October 03, 2017
By: Kristi Fulkerson
It’s worse than I thought.
After watching the Giants preseason games, my expectations for the 2017 season became considerably lower. But four games in and zero wins? I guess I was somewhat spoiled, witnessing two Super Bowl titles in a matter of five years — 2008 (’07 season) and 2012 (’11 season), but since then it’s been pretty rough for us Big Blue fans.
2011 (9-7) Super Bowl Champions
2012 (9-7) —
2013 (7-9) —
2014 (6-10) —
2015 (6-10) —
2016 (11-5) Eliminated in Wild Card game vs. Green Bay
Sure, there was a brief playoff stint last year but oh how quickly we’ve forgotten. Sure, they could be 2-2 if it weren’t for a pair of last-second field goals but the NFL isn’t a business of moral victories.
There’s been a lot of criticism on the Giants’ offensive line but as bad as they’ve been at times, the organization has not completely ignored the the position. The current starters include two first-round draft picks and a second-round selection so perhaps the responsibility is on them to be better.
LT - Ereck Flowers - 1st round pick (9th overall) in 2015
LG - Justin Pugh - 1st round pick (19th overall) in 2013
C - Weston Richburg - 2nd round pick (43rd overall) in 2014
RG - John Jerry - 3rd round pick (73rd overall by Miami) in 2010
RT - Bobby Hart - 7th round pick (226th overall) in 2015.
I recently read an article from a decently credible source that predicted the Giants would finish 10-6, the story breaking down their schedule week-by-week (right now they should be 3-1). After finishing the 2016 season at 11-5, I suppose no one could have predicted a start as pitiful as this one. Don’t worry, I’m not jumping off the bandwagon. Not when Eli Manning is running the show. He has more haters than I can understand (seriously) but if the offensive line can keep the 36-year-old on his feet, he’ll probably make a play.
A quick Google search tells me there’s been only one NFL team to start 0-4 and earn a playoff berth - the 1992 Chargers. On that same topic, I found this quote from the Giants’ center, Richburg, to Newsday.com
regarding their winless season.
“How cool is it going to be when we make playoffs? How cool is it going to be when we go on this run? That’s what you have
to look at it as. We’re gonna go on this run, and it’s going to be epic.” He finished his thought with, “Can’t wait until we do it.”
I can’t either, Rich. I can’t either.