Hopefully, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo didn’t buy a house when he moved to New York this off-season. After two games it looks as if Spagnuolo and Tom Coughlin will be looking for new jobs very soon. The numbers are hideous, 80 points allowed in two games, over 800 yard allowed and opponents have completed an astounding 71% of their passes against them, but the visual evidence is even worse. Mathias Kiwanuka looks lost at linebacker. Kawika Mitchell’s play makes you long for the days of Carlos Emmons and Webster and Madison can’t cover anyone.
As if the bad play wasn’t enough, the Giants made plenty of mental mistakes in the 35-13 loss as well. Jeremey Shockey committed a stupid unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that negated a first down and forced the Giants to settle for a field goal. Amani Toomer uncharacteristically lost his cool and his personal foul also forced the Giants to settle for a field goal.
And, the injury bug hit again. Steve Smith may be lost for the year with a shoulder injury and Plaxico Burress and Aaron Ross both left the game with injuries. Jared Lorenzen got hurt while he was filling in for Eli Manning and the Giants were forced to use their emergency quarterback, Anthony Wright. Add it all up and the Giants are facing a long week before they face Washington next Sunday at 4pm.
Photo of Brett Favre passing through Osi Umenyiora's hands by AP/Mel Evans