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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins answers a question during a postgame press conference after an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 1, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo)

The New York Giants’ 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday dropped their record to 0-5 for the NFL’s 2017 season. History says the Giants will spend the rest of the season playing out the string. All-Pro strong safety Landon Collins says otherwise.

“We’re still playing for the Super Bowl,” Collins said after the loss. “We still have a chance. It’s not over yet. We still have division games. We still can win. I remember a 9-7 team winning it all, so we’ve still got a chance.”

Only one team in NFL history has opened a season with an 0-4 record and gone to the playoffs that year — the 1992 San Diego Chargers. No team that started a season with five straight losses has reached the postseason.

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Let’s see what Giants players were talking about on Wednesday

What are New York Giants players saying as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers? Let’s look at some of it.

Justin Pugh Will Play “Wherever The Wind Takes Me”

Offensive lineman Justin Pugh will be ready regardless of whether the Giants ask him to play right tackle or left guard on Sunday.

“I’m feeling comfortable at both spots right now. So, wherever they need me. Last week, I was getting ready if I had to go play center, I was going to go play center. So, it’s just wherever the wind takes me,” Pugh said.

Pugh admitted that changing sides of the line can be difficult, but said he finds moving around to be “fun.”

“It’s like a new challenge. A lot of times going in and getting some center reps this week, too, it was like alright something totally different, something totally new. So, it’s kind of interesting. It kind of keeps me on my toes,” he said. “It helps me be a better guard eventually when I go back to my natural position because I know the struggle as a tackle and I know how to better communicate with Ereck (Flowers) and work with Ereck because I know the stresses in the protections and where he needs help. So, it’s something that I think is going to make me a better player overall and then hopefully I’ll be able to show it.”

Eli Apple Remains Confident

Cornerback Eli Apple has given up six touchdown passes over the last 34 times he has been targeted, but the 2016 first-round pick says he has not lost confidence.

“Any time you’re lined up against great receivers, like [Tampa Bay wide receiver] Mike Evans, he’s going to get the best of you sometimes and it happens. I just wish I was able to stay on him more in the game, they kind of took me off of him and put me on DeSean Jackson. But, this is a learning curve, it’s a learning lesson and that’s how I take everything,” Apple said. “I know anytime something does happen, I take the approach that I didn’t really give it up, kind of. It was just something that I did, that I made a mistake. It wasn’t, the dude was just better than me. I never think that on the football field. I always think like, ‘Dang, if I would’ve done this differently, I would’ve made the play.’ So, anytime I line up on the football field, I have 100 percent confidence, no matter what.”

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Its not all on coach Ben McAdoo, but the New York Giants’ coaching blunders have boiled over. The 2017 season is nearly lost for New York, but McAdoo can still save his team.

Prior to the season, Ben McAdoo was thought of as an up-and-coming head coach with a bright future in this league. In his first season in charge of the New York Giants, he led the team to 11 victories and a postseason berth.

Just three games into the 2017 season, McAdoo may not have a future in this league. His coaching blunders have boiled over and the New York Giants are reeling. We debate.

Two brothers from New York, Dan Salem and Todd Salem, debate the New York Giants in today’s NFL Sports Debate.

Todd Salem:

Ben McAdoo is not going to be fired anytime soon; probably not even this entire season. There are too many steps to take in between now and a firing, specifically removing play-calling duties from his job. The Giants franchise is also one that doesn’t move on from a coach lightly. McAdoo’s job is safe. But that doesn’t mean he deserves it, nor does it guarantee his coaching success in the future.

Through three games, New York is one of the worst teams in football offensively. It has far and away the worst running game in the league. Only Cincinnati has scored fewer points per game. Considering McAdoo is an offensive guy who was previously an offensive coordinator, this feels alarming.

Then there are the blunders he is making on a weekly basis: not using a timeout two games ago to conserve an extra possession after a field goal; continually passing on field goal opportunities of his own; play calling within the red zone; etc.

This past week was the Giants’ best offensive performance of the year by far. It was also the first game the team has had with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. Yet it came against a battered and shorthanded opponent, and McAdoo still saw his group fail miserable one time after another with scores and the game on the line.

It is hard to know what exactly is a coach’s fault. As this season has gone on, though, it all feels at least partially like McAdoo’s fault. To know his real standing as a head coach, we need to see him relinquish play calling, move Ereck Flowers off left tackle, and play with his healthy stars. One down, two to go. Then there’ll be no more excuses.

Dan Salem:

It’s ironic how similar the New York Giants narrative is to what the New York Jets went through over the last two seasons. Todd Bowles was a first year head coach who led his team to 10 victories, narrowly missing the playoffs with a loss in the final week of the season. He is a defensive minded coach and in year two the Jets defense was awful. They surprised people with their success, then disappointed everyone by underachieving with a team full of veterans in year two of Bowles. There are a few key differences between the 2015-16 Jets and the 2016-17 Giants, yet there is no denying that we’ve watched this movie play out already.

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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham, right, celebrates with Sterling Shepard after a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be headed for the doghouse.

Beckham Jr. pretended to urinate like a dog after catching a fourth-quarter touchdown in the Giants’ 27-24 loss to the Eagles.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The NFL probably will fine him despite relaxing celebration rules in the offseason.

Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and celebrations directed at an opponent are still penalized by the league in order to continue “sportsmanship, clean competition, and setting good examples for young athletes.”

Giants co-owner John Mara said in an email to the New York Post on Tuesday that he was unhappy with Beckham’s behavior Sunday in Philadelphia.

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New York Giants fans react during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Lions won 24-10. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Halfway through their home opener, the New York Giants left the field to a cascade of boos.

By the end of the game, MetLife Stadium was practically deserted. Few fans stayed to watch the Detroit Lions leave with a 24-10 win that sent the Giants to their fourth 0-2 start in the past five years.

New York did not make the playoffs in any of those first three seasons and there are many ready to write off this team because very little is going right. The offense has 13 points.

While the defense is only allowing an average of 211/2 points, it is not playing nearly as well as last season. Special teams has contributed nothing and allowed a punt return for a touchdown.

It’s not what anyone expected after an 11-5 season in 2016 that returned New York to the postseason for the first time since 2011.

“We’re not worried about the fans. We’re not worried about the fans, at all,” Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins said. “If they want to neglect the New York Giants, they can neglect us. It’s about the guys in here, all 53 guys. We’re all that matters to each other.”

It would be easy to blame the Giants’ problems on the offense. It has generated very little either running or passing the ball. Coach Ben McAdoo’s play calling has been criticized and many think the job should go to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. The line has been terrible and Eli Manning’s play has been just as shaky.

Not having Odell Beckham Jr. for the first game because of an ankle injury and limited in the second compounded the problems.

“I think you’ve just got to believe that going through tough times will make you stronger, will make you stronger as a team,” Manning said Wednesday after a jog-through practice for Sunday’s game in Philadelphia.

“But you’ve got to get through them. That’s kind of the situation we’re in. There’s always going to be ups and downs of a season, hopefully we’ve kind of hit the rough patch and we’ll work ourselves out of it.”

Justin Pugh a former Syracuse University star, who had to move from left guard to right tackle on the opening series after Bobby Hart aggravated an ankle injury, said the line remains confident despite all the negativity surrounding the unit. It just has to execute better, avoid the penalties and mistakes and keep fighting.

“If the fans want to go out and boo, I can’t fault them,” Pugh said. “We haven’t put anything good out there on tape so far to prove them otherwise.”

Halfback Orleans Darkwa, who is pushing Paul Perkins for the starting job, said the offense is beating itself.

“I don’t think it’s the play calling or anything like that,” he said. “I just think it’s the execution part. We just have to execute better. We’re definitely still confident.

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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 24: Richie Incognito #64 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at New Era Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Michael Adamucci/Getty Images)

Although Pro Football Focus thought the New York Giants offensive line fared well on Sunday vs. the Dallas Cowboys, something is still not quite right.

New York mustered just 36 yards from their running backs last week and Eli Manning looked uncomfortable in the pocket, checking it down to Shane Vereen nine times, and averaging just 5.7 yards per attempt.

To expect the team to make a big trade in order to bolster the offensive line is unrealistic, but I’m going to do it anyway – because, why the hell not?

(Note: these are teams who are either rebuilding or heading in the wrong direction)

4. Jared Veldheer 

Jared Veldheer isn’t mentioned among the elite offensive lineman in the game – because he simply isn’t in that class – but he’s a more than stable option at the offensive tackle position.

Veldheer moved to the right side of the line this season after spending his entire career on the left side, posting PFF grades of 79 or higher in five of the last six seasons.

He has a cap number over $10 million for this season but the team could choose to cut him at the end of the year and save over $7 million in cap space.

3. Josh Sitton 

The Giants had the chance to nab Josh Sitton last offseason when he was cut loose and I’m sure they regret not pulling the trigger.

Sitton posted an excellent PFF grade of 85.7 last season and he has a respectable cap number south of $7 million for the year.

Similar to Veldheer, if Sitton were to be cut after the season, he would save the team a large chunk of cap space ($8 million).

2. Andrus Peat 

Prior to the 2015 NFL Draft, there were a few legitimate names being floated around the Giants ninth overall pick in the first round.

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Football is the ultimate team sport, so saying a running back doesn’t need blocking to succeed appears to be an illogical statement.

But nice try for New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa. Darkwa’s comments on Friday, intentionally or unintentionally, threw more gasoline of the fire that is currently the team’s offense.

Let’s try to recap. This week, some media questioned head coach Ben McAdoo’s play-calling. Conversely, McAdoo gave his offensive line a pass, but criticized his quarterback. Previously the head coach was critical of the starting running back. And by use of linear reasoning, the back-up running back threw the starting running back under the bus on Friday.

The star wide receiver could care less about your fantasy football team. So if he could care less, why doesn’t he? So maybe he couldn’t care less?

But we digress.

Running game stuck in mud

After handing Paul Perkins the starting running back position in May, McAdoo seems to have a severe case of buyer’s remorse. Before the head coach got buyer’s remorse, he should have played Perkins more in the preseason.

Let’s face it, veteran Rashad Jennings was the scapegoat for last season’s ill-fated rushing attack. Since the New York Giants released Jennings, has the running game improved?

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CANTON – The Pro Football Hall of Fame is now in the middle of a huge memorabilia scandal. The Canton landmark has been subpoenaed to prove the authenticity of several pieces of New York Giants memorabilia.

They had up until July 28th to produce documents of authenticity for 2 helmets and 1 jersey along with several other mementos.

Now this subpoena has been filed.

Autographed sports memorabilia has always been a hot commodity and not always easy to come by for the average person. But for long time sports memorabilia dealer Eric Inselberg, it’s easy and risky.

Memorabilia dealers who hawk game-used jerseys and other items typically depend on the word of professional teams and players that the gear is legit.

But a helmet on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame,— supposedly worn by Eli Manning in the Giants’ 2008 Super Bowl victory over New England  — is — according to Inselberg’s lawsuit—just one of dozens of fake items Manning and his Giants cohorts have created to fool fans and make money from collectors over the years.

Now the Hall of Fame has been handed a subpoena demanding they prove the authenticity of the New York Giants memorabilia. This includes Ron Dixon and Eli Manning’s Super Bowl helmets, and Osi Umenyiora’s jersey.

Many of those artifacts are still being displayed at the museum as player-worn memorabilia, something that Inselberg alleges is false.

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Headlines are not kind to Giants’ decision-makers

After the carnage of the New York Giants’ 3-point stinker on Sunday night, it’s blood-in-the-water time for New York football writers. It’s open season on the decisions by coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese that led to the season-opening debacle.

McAdoo must improve calling plays for Giants offense to succeed – NY Daily News

Still, so much of McAdoo’s game plan deserves to be questioned — like why didn’t Orleans Darkwa (three carries, eight snaps, 14 yards) carry the ball more after a 12-yard rip on his first touch? Or why wasn’t McAdoo calling more plays for Marshall to be the No. 1 option if Manning didn’t have the time to get to his second and third reads, especially with Beckham out?

“We certainly want Brandon to get a touch earlier than he got a touch,” McAdoo admitted of Marshall, who came close to his first no-catch game since his 2006 rookie year with Denver. “There were just breakdowns across the board. It wasn’t one group or one position or one player or whatever the case may be. There was enough spread around.”

What is most discouraging, though, is the regression of McAdoo’s offense overall: 380 points in his first season as coordinator in 2014, 420 in 2015, and then a staggering 310 last season. Now comes this three-point dud, the Giants’ seventh straight game with fewer than 20 points going back to last year.

Giants’ latest offensive dud a link in a broken chain | Newsday

The Giants had eight months to fix their offense in the time between their final game of the 2016 season and Sunday night’s loss to the Cowboys. They did not. All the offseason moves, meetings and practices, and the game-planning that went into the season opener, produced three measly points. …

That the performance came on opening night did little to diminish its significance. It’s not so much the one in the 0-1 record that stands out. Every NFL team since 1973 has had at least one loss. Nobody’s perfect. Not in today’s league.

It’s more the zero. The nothing to show. The immediate and overwhelming lack of anything gained from all of that time and effort pointing toward a date and opponent that was circled on the calendar back in April.

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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Benson Mayowa #93 of the Dallas Cowboys knocks Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants to the turf in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Big Blue’s offense was a dud on “Sunday Night Football”. The analysts have all concluded that, as if viewers could not see that with their own eyes.

New York Giants fans have plenty of reasons why the offense didn’t work on Sunday. Among them are: inferior personnel, poor drafting, lousy play-calling, a bad quarterback, terrible running backs, bad scheme and sub-standard coaching.

In reality, it’s likely to be a little bit of everything on this list. Ironically, after months of seeing the writing on the wall, Giants Nation finally woke up. The loss to the Dallas Cowboys knocked those rose-colored glasses right off everyone’s head.

Why did this turn of events surprise anyone?

Because with the exception of ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, almost every New York Giants beat-writer kept repeating the company line.  Spoiler alert: a few folks under the GMenHQ masthead did the same thing. And now faced with the grim reality, many of these same folks have jumped off the bandwagon.

Less than one month ago, Raanan wrote this:

“The Ereck Flowers concerns are real. The New York Giants can cross their fingers, pray and hope for the best, but it’s not going to mitigate the risk they’re taking by throwing Flowers out as their left tackle for a third straight season. The first two did not go so well.”

Having been in locker rooms, it’s no fun interviewing guys after losses. It’s no fun interviewing losing teams. As a journalist, you give the benefit of doubt to these guys. Rarely, if ever, is losing summed up through lack of effort.

But when Jerry Reese continued his GM-speak this spring and summer, most of the beat-writers ran to their keyboard to regurgitate what the general manager just uttered. After all, Reese calls the shots as far as personnel procurement, and everyone was slapping his back last season.

You can’t argue with 11-5, can you?

True enough, but the loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs didn’t sit right. It seemed like a lot of baggage was opened up on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. But they made the playoffs, and the future was bright.

Playoffs were good, but we need another game-breaker. Evan Engram, come on down. Let’s improve in the red zone, how about Brandon Marshall? Well, we have to replace Johnathan Hankins. Easy enough, here’s Dalvin Tomlinson.

Wait, what about the offensive line? No worries, those guys are gonna bust out this season. Just a little refinement by the coaching staff, and we’re good.

Today, James Kratch of NJ Advance Media explained in detail the conundrum that is the offensive line. I don’t disagree with the points he makes, but context is needed.

For example, if you’re stuck in a burning building, you have choices. You could choose to try to extinguish the fire yourself, or you can find the nearest exit and call the fire department.

Now with this Giants team, it’s difficult to know what are growing pains, and what are fatal flaws. And that was mistake No. 1 by the Giants brass. Too much trust in folks without a track record.

Fortunately for us, time will ultimately answer these questions, even if the front office and coaching staff refuse to acknowledge reality.

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