GLENDALE, Ariz. — Damon Harrison in all probability deserved to make the Professional Bowl this season.
His omission final season was corrected when Harrison was named first-team All-Professional (the one award of the 2 that basically issues), and it may occur once more this yr.
And who actually is aware of how Professional Bowl voting works, anyway? Final we checked, the one extra complicated and mindless processes within the NFL lately are its concussion administration and its catch rulings.
However I can’t recall something as absurd and emasculating as Steve Spagnuolo’s choice mid-week to group Harrison, a distant fourth alternate for the annual NFL showcase, with Professional Bowl starter Landon Collins within the interim coach’s congratulations on a job effectively performed in 2017.
If Spagnuolo needs to make a case that Harrison ought to have been voted in, extra energy to him. Coaches are imagined to have their gamers’ backs. And Harrison definitely has been one of many higher particular person gamers on a largely dismal Giants workforce.
He additionally has performed by way of loads of accidents and hasn’t made a peep about doing it.
Nonetheless, if Spagnuolo needs this teaching job full time, he ought to cease giving out participation trophies. His Giants (2-12) are in jeopardy in opposition to the Cardinals (6-Eight) on Sunday of turning into the primary workforce with 13 losses in a single season in Giants historical past.
That is the NFL. It is a workforce sport. And if you’re a defensive deal with on a 2-12 workforce and your protection ranks lifeless final within the league in yards allowed per recreation (391.Eight) — together with 31st out of 32 groups in rush yards surrendered per recreation (128.four) — it’s protected to imagine the accolades gained’t precisely come rolling in in late December and January.
In reality, it’s nothing to be pleased with in any respect.
Spagnuolo named Harrison the protection’s new captain when linebacker Jonathan Casillas went on season-ending injured reserve a pair weeks in the past, but it surely’s disappointing that the loudest Harrison has gotten all season was when he campaigned for Professional Bowl votes on Twitter earlier than the announcement after which complained concerning the outcomes.
Harrison, who’s within the second yr of a five-year, $46.2 million contract with $24 million assured, is paid to be one of many workforce’s finest gamers, for one. However he often refused to talk after video games early this season, leaving his teammates standing at their lockers taking accountability for a season spiraling down the drain. How he’s carrying the “C” after that habits is a thriller.
Right here’s the underside line, although: the Giants could also be 2-12 however they’re not imagined to be decreasing their requirements. And if a participant on one of many worst defenses within the league doesn’t make the Professional Bowl, that participant and the coordinator of that protection in all probability ought to wait to battle a distinct battle.
Spagnuolo mentioned Friday that he can’t costume three quarterbacks however when requested if Davis Webb nonetheless was his No. three quarterback after taking some first-team apply reps this week, the coach hedged: “Proper now, yeah,” Spagnuolo mentioned. “Proper now.” Was Spagnuolo saying that as a result of he plans to activate Webb, 22, in Week 17 in opposition to Washington? Or was the coach saying there was nonetheless a chance Webb can be lively in Arizona on Christmas Eve? Webb is predicted to be inactive, however Spagnuolo did go away the door open to different prospects.
PLAYING PUBLIC RELATIONS
The Giants’ picture by no means has been extra tarnished and so public notion issues to the franchise particularly at this juncture, in case you couldn’t inform already by John Mara’s Dec. four firings of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo because of fan and league-wide backlash over the Giants’ benching of Eli Manning in the midst of one of many franchise’s worst seasons in many years. And so the Giants now face two extra rapid choices during which PR performs a job: when to play Webb, and whom to rent as basic supervisor.
Dangling the potential of taking part in Webb within the season finale on New Yr’s Eve, for instance, may very well be a strategy to convey Giants followers again to MetLife Stadium for one final recreation. The embarrassment of Eagles followers taking up the stadium final Sunday is unforgettable, and also you’d higher imagine a repeat of that subsequent weekend is the very last thing Mara needs.
You possibly can argue the draw of Eli Manning’s potential final begin as a Large would draw extra followers again, besides all indicators level to Manning returning subsequent season, and plus he was the quarterback final week when Philadelphia planted its flag inside that air conditioner in North Jersey final Sunday.
On the GM search, the Giants in fact aren’t hiring somebody solely primarily based on public suggestions. However it’s important to admit it was eye-opening this week how rather more optimistic fan response was to Louis Riddick’s candidacy than to any of the interviewees with ties to the group: Marc Ross, Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams.
Once more, the Giants may not base their choice on it, however we all know from latest precedent they positive do see and listen to it.
First-round choose Evan Engram leads the Giants and all 2017 rookie tight ends in all three main receiving classes with 63 catches for 710 yards and 6 touchdowns. And with two weeks to go, Engram wants 12 receptions and 185 yards to surpass Jeremy Shockey (74-894) for essentially the most catches and receiving yards by a rookie tight finish in franchise historical past. Engram additionally wants three touchdowns to tie the Giants document for TDs by any tight finish in a single season: Joe Walton (1962) and Aaron Thomas (1967) each had 9 in a single season.