After 0-2 start, Ben McAdoo promises 'drastic changes' for stagnant Giants

Yolanda Curtis
September 21, 2017

"By no stretch of the imagination did we do that tonight", said Ben McAdoo, who led the Giants to their first playoff berth since 2011 last season in his first year as head coach. There were no shortage of options for game balls after this big win.

Learning from them is one thing. That's why there will be changes coming, some of which could be considered "drastic".

He didn't play a defensive snap in the team's opening loss against Dallas but did contribute on special teams. The state of the offense isn't good and the Giants need to go back to the drawing board and find some answers. No matter what the Lions did, they simply could not get the run game going, though it may look like they did when you look at the final stats. Odell Beckham is the offense's only viable threat, and he probably isn't 100 percent.

"If we expect anything less, we're in the wrong business, because he has a full week to prepare", Schwartz said.

On the Detroit possession before Ebron's touchdown, NY strong safety Landon Collins had roughly deposited Ebron on the turf for no gain after the tight end had caught a tipped pass.

On the Giants' first series, just after Manning was sacked for the first time, right tackle Bobby Hart limped off the field after re-aggravating an ankle injury.

Look, no one wants to tank, just like no one wants to have a troublesome tooth removed. They've got to keep on working; we've got to keep on working. I should have come downhill on a few and read a few plays better. They're not given away.

Detroit got contributions from all phases.

In the meantime, no one is going to feel sorry for them, especially fans of their upcoming opponent. Beckham, who was used sparingly, also caught four out of five passes intended for him, but it wasn't enough to save the Giants from their second straight loss on the season.

"He got some treatment this morning", McAdoo said.

Fair criticism (and Manning agreed, telling reporters, "any time there's a delay of game, it's on the quarterback") but a little jarring to see a coach state so candidly.

Nah. The Giants' offensive line is brutal.

So Monday's win was significant, and the Lions now have two victories by double digits in 2017 after managing only one all of last season. The defense sacked Eli Manning five times, with Ezekiel Ansah getting three.

Yet, through two games this season, Flowers, the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, continues to struggle with consistency in his technique.

"Ereck is a young player, I thought he did some good things in the ballgame", McAdoo said.

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