The Giants had some “problems in protection” last week against the Packers. Quarterback Eli Manning, however, didn’t have to say so; his head coach did it for him.
“I want to see from the whole offensive unit really, I want to see them bounce back,” Ben McAdoo said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “Had a tough outing last week and it’s going to be a physical type ballgame [against the Ravens]. I believe our offensive line is looking forward to it. Protection unit last week wasn’t as good as it needed to be, nor was the run game unit.”
Guard Justin Pugh didn’t disagree with McAdoo’s assessment of the offensive line, which allowed four sacks and six quarterback hits last week.
“I would go as far as to say last week was our worst game of the season as an offensive line,” Pugh said. “We’ve got to bounce back from putting some sacks up. And go out there and give Eli that confidence to sit back there, and he can step into throws and really make all those things and get everyone back on track.”
Pugh also believes that some took delight in the struggles of the blockers last Sunday night.
“I think everyone wants our offensive line to be unsuccessful,” Pugh said. “Preseason everyone was bashing. So it’s like, ‘When’s that O-line we thought we were gonna see show up?’ Everyone got a glimpse of that, us not having a great game last week, and everyone jumped all over it.”
Something has to give on Sunday, given that a pair of teams that began the year a combined 5-0 are now a combined 0-5. If the Giants lose for the fourth time in a row, they would slide deeper into the NFC East basement — and they possibly would remain there for the rest of the year.