The Giants’ distress of their Christmas Eve postgame Arizona locker room was palpable. This traditionally dangerous season, the primary 13-loss marketing campaign ever for the franchise, has worn them down.
And so they’re conscious, with Sunday’s finale towards Washington promising to be nothing greater than a meaningless drag on New 12 months’s Eve, that MetLife Stadium may very well be taken over by the visiting groups’ followers once more, because it was in Week 15 by the Philadelphia Eagles’ followers.
And even worse, it may very well be a ghost city.
So for all of these causes, an ornery Jason Pierre-Paul issued a problem to Giants followers after Sunday’s 23-Zero shutout loss to the Cardinals: In the event you’re a “true fan,” you’ll present up.
“Our followers are gonna be our followers. I really feel just like the true followers that’s actually true to the New York Giants and group and to the gamers, whoever they comply with no matter, the true followers are gonna be there,” a fed-up Pierre-Paul mentioned earlier than flying residence for 2 badly-needed days off. “You don’t understand how the season’s gonna go once you begin. Accidents happen, and on the finish of the day the true followers are gonna be there supporting within the chilly, it’s gonna be freezing. We already know that.
“I do know one factor for positive: my son might be there supporting me,” Pierre-Paul added. “So the true followers there, I do know I obtained one individual supporting me. And that’s all that issues.”
Coaches and gamers presumably discover it as tough to come back to work throughout seasons this dreadful as followers discover it to observe their workforce lose always. Steve Spagnuolo’s face after Sunday’s loss had the look of a person who knew falling to Zero-Three as interim head coach gave him no likelihood of securing the full-time job.
Vast receiver Sterling Shepard insisted he and his teammates have been by no means counting the times for this season merely to finish.
“No,” Shepard mentioned. “All people likes to play soccer, everyone loves doing this each week. I don’t suppose guys are simply giving up ready for the season to finish. We love doing this. That is what we grew up doing. So I wouldn’t say that.”
Shepard did admit, although, that the Giants having 13 losses is unbelievable contemplating how he and so many others have been pondering Tremendous Bowl with this roster.
“I’d have checked out them loopy (if somebody had instructed me we’d lose 13 video games, particularly at first of the season, going into the season,” Shepard mentioned. “I assumed we had the proper squad to make a run at this factor. And the season’s simply been irritating.”
Shepard additionally acknowledged the frustration maybe was partially created and definitely compounded by the Giants shopping for into their very own hype slightly than simply caring for enterprise from day one.
“I don’t really feel like we listened to the hype, however I believe it sort of creeped in a bit of bit,” Shepard mentioned. “And you may’t hearken to the surface stuff. You’ve simply obtained to remain throughout the workforce and do it your self.”
And for Eli Manning, though all indicators level to him returning in 2018 based mostly on feedback by him and John Mara, having a season this dreadful as he prepares to show 37 on Jan. Three is a waste of the precious time he sees ticking away on his profession.
“It’s been powerful. I believe most likely for older gamers it’s powerful to undergo a season the place you’ve been out of the playoffs for some time, and the workforce’s struggling, and also you solely have so many alternatives left,” Manning mentioned.
On the very least, although, if the shorthanded and injury-riddled Giants are going to lose this remaining sport, they at the least need to accomplish that with dignity. And so they have been embarrassed in Week 15 when Eagles followers took over MetLife Stadium and grew so loud within the fourth quarter that they pressured a false begin by Giants proper deal with Bobby Hart as a result of, Manning mentioned, heart Brett Jones couldn’t hear the snap rely.
They then have been embarrassed in a unique and extra acquainted approach on Sunday in Arizona, dominated by a middling opponent made to look elite going up towards Huge Blue. Cardinals gamers on each side of the ball had their approach.
And it received’t get any simpler Sunday with Professional Bowl security Landon Collins now out with a damaged forearm, punctuating a season that went from dangerous, to worse, to horrible partly because of main accidents throughout the board.
Pierre-Paul was delicate to the suggestion that the Giants’ lack of “firepower” was an element.
“What you imply firepower, man?” Pierre-Paul mentioned. “We obtained guys enjoying soccer, you recognize what I imply? It’s an NFL workforce. Guys go down; others step up. That’s the way in which it’s.”
The defensive finish pressured, although, that the Giants are effectively conscious they’re Zero-11 within the NFC and Zero-5 within the NFC East and that they at the least can wipe these winless streaks off the board by beating Washington.
“It’s in division and everyone is aware of we hate Washington,” Pierre-Paul mentioned, making an attempt to fabricate some hype.
The fact, although, is after all it’s once more higher for the Giants to lose.
The Indianapolis Colts (Three-12) play the Houston Texans at 1 p.m., the identical begin time as Giants-Washington. And the Giants (2-13) can safe the No. 2 general choose in April’s draft with a loss or a Colts win.
But when the Colts lose and the Giants win they usually each end with Three-13 data, the power of schedule tiebreaker conceivably might bump the Giants right down to the third general choose.
And wouldn’t that be a becoming finish to this season: yet one more insult to ship the Giants into 2018 on the low word they’ve struck persistently for 4 straight months.