.

Right now, short and intermediate routes seem to be where Toney excels the most, with only has a few defenders remaining in the secondary to beat.

Early in the season, Toney was mostly running jet sweeps, but his usage has been expanded downfield in recent weeks.

Then came last week’s breakout performance against the Cowboys, when he recorded 10 receptions. Not only did Toney make opponents miss in man-to-man defense, but he showed excellent post-catch awareness against the zone. (See below.)

One area of concern for Toney coming into the NFL was his route-running ability and whether he can he clean up his steps against elite corners. However, the clip below shows him beating NFL interceptions leader Trevon Diggs one on one.

Toney’s route running is smooth yet sudden. He shows an ability to get separation at the top of routes and body adjustment at the catch. Importantly, he gets north and south quickly with top-end downhill speed.

Giants head coach Joe Judge elaborated about Toney’s skill set recently:

“It shows up in terms of the extended runs and breaking tackles, but he has great instincts,” Judge told the media earlier this week. “He has really good vision on the field of seeing where there’s an open space, no matter how small it is. He’s got a very good short-area change of direction and burst coming out of that first step to stop and go very quickly.

“He’s also got that long speed to stretch the field and really separate over space, so he’s obviously a unique player with a very good skill set. Maybe the biggest thing that really helps him, more so than the physical attributes, is how intelligent he is on the field.”

Toney is dangerous no matter where he lines up. In addition to being a threat out wide, Toney can be effective in the backfield receiving the snap as well. Toney was a high school quarterback who attended the Manning Passing Academy, so he has both the ability to throw the ball or tuck it and gain a few extra yards.

Last week, Toney even took a snap and ran a read-option. If his success in multiple areas continues, he could become a candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Sunday’s game against the Rams and his matchup against Ramsey will be a good measuring stick for his progress.