Should the New York Giants just tank the season? | The Tylt
Should the New York Giants just tank the season?
O'Dell Beckham Jr. is done for the year, the roster is littered with injuries, and the coach has lost control—there is no reason the Giants should try to win this season. The team is basically out of the playoff race, and the team needs to look to the future. It's time to tank. Here's more from Forbes' Dave Caldwell:
The Giants suddenly seem to have a lot to gain by losing -- or, not winning. Eli Manning, their 36-year-old quarterback, is clearly on the downside of his NFL career. Three top quarterbacks, including Sam Darnold of USC, will be available in the draft. The jobs of McAdoo and Jerry Reese, the team's general manager, are thought to be in peril.
A 0-5 start is usually a death sentence in the NFL, but it doesn't mean the Giants can't make history. Other teams have made it back from similar situations to make the playoffs. Why not the Giants? Tanking is a coward's way out. The NFL is supposed to be about winning at all times. If the Giants lose, they should earn those losses. Here's an excerpt from Benjamin Hoffman's New York Times piece:
After going 4-12 in the 1991 season, San Diego opened 1992 being outscored by a 95-29 total en route to an 0-4 record...The Chargers closed the season with 9 wins in 10 games. The only team to qualify for the playoffs after starting 0-4, the Chargers shut out the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round before they were crushed by the Miami Dolphins in the second round. Two seasons later, the core of this Chargers team went to the Super Bowl.