By HCR Staff | September 16, 2020
We won’t mince words, and we’ll get right to it. We liked what we saw from the Giants this past Monday night against the Steelers.
Yes, they lost – again. But, we still liked what we saw, and here’s why.
The Giants Were More Cohesive And Played With High Energy. From start to finish, we saw a team that played together, played for each other, and played with a lot of energy and verve. We haven’t seen that from the Giants in quite some time. The roster still is a work in progress, but cultivating the necessary intangibles to survive an NFL season is the hardest job for any NFL head coach, and it looks like Judge is on the right course. He ran an incredibly tough training camp, but it looks to be paying dividends. When we watch a game, we go far beyond just watching the ball and looking at the graphics on the telecast. We do our best to also focus on the players’ body language, the look in their eyes…and we liked what we saw from the Giants.
The Opener Was Judge’s First Game Reps With His Coaching Staff, And We Expect Their In-Game Judgments To Get Better. The Giants played competitively, and if not for a poor play choice that resulted in a QB Daniel Jones pick in the redzone while trailing 16-10, the outcome could have been different. The choice of that play – having Jones, a right hander roll left and try to throw back toward his right while making stud Steelers LB Bud Dupree a free rusher…well, let’s just say the play was far too ambitious for the situation. That judgment is going to result in a conversation between Judge and his Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett. They’re still getting to know each other too under live game conditions. If this situation presents itself again, Giants fans may get a different play call.
We Think Judge Has The Point Guard He Needs In QB Daniel Jones. The QB leads the team and the culture, and for a rookie head coach, he needs the right guy with the right makeup to be the liaison for him to the squad. We get the vibe the Judge-Jones connection is going to work, even though Jones is not a Judge draft pick. Jones is a smart, tough, talented player with a great work ethic – perfect to serve as Judge’s emissary. In our view, Jones has a very, very high ceiling; frankly, we feel he can be as good and productive as any QB in the game. He just needs to get far more coaching than he got in college at playing the position.
HCR Conclusion. The Giants are watchable again, and a team that’ll be on the rise.