The Giants’ excruciating loss to Washington Thursday night left tortured fans with much to unpack, from Darius Slayton’s devastating drop to Dexter Lawrence’s late penalty flag, the latter registering as perhaps the costliest offsides since then-Chiefs pass-rusher Dee Ford jumped early in the 2018 AFC Championship.
By now, most G-Men supporters, haunted and calloused from years of horrific meltdowns made worse by inexplicable coaching decisions, are plenty familiar with the fruits of disappointment. It could also be said that one game, though admittedly magnified by the Giants’ divisional rivalry with Washington and the heightened stakes of primetime television, does not make a season. Still, it’s hard to feel much in the way of optimism when the Giants’ prized free-agent acquisition, Kenny Golladay, is already butting heads with third-year signal-caller Daniel Jones. Check out this tense sideline exchange captured by NFL Network with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.
Jones shed light on the incident after the game, downplaying any perceived feud with his wide receiver. Golladay, who defected to the Giants from Detroit on a four-year, $72-million contract this offseason, labored through a dismal performance Thursday night, dropping two of his eight targets from Jones while managing just three catches for 38 scoreless yards in the Giants’ 30-29 defeat.
In-game tantrums are a dime a dozen in the NFL with competitors, in the heat of the moment, often letting their emotions rise to the surface. Lord knows how many viral tirades Tom Brady has been a part of over the years. Still, no one wants to see a receiver lash out at his starting quarterback while the cameras are rolling.
Over the past several weeks, Golladay, who missed much of training camp with a hamstring injury, has been adamant that the Giants, at least on offense, remain a work in progress. Thursday's misunderstanding would attest to that with Golladay and Jones still working to get on the same page, needing to build chemistry on the fly after a disjointed summer that barely saw the two practice together.
Also, who knew journeyman backup Mike Glennon, caught in the middle of Golladay and Jones' sideline squabble, was still in the league?