The numbers don’t add up.
Olivier Vernon is the second highest-paid participant on the Giants, signing in 2016 a five-year, $85 million contract in free company that ensures him $52.5 million. He counts $17 million in opposition to the wage cap this season. And but, he has just one sack.
True, Vernon missed the primary 5 video games with a excessive ankle sprain. In his six video games, the one sack for the 28-year outdated linebacker/defensive finish got here in Week 6 in opposition to the Eagles. Since then, Vernon has at instances utilized strain to the pocket, however it isn’t as if he’s producing a substantial amount of push or making dynamic performs and easily not getting sacks.
“Definitely getting strain on the quarterback is necessary,’’ coach Pat Shurmur stated a day after the Giants’ 25-22 loss to the Eagles. “We wish all of our actually good gamers to get manufacturing. He’s on the market, he’s contributing. You don’t sack the quarterback or the quarterback has a reasonably good day throwing the ball. Definitely a part of it’s the rush.’’
Usually, coaches in these conditions will level to the additional consideration a high participant receives, however not this time with Vernon.
“No, probably not,’’ Shurmur stated. “Once more, that is my first publicity to O.V. You recognize far more about him than I do by way of his historical past right here with the Giants. However no, I don’t see groups spending additional sources to dam him.’’
Odell Beckham Jr. after the sport stated, “I might’ve cherished to assault’’ the Eagles’ depleted secondary however “it wasn’t within the recreation plan.’’ Shurmur didn’t agree with that evaluation.
“We ran the ball 18 instances and threw it 37,’’ he stated. “That’s twice as many throws as there have been runs. We had seven explosive positive aspects within the passing recreation. You’ll should ask him to outline it after he watches the tape, however I felt like we had been attempting to do the issues essential to win the sport.’’
Requested if he’s involved about Beckham’s feedback, Shurmur stated, “That was one man’s opinion after an emotional loss, however what occurs is you get a chance to get a superb night time’s sleep, watch the tape, and possibly change his opinion.’’
Shurmur’s determination to go for the two-point conversion from the 1-yard line after opening the sport with a landing failed when Eli Manning’s cross to fullback Eli Penny was damaged up by Malcolm Jenkins. From such a brief distance, the decision might have been a handoff to Saquon Barkley.
“It might’ve been a sensible choice,’’ Shurmur stated. His pass-play design did work, although, however Manning failed to identify wide-open Rhett Ellison behind the top zone. Shurmur initially didn’t reply to that reminder, however did make a gesture.
“For the document, that was a shoulder shrug,’’ he stated.
TE Evan Engram strained a hamstring in pregame warm-ups and didn’t play versus the Eagles.
“To type of lose like that and never be capable to have my hand in or simply to assist or be on the market with my guys, it positively sucks,’’ Engram stated.
After going via some resistance exams administered by trainers, Engram stated he was inspired with the outcomes however couldn’t promise to be on the sphere in opposition to the Bears.