The New York Giants embarrassed themselves on national television. Monday's 30-10 drubbing at the hands of Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a fair and accurate representation of where this Giants team currently is.
It was especially a mess offensively. Starting quarterback Daniel Jones managed just 167 passing yards despite throwing the ball a healthy 38 times. Jones was intercepted twice by an underwhelming Buccaneers secondary and was sacked twice by Tampa Bay's relentless front seven.
Things weren't much better on the ground. In fact, the running game was somehow less effective than the anemic passing offense was. Saquon Barkley managed 25 rushing yards on a pathetic six rushing attempts. Opposing offenses typically respect the Buccaneers' ability to stop the run, and game-script had something to do with it, but six rushing attempts for a running back that was drafted with the second-overall pick in 2018 feels especially haunting. Backup running back Devontae Booker carried the ball three times for 15 yards, and wide receiver John Ross picked up 16 yards on a single rush. All in all, it led to a horrid offensive night for the Giants—a grand total of 215 yards of offense.
It was, unfortunately, par for the course. The Giants have possessed one of the least productive offenses since Jason Garrett became their offensive coordinator, and it's time for Garrett to be relieved of his duties immediately. Head coach Joe Judge sounds like a coach that's reached his wit's end.
"We’ve got to do a better job of scoring points,” Judge said. "We have to do a better job of putting our players in position to make plays. We have good players. We have to put them in a better position to capitalize on it."
That doesn't sound like a boss that is satisfied with the performance of one of his top employees and he shouldn't be. Judge makes a decent point. The Giants do have good players on the offensive side of the ball. The debate on Jones as a franchise quarterback is nearly over, but the supporting cast should be able to produce more than they currently are. Barkley is an extremely talented back with a diverse skill set. Kenny Golladay is a 1,000-yard receiver. Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram are quality pass-catchers. Darius Slayon is a legitimate field stretcher. Kadarius Toney possesses special ability with the ball in his hands, and there's no reason why he can't do what Rondale Moore is doing in Arizona, or what Jaylen Waddle is doing in Miami. That failure also falls at the feet of Garrett.
Despite possessing all of that talent, The Giants are averaging a measly 18.9 points per contest. It represents a marginal, useless improvement on last year's final mark of 17.5 points per game. Additionally, the Giants haven't scored 30 points in a single game since Garrett became the offensive coordinator. That may be the most damning stat of them all.
So the time to make a change is now. Garrett should not be employed to call the plays for New York's Thursday afternoon's Thanksgiving showdown with their NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys. Sweeping changes are likely coming in the offseason. Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman are far from safe, as their fingerprints are all over this mess as well. Personnel amendments are also likely on the way, with the quarterback serving as the biggest question mark of all. Those can wait, but the pressing issue of Garrett can not. He should be replaced as soon as possible.