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Former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann: New York Giants are not That Good of a Team

October 1st, 2013 at 9:30 AM
By Douglas Rush

Many people were very surprised to see the New York Giants start off 0-4 in the early stages of the 2013 regular season, but apparently, Joe Theismann is not one of those people.

The former Washington Redskins quarterback expected the Giants to be a terrible football team and has thought they have been a bad football team for a while, which might get the ire up of many loyal Giants fans all over the place, but it's not bothering the legendary quarterback from stating what he feels is the truth.

On Monday, Theismann appeared on "The Mike Lupica Show" on 98.7 of ESPN with host and sports writer Mike Lupica and teed off on the Giants and what exactly is wrong with them, which according to him, is a lot.

"To be honest with you Mike, if you look at this football team over the three years you’re talking about, really the three years, even though they’ve won championships, they’re not that good a football team," Theismann said. "They’ve been inconsistent at the wide receiver position, whether it be by play or injury. The running back position has been suspect for quite a while, now you got guys putting the ball on the ground. Their defensive line has been hurt at times, and there’s been a great change there. And we know that their linebacking corps has been in flux, and their secondary has been average." 

So in case you missed it, Theismann doesn't like the wide receivers, the running backs, the defensive line, the linebackers and the secondary. So to sum that up, it's basically 80 percent of the team that Theismann does not like of the Giants, especially in the last three years, even though in that time, the Giants did win Super Bowl XLVI, but you didn't hear him mention that.

However, the one and only thing that Theismann does like on the team is the position he knows the best, quarterback and the Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who he did say has played as well as anyone can while trying to carry the team, but mentioned that if Manning struggles, the team is in trouble.

"Truthfully, Eli Manning has basically taken this football team on his shoulders over the last couple of years, and the success that they’ve been able to enjoy is because of the incredible way that he has played," Theismann added. "All of a sudden we see Eli struggling — now you have to ask yourself if you’re a Giants fan, is this the real Giants football team, and I think the answer to that question is probably yes. Unless Eli plays at an incredible level, and protects the ball, then I think you’re basically stuck with what you see."

Now granted, Theismann probably still has some resent towards the Giants considering Lawrence Taylor ended his career with the hit that broke his leg in a Monday Night Football game back in the 1985 season; something he's never publicly admitted, but wouldn't be surprised if the hard feelings were still there for his old NFC East rivals.

Despite what Theismann might think about the Giants personally, as a former football player and longtime broadcaster, he made a lot of points that have been brought up many times surrounding the current Giants team, and thus, maybe the remarks regarding not being a good football team hold some merit, especially since right now, they are 0-4, and no matter how you try to put a positive spin on it, 0-4 is still 0-4 and until the Giants win a game, it will continue to be talked about.


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60 Responses to “Former Washington Redskins QB Joe Theismann: New York Giants are not That Good of a Team”

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  1. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Theisman has always been a Giant hater. How could a team that won the Super Bowl not be any good?

    •  JimStoll says:

      well, its the enigma that is the NY Giants
      if you look at their regular season record, look at the number of times they get blown away each year, look at their second half swoons, look at their defense that can’t get off the field on 3d downs, there’s a lot not to like
      what I find inaccurate in Theisman’s assessment as set forth above, is to highlight any unit on the team before the offensive line
      the line is so bad, the offense cannot compete
      when you go 1-12 on third down
      when you gain less than 50 yards rushing on 20 carries, when your QB is sacked nearly 5x a game, hit 10x more, and hurried on virtually every pass play
      you don’t have to look any further
      for the giants to be competitive this season they need a defense akin to the 2000 Ravens, plus a matching special teams unit

      since the giants don’t have those two, their offensive line is so bad that the team is just not competitive

      • Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

        He’s saying the team that won the super bowl wasnt good.

        •  JimStoll says:

          I know and that’s why I call this team an enigma
          in 2011 we were 9-7
          we were 3-5 in the 2d half
          we were down 12 to Dallas with 5 minutes to play
          we turned around after the Dallas come from behind win and laid an egg against a Rex Grossman led Redskin team
          we were getting abused by the Jets the following week when suddenly Victor Cruz turned a 10 yard pass into a 99 yard TD
          from there we played great
          but is a team that plays horribly, or at least inconsistently for the entire season, but then somehow flips a switch for 5 games, a good team?
          it’s weird is what it is

          but who cares about 2011
          most of that team is gone and what we have right now is worse than what that unit did or had the potential to do

  2.  Krow says:

    Too bad LT didn’t break both his legs.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    Billy Javed – it seems like you were in my head when you wrote that piece.

    At this point I think the only thing the team can do is worry about Philly. It’s clear if we are going to win this season we have to defend our home turf because we are no longer road warriors. Last year we actually were 6-2 at home and this year we have to follow similar success. It all starts with Philly who’s good enough to beat us fairly badly but bad enough to get beat by us fairly badly. This game is all about Eli because Philly will score some points and while we might run the ball alright it’s all about the pass protection, the WRs and really Eli.

    Eli is going to have to play well and probably really well or even great for us to win games this year. I think Eli has play pretty good but not the level this team needs. This team in a lot of ways is like 2011 to me. It has many flaws but an obvious strength in the passing game. Clearly the 2011 team had a much better pass rush but that didn’t really develop until the last part of the year. Plus our coverage has been better than 2011. When I compare to 2011 I’m trying to say we are going to win the SB. My point is with the flaws we have we can still win football games. But we have to be lead by a high high level of play from Eli and while I don’t think Eli has played badly, he hasn’t been elite.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    Joe always was captain obvious when broadcasting. No matter how much he relishes denigrating the Giants, the horrible truth is he’s correct in his assessment. These guys are just not that good as a unit. But they are not devoid of talent. Things will get better, but not before the right players are selected and plugged in. In the interim, pray for Eli. Because he’s not done taking shots.

  5.  SalsaForAll says:

    “even though they’ve won championships, they’re not that good a football team,”


  6.  Terrence97 says:

    jimstoll, you made a great point in the last article…. are we better than 0-4? absolutley not! honestly tell me when the last time this team had a drive? seems to me that every pass is a long pass? why cant we do a bubble screen? i knew the game was over when on 3 and 1 we run a toss play and lose a yard! i recently got a espn update on my phone and i was praying that i would read that KG gets relieved of his play calling duties. david wilson to me played decent and spencer paysinger is very good!

  7.  Terrence97 says:

    and yes we do stink! so what if JT says what he says? we are 0-4 and in 2 weeks managed 7 points! in that 2 week span what are we on 3rd down? 5 for 26? i think in the 2nd half sunday we were 1 for 14!

  8.  Hanshi says:

    We’re Giants fans, we can say what we want to about our team. Theisman is the guy Tuck should punch in the mouth!

  9.  Terrence97 says:

    lol we are fans but 0-4 is 0-4. the way we shut the critics up is actually winning a game!

    •  Hanshi says:

      I agree. But a punch in the mouth would be nice too.

      •  JimStoll says:

        just for the record, I hate Joe Theismann, especially when he’s allowed to broadcast games

      •  Terrence97 says:

        lol true. man we look really bad. i thought our D played great sunday. they ran out of gas. they were on the field all 2nd half with no rest. they did everything to keep us in the game

  10.  stuh says:

    Why are you guys getting mad at Theisman because he is in the most part telling the truth. The jerk didn’t mention the O Line which is now the worst part of the team.
    Except for what he said about Eli which is bull crap he is right.
    what he didn’t say is that the coaching and front office also stink. This didn’t happen over night. Bad planning.

    •  JimStoll says:

      yeah, plenty of blame to go around
      it is painful to watch
      and doubly disappointing since we wait so long for the season and to have it over in the first month
      assuming the season continues apace, the question will be what if anything changes
      does TC and staff get fired or re-upped for 2 more years (as I said a few times yesterday, if you don’t want your coach to be a lame duck, which Tom will be next year, you have to re-up if you don’t fire)?
      does JR get fired for building this junk or is he given a few more years?
      which players get the axe?
      how if at all does our draft and FA philosophy change? do we still look for value on the scrap heap?
      if nothing changes it will be a dreary and foreboding off-season

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