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Dave Gettleman White Evan Engram Jerseys , Pat Shurmur doing what they were hired to do “What the heck is going on around here?”That is the “clean” version of what many New York Giants fans were wondering after Sunday’s decision by the team to release backup quarterback Davis Webb. In general, it was also the reaction to decisions by GM Dave Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur to move on from a number of popular players fans had become accustomed to seeing in Giants uniforms.Well, hello!Welcome to regime change in the NFL.This is what happens when a team goes 3-13 and stunningly fires both its head coach and general manager before that regrettable season concludes. This is what happens when you have a team that has played in, and got blown out of, one playoff game in six seasons.New decision-makers are brought in. They are brought in to make changes, to get better results. They aren’t going to fail, or be saddled with, the decisions made by the previous regime. The previous regime already failed, and had their key cards revoked, because of those decisions. New bosses are going to succeed — or fail — with their own decisions. With players and schemes of their own choosing. That is how this works.Let’s talk about Davis Webb.The decision to part with Webb was surprising. At least in the moment. And if you got suckered into all the hype about how hard he works, how much he had improved his mechanics, how great a guy he is, how good he looked all spring and summer throwing the ball in shorts and t-shirts against defenders not going full speed the majority of the time. I know that, at least to an extent, I did. As did many of my media brethren.If you are going to excoriate Gettleman and Shurmur for moving on from Webb, the question is what exactly are you excoriating them for?When you step back and think about it, from the moment Jerry Reese was fired as GM the deck was always stacked heavily against Webb. New regimes want to choose their own quarterbacks. Webb worked hard and it was apparent that he had gotten better since his rookie year.What did he really prove in the preseason, though? Mostly that he is a wildly inconsistent young quarterback with a big arm who will occasionally make an incredibly pretty throw, and also occasionally air-mail ones that look simple. He had a good game, an awful game, and a middling game in three appearances. He completed 28-of-53 passes (52.8 percent). He didn’t exactly light it up.He remains a young quarterback who has proven nothing in the NFL. On Saturday, 34 quarterbacks were cut by NFL teams. The fact that the Giants couldn’t get anything for Webb tells you that the rest of the league sees the second-year quarterback as nothing special, just another guy to lump in with all of those other quarterbacks who are now looking for new teams.There are many who have asked why the Giants kept journeyman Alex Tanney instead of Webb. That’s the wrong question.This wasn’t about Webb vs. Tanney. This was about Webb vs. Kyle Lauletta — the young backup and possible heir to Eli Manning drafted by the previous regime vs. the young backup and possible heir to Manning drafted by the current regime. The regime with the only vote that counts.From the second he was drafted, Lauletta was making the 2018 53-man roster.He is a vastly different quarterback than Webb. He doesn’t have Webb’s big arm, but Shurmur said several times — including after the final preseason game — that he has enough arm. Where Webb is excitable and emotional, Lauletta portrays a sense of calm the Giants like. He can improvise and make plays with his feet. Shurmur said simply that he finds a way.Anyway Evan Engram Jerseys 2019 , I’m not trying to case build for Lauletta or against Webb.Reality is, Shurmur is well-known for his work with quarterbacks. He has had success with all types of quarterbacks. First-round picks. Undrafted free agents. Mobil ones. Pocket passers. Shurmur has said in the past that arm strength is not the most important thing about playing quarterback. In the end, he valued the things Lauletta does well more than what Webb does well and saw Lauletta as more of a fit for what he wants. Tanney? While he has only played in one regular-season game, he has been in the league since 2012. Shurmur seems to value that experience, experience that could help both Manning and Lauletta.There is also this. Removing Webb from the equation is yet another reminder that the Giants are all-in for the next couple of years with Manning. Lauletta might develop into a starter down the line, but if Manning and the Giants struggle this year, no one in the stands or in the media is going to be calling for the immediate insertion of Tanney or Lauletta into the starting lineup. Webb? You know there would have been calls for that. That was a potential distraction the Giants didn’t want. Or need. Especially since they made it obvious they didn’t think Webb was the answer.Now, let’s talk about the rest of the roster.Jerell Adams. Andrew Adams. Darian Thompson. Roger Lewis Jr. Mark Herzlich. John Jerry. All cut over the weekend. Brett Jones, who many thought should have been the starting center, traded last week. I know that while you may applaud some of those moves you don’t understand others. I don’t understand them all. It goes back to this, though — Gettleman and Shurmur run this team now, not Reese, McAdoo or Tom Coughlin.They run different schemes on offense and defense than the Giants ran in the past. Those schemes require different skill sets. Besides, no two people see talent evaluation the same way. Plus, Gettleman and Shurmur were brought in to fix the mistakes of the past. To try, in part, to rescue the remaining time Manning has left.Can’t do that without change.What we saw this weekend just continued what has been going on for months. Trading away Jason Pierre-Paul. Letting Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, good players but the leaders of a bad offensive line, go in free agency. Not re-signing Orleans Darkwa. Or D.J. Fluker. Finally doing what Reese should have done at least a year earlier — move Ereck Flowers to right tackle.Will what Gettleman and Shurmur are doing work? I don’t know. You don’t know. Gettleman and Shurmur don’t know. We begin to find out Sunday vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. What I do know is something I wrote for the SB Nation flagship as part of the 2018 NFL season preview package. The Giants’ new decision-makers are doing this their way. We won’t understand every decision they make. Not every decision they make will be correct, or will work out the way they hope it will.Doing it their way, though, is exactly what they are supposed to do.Giants 27, Texans 22: 7 things we learned in the Giants’ first victory The New York Giants came away with their first victory of the 2018 season on Sunday, beating the Houston Texans 27-22 in a game in which they were 6-point underdogs. It wasn’t a pretty win, by any means, and the Giants very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they allowed the Texans back in the game in the second half.They say that you learn more from failure than from success White Dalvin Tomlinson Jerseys , but we learned plenty from the Giants’ first win.The Giants have given up on Ereck Flowers Okay, that more or less implies that they ever had any faith in Flowers to begin with. If we’re being honest with ourselves — and we are — Flowers’ days with the Giants were numbered anyway. Unless he stepped in at right tackle, completely reworked his game from the ground up, and somehow did in four months of playing right tackle what he hadn’t done in six years at left tackle for Miami and the Giants, he wasn’t going to be a Giant in 2019. To Flowers’ credit, he did make some improvement at right tackle between Week 1 and Week 2, but that apparently wasn’t enough. Saquon Barkley is #goodSaquon Barkley left the field in the first drive, only to come back and score a touchdown on a 15-yard run. He ended up with 17 carries for 82 yards.But even more than his big runs, Barkley’s physicality and balance through contact on his short runs was impressive. In between runs which went for chunk yardage, Barkley had runs where he was met at the line of scrimmage only to jump cut and spin out of an attempted tackle. Those plays might only have gone for a couple yards, but they might have been more impressive than the long runs. Of course, it should also be impressive that Barkley topped 100 total yards of total offense for the third straight week, racking up 117 yards and a touchdown.Kerry Wynn’s calendar read “August”Defensive lineman Kerry Wynn’s domination throughout training camp and preseason became legendary over the summer — to the point where Giants fans joked that the team took him off the field to give the other team a chance to evaluate their offense.After a pair of quiet weeks to open the season, Wynn turned the clock back to August against the Texans. The former UDFA out of Richmond was in on seemingly every play in the first half, and forced a fumble to derail a promising drive by the Texans and get the ball back to the offense in the second half. He also helped create Mario Edwards Jr’s sack as well as batting down a pass near the end of the game. The Giants’ entire defensive line played very well this game, with B.J. Hill getting the first sack of his NFL career, but Wynn is probably the defensive player of the game for the Giants.The Texans have a suspect offensive line, but Wynn stepped up in a big way as Olivier Vernon still tries to work his way back from the high ankle sprain he suffered in preseason.Eli Manning can still spin itThe offensive line wasn’t improved by replacing Flowers with Wheeler — the backup gave up three sacks to J.J. Watt, who entered the game without one in the first two games. Manning was sacked four times, but remained on target both in the pocket and on the move, consistently putting the ball in his receivers hands and giving them opportunities for yards after the catch. The Giants’ showed much more of a willingness to attack down the field than in last week’s horizontal game plan, and the result was plain to see. Manning has consistently thrived when given vertical options in his passing attack, and hopefully Shurmur and Shula will keep them in there.This was the Manning in whom Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur expressed their belief, and the Giants need him to stick around for a few months if they want to claw out of the hole they dug for themselves in the first two weeks of the season.Also of note, Eli completed an incredible 25-of-29 passes, for 297 yards and 2 touchdowns. That last number put Eli at seventh all time in passing touchdowns Dalvin Tomlinson Jerseys 2019 , tying former Giant Fran Tarkenton.The Giants still can’t defend running quarterbacksThe Giants spoke about the need to improve their defense of the read option in the week before Sunday’s game. It turned out that it wasn’t in Houston’s game-plan for the day, but the Giants were still gashed on the ground by DeShaun Watson. Four the third week in a row the Giants gave up more than 40 yards on the ground to the quarterback, with Watson scrambling for 53 (36 counting the yards lost to sacks). This time it wasn’t deception which hurt the Giants, but rather breakdowns in lane discipline on rushes and failure to keep contain on the athletic Watson.While dealing with the New Orleans Saints’ offense in week 4 will come with a whole host of problems, at least having to worry about the 39 year old Brees racking up rushing yards is not among them.This team has talentMaybe it was looking like a JV squad against the division-rival Cowboys that finally woke the team up. Maybe the offense and defense are finally starting to find their groove in their new schemes and get used to all the new faces on the roster. Whatever it is, the Giants finally seemed to click on both offense and defense, and the results were impressive. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson are a force up front, while Janoris Jenkins has largely returned to form as a cover corner. B.J. Hill began to assert himself in the final quarter of the game, Lorenzo Carter showed off his athleticism and is coming ever closer to being an impact player. The Texans’ defense had no answers for Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley. When Evan Engram went down, Rhett Ellison picked up the slack and the offense kept rolling.The offensive line and defensive secondary are still problems which will need to be addressed ASAP. But against a talented Texans team which is far better than their 0-3 record suggest, the Giants showed that they can not only win games, but dominate them. There are still wrinkles to be ironed out on both sides of the ball, and the defense is still without Vernon and Apple, but the Giants have finally shown us something to feel good about.The BBV staff sucks at picking games Last week we were solidly in the Giants corner, only to see them run off the field by the Dallas Cowboys. This week not a one of us had any faith in the G-Men to mount any kind of an offense in the face of Houston’s defense, or slow down DeShaun Watson with Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple on the trainers’ tables. We were wrong. So terribly, wonderfully, wrong. The Texans still got plenty of pressure on Eli Manning, but he turned the clock back to 2011 and stood tall in the face of Houston’s pass rush and was surgical with the football. The defense stepped up, generating a pass rush and suffocating the Texans’ league-leading run game. The Giants gave up 59 total yards on the ground and just 23 yards to the Texans’ running backs. Nearly 100 yards fewer than Houston’s average coming in to the week.I gladly eat my crow today, and this is one time I am happy to be wrong.


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