By now anyone who watched Ben McAdoo’s postgame news conference this past Sunday can assert with certitude that the Giants’ head coach has methodically deconstructed the video of his team’s distressing road loss to the previously winless San Francisco 49ers.
“We need to go take a long, hard look at the tape, at the game, make sure we get everything correct and be honest with each other,” he said after the Giants’ abysmal performance in losing 31-21. They are 1-8 this season, third worst in the NFL behind the 0-9 Cleveland Browns and 1-9 49ers.
During his five-minute presser, McAdoo often repeated the statement, “We need to take a long look at the tape.” But reviewing the footage will do little to rectify the apathy his team collectively displayed in being thoroughly outplayed by the 49ers. It is the same indifference the Giants exhibited the previous week in getting demolished by the Los Angeles Rams 51-17 at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye-week when they should have been extremely prepared, rested and motivated.
“We’re not a good team right now,” said linebacker Jonathan Casillas shortly after the league’s 29th ranked defense surrendered touchdown passes of 83 yards and 47 yards, as well as a 33-yard touchdown run. They allowed 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard to channel his inner Joe Montana, as the rookie signal caller carved the Giants as if they were facing the former 49ers’ Hall of Fame QB. Beathard, who had been sacked 14 times in his three starts, had a relatively clean pocket for the entire game as the Giants’ pass rush was virtually nonexistent.
“Not a good team right now,” Casillas grossly understated. “Hopefully we can go ahead and turn around to be competitive and compete. It’s sad that I’m sitting here talking about us competing in games instead of talking about winning, but that’s the truth.”
Instead of competing, the listless Giants bear the demeanor of a team that is eager for the season to end. However, they still have seven games remaining, including this Sunday’s 1 p.m. match up at home against the 6-3 Kansas City Chiefs, leaders of the AFC West division.
The futures of the Giants head coach, front office executives and many players are evidently dubious. However, McAdoo dismissed a question regarding his tenuous job status.
“That doesn’t have anything to do with anything,” he caustically said. Indeed, it does for suffering Giants fan.