The One New York Giants Lineman That Outperformed Expectations On Sunday

New York Giants, Kevin Zeitler

Not many players exceeded their expectations against the Jets, in a game that the New York Giants lost to arguably hit their lowest rock bottom point over the past few seasons, but there were some performances that stood out as rising above the standard set by the rest of the team, which admittedly isn’t a very high one based on the result.

One of those players that played well despite the result was on the offensive line, more specifically offensive guard Kevin Zeitler. The performance wasn’t just good by the standard of the Giants and their current performances, but good enough to earn Zeitler a spot on the Pro Football Focus team of the week. 

What did PFF have to say about the reasons why Zeitler did well enough to get on the team of the week?

Zeitler earned his highest single-game grade of the season (75.6) against the Jets in Week 10. He allowed just two total pressures and earned a 72.3 run-blocking grade.

Of course, it’s not the most unexpected thing in the world – Zeitler was already highly rated as a guard when the Giants brought him in from the Browns as part of the Olivier Vernon trade, and between the additions of Zeitler and Nate Solder, the former has worked out better than the latter so far.

The offensive line has been one of the worst areas of the team this season and part of the reason why Daniel Jones has a consistent fumble problem is the inability of the line to protect him all of the time.

Changes may be coming after the season, and Solder is likely on the trading block once the offseason hits, but for now, Giants fans will just have to be satisfied with the fact that not every player in this position group is failing to do their job this year.

New York Mets: Dominic Smith Year in Review

New Yor k Mets, Dominic Smith

Before Pete Alonso broke on to the scene, Dominic Smith was the highly touted first base prospect for the New York Mets. He came into the year as the back up first baseman, but soon found himself in the outfield since his bat was too good to leave on the bench.

Smith came into the year as the Mets big bat off the bench. He succeeded in the role, hitting .318 off the bench. When Brandon Nimmo landed on the IL, the Mets were in need of outfield depth. Smith pleaded for the opportunity to play left field, but the Mets shut down the idea. When they were desperate for offense they sacrificed defense to make him the everyday left fielder.

The Outfield Experiment

Smith was still learning how to play the outfield, but hit .260 with seven home runs in the 29 games he spent in left field. Some of his mistake included miscommunication errors and throwing behind baserunners who were planning to take the extra base. The experiment did not last for along time because Smith landed on the IL with a stress fracture in his right foot. It sidelined until the final game of the season.

While Smith was sidelined, he continued to support the Mets as their biggest fan when they tried to climb back in the race. He was Alonso’s biggest fan and gave us a memorable moment when he charged the field on his scooter after Michael Conforto’s walk-off against the Nationals.

Even if it was to play in one game, Smith wanted to figure out a way to get back on the field. Smith was activated for the last series of the season just as a formality. Little did we all know that he was going to be pressed into duty as a pinch hitter. In his first at bat in two months, he slammed three-run walk-off home run to cap a three game sweep of the Braves to end the season.

Trade Rumors

After Alonso’s dominant rookie season and J.D. Davis emergence in left field, Smith seems to be the odd man out. If he remained on the roster, he will add depth to the bench, but it will hurt his trade value. There are plenty of teams who could use a power hitting, left handed first baseman. It is hard to see him remaining on the roster since the Mets have so many holes to fill. Smith will be the biggest trade piece the Mets can dangle over teams in the offseason and they are better off moving him instead of storing him on the bench.

Grades:

Hitting for Average: B, .282 is a very good season for Smith. Could have been higher if he did not try to play through his injury

Hitting for Power: B, .525 slugging percentage in only 177 at-bats made his presence a lot stronger than it seemed. He came through with plenty of big hits in his limited at-bats.

Defense: C-, Below average at left field and first base. First base is surprising, but he had a very limited sample size there. At times looked completely lost in left field.

Speed/Baserunning: D, very slow and average baserunner. Mets were lucky to get a stolen base out of him, but it is not his job to steal bases.

Intangibles: A+, very good character for the clubhouse, did not seem like there was a selfish bone in his body

Overall: B, Smith did not get to much time to showcase his abilities, but made the most of it when he was out there. His prevented him from having a full breakout season.

New York Giants: It’s Time To Chase Chase Young

The New York Giants are now an abysmal 2-8 with six games left to play in the 2019 NFL season. If the season ended today, the Giants would hold the third overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. This would be ideal for the Giants.

In no way do I condone tanking, but the Giants should want to be picking top three in this year’s draft. In all likelihood, the first two picks will be the top quarterback prospects, Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow. But the third pick is where the Giants could get a team-changing talent. Even if the Giants end up winning some games, they are likely to be picking top ten this year, and they should explore trading up to the third overall pick for one player: Chase Young.

Chase Young Stats And Highlights

It is time for the Giants to start chasing Chase Young. Whether that be resting some starters and allowing the team to lose a few extra games, or looking for ways to acquire necessary draft capital to trade up in the draft, the Giants need to start making plans to get Chase Young.

This prospect could be the second Ohio State University pass-rusher drafted in the top three in two years. Last year, the 49ers drafted Nick Bosa second overall. Already they see significant returns as Bosa has already totaled 20 combined tackles, 7 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception in his first 9 professional games. The crazy thing is, Chase Young might even be better than Bosa was coming out of school.

Chase Young has been a sack machine in his last two collegiate seasons. As a sophomore last year, Chase Young racked up 10.5 sacks. He also had 14.5 tackles for loss and 34 total tackles. An impressive sophomore season, but Chase took his game up to another level in 2019.

This year, Chase Young has been a force to be reckoned with. Chase Young has improved his sack total in 2019 to 13.5 sacks in only 8 games. He has also forced an insane 5 fumbles, as well as racking up 15.5 tackles for loss. This is historic production through 8 games. According to Pro Football Focus, Young’s 13.5 sacks are “are the most by any defender through the first nine weeks of a college football season since Carl Nassib had the same amount in 2015.”

Chase Young is a legitimate game-wrecking pass-rusher. The Giants have not had a force off the edge in quite a while. In 2018, the Giants only totaled 30 sacks, tied for second-worst in the NFL. They have shown improvement in 2019, currently ranking 15th in the league with 24 sacks, making their pass-rushing unit average.

Chase Young would be the perfect player for the Giants to build their young defense around. After missing out on Josh Allen (after a failed trade-up attempt) in 2018, expect the Giants to be eager for a pass-rusher in 2019. The guy that they need to target is Chase Young.

Mets to interview Fredi Gonzalez for Bench Coach

The New York Mets bench coach search has led them to another former NL East manager, Fredi Gonzalez.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets are set to interview Fredi Gonzalez for their open bench coach position.

Fredi Gonzalez would be an excellent hire for the New York Mets. For starters, he has a decade of managerial experience in the NL East having been the manager of the Marlins from 2007-2010 and the Braves from 2011-2016.

Over that decade Gonzalez had a poor run of luck. He took over the Marlins after Joe Girardi was fired. Taking over an awful Marlins team with a payroll less than some players’ salaries. Despite that struggle, Gonzalez led the Marlins to an 84 and 87 win season in 2008 and 2009.

He was fired partway through the 2010 season when he was 34-36. The team finished the year 81-81.

It didn’t take long for Gonzalez to find a new job as he was hired by the Braves in 2011 to replace legendary manager Bobby Cox. In his first three years with the Braves Gonzalez won 89, 94, and 96 games. During that span, Gonzalez’s Braves made the playoff twice. Missing out on the playoffs in 2011 by one game, that was the season before the two wild card teams was instilled. Meaning he would have made the playoffs three times in his first three years under modern baseball rules.

In 2014 the Braves lost many of their key pieces to free agency and the team didn’t recover. After that year the Braves went full rebuild leaving Gonzalez in no-man’s land. He was fired partway through 2016 the second year of the Braves tear down.

He has been the Marlins third base coach since then, though he has interviewed for numerous manager jobs. Gonzalez is a well-respected and a well-liked person. He was considered one of the better strategists in baseball during his time as a manager.

During his decade in the NL East, his average bullpen ERA ranking was 11th in baseball. Compare that to genius baseball strategist Joe Girardi who’s bullpen ERA ranking over the same period averaged 13th in baseball.

Fredi Gonzalez may not be the flashy guy with a title and a big name, but he’s an incredibly competent manager and strategist. Putting him next to a young up and coming manager like Carlos Beltran would be as good as it gets for the Mets.

His vast experience and understanding of NL strategy could be a huge boost for Beltran. Gonzalez may not be a flashy hire but he would be a good one.

New York Giants: Ranking the biggest needs for the team going into 2020 offseason

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

With the New York Giants resting and self-evaluating on their much-needed bye week, let’s take a look at what this team needs most to return to contention.

Here are the top need for the New York Giants on both sides of the ball:

1. Left Tackle

Not only is Nate Solder currently injured, but he’s continued to look like a mediocre tackle since joining the team in 2018. With Daniel Jones struggling with ball-security and pocket awareness, protecting his blindside should be the #1 priority of the offseason. Even if the team plans to bring Solder back, they need to plan on upgrading the left tackle position. That would leave him either giving right tackle a shot or on the sidelines as a reserve offensive lineman. The team will need to at least attempt to upgrade the left tackle position, whether Solder is on the team or not.

2. Right Tackle

Usually, the left tackle is considered the blindside blocker, but the way Daniel is playing, both tackles are on the blindside. Daniel Jones has fumbled 13 times in 8 games. His eyes remain downfield for nearly the duration of every play, not exactly a typical habit for quarterbacks. If Daniel Jones does not grow out of his bad habits in the pocket, he will need a fantastic offensive line to hide those significant flaws. It’s also fair to wonder how long Daniel Jones could play this way without being sidelined due to injuries. Once a team drafts their quarterback of the future, it is imperative to protect him with adequate NFL tackles. The Giants do not currently have a suitable tackle on either side of the formation in Nate Solder or Mike Remmers.

3. Cornerback

Janoris Jenkins, DeAndre Baker, and Grant Haley were among the league’s worst cornerback groups in weeks 1-8 of the 2019 season. Jenkins’ play was spotty but decent, while the other two were torched in almost every game with ease.

Overall, Jenkins has been targeted 59 times allowing 32 receptions for 419 yards and three touchdowns. Baker has flashed here and there, covering Chris Godwin well in particular, but unreliable overall. He’s been targeted 53 times allowing 37 passes completed for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Grant Haley earned his playing-time through his tackling skills, which are a questionable trait to prioritize when he struggles mightily in coverage.

Haley has only allowed one touchdown, but giving up 28 receptions on 34 targets is too easy for quarterbacks. That’s over 80% of passes completed in his coverage. While Jenkins and Baker have struggled, Baker is allowing a 69% completion rate, and Jenkins’ currently stands at 54%. It’s hard to say this team has a single reliable option at cornerback going into the offseason.

4. Inside Linebacker

When the best linebacker on the team is a 5th round rookie who was expected to be a special teams contributor, there are serious problems. Alec Ogletree is the best available linebacker with Ryan Connelly injured, but he still isn’t finding his groove in New York. Once considered an athletic and rangy linebacker, he continues to get roasted in pass defense, and he is inconsistent against the run. The team sent BJ Goodson packing, apparently preferring guys off the street like David Mayo or James Bettcher’s former inside linebacker from Arizona, Deone Bucannon. In 4 out of 7 games without Ryan Connelly in the lineup, a member of the secondary has led the team in tackles. This unit needs two new starters going into 2020, planning for Connelly to be one of them on opening day wouldn’t be smart. Connelly’s ACL recovery could last into October or November.

5. Right Pass-Rusher

With Lorenzo Carter experiencing highs and lows as a pass rusher, he’s not a defender the team should rely on going forward. One week he’s forcing Tyron Smith to hold him, and the next week, he’s getting handled by Chuma Edoga, a rookie left tackle who was questioned for his work ethic entering the draft. He currently has 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble but disappears in too many games to rely on him. Oshane Ximines is ahead of him in terms of technique, and both are talented enough to be on the 53 man roster, but this team needs a new starter on the edge. Neither has shown any ability in run defense.

6. Center

Last year the team signed Spencer Pulley to a three-year-deal and praised Jon Halapio as a starting-caliber center. Unfortunately, the team has received little impact from either player heading into their week 11 bye. It’s fair to ask if Saquon Barkley has been operating at 100% since returning, but he’s getting absolutely no push up front to work with. With Kevin Zeitler and Will Hernandez being the team’s best linemen, the issues in the middle have come from Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley. Usually, quarterbacks see pressure coming up the middle, but Daniel Jones’ reckless abandon for his body and health brings a very high standard for offensive line play.

7. Left Pass-Rusher

There’s nearly just as much of a need for pass-rushing help on the left side, but Markus Golden has been a bright spot. He hasn’t made an impact in each game, but 6.5 sacks are enough of an effect through 10 weeks to return as a rotational piece in 2020. Markus Golden might not be a preferred starter, but he is serviceable. His contract was only a 1-year deal if he plays elsewhere in 2020, the team would be in serious trouble at both edge spots. With no depth behind Golden, to begin with, a left pass-rusher is a need regardless of where Golden plays in 2020.

8. Free Safety

Jabrill Peppers has been a pleasant surprise at the safety position, but he’s more like a rangier Landon Collins than a center-field ballhawk. He almost exclusively lines up in the box, leaving a significant need for a conventional free safety going forward. For the time being, Antoine Bethea is offering what he has left in the tank paired with Jabrill Peppers, but he doesn’t have much to offer. Michael Thomas is an adequate option on the backend of a roster but not someone who should be penciled in as a starter.

9. Wide Receiver

Golden Tate has proven to be an adequate pass-catching option, but the team has little depth behind him. Sterling Shepard is arguably the best wide receiver the New York Giants have but could be considering retirement after the 2nd concussion in 2019. Darius Slayton is currently the #2 wide receiver and just torched the Jets for over 120 yards and two touchdowns, but he’s shown typical rookie ups and downs. Behind Slayton, the team has Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler, who are replacement-level wide receivers.

Any receiver on this roster has definite limitations. Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard are primarily slot receivers with limited explosiveness on the perimeter. Darius Slayton has shown some ability underneath but is best used down the field. Adding a ”do it all” wide receiver would greatly help Daniel Jones. As it stands, the Giants wide receivers are among the leagues worst in terms of separation.

10. Kicker

Aldrick Rosas had a promising start to his career, but he’s missed three extra points in the last three weeks. He might be granted a longer leash in a lost season to prove it’s just a slump. However, signing a proven veteran with a large body of work would be the safe option for the 2020 season.

Why wasn’t a Pass-Rusher at the top of the list?

While there’s no denying this team needs an edge rusher badly, that hasn’t been the most considerable concern. Currently, the team doesn’t have a single adequate option at inside linebacker or cornerback, depending on how you feel about the roller-coaster ride of Janoris Jenkins.

The New York Giants also need to worry about keeping Daniel Jones up-right and protecting the football. This will require much better offensive tackles than what’s currently available to the young quarterback. His development is what’s most important right now. Nate Solder and Mike Remmers haven’t been very helpful so far.

New York Jets Special Teams’ Coach Brant Boyer is a Miracle Worker

New York Jets, Jason Myers

New York Jets Special Teams coach Brant Boyer may be the best in the NFL.

The Jets hired Brant Boyer to be their special teams’ coach in 2016. It was his first coordinator job in the NFL. He had spent four years with the Colts as the assistant special teams’ coach but had no other coaching experience.

It was a surprise hire, but nobody thought much of it. Special teams don’t really matter in the NFL is a prevailing thought amongst most fans. The Jets and their fans are different though.

They know what it’s like to have an elite special team coach, and how that can change the game. Mike Westhoff is a legendary special teams coach who was with the Jets for 12 seasons. He helped change the culture during his time with the team.

He lived through three coaching changes but retired in 2012 during Rex Ryan‘s tenure. that was the first year of the Jets long playoff drought.

After Westhoff, the Jets went through three special teams’ coaches in three years. In 2016 Boyer became the fourth special teams coordinator in four years. He was tasked with fixing a broken unit. Since Westhoff left the Jets ranked 10th, 16th, and 25th the following three years.

A far cry from the glory days of Westhoff’s unit. When Boyer was brought in for 2016 the Jets lacked so much on special teams. His first move was to fight to get a punter in the draft. He somehow convinced the Jets to draft Australian punter out of Sam Houston State Lac Edwards.

A move that has turned out to be phenomenal. Under Boyer’s guidance, Lac Edwards has developed into a top 10 punter in the NFL. He is also statistically the best punter in New York Jets history. In 2019  Edwards is fifth in the NFL in net punt yards and fourth in punts pinned inside the 20.

Even more impressive is his work with kickers. He has made every kicker he’s worked with over-perform their career averages. Including getting a scrap heap pickup in Jason Myers to second-team all-pro.

After the disaster that was finding a kicker and returner for the 2019 season, Boyer deserves credit. It’s easy to be the top team in special teams DVOA when you have an all-pro kicker and returner in 2018 as Boyer did.

However, it’s another to rank third in special teams DVOA despite losing those players. Not only that, but the guys brought in have equaled or outperformed his former all-pros.

In 2019 Jason Myers has hit just 73.7% of his field goals and 93.1% of his extra points. Meanwhile, the Jets kicker Sam Ficken has hit 70% of field goals and 100% of field goals. Ficken has also not missed a kick of less than 53 yards this year, while Myers is just 81% from inside 50 yards.

As for returners Jets punt returner Braxton Berrios is averaging 7.4 yards per punt return compared to Andre Roberts 6.9 yards in Buffalo this year. On the kick return front, Andre Roberts is averaging 28.4 yards per return, compared to the Jets primary kick returner Vyncint Smith who is averaging 37.8 yards.

It’s time that Brant Boyer got his due. He’s been overlooked for far too long. This man is one of if not the best special teams coach in the NFL.

New York Giants: Darius Slayton Showing He Was a Steal

New York Giants, Darius Slayton

After Sunday’s loss to the crosstown rival New York Jets, the New York Giants have lost all hope in the 2019 season. They have lost six games in a row, with only a few of them being competitive. They sit at 2-8, with their focus on the 2020 NFL Draft. But one young player has shined during this rough stretch. Rookie Wide Reciever Darius Slayton, a fifth-round pick from Auburn in last year’s draft, has already shown signs of being one of the games better receivers. He has looked like one of the biggest steals of the entire 2019 NFL Draft to this point.

What Darius Slayton is doing to show he was a steal

His play against the Jets

While the Giants lost to the Jets, rookies Daniel Jones and Slayton showed that a strong connection might be brewing. The rookie QB found the receiver 10 times for a total of 121 yards, as well as two touchdowns. Slayton was the leading receiver for Big Blue, the second time this season. He stepped up in a major way for the Giants’ passing game who were without WR Sterling Shepard and Tight End Evan Engram.

His impressive regular season numbers

Through just seven games this season, Slayton has hauled in 27 catches for 394 yards and 5 touchdowns. All of those numbers are in the top seven among rookie receivers. For the 18th selected receiver in last year’s draft, it is safe to say Slayton has exceeded all expectations of him.

He is currently on pace to finish with 53 catches for 744 yards and 10 touchdowns. Those numbers, especially the touchdown total, would solidify himself as one of the game’s premier young pass-catchers. A player who many passed on due to his poor catching ability, Slayton has proved everyone wrong and is proving the Giants found a steal at the wide receiver position.

Brooklyn Nets: Inside The Numbers with Kyrie Irving

Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets is not your usual NBA player. He sees the world from a unique perspective. Whether it be his thoughts on the potential shape of that world or maybe how he goes about his day to day routine. Kyrie Irving has always been a black sheep as NBA stars go.

So when it was said that he would when Kyrie Irving said he would be dropping his Pre-Heat on November 11th (11/11), he briefly explained how much the number plays in the NBA.

He was born at 1:11. His father’s favorite number is 11. His jersey number is 11. His name, Kyrie Irving, holds 11 letters. After playing 11 games at Duke due to injury, he would be drafted pick one of round one (1:1) in 2011. He scored his 11,000th point on the 11th of March. After being away from home at age 16, he feels he is now back home at age 27. That’s 11 years between now and then for Kyrie Irving to return home. Even the letter K, which is the first letter of his name, is the 11th letter of the alphabet.

Many would thing this is beyond coincidence. Maybe this is some kind of voodoo or magic? Maybe Kyrie Irving is an alien and there’s more to this flat earth thing than we gave him credit for. Surely a certain point this has the be the universe at work. Kyrie Irving, being the deep thinker he is (deep thinker is also 11 letters), decided to play off such a significant number in his life by releasing 11 shoes that represent 11 cities on the 11th day of the 11th month.

But why does Kyrie Irving mean by:

You know, 11 is a path of mastery. It’s a master number.

Well, Kyrie Irving is making reference to numerology. Numerology, not to be mistaken with its cousin Astrology, is the study of numbers that occur in ones life. Math and numbers are a universal language. No matter what, math and its laws do not change. Reading and observing the numbers in ones life in numerology is supposed to give you insight. It isn’t that different from how astrology uses the stars and what not to give you a personality type. Numerology uses numbers in much the same fashion.

Hans Decoz of numerology.com says:

Numerology reduces all multi-digit numbers to the single-digit numbers 1 through 9 with the exception of the three Master numbers 11, 22 and 33. These three Master numbers in many cases are not reduced and have a specific set of attributes that sets them apart from all other numbers. Numerology enthusiasts and practitioners have always been especially excited about Master numbers because, as the name implies, they represent something above and beyond the mundane.

As you read, the three master numbers are 11, 22, and 33. If it wasn’t clear with all the things that pointed toward this point, Kyrie Irving is an 11. Michael Jordan also shares this in common with Kyrie Irving, so he is in good company.

Chi-nese.com says this about the number 11 as a path number:

Master number 11 brings higher intuition and spiritual insight, supernatural abilities, increased sensitivity, as well as empathy and natural intelligence. The number eleven is a sign of enormous power – both mental and physical. In addition, this is the first master number from a total of three (11, 22 and 33). This number is the root of all other master numbers.

The holder of this life path number is considered to be an old soul, not only because of their unique abilities, extreme ability to empathize and understand and respect others, but the main reason is very mature thinking. A child with this master number may only be 12 years old, but their way of thinking may be similar to a person who is sixty years old.

The more I read about numerology and the number 11, the more I can’t help, but think that this couldn’t be anyone other than Kyrie Irving. There is even a numerology site where you can check out how numbers relate to your favorite celebrities (see here).

If you still doubt Kyrie and his relation to the number 11, that same celebrity site says this:

All of this amounts to a great capacity for invention. Many inventors, artists, religious leaders, prophets, and leading figures in history have had the 11 prominent in their chart.

Does anything in this snippet look familiar? “Many inventors, artist…”

Did Kevin Durant not call Kyrie Irving an artist the other day? If that doesn’t sell you, then nothing will. I don’t exactly have an degree in witchcraft so I don’t want to speak too much on it, but please feel free to visit the sites I have linked as well as do research of your own. I just thought it would be enjoyable for you to grasp the reasoning behind Kyrie Irving’s shoe roll out decision.

New York Yankees: Why Brett Gardner should be brought back for 2020

New York Yankees, Brett Gardner

After putting up career numbers, Brett Gardner wants nothing but to continue being a New York Yankee. The 36-year-old veteran has more value than most people realize.

Other than being a role model in the clubhouse since he’s the only one with a World Series ring, Gardner just knows how to play the game. Since the Yankees have a predominately power-hitting lineup, it’s refreshing to see a quick lefty step up to the plate.

Despite putting up a career-high 28 home runs, Gardner will do anything to put the ball in play. His short level swing and his speed gets overlooked and is so valuable in today’s game.

Besides his athletic talent even at the end of his career, Garnder leads the team, Through his bat slamming and umpire antics last season, he rallied the team which is so important in baseball.

Another thing to consider, Aaron Hicks most likely won’t return until August of 2020 due to his Tommy John surgery. Even though I agree that Hicks should be the Yankee starting centerfielder, Gardner could fill that role just like he did during the 2019 season.

Gardner is also obsessed with playing in pinstripes, and he’s made it clear that he wants to return for the 2020 season. Since he wants to be in the Bronx again, he’ll most likely take whatever the Yankees throw at him, this could be a steal for the Yankees.

Even though Gardner most likely won’t match his great numbers from last season, he’s always been consistent throughout his career. He’s not going to put up MVP numbers, but he’ll get the job done until Hicks returns.

New York Knicks head coach, Fizdale, to be the ‘fall guy’

The New York Knicks will be looking for a new head coach sooner rather than later.  After Sunday’s blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team president and general manager hinted at a coaching change.

This comes to no surprise considering the Knicks are 2-8 and not playing to their potential.  The entire roster has new players that should make the team competitive.  The Knicks have shown glimpses of what they’re capable of but the bad outweigh the good in this scenario.

David Fizdale is being held responsible for this disaster start of the season.  His decisions throughout the first 10 games have fans scratching their heads. Fizdale has untimely substitutions that ruin the flow of the game and inconsistent lineups.  Their defense is atrocious and they are constantly out-rebounded.

There seems to be no fire or energy with this Knicks team.  Coach Fizdale had more energy when the team won 17-games as compared to this season.

Marcus Morris said that Fizdale puts them in the right position to win.  Maybe lose is more like it.  It doesn’t seem like those comments hold true with how this team is playing.

Someone needs to be the scapegoat for this terrible start.  Unfortunately, Fizdale is going to be it.

The New York Knicks need to change something quick.  There is no excuse for how they’ve been playing with their talent.  It’s the coaches job to get the players up for the games and make necessary changes when things aren’t going the right way.  In this case, a coaching change could be wants needed.

With Fizdale coaching every minute for his job now, expect to see a little more fire in him.  He will try to correct the numerous flaws in this team quickly to save his job.