It conjures up the image of the orchestra which decided to keep playing amid the chaos of a sinking ship near the end of the movie “Titanic.” There comes a time where it is OK to not stay calm.
It became clear last week with the Odell Beckham-started drama that what Shurmur says in front of the media and how he feels behind closed doors don’t always match up.
But as the football world — media, Pro Football Hall of Famers and former Giants alike — ripped the Giants for the play of Manning and the effort of the defense, Shurmur refuted the naked eye’s observations Thursday night in his press conference following a 34-13 loss.
“I’m not concerned about Eli,” Shurmur said. “Like I said, none of us did anything good enough to win tonight.”
He added, “Nothing wrong with the effort. They fought hard all the way to the end.”
The Giants might have higher character in their locker room than in 2017 after a wholesale roster overhaul and a new coaching staff, but the problems they are facing sound all-too familiar.
The offense struggles to score points. And, for the first time this season, the defense gave questionable effort at times, though multiple players denied the observation presented by FOX’s Troy Aikman.
Shurmur expected his team to be galvanized coming off a heart-breaking loss and the Beckham-Lil Wayne-Manning circus. What happened?
“I think we are (galvanized),” Shurmur said. “We got beat by a good team and we didn’t play well enough. I don’t think we need to overthink that.”
Watch the video above as NJ Advance Media’s beat reporters Matt Lombardo and Ryan Dunleavy react to the Giants’ first non-competitive loss of the season. They disagree on the most alarming sign — there is plenty to choose from — but agree this season is over.
Also, Saquon Barkley is very good. And resolution to the Beckham drama.
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