Daniel Jones: “I think the communication was good today, and I know it was a collaborative effort with all the coaches.”
Saxon Barkley: “First of all, all the offensive coaches did a great job collectively.”
Chris Myrick: “It was a really big collaborative effort in terms of the whole offense coming together. I think all the coaches did a great job creating a game plan that we thought would work.
We got it. collaborative effort. team play.
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The Giants who were buying up the judge’s agenda and talking since the time Jason Garrett was fired as offensive coordinator. Heck, in the days after, the judge refused to accept that Freddie Kitchens, the senior offensive assistant, would replace Garrett as the play-caller, although that was pretty clear. It is going to be a collective effort, the judge said. A collaborative effort, if you will.
It’s no coincidence that after the Eagles beat the Eagles 13-7, players used those exact words to describe how the offense changed as Kitchen fired shots.
It was actually amusing that the only confirmation of Kitchen’s new role came when Jones was asked if Kitchen was, in fact, the coach calling into Jones’ headset.
“That was, yes,” said Jones, almost sheepishly.
After the game the judge was asked specifically how it went with the kitchen calling the plays. The judge did not praise the kitchen and did not mention it directly.
“I was pleased with the way the offensive coaches worked throughout the week,” the judge said. “I was pleased with how they communicated on the sidelines, made some adjustments.”
Fine. The judges didn’t want to make it about individuals, promoting a “Garrett bad, kitchen (hopefully) better” narrative. This wasn’t going to be a Freddie Kitchen overhaul of crime. Quarterbacks coach Jerry Shuplinsky, wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert and tight ends coach Derek Dooley were all going for input as well as offensive line coach Rob Sell. Judges are always going to have their hands on concepts, probably now with Garrett gone.
With Kitchens calling play, the Giants passed the ball for the first time in their first of three offensive series. It was a departure from the norm. Jones’ first first-down pass was incomplete. The second went to Barkley for 1 yard. Third went to Darius Slayton for 18 yards.
After that, the Giants went down the ball five times for the first time in their last six series. Barkley ran for 32 yards the first time he ran it down. After that, the first-down production was terrible: a pass to Barkley for no advantage, a reverse to Slayton for a loss of 13 yards (that’s hard to do), a run by Barkley for 1 yard, a run by Jones. 4 yards for, 1 yard run by Barkley.
Garrett knew the extremes of the offensive line he was assigned and tried to navigate around its shortcomings. The Giants are medium-of-the-pack in the sacks allowed (23 sacks, 16th in the league), but their line is not at all as strong as a run-blocking unit. Against the Eagles, Jones was not dismissed in 30 pass attempts. Statistically went down as a sack when they were forced to burn their timeout to the Eagles and Jones went down third for an 8-yard loss.
On the ground, the Giants averaged 2.6 yards in 27 running plays. If Kitchn can fix it, he’s a miracle worker. Even if it is a collaborative effort to accomplish this.
What else turned out to be win number 4 for the Giants:
The Giants went 3-5 at home in 2020. They’ve already matched that win at MetLife this season, and with two home games (Cowboys and Washington), the Giants have a chance to record their first win at home since 2016. When they were 7-1. Since then he has been playing 12-26 in front of his fans in his home building. Under Joe Judge, the Giants are 4-0 at home against their NFC East rivals, leaving fans happy.
Judge inherited a seven-game losing streak to the Eagles and then went on to lose their first game against the Eagles last season to eight games. Now he has won two in a row from the Eagles.
James Bradberry has had a noticeable dropoff in his second season with the Giants, although he remains the best cornerback in the team. But his performance against the Eagles was noteworthy for the right reasons: He dominated his duel with Alabama’s outstanding rookie Devonta Smith, limiting Smith to two receptions for 22 yards. Smith was only targeted four times by Jalen Hurts, and looked extremely disappointed when approached by head coach Nick Siriani before the Eagles’ final game – a pass that instead went to Jalen Rigor, who passed it to the Giants 1-yard. Failed to secure the line.
“He wants the ball in this kind of critical condition,” Siriani said. “He was playing two-man in that scenario, and he played it three snaps in a row. And it was two-man on that as well. The kind of play he wanted in that scenario was not going to be good. But me Love the fact that he wants the ball in times of crisis and wants to carry it on his shoulders when the game is on the line. That’s what he was telling me and I respect that. We had to do what we thought. Was that the coverage they were playing for was the best for him. We didn’t execute.
The disappointment was evidence of what Bradberry wore on Smith.
“He’s an explosive player,” Judge said of Smith. “This guy is everything everyone thought he could come out with. He’s one of the top players in his place in the league. There’s a lot to be said now at a young age, but this guy really is one of a kind. The player is there. … Next time we see him, I’m sure they’re going to have a different plan and find a way to match us and devise ways to open him up. Let us improve our techniques as a team Have to keep doing it and bring them in a position to be successful.”
Julian Love isn’t the best player in the secondary, but he’s one of the most versatile—kind of a younger version of Logan Ryan. With Ryan on the reserve/Covid list and missing a second straight game, Love started on free safety and played all 67 defensive snaps. When Adori Jackson left early due to a quad injury, Love moved in to fill the slot cornerback role. Love also played 11 snaps on special teams. He finished with four combined tackles, a one-half sack and a fumble recovery. as much as you can.
Lorenzo Carter returned after missing four games due to an ankle sprain. He received a heavy workload, starting with the outside linebacker and playing 43 of 67 snaps on defense. Carter was not as adept as pass rusher and finished with only one tackle, though it was a big one: Hurts a yard short in second on the end zone and stopping from the Giants’ 2-yard line on goal. Closing seconds of the first half. On the next play, Tae Crowder stopped Hurts to complete a strong goal line stand.
All five offensive linemen played all 60 snaps. Remember when Matt Pear was turning right tackle instead of Nate Solder? That plan has been hit for a deep six. Pear was on the field for nine snaps when used as an extra tight end/blocker in the Jumbo Run package. Obviously, the coaching staff doesn’t rely on Pert for a series or two, as it’s not like Solder is doing anything special to guarantee he doesn’t come off the field.