It was all there, all the familiar buzzwords and warnings, the hushed promises and vows to take a deep look in the mirror and dive into the tape and come out the other side with some answers.
There was the glum agreement that yes, this is embarrassing, and there even was an apology to the fans for the torment this team is putting them through. None of it adds up for the Giants and when the bad plays were done happening and the Giants completed Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Jets in a game they knew they could not lose, rising above all else was an overwhelming sense that something must change. Now.
“Got to be,’’ said Michael Thomas, the veteran safety and a team captain. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. Whatever happens we’re gonna take it in stride but at his point, yeah.
“Can’t really talk about the mental state right now. The reality is we’ve lost, is it six games in a row now? We haven’t made enough plays to get a win. This is a production-based business. Players go, coaches go when you don’t produce. That’s what happens.’’
The Giants stagger into their bye week at 2-8 and it is unlikely every player or coach will still be around when they next play, Nov. 24 in Chicago.
Look up “beleaguered’’ in the dictionary and a picture of head coach Pat Shurmur might appear. It is unlikely ownership will fire Shurmur 26 games into his tenure. The job security of defensive coordinator Jame Bettcher must be reviewed. His unit allowed 27 points to a Jets team that managed to score eight offensive touchdowns in the first eight games of the season.
“I’m bought in,’’ said safety Jabrill Peppers when asked if he still believes in Bettcher. “I ain’t really care how you all feel, how nobody feels, we’re gonna get this thing turned around.’’
Peppers acknowledged changes could be forthcoming.
“We all know this league is a business and winning is everything in this league,’’ he said. “And when you don’t win, everything starts to look different.’’
Asked if this loss was embarrassing, Peppers said, “Oh definitely. Hell yeah. This is disappointing. It don’t feel good. Definitely embarrassing.’’
Receiver Golden Tate went a step further, making a plea to the fans.
“First, I’m going to apologize to the Giants pride because I know how important this game is,’’ said Tate, who caught two of the four touchdown passes thrown by rookie Daniel Jones. “I know we were expecting to come out and get a big-time win against another New York team and we didn’t. The only thing I can ask at this point is just be patient and trust the process.’’
Trust is in short supply. The Giants are 7-19 in Shurmur’s time with the franchise and losing to the Jets — who were beaten a week earlier by the previously winless Dolphins — is a sin that is difficult to overcome.
Shurmur said he has no plans to make any changes to his coaching staff and that he is not thinking about his job security. There will be discussions this week with the front office and ownership, as the bye always offers a pause to reflect.
“Well, obviously, anything that I speak about behind the scenes would be behind-the-scenes stuff,’’ Shurmur said. “I wouldn’t share any of that with you, especially at this point.’’
Shurmur showed no emotion as he dissected the latest loss. Players in the locker room did not appear stunned and the only real anger on display came from Peppers when he could not locate the keys to his car for several minutes until an attendant found them deep in his duffle bag.
There was incredulity that Saquon Barkley got the ball 13 times and ran for 1 yard, which looks like a misprint.
“I didn’t even know that stat until now … that’s tough,’’ Tate said.
“To us that’s just unacceptable,’’ guard Will Hernandez said. “It’s fully on us.’’
What, Peppers was asked, would he say to Giants fans who are fed up with all this losing?
“Man,’’ Peppers said, “we’re fed up too.’’