By Jason Keidel
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Once we booted the ball on the 2017 season, we had stratospheric expectations for the New York Soccer Giants.
They have been coming off a chic marketing campaign beneath rookie head coach Ben McAdoo, ordained an offensive guru who was fortified with sagacious free agent signings on protection. All three mercenaries — Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon “Snacks” Harrison — performed previous the again of their glittering soccer playing cards. Then this yr, the Giants signed all-world wideout Brandon Marshall, whom, with Odell Beckham Jr. in his prime and Sterling Shepard getting into his, gave us the sense that the world was their Massive Blue oyster.
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Then they performed the video games. Between the biblical plague of accidents, the mountainous schedule and mutinous locker room, the Giants are arguably the worst group within the NFL. Significantly. Arguably worse than the zero-9 Cleveland Browns and clearly worse than the beforehand zero-9 San Francisco 49ers, who whipped the G-Males on Sunday to interrupt that huge goose egg on their report.
Quite than present the generic field-rating breakdown and parse the statistical particulars, there’s one second that flawlessly conveys the Giants’ struggles and their eyesore of a season. An in any other case atypical play within the second half led to a unprecedented comment. And it was an entire, pristine microcosm of that staff right now.
In case you’ve listened to Darryl “Moose” Johnston through the years, you’ve observed two issues about his public mien. He’s excellent at breaking down soccer performs, and he’s additionally vehemently impartial. A hardworking, bruising fullback throughout his days in Dallas, Johnston is an equally blue-collar commentator — truthful and agency.
It takes lots to make Moose’s blood bubble. But such a play occurred Sunday through the Giants-49ers recreation. The Niners handed the ball to operating again Carlos Hyde, who ran off deal with. Shortly after blowing previous the road of scrimmage, Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was the primary defender in entrance of him. Somewhat than blasting his chest, wrapping his waist or lunging at his legs, Jenkins went full matador, stepping towards the halfback earlier than providing full, free passage.