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Giants Coach Gets Blown Up By NFL Hall Of Famer: ‘This Is Stupid Coaching’

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New York Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale was without his two best cornerbacks – Adoree’ Jackson and Fabian Moreau – and number one safety Xavier McKinney on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. As a result, the Giants lost 28-20 to Dallas when Dak Prescott threw for two passing touchdowns in the second half.

Martindale — known for his blitz-loving tendencies — gave his cornerbacks freedom against the Cowboys’ best wide receivers — and it proved costly. CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup combined for 11 receptions and 169 yards.

Former Denver Broncos tight end and Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe had a problem with Martindale’s plan against the Cowboys and expressed it on Twitter.

“Why would Giants DC play all that man (reporting) with your initial 2 DBs? That’s stupid coaching.” Sharpe tweeted.

A likely prime example of why Sharpe was frustrated by Martindale’s coaching was when usual special teamer Nick McCloud was one-on-one with Dalton Schultz in a 3rd-and-goal play at the Giants’ 15-yard line.

McCloud had no help and the taller Schultz made a jumping touchdown catch.

Against one of the best offenses in football, Martindale had to deal with a clearly exhausted defense.

The fact that the Giants have conceded 27 or more points for the third time in the last four games cannot be denied.

The Giants forced Prescott to throw two interceptions in the first half. First-round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux had a career-high six presses. If you were told these two facts before the game, you might actually have thought the Giants won the football game.

Not correct.

The New York defense allowed Dallas to convert in seven out of 11 attempts.

On Sunday, the Giants were second in the league in red-zone defense, giving up touchdowns just 43.59 percent of the time. Sunday, Dallas went 4 of 4 on red-zone opportunities.

“Every week is tough and we stick to our training, our preparation, all the things we need to do to progress and give ourselves an opportunity to win a game. It’s the ups and downs of a season,” said head coach Daboll on Thursday.

Sharpe, who hosts Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” alongside Skip Bayless, hasn’t just been calling out one Giants member on social media.

He criticized quarterback Daniel Jones, tweet: “Giants don’t even win anything with Jones as QB. He’s a JAG, aka another guy.”

Jones played a turnoverless game after throwing two interceptions in the Week 11 loss to the Detroit Lions.

There wasn’t much to report about Jones’ performance on Thursday, however. He finished 21 of 35 for 228 yards and a touchdown. His only touchdown pass of the game came with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter when the Giants were 15 behind.

A negative play that stands out from Jones was a throw on the 4th and 1st to Saquon Barkley, who failed to catch the ball thrown low and back. The missed opportunity resulted in the Cowboys scoring a touchdown and taking a 21-13 lead.

Although the pass wasn’t underway for Barkley, the former No. 2 overall took the blame for the failed conversion of fourth relegation.

“I have to play the game” Barkley said after Thursday’s loss. “That’s it. I just have to do the piece.”

Jones also took charge of failing the fourth down after the game, saying it was “a bad throw.”

Either way, Jones will have his naysayers, especially after the Giants suffered a third loss in their last four games.

Jones played a turnoverless game after throwing two interceptions in the Week 11 loss to the Detroit Lions.

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