Fire Everyone If the Giants Can't Beat Washington on Thursday

The Giants are a dumpster fire that needs to be put out.
The Giants are a dumpster fire that needs to be put out. / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It's time for the David Gettleman/Joe Judge/Daniel Jones apologists to sulk back to whatever bush they emerged from and say no more. If the Giants can't beat an injury-riddled team with a backup quarterback on a short week, John Mara and his patient approach to Gettleman's tenure need to pull a Homer Simpson and recede back into the owner's box from whence they came.

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There are no more excuses for these Giants. Not from the fanbase's perspective. We've waited damn near a decade for this team to be relevant again and five years since we even made the playoffs -- and we all remember the boat trip that derailed that winning season, the only winning season we've had since 2013 mind you.

No, with Washington starting backup Taylor Heinicke at quarterback this week, and the Giants slim-to-none playoff chances hinging on beating their vulnerable NFC East opponents, this team must win on Thursday or changes must be made. Not at the end of the year. Not after a bye week. Now.

It's simply impossible to preach patience anymore. This is Gettleman's fifth year as Giants GM, Judge's second year as head coach and Jones' third year as starting quarterback. Yet they're still making mistakes a teenager would make in their first-year as a GM playing Madden. Gettleman made another bad pick in the first round of the draft (Andrew Thomas), Judge tried to challenge a scoring play against the Broncos in Week 1, which is illegal and cost the Giants a timeout, and Jones still can't protect the ball. This is what they're paid to do and if they can't get it done against a backup QB playing on a short week, they gotta go.

Vegas is so south on the Giants WynnBET made Washington a 3.5-point favorite and -190 moneyline against them in Week 2. The implied probability gives Washington a 65% chance of winning this game. Based on the way the Giants offense played against the Broncos in Week 1, that feels light.

At the end of the day, the NFL is a no excuses league, yet Mara has made plenty for Gettleman and a franchise that has become irrelevant in the contender conversation. That's gotta stop. The Giants gave up 165 rushing yards against the Broncos in Week 1. Meanwhile, their anemic offense generated all of 314 total yards and were held to seven points before a garbage-time touchdown at the end of regulation. That's not growth, it's stagnation.

All of this is to say, if you're a Giants fan, you ought to have had enough of this. The time for change is now. If the Giants can't beat a backup on a short week with their team fully healthy, the people making the calls need to be held responsible. It's not the Giants way, but it is the only way forward.

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