Philadelphia – The New York Giants had a “crash drop” in the teams round of the playoffs in Philadelphia. Those were the words of Coach Brian Dabul after the 38-7 loss to the Eagles.
Barkley, who had contract discussions with the team during his bye week, made clear his desire to return.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. I’ve been upfront about how I feel and where I want to be,” he said. “It’s out of my control. I wanted to show the Giants, show them that the man who drafted them is still here. I hope I can.”
“Everyone knows I’d 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 be speaking with my agent Kim [Miale] And see what’s up.”
Jones left his wish more of a mystery. The Giants turned down a fifth-year option on his rookie contract prior to 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 these guys in the locker room. They are 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 men in the dressing room.”
Jones and the Giants trailed 28-0 at halftime on Saturday night. They really didn’t.
Jones threw for only 135 yards with no touchdowns and an interception against the Eagles. He pressured 64% of first half touchdowns, which was tied for the third-highest by any quarterback in a playoff half since ESPN began tracking pressures in 2009.
It was that kind of evening. Barkley had just nine carries for 61 yards.
Well, crash here. Give Philly credit. They did everything better than we did [Saturday]Daboll said. Tricky game. We were really overpowered in all aspects, so it wasn’t one thing in particular. It was a team game, and we didn’t get it done. Congratulations to Philly. They have to move on and unfortunately we don’t.”
It doesn’t detract from what the Giants accomplished in their first year under Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen. The duo inherited a franchise that has five consecutive double-digit seasons. The Giants and Jets are tied for the worst record of any team over the past five years.
Jones and Barclay were integral to this transformation. They were the team captains and team captains who played some of the best football of their careers in Daboll offense and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.
Given the way the team has talked about them in recent weeks, it seems like the Giants want them back. The Giants constantly gush about Barkley and view him as the face of their franchise. Co-owner John Mara recently spoke of how “relief” it was to see Jones live up to his draft.
Jones, who finished sixth overall in 2019 outside of Duke, has only nine turnovers in 18 games, including playoffs. He finished the regular season in the QBR top ten.
Meanwhile, Barkley rushed for a career best 1,312 yards while tasting his first start in the playoffs. It was the first postseason appearance for the majority of the roster.
“It’s obnoxious, it’s been a fun team. The guys here, the coaches, it’s everything we’ve been able to build this year,” Barkley said. “The way we played each other this year, it was special. Obviously, it didn’t end the way we wanted it to end. Not just because of the record or because we made it to the playoffs, this is probably one of my favorite teams ever.”
Daboll wasn’t about to make any big statements about the futures of some of his biggest names and his best players. It will happen in what he described as a long period of time looming.
The time for those conversations, in his estimation, was not Saturday night. will be on the way. Daboll was still processing what happened on the field in Philadelphia rather than assessing the team’s future.
He said, “I’m disappointed.” “I wish we could have done better. I wish I could have done better. I feel foolish. This is as honest as it can be.”
“You work so hard to get to this place. You don’t take that for granted. This is a tough place to get to, a divisional role, moving forward. I feel more for the players and the coaches because we put everything we’ve gone into. We just haven’t done it.”