With the New York Giants and head coach Pat Shurmur stealing a last second win against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, they currently sit as the third-worst team in the league at 2-7. Big Blue is far from being a quality team, but they took a step in the right direction in week 10.
The Giants came off the BYE with a head of steam, maintaining their composure in the locker room and looking forward and not back. Shurmur has done a stellar job keeping his men motivated, even after such a disastrous start. There were moments of worry that the locker room was falling to its demise, similar to the result of 2017. Shurmur didn’t turn a blind eye – he rather picked up the emotions of the team’s most prolific players and corralled them like lost sheep.
How did the New York Giants impress Pat Shurmur in the win?
“I thought for the most part our pass protection was as good as its been this year,” Shurmur stated on Tuesday.
New right guard Jamon Brown, was inserted as the starter over John Greco. Brown was a bight spot on the offensive line, showing his mental capabilities by recognizing stunts and picking up key blocks. He played an instrumental role in Eli Manning’s first touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr.
In regard to Brown, Shurmur stated:
“I thought he did a good job. I thought he did some of the things that we thought he could do. He’s very firm, he gets his hands on you. I thought he played well.”
“He’s only been here a little over a week and he was able to go in there and really show up in a way that you don’t typically see for a guy that’s been here that short of a period of time.”
He certainly did, Pat… In fact, Brown looked ‘far’ better than Patrick Omameh. Remember him? The player that Dave Gettleman invested $15 million in over a three-year period. Well, luckily not much of it was guaranteed. Just $3.5 million will be allocated towards the salary cap in 2019 as dead cap space.
In addition to the Giants’ new acquisition, left tackle Nate Solder had a stellar game. He finished with a PFF score of 92.7, beating the next highest offensive player by nearly 20 full points. He wasn’t spoken of once the entire game. It’s possible the Giants might be onto something here on the offensive line. With the return of Jon Halapio next season and a potential right tackle signing, the trenches might finally be secured.