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Reason for slow start?

JOrthman : 9/18/2023 7:38 pm
Throughout the threads today I've read a lot of posts about reasons for the slow start of the team this season, so I thought it might be interesting to post everything in one thread...

Look, I didn't expect this team to go 16-0, hell I didn't even expect them to go 12-4, but what I didn't expect is for them to start the season, first six quarters, and look this bad. This was the same coaching staff, same QB and same RB with improvements throughout the skill positions. On Defense, same coordinator and added some solid pieces to round out the crew. So, why have they looked so bad, particularly the defense. Luckily the offense turned it around completely, but still wondering what is going on with the defense. It is very concerning considering our schedule ahead.
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/18/2023 7:40 pm : link
It's now a 17 game regular season.

But I agree about the defense. It looked awful vs. 'Zona.
We know the offensive line wasn't ready  
RobCrossRiver56 : 9/18/2023 7:51 pm : link
Don't forget  
k2tampa : 9/18/2023 7:58 pm : link
That the Giants started slowly in many games last year but were able to rebound and win several. It's not a trend most successful teams strive for.
I 100% believe  
Johnny5 : 9/18/2023 7:59 pm : link
That this team did not play its starters together enough in preseason. You don't really know what you have until the bullets are flying.
RE: I 100% believe  
Spider43 : 9/18/2023 8:35 pm : link
In comment 16212349 Johnny5 said:
That this team did not play its starters together enough in preseason. You don't really know what you have until the bullets are flying.

Agreed; I'm hoping Dabes learns from this.
The team needs to Gel  
bradshaw44 : 9/18/2023 8:51 pm : link
That’s really all it comes down to. And I think they handled preseason wrong. They rested too many starters. It wasn’t smart. And they should have picked an OL and rolled with it. If someone got hurt it didn’t really matter since they were on the fence about the OL anyway. They absolutely should have allowed one unit to get a lot of time together. They didn’t and we are seeing the repercussions from it.
Gotta play in the pre-season.  
Since1965 : 9/18/2023 8:58 pm : link
I know they try to avoid injuries, but how is a team supposed to gel on the fly once the season begins? Especially with such a tough schedule, you can't afford to come out of the gates so poorly.
Yes. It is about avoiding injuries  
gidiefor : Mod : 9/19/2023 10:29 am : link
Half the battle is keeping your team healthy for the games that count.

I also think the cowboys may just be that good.
There are things we don’t know as well  
eric2425ny : 9/19/2023 11:30 am : link
For example, is the playbook complicated? We do have two new receivers and a new TE on offense. Same thing on defense, you have two rookies starting at CB.
I think its playing to conservative  
nygiants16 : 9/19/2023 11:35 am : link
the common denominator for the first 6 quarters of bad offense is short medium passes and not opening things up, i think its to conservative and then they opened it up..

Same with the defense, its been to conservative
Rookie center, new TE, new WR's...  
x meadowlander : 9/19/2023 11:37 am : link
...TWO rookie corners, new MLB, many other new players.

Chemistry takes time.

Preseason optimism bit us in the ass.
Could it just be Low energy and lack of intensity?  
sb2003 : 9/19/2023 11:47 am : link
It's almost as if they didn't know it was the regular season and were letting the opponent have their way with them.

Something finally clicked after halftime for the offense and the defense followed in the 4th.
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