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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