It was inevitable on this depressing, terrible, dysfunctional season: Large-on-Large crime.
If the NFL would allow it, the Giants ought to simply head to the airport proper now and neglect about Sunday’s ultimate sport in opposition to Washington.
Give the 25,000 people who find themselves going up present up at MetLife a full refund as a vacation present and get on with cleaning away the stretch of this season.
In a record-setting 4 months of franchise humiliation, the locker room lastly fractured Tuesday when Professional Bowl security Landon Collins, the Giants’ second-best participant after Odell Beckham Jr., went on ESPN radio in New York and referred to as teammate Eli Apple a “most cancers” who must be despatched on his manner off the crew.
It does not get any stronger. It does not get any worse. Infighting is the final signal of a shattered crew.
When the Giants determine on a brand new GM, and it’ll doubtless be Dave Gettleman, and he has a hand in choosing a brand new coach, one of many first points on their agenda will probably be what to do about Apple. He’s simply 22 years outdated, was a first-round decide solely a yr in the past and performs a premium place and has elite expertise.
However he has maturity points. He is been a knucklehead. Now, he has teammate points.
“There’s one nook that has to determine and must develop, and everyone knows who that’s,” Collins mentioned. “That might be the one particular person I’d change out of our secondary group. The opposite two guys – DRC and Jackrabbit – I really like these two guys. They play onerous. They love what they do. However, that first decide, he is a most cancers.”
That first decide is Apple.
Collins may have simply referred to as him a foul apple.
He referred to as him a most cancers.
Now that Apple has been referred to as out as a “most cancers,” it should be very troublesome for him to stroll again into the locker room, not solely Wednesday, when the Giants start preparations for Washington, however going ahead as properly.
Though simply in his third season, Collins has emerged as one of many strongest voices on the crew. He’s additionally revered all through the locker room. Though he didn’t have practically the kind of impactful season he had in 2016, when he was first-team All Professional and a contender for defensive participant on the yr, he’s so properly considered across the league that he was named to the Professional Bowl for the second straight yr.
The secondary had been a cleaning soap opera this yr.
First it was Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie getting suspended one sport. Then Jackrabbit Jenkins was suspended one sport. Then Apple’s mom had mind surgical procedure, after which he was made inactive 4 straight video games (it appeared like an unannounced suspension), performed 60 snaps on protection in opposition to the Eagles one week in the past after which solely on particular groups in opposition to the Cardinals on Sunday.
In the course of all this, Eli Manning was benched for one sport and the subsequent day Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese have been fired.
It is uncommon however not unprecedented for a participant to name a teammate a most cancers within the locker room. However it’s uncommon that they connect their identify to it. Collins is so fed up with Apple that he clearly did not care about any repercussions. He in all probability had all he may take when he lately mentioned he is been attempting to assist Apple by his tough occasions and Apple denied it.
“He is received lot of non-public issues that is happening in his life at this level that no participant is — I am shocked he is nonetheless right here,” Collins mentioned. “And did not form of step away from the sport, as a result of most gamers would. He is received loads happening with the scenario. That is when it’s a must to be a brother towards him and inform him we received your again and we’re right here for you.”
Apple denied that Collins has been mentoring him.
“Landon? No,” he mentioned. “I speak to Brandon Marshall, DRC at all times been a superb particular person as a result of he form of went by the identical factor round my age just a little bit.”
Collins was a bit confused when informed Apple mentioned they by no means spoke.
“Is that what he mentioned? I assume he do not keep in mind issues. I do not know. It’s what it’s,” Collins mentioned. “I do not wish to begin no controversy with my teammate. I do know I’ve (spoken to him) and I do know what I did. I spoke extremely of him. It’s what it’s.”
A narrative over the weekend on NJ.com detailed how Apple’s mom lately divorced his stepfather, who had performed an enormous half in his life, however now he has stopped speaking to him. Apple has not addressed that scenario himself.
After a considerably promising rookie yr in 2016 after the Giants drafted him 10th total out of Ohio State, this season has been a prepare wreck for Apple. He was criticized for a scarcity of hustle on a third-and-33 play in opposition to the Rams that resulted in a landing after which was terrible the next week in San Francisco and was one in all McAdoo’s principal targets within the “brutally trustworthy” movie session a number of days later.
Collins calling Apple a most cancers is about as dangerous because it will get. However it was inevitable the Giants would activate one another.