Responsibility does not win football matches.
He cannot change the order in the rankings of the NFL.
The Giants can’t recover from last week’s erupted loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles or recover any of their nine losses heading into Sunday’s game against the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Giants safety veteran and team captain Logan Ryan can’t reverse the result of the grueling 59-yard touchdown pass that Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert threw to Jalen Guyton who sailed over- over his head and sentenced the Giants just before halftime last Sunday.
But Ryan, immediately after this loss, took possession of his blunder on the coin. He was what he always has been since the Giants brought him here: he was responsible.
“I’m carrying that heavy one,” Ryan said after the Chargers game. “It’s on me.”
The Giants, despite being 4-9, are better at the kind of responsibility. It’s part of the culture that head coach Joe Judge tries to instill in his locker room, which is better to have a leader like Ryan.
“This is exactly what I believe in,” the judge said on Friday. “I believe that when you make a mistake, you recognize it. Look, I make mistakes all the time. I make a point on when I fuck up I make sure the team understands I’m going to own it in front of them. We go out of games and I tell them all the time, ‘Guys, this is a mistake on my part, it’s not going to happen again.’
“I expect coaches to do the same, which they do. That way I expect players to understand, you are making a mistake, you are not hiding behind it. You own it. , you move on, you make the correction. People respect people who admit their mistakes. ”
Now the trick – for Ryan, Judge and the rest of the Giants – is to cut down on mistakes and get things on the pitch to win games so they don’t have to be held accountable for their mistakes afterwards. .
The Giants, losing 44-20 to the Cowboys in October, will need to be much better on Sunday if they are to end their two-game losing streak. The Cowboys, who run away with the NFC East at 9-4, are second in the NFL in runs scored (29.2 per game) and yards (408.1 per game).
It puts additional stress on Ryan to bounce back from his tough outing in LA – not to mention a Giants high school who on Friday was reduced to five defensive backs due to the COVID-19 and flu outbreak this week. .
“It’s a short memory,” Ryan said Friday. “When you’re a football fan like me and you study the game and prepare yourself, you give the credit where it belongs. It was a great assist. But to be a defender in this league, you don’t. can’t expect the big players not to make good throws, good catches on you.
“You respect the game. You respect the throw. You learn from it and move on, but you don’t let it put you off going back in the next game or next week. I’ve played thousands of snaps, some good, some bad. It’s just the nature of any athlete in any sport, you have to move on to the next piece. ”
And the next game.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott completes 67.9% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Receiver CeeDee Lamb has 64 catches for 890 yards and six touchdowns and Amari Cooper has 51 for 675 yards and six touchdowns.
Ryan is surely hoping there is nothing negative to take on after Sunday’s game. If there is, however, he will own it.
“I would just hate to be on a team where the better players or the older players, the veteran players, don’t take responsibility for what they do,” said Ryan. “I believe in ownership. I am comfortable in my abilities, in my skin and when I am wrong. I learned a lot in marriage, sometimes you have to apologize when you’re wrong. … I just want everyone to know that responsibility is necessary to be a leader and that they are the best leaders in my opinion, the people who are not afraid to make mistakes and admit when they do. ”