EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It was presupposed to be a celebratory occasion. As an alternative, New York Giants proprietor John Mara was loudly booed throughout a halftime ceremony for legendary quarterback Eli Manning throughout a loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
The issue was that Mara’s staff was within the means of shedding 17-14. The Giants had simply dominated the primary half, but went into the break trailing in what would find yourself being their third loss in three weeks to open the season.
“I might boo, too,” Mara mentioned within the hallway heading to his suite earlier than the beginning of the third quarter. “We’re 0-2 and down at half.”
Make that 0-Three for the third time in 5 years. The Giants blew a lead late within the fourth quarter for the second consecutive week when Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yard area aim with no time remaining.
Giants followers seem to have reached their boiling level. They don’t seem to be proud of the state of the storied franchise, which now has had one successful season within the earlier eight years. This season would not look promising to reverse that development.
Giants followers even cheered Sunday on a number of events when beleaguered tight finish Evan Engram was taken off the sphere. Their frustration is at that time.
Engram led all tight ends in drops final season. He had a fumble early in Sunday’s loss, however he was booed even when he had no probability to catch a tipped go from quarterback Daniel Jones within the fourth quarter. As he ran towards the sideline after that play whereas the Giants modified personnel teams, the followers cheered his exit.
“Yeah, completely. I do not assume that was deserved. It was a tipped ball. May’ve thrown it higher on the finish. I am probably not positive I understood that,” Jones mentioned. “He performed arduous all sport and fought again from an damage a couple of weeks in the past to be again out right here. So he is a big-time participant for us and goes to be large for us down the stretch.”
Engram had two catches for 21 yards in his first sport again from a calf damage that pressured him to overlook the primary two weeks of the season.
The followers’ disgust with Engram, a 2017 first-round decide, has been brewing for fairly some time. He has grow to be the poster boy for his or her discontent. However this was the primary actual acknowledgement of their disgust with possession in a public setting. And it was painfully clearly by the sheer quantity and readability of the boos directed at Mara.
Star working again Saquon Barkley defended the staff proprietor afterward.
“I do not assume that’s truthful to Mr. Mara,” Barkley mentioned of the boos directed on the Giants’ co-owner. “He is accomplished an excellent job.”
The Giants have an NFL-worst 18-49 report because the begin of the 2017 season. They’ve made the playoffs as soon as (2016) since Manning and the Giants received their second Tremendous Bowl collectively through the 2011 season.
This yr once more seems headed within the incorrect route. The Giants are the one winless staff within the NFC East.
Coach Joe Choose nonetheless insists they are going to flip issues round. The Giants began 0-5 in his first season as a head coach final yr. He preached endurance to a fan base that proper now appears arduous to persuade.
“We will be all proper, guys. All proper?” Choose mentioned calmly as he exited the stage in his postgame information convention. “We will be all proper.”