Commanders fans will love Giants players fighting at training camp
By Jerry Trotta
In most predictions, the Washington Commanders have largely been projected to finish ahead of the New York Giants in the division. The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are said to be the favorites to win the NFC East, whereas Washington and New York will be battling for third and fourth place.
We believe the Commanders should be taken more serious than that, but we know better than to expect more from the national media.
The fact Washington is even mentioned in the same breath as New York is hilarious considering they’re in the initial phase of a rebuild. The new GM-head coach tandem of Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll is expected to instill immediate change in East Rutherford and they’re off to a strong start following this year’s draft.
However, it appears Daboll has had trouble commanding (no pun intended) the respect of his players at training camp, because the Giants have now been a part of two separate player fights since camp started in late-July.
The latest scrap came Monday morning after Saquon Barkley lowered his shoulder into cornerback Aaron Robinson. The defense didn’t take kindly to Barkley’s hit and Robinson responded by trying to light up the RB on the next play.
Giants players starting another brawl at training camp is music to the ears of Commanders fans.
Robinson’s retaliation instigated some pushing and shoving before linebacker Tae Crowder threw fellow RB Antonio Williams to the ground.
Before you could even blink, center Jon Feliciano went after Crowder and a brawl started. Linebacker Cam Brown tried dragging Feliciano out of the scrum and that’s when OL coach (!) Bobby Johnson shoved Brown, which prompted Feliciano to punch Brown in the head that was thankfully protected by his helmet.
Here’s the bizarre photo of Brown dragging Feliciano out of the pile. The lineman seemed to be playing dead before he let loose on Brown.
Looks like Daboll has everything under control! What does it say about the Giants’ new head coach that he can’t even control his own assistants? Training camp spats between players are commonplace around the NFL, but you only see coaches involve themselves if they play peacemaker and (try to) settle everyone down.
This is why the Giants are the gift that keeps on giving.
That’s a brawl, folks. No ifs ands or buts about it.
Of course, this is the second time in as many weeks that tempers flared at Giants training camp. Just days into camp, Shane Lemiuex tackled Dexter Lawrence after the whistle, prompting Leonard Williams to pin Lemiuex on the ground.
Daboll likely loves seeing his team show some fight, but something tells us one team fight is enough for one training camp. The fact the Giants have had two break out in the first two weeks of camp is not only phenomenal content for Commanders fans, but a tell-tale sign New York isn’t ready to win yet.
You can take the Giants away from Joe Judge, but you can’t take the Joe Judge out of the Giants, or so it would seem.