Each week Breaking Burgundy checks in with a media member or interested party of the Washington Redskins' next opponent for the "Five W" questions. With Odell Beckham Jr. and the 0-2 New York Giants on tap for Thursday's Week 3 road game, we check in with Andy Glockner, executve editor of "The Caldron" and longtime Big Blue guru.
1. Breaking Burgundy: WHO gets the Glockner stink eye after the Giants become the first team to blow double digit leads in consecutive games to start a season in NFL history?
Tom Coughlin. While Eli Manning acted incomprehensibly late in the opener at Dallas, the overall lack of communication and understanding of the situation falls on the coaching staff, especially after a timeout. Against Atlanta, the Giants again screwed up coming out of a timeout, somehow taking a harmful delay of game penalty on the drive that could have run out the game. His answers in the postgame pressers (and what his players are saying afterward) suggest a coach that doesn't have a full grasp on what's going on. His teams have always been surprisingly volatile and sloppy, but these first two games have really scraped bottom in terms of intangibles.
2. Breaking Burgundy: WHAT do you make of the Giants situation in the suddenly bizarre NFC East race?
I don't think the division champ will have more than nine wins, and as long as Eli and OBJ stay healthy, they have the offense to be in any game against that level of competition. The defense is really limited talent-wise, and has played better than expected for about 50 minutes in each of the first two games. At some point, smoke and mirrors isn't enough, though. The Giants may regularly need high 20s or 30+ points to win this season.
3. Breaking Burgundy: WHERE do the Giants go with this whole Jason Pierre Paul situation?
I don't see how JPP will be very effective in the near term, even if he's deemed physically OK to return. So much of line play involves hands, and he's missing a good chunk of one of them. It will take him time to adjust to normal life with a mangled mitt, let alone fending off gigantic, world-class athletes in a violent sport. I don't think this ends well for him, and it was a massive blow to the Giants this season.
4. Breaking Burgundy: WHEN do the Giants send Tom Coughlin away?
I think the Giants are staring at an under-.500 season and this will be the end for Coughlin.
5. Breaking Burgundy: WHY are you worried (or not) about facing the Redskins Thursday night?
The Giants seem to own Washington, almost regardless of how the teams are. New York's won 14 of the last 18 in the series, and despite the Skins' defense and O-Line looking better than expected, the Giants have the better QB and better playmaker in this one. On short rest, a couple of big plays may make the difference, and I trust Eli and OBJ to make them more than anyone on Washington.
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