The Giants will be playing the remainder of their home games at newly named Desolate Stadium, The Post has learned.
The new naming rights came after a heated selection process, with MetLifeless Stadium a close runner-up.
According to several thousand sources in blue and florescent green heard Sunday evening chanting âSEA-Hawks â¦ SEA-Hawks,ââ the five remaining home Giants games will no longer end with a sea of blue-clad fans raining cheers down on the Giants. In the coming weeks, there will be invaders wearing the blue, white and gold of the Rams, the bright red of the Chiefs, that famous silver and blue of the Cowboys, the sickly green of the Eagles and bold burgundy of the Redskins.
Stuff happens when a season goes in the tank, but the downslide is usually not such a long, drawn-out degradation. It is not even midseason, for goodness sakes, and five of the final nine games will devolve into the ultimate insult for the Giants franchise. Season-ticket holders will sell off in droves and the buyers will not be Giants loyalists. In the closing minutes of the latest example of offensive football foibles, Seahawks fans lined the lower bowl of MetLife Stadium, omnipresent in sight and sound. It is not as if East Rutherford is a hotbed for Seattle transplants. If you close your eyes and open your ears, you can already hear âGo Dallas Cowboysââ and âFly Eagles Flyââ and âHail to the Redskinsââ cascading down from all those grey seats.
âObviously I would like them to be chanting the Giants but we got to give them something to chant about,ââ linebacker Devon Kennard said after the 24-7 loss to the Seahawks. âSo, thatâs our responsibility.ââ
Of course the Giants heard the Seahawksâ serenade as they trudged off the field.
âIt was tough â¦ kinda hurt a little bit,ââ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said.
The deadly combination of brutal record (1-6 â âYou grit your teeth at that,ââ guard D.J. Fluker said), brutal product (you see this offensive operation?), glaring lack of firepower (Odell, come back, all is forgiven) and, by necessity, a play-it-safe (and boring) approach will be a toxic mix. Throw in a downturn in the weather, the arrival of the holiday season and the growing enthusiasm and excitement about the Knicks (OK, scratch that one) and there will be rows and rows of empty seats and a grotesque amount of opposing team jerseys in the areas that are occupied.
âWell, we have a great home-field advantage and we need to work to take advantage of it,ââ Ben McAdoo said Monday.
Plenty more work is needed. This is the first time the Giants lost their first three home games in a non-strike season since 1980, which qualifies as the bad-old days. The paying customers this season have seen a dreadful 24-10 loss to the Lions, a 27-22 loss to the then-winless Chargers after the Giants blew a fourth-quarter lead and the latest impotent showing to the Seahawks. The Giantsâ 177 total yards was their lowest total in more than four years and they did not run for a single first down.
There is also this: Every one of the five teams (Rams, Chiefs, Cowboys, Eagles, Redskins) coming in figures to be in the playoff chase. Perhaps the Giants can run a Spoiler Special and give away free Ben McAdoo laminated play-charts for every Giants upset victory. Or, to be on the safe side, the giveaway can be triggered for every Giants first down.
The next game for the Giants is also at home and, thankfully, the paying customers get a two-week respite from the misery. After he met with his team Tuesday, McAdoo gave his players the rest of the week off.
âWe need to get away from it a little bit,ââ he said. âWe need to clear our minds, get our bodies back and come back with a fresh outlook, as tough as that may be. We have a lot of football left to play, we had a lot of fight in us [against the Seahawks] and that needs to continue.ââ
Wellington Mara, the Giantsâ franchise patriarch, used to say the sound of silence was far worse than the sound of booing. One meant apathy, the other meant disgruntlement. Apathy gets people canned. When John Mara and Steve Tisch weigh the merits of keeping or jettisoning McAdoo and/or general manager Jerry Reese, the owners are going to have vivid memories of what is about to transpire at Desolate Stadium.
More that came out of the latest Giants loss:
– Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he knew, coming off his suspension, he would not get much playing time in his first game back. There were 76 snaps on defense and DRC was on the field for only 16 of them. Four cornerbacks got more action for the Giants: Eli Apple (74 snaps), Janoris Jenkins (67), Donte Deayon (23) and Ross Cockrell (21).
Does this make sense? There was a plan in place to use multiple defensive backs in this game, but any plan that has Rodgers-Cromartie on the field less frequently than Deayon or Cockrell needs to be revised. A suspension was handed out and served. That should have been the end of it. After that, it is the merit system, and Rodgers-Cromartie merited more time.
– Evan Engram is taking this hard. The losses are etched across his face. There are rookies who are so consumed with fitting in and establishing themselves that it is difficult to tell after a game if their team won or lost. Not Engram. In many ways, he has been forced to grow up too soon as an NFL player. He came in as a complimentary piece, a talented first-round pick to augment the skills of Beckham and the other dangerous wide receivers. They are all gone, and Engramâs maturation has been force-fed, too much so.
He was targeted by Eli Manning 12 times against the Seahawks and came away with six receptions for 60 yards, including a touchdown. Everyone knows where the ball is going and, despite his obvious skill level, it is too much, too soon for Engram. Not that he is backing down.
âOf course those guys are missed and their big-play capability,ââ he said. âWe got to step up, we got to make plays, too. Itâs not good without those guys, weâd love to have them, but we still got to come out and make plays.”
He cannot make all the plays, though.
– D.J. Fluker is a trip. Spend a few minutes chatting with him and you almost want to grab a helmet and take on some blocks. Almost. He is irrepressibly upbeat, the words tumbling quickly out of his mouth with that relentless Alabama lilt. His arrival as a starter at right guard has led to an uptick in the running game. He is a massive people-mover in a confined space. He has been around a great deal of losing â 9-23 his last two years with the Chargers and now this mess with the Giants â but his enthusiasm will not break.
âGet the mindset of our team back on the same page,ââ he said. âThis is a new season, this is the second half of our season, now itâs time to go get it. Each week for us is do or die. No matter the score, no matter our record, at this point it doesnât matter. Itâs about us going 1-0 each and every week.ââ
– There are certain players who play too hard for their bodies. B.J. Goodson might fit into that category. He missed two games earlier this season with a shin injury and only played 41 snaps against the Seahawks before leaving with an ankle issue. He is roughly the same size as Bobby Wagner, the Seattle middle linebacker, one of the best in the league. Wagner has found a way to stay on the field â heâs missed only eight games in his six-year career.
Sometimes with injuries it is the luck of the draw, but there are some secrets to durability and, as he tries to carve out his place as a longtime starter for the Giants, Goodson needs to uncover it.