PHILADELPHIA — The New York Giants had a “hard landing” in the divisional round of the playoffs in Philadelphia. Those were the words of coach Brian Daboll after a 38-7 loss to the Eagles.
Now, New York faces important questions and decisions related to its future. quarterback contracts daniel jones and running backwards saquon barkley They expire at the end of this season. Both are free agents.
Barkley, who had contract talks with the team during the bye week, made clear his desire to return.
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions. I’ve talked about how I feel and where I want to be,” he said. “That’s out of my control. I wanted to show the Giants, show them that the guy they drafted is still here. I hope I did.”
“Everyone knows I would love to be a Giant for life. But I really can’t give a 100% answer. It’s out of my control. Sometime this week, I’ll talk to my agent Kim. [Miale] and see what happens.”
Jones left his wish as something more of a mystery. The Giants declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract before this season, which turned out to be the best of his young career.
“Like I said, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I really enjoyed playing here,” Jones said. “I appreciate all those guys in the locker room. It’s a special group of guys and I really enjoyed being a part of it.”
“We’ll find out where that goes, but I have nothing but love and respect for this organization and the group of guys in the locker room.”
Jones and the Giants fell behind 28-0 in the first half on Saturday night. They never really got it.
Jones passed for just 135 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Eagles. He was pressured on 64% of his first-half kicks, which was tied for the third-highest percentage by any quarterback in the middle of a playoff game since ESPN began tracking pressures in 2009.
It was that kind of night. Barkley only had nine carries for 61 yards.
“Well, crash landing here. Give Philly credit. They did everything better than us.” [Saturday]Daboll said. “Difficult game. They really beat us in every way, so it wasn’t one thing in particular. It was a team game, and we just didn’t get it. Congratulations to Philadelphia. They can move on and unfortunately we can’t.”
It doesn’t take away from what the Giants accomplished in their first year under Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. The duo inherited a franchise that had five straight double-digit losing seasons. The Giants and Jets were tied for the worst record of any team in the previous five years.
Jones and Barkley were integral parts of the turnaround. They were team leaders and captains who played some of the best football of their careers in Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka’s offense.
Given the way the team has talked about them in recent weeks, it sounds like the Giants want them back. The Giants have continually raved about Barkley and see him as the face of their franchise. Co-owner John Mara recently spoke about how “gratifying” it was to see Jones live up to his status in the draft.
Jones, who was the sixth overall pick in 2019 out of Duke, committed just nine turnovers in 18 games, including the playoffs. He finished the regular season in the top 10 in QBR.
Meanwhile, Barkley rushed for a career-high 1,312 yards while getting his first taste of the playoffs. It was the first postseason appearance for a majority of the roster.
“It sucks, this was a fun team. The guys here, the coaches, everything we were able to build this year,” Barkley said. “The way we played for each other this year was special. Obviously, it didn’t end the way we would have wanted it to end. Not just because of the record or because we made the playoffs, this is probably one.” one of my favorite teams of all time.
Daboll was unwilling to make sweeping statements about the future of some of his biggest names and best players. That will happen in what he described as a long offseason looming on the horizon.
The time of those conversations in his estimation was not Saturday night. It would be on the way. Daboll was still processing what happened on the field in Philadelphia instead of assessing the future of the team.
“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I wish we could have done a better job. I wish I could have done a better job. I feel like shit. That’s about as honest as you can be.”
“You work extremely hard to get to this place. You don’t take it for granted. This is a tough place to get to, the divisional round, and move on. I feel more to the players and the coaches because we put everything we were into it. We just didn’t get it.”