O'Hara: Giants' Dysfunction "Tough To Watch"

The Giants have been a mess this season – and there's no quick fix in sight

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 01, 2018 - 9:25 am

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It’s been a rough season for the New York Giants.  After drafting Saquon Barkley and returning Odell Beckham Jr. from injury, the Giants expected to contend for an NFC East title – and more – this year. Instead, they have the worst record in football at 1-7.

“It’s been tough to watch. It’s been brutal to see the dysfunction,” Super Bowl champion and NFL Network analyst Shaun O’Hara said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “It’s not about one guy. If it was just one guy, it would probably be easy to replace him. But right now the Giants are really struggling with that chemistry that I talked about. You got a rookie left guard in Will Hernandez. They’re on their third center in Spencer Pulley. They’re going to be on their third right tackle. When you have that constant change and turnover, it’s hard to create that chemistry.”

It’s showing on the field.

“When I turn on the film when I watch this offensive line, they are taking turns getting beat,” O’Hara said. “Seven sacks against Washington last week, and it was a different guy almost each time. They’ve fallen victim to a number of different stunts and blitzes. Teams are taking advantage of them because they know that they’re a new unit so there’s gong to be hiccups and there’s going to be sloppy play. Unfortunately, Eli has been the victim of all of this poor play, and it’s really tough to watch at times.”

Manning, 37, has just eight touchdowns in eight games this season. While some analysts believe the Giants would be better off with a mobile quarterback, O’Hara doesn’t necessarily think that’s true.

“To me, that’s a lazy take,” he said. “Our offensive line is bad, so let’s get a quarterback that can run around and make up for it? No, the answer is to get good offensive linemen and get guys that can figure it out and play better. And if your guys are struggling, then run the football and put them in position to not be in one-on-one pass rush 45 times a game. So I think there’s ways that you can fix it, you can help them out.”

Besides, having a quarterback run for his life every other play is a recipe for disaster.

“If you look at Deshaun Watson, a couple weeks ago he was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league,” O’Hara said. “He had to take a bus to Jacksonville because he had a bruised lung. So it doesn’t matter how mobile your quarterback is. If your guards are getting beat and then there’s pressure up the A and B gaps, you can’t expect your quarterback to run away from all of that. I think there’s an advantage when you have a quarterback that can get you out of trouble, but that should be two or three times a game. That shouldn’t be we’re throwing the ball 45 times and every sixth or seventh play he’s under duress and he’s got to run away from somebody.”

The Giants, who have a bye this week, play the 49ers in Santa Clara on Monday Night Football on Nov. 12. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. ET.