The New York Giants defense has been extremely inefficient this season, ranking 26th in points allowed per game at 27.8. Aside from the obvious struggles giving up points, the Giants have also allowed 138.4 rushing yards per game and 270.2 passing yards per game, both landing in the below-average category. Even the New York Jets, who have a vastly less superior defense regarding overall talent have managed to curate a better unit, which is a big surprise given the success Patrick Graham and his defense experience last year.
Against the Dallas Cowboys last week, the Giants’ unit gave up an embarrassing 201 yards on the ground and 324 yards through the air, resulting in 525 total yards allowed. That is not to mention the four touchdowns they gave up along the way, further degrading a team that has lost LB Blake Martinez this year to a torn ACL and allowed Dalvin Tomlinson to walk in free agency has passed off-season.
â€œIn terms of the yardage given up and the loss of the game, itâ€™s unacceptable. Period,â€ Graham said. â€œWe get paid â€“ myself included â€“ to win games. Iâ€™m in this position to help win games. When you give up 500-plus yards in offense, thatâ€™s not usually winning football. Itâ€™s completely unacceptable. Completely unacceptable.â€
At the very least, Graham is holding himself accountable for the lack of production, but he knows his unit must take a step forward if his team wants to stick around against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6.
â€œAfter a performance like that, and now youâ€™ve got the Rams coming in here,â€ Graham said, â€œweâ€™re going to find out [what weâ€™re made of]. I mean, weâ€™re going to find out. Itâ€™s time. Iâ€™m starting with me first.â€
The Giants have already started 1â€“4 on the season and are quickly losing the respect and faith of the fans, which will ultimately spell trouble. Unfortunately, general manager Dave Gettleman has been unable to build a winning team, despite what most believe to be a solid group of coaches. Whether it be the talent or game planning, something needs to change within the Giantsâ€™ organization.