Turn out the lights. The party's over. They'll be no playoffs for the 2013 New York Giants.
New York has been nearly unwatchable when at the team's worst this season. That was certainly the case last Sunday when the Giants waited until after halftime to show up against the San Diego Chargers. Big Blue knows that they won't be playing in January, but that doesn't make the final three games of the campaign meaningless.
Some will be fighting to keep their jobs.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: ESPN
The NFL writers over at ESPN only dropped the Giants a single spot to 23. Much has been made about the play of quarterback Eli Manning. An interesting stat was pointed out in the ESPN piece: “Manning threw his eighth interception of the season targeting Rueben Randle. Of the five QB-WR combinations that have at least six interceptions, only Manning-to-Randle has fewer than 65 completions.”
Maybe Randle isn't the ideal replacement for Hakeem Nicks, after all.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: CBS
Senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco is already thinking about what will come once the offseason arrives. He's wondering if Tom Coughlin and the rest of his coaching staff will still be employed by the franchise. I honestly believe Coughlin will ultimately choose when he leaves. His coordinators may not be able to say the same. Prisco has New York at 21.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: Shutdown Corner
Frank Schwab has taken great joy throughout the weeks in pointing out that the Giants were not a playoff team. That trend continued this time around. “All the 'Giants are making a charge!' talk from a few weeks ago gets funnier and funnier every time you see this horrendous team play.” Fans of the team certainly aren't laughing. Schwab ranked New York at 26.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: FOX
Former head coach and current FOX NFL analyst Brian Billick moved the Giants down to 22. He pointed out that Manning remains winless versus San Diego, the team that drafted him back in 2004. That may be true, but so is the fact that Manning has two more Super Bowl rings than does Philip Rivers.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: Pro Football Talk
Mike Florio of PFT put New York at 24 in his latest power rankings. He, like Prisco, is already thinking about the changes that are going to come to the franchise once the season comes to an end. There is likely going to be plenty of turnover (no pun intended) on both sides of the football.
Where the New York Giants are in Week 15 NFL power rankings: NJ.com
Jordan Raanan mentioned the poor play of Manning in his Week 15 power rankings. Raanan slid New York down to 21. That might be a little too generous when you look at the team's current record and when you reflect on how awful the Giants played at San Diego.
This year's edition of the team is without question the worst the Giants have been in years. They have serious holes on offense and defense. I am not, right now today, convinced that one offseason is going to fix things.
Putting the blame only on one person, Manning or whomever, ignores how bad the team as a whole actually is. There is a real lack of chemistry, and that falls on the players AND the coaches. I would like to see Coughlin call time on his career after a winning season.
He may, when all is said and done, decide that the task is no longer worth his time.