Ex-Giants play blame game, trade hot takes on Twitter | Odell Beckham? Eli Manning? Ben McAdoo?

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When something is going wrong, very very wrong, like the New York Giants in 2018, Twitter becomes a vast wasteland of hot takes and second guessing.

Take former Giants tight end Martellus Bennett. During the 34-13 loss on Thursday, Bennett made it quite clear that while Odell Beckham wasn’t having a banner day on or off the field, the meltdown against the Eagles wasn’t the wide receiver’s fault:

The next day, former Giants quarterback Geno Smith chimed in, also indicating that Eli Manning was the problem, and that perhaps former head coach Ben McAdoo had been vindicated.

Taking it one step further, another former Giant, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, added some fuel to the fire:

Marshall lasted just one season with New York, and played in just five games. He had 18 receptions for 154 yards before having season-ending ankle surgery.

Which means he missed the temporary changing of the guard in the huddle last season.

Smith replaced Eli Manning for one game as the No. 1 quarterback, getting the start on Dec. 3rd vs the Raiders. The move ended Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive games started and pretty much signaled the end of the Ben McAdoo era. 

Shortly after the move, the Giants fired McAdoo, installed Steve Spagnuolo as interim head coach and returned Manning to the starting lineup.

Not long after that, the Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese and turned the page by hiring general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur.

They doubled down on Manning, by passing on a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

While there’s no denying the All-Pro skills being displayed by rookie running back Saquon Barkley, it’s also impossible to deny that Manning’s days as being the Giants’ No. 1 option at quarterback are over.

His performance Thursday night at MetLife Stadium on national television: 24-of-43 for 281, 0 touchdowns, one interception and a QB rating of 66.1 in the 34-13 loss to the Eagles pretty much sealed the deal.

Now Gettleman and Shurmur have to decide where this 1-5 team goes from here.

Is it Kyle Lauletta time? Do they look outside the organization for a quarterback?

For what it’s worth, Geno Smith could be available, since he’s riding the pine backing up Philip Rivers for the Chargers. Just a thought.

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And so are these: more pitiful numbers from Thursday night’s debacle, per Giants PR:

*The 21-point margin was the largest in a Giants defeat since they lost last Dec. 24 in Arizona, 23-0.

*The Giants are 7-22 in regular-season games against defending Super Bowl champions (plus 3-0 in the postseason). This was their first game vs. the reigning titlists since Nov. 15, 2015, when they lost to New England. They last beat the defending champions in a 2011 NFC Divisional Playoff Game, when they topped the Packers in Green Bay. Their last regular-season win against the champions was against Denver in 1998.

*The Giants fell to 4-5 in Thursday night games since 2008, including 2-1 at home.

*The Giants are 0-3 in their white color rush uniforms.

*The Giants have allowed at least 33 points in each of the last three games, losses to New Orleans, Carolina, and Philadelphia. That last happened in the final three games of the 2015 season, when they lost to Carolina, Minnesota and Philadelphia.

*The Giants trailed at halftime, 24-6. It was their largest halftime deficit since Oct. 12, 2014, when they trailed the Eagles in Philadelphia, 20-0. The Eagles’ first-half point total was the largest by a Giants opponent since the Los Angeles Rams scored 27 on Nov. 5, 2017.

*The Giants committed a turnover on their first offensive possession when Eli Manning’s pass to tight end Scott Simonson was tipped by Jordan Hicks and intercepted by another linebacker, Kamu Grugier-Hill, who returned the ball 24 yards to the Giants’ 16-yard line. It was the Giants’ first opening-possession turnover since Nov. 19, 2017 against Kansas City, when running back Shane Vereen’s pass was intercepted by Daniel Sorenson. Manning had last thrown a first-series interception on Nov. 29, 2015, when he was picked off by Perry Riley on a pass tipped by Vereen at Washington.

*Grugier-Hill’s interception led to Carson Wentz’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey just 1:45 into the game. The Eagles are the second Giants opponents to score a first-possession touchdown. On Sept. 16 in Dallas, the Cowboys scored early on Dak Prescott’s 64-yard pass to Tavon Austin 1:34 into the game.

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