Giants Aren’t Panicking At 0-2

It is another slow start for the New York Giants, who are now 0-2 after falling to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night.

But, there isn’t concern or panic around this team.

Despite the similarities and comparisons to last year’s Giants that went 3-13 and started the season 0-6, the fact that they are having a slow start again isn’t an indictment on where this team is heading. This is a revamped team, one that went through a lot of changes from this time last year, and a team that still isn’t a finished product.

As such, there are still plenty of areas where the Giants must improve, and that is evidenced in these opening two losses of the season.

The good news is that under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur, the Giants have an identity that is coming forth. Defensively, they’ve been very solid, a real turnaround from last year’s unit.

This is a team that needs time to grow and develop, not one where quick fixes will automatically result in wins.

“I think what’s important is we stay the course,” Shurmur said. “Get the players that we have playing better and try to make more plays to do what’s necessary to win the game.”

This weekend, the G-Men will face a Houston Texans team that has started the season with losses to the Patriots and Titans. It is a disappointing start for Houston, a team that was pegged by some pundits to make a run at the AFC Championship this year.

[Watch Giants 1st & 10 Friday At 6 PM On MSG & MSG GO]

As for the Giants, the bright spot, clearly through two games, is the defense.

Alec Ogletree, signed this offseason as a free agent, has become a cornerstone at middle linebacker and is playing at an elite level. Also playing well is cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who had some ups and downs a year ago but has been very solid the first two games of the year.

And not surprisingly, the same can be said of safety Landon Collins, arguably the best at his position in the league. Collins has bounced back from being banged up at the end of last year to once again prove he is one of the best defensive backs in the game.

Despite not getting a sack this past Sunday night in Dallas, the defensive line has also been solid. Keyed by nose tackle Damon Harrison, the line is growing despite some big losses the past two offseasons.

According to Pro Football Focus, Harrison was ranked as the Giants best performing defensive player and the fourth best interior defensive lineman in the league in Week 2.

In his first season with the Giants in 2016, Harrison made the playoffs for the first time in his career. He’s far from being in panic mode just two games into the season this go around.

“It’s a completely different team with different guys in positions,” Harrison said.

“You just go back and look at the previous years and compare it to this one, rightfully so, but it’s just a different group of guys, a different mindset. Not saying that the mindset that we had in the past was wrong. I think just one game at a time and not looking ahead will help us.”

[Watch Giants 1st & 10 Friday At 6 PM On MSG & MSG GO]