You have to feel every Giants fan, every giant, maybe nothing more than Leonard Williams today.
You never want to be on the list of players who have never had a post-season experience, a list that includes Archie Manning, Dick Butcus, Jill Sayers, and of course, Ernie Banks, whose Hall of Fame Cubs career has spanned 19 seasons.
Leonard Williams was in his second season with the Jets on the last Sunday of the 2016 regular season when Ryan Fitzpatrick, whose Sunday drought spanned 16 seasons, threw this opportunity at Buffalo.
But The Heartbreak Hotel arrived near 11:30 pm Sunday for the Giants, and Leonard Williams, who did everything in his power to savor that elusive first appearance in his six NFL seasons, and who imposed his will on Andy Dalton and the Cowboys, who refused to let the Giants, 23-19 winners, lose a match they couldn’t To dream about it.
Dream about a date with Tom Brady on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.
And then that dream became an unimaginable, unimaginable, unreasonable, unforgivable nightmare on Sunday night when Doug Pederson, who had nothing to play for, played not to beat and eliminate WFT.
Play to defeat and eliminate 6-10 Giants.
Bird, eagle, bird.
„This is why we don’t like vultures,“ Elle Manning tweeted.
This was a training move for the NFC Least Title Birds to the test.
Pederson had already crossed a field goal that would make him 17-17 but remained 17-14 in WFT when Jalen Hurts threw unfinished into the finish zone in fourth and fourth places.
Now 12:35 PM, and Pederson called Nate Sudfield to replace Hortus.
Nate Sudfield, who has delivered 25 career assists, none of which have been this season.
And of course Sudfield threw a quick interception and lost the ball when he couldn’t take a low shot from center.
Williams’ prayers, the prayers of all fans of giants and giants, will not be answered.
WFT 20, Al Nisour 14.
Wait until next year again.
Doug Pederson’s Giants: Tanks for Nothing.
„I’ve never participated in my career, and this is my sixth year in the league,“ said Williams after the giants took over the business. „So, I mean, it’s been a long time, and it’s going to be fun to play in a playoff game, especially with this team that’s been beaten so much. I feel we deserve it.“
He definitely deserved it with three bags of Dalton, two in the fourth quarter, dominating the type of game that Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan had gotten and understood, and Dalton finally swiftly intercepted the Xavier McKinney end zone with 1:15 left.
And no one should be surprised if it was Big Cat Williams who would have become the King of Beasts had Wayne Gallman hadn’t made hearts race before, after much hesitation and panic, it was ruled that he had regained his stumble in a frenzied drunk bottom soon after.
Leonard Williams kept an unlikely dream alive for nearly eight hours.
But no more.
Williams deserves his hefty salary after a season – 11.5 bags in his career – in which he was supposed to land a Pro Bowl bid and justify Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman’s deal in his favor with the Jets in a third round in 2020 and a fifth in 2021 in the middle of Season 2019.
Whether or not Gettleman remains GM, Joe Judge must support his cheerful post-game words and find a way to keep Williams, who has been working on the franchise’s $ 16.126 million mark for one year in blue.
„We love him in the building, he’s a great teammate, he’s fun as a coach,“ Judge said. „It makes your job a lot easier in terms of coming to work and enjoying your job, but then also plays on the field, because players make good coaches or not. You can’t be a good coach with bad players, that’s the truth of the matter here, and he’s a good player, so … He makes us all look a lot better. We needed to get plays from him, he definitely came forward and look, it was a surprise to the coach. „
Gettleman took the heat for the deal, because the 2019 Giants were in the midst of another rebuilding season and were not going anywhere fast, and Williams had poorly performed as the sixth overall pick for the 2015 NFL Draft.
„The juice was worth the squeeze,“ Gitelman said at the end of last season.
There was so much juice from Williams on the day that the Giants needed to squeeze out the last time he came out.
„I’ve definitely seen a lot of criticism and hatred and the like in the press, the media and the masses,“ said Williams. „It’s good to prove them wrong, and also to show why Dave Gettleman took me a chance. It feels good to show him it was the right choice.“
In the first half, Williams scored one of his bags and saved Dalton from behind in the first half down in a third and 10 in the middle stampede.
He saved his best in the fourth quarter, when the big players are at their best.
Third and 8 in midfield, Giants 20, Cowboys 19, Williams sacks Dalton.
And then: 1:53 left, Dalton is only 7 yards from the Big Blue end zone, 7 yards from the prospect of shattering the unlikely dream of giants.
Leonard Williams sacked Dalton again at 17.
As a jetliner, Williams scored only 17 bags in the 70 starters. Gettleman saw a loud and enduring character at the time of 25 years old who could be devastating to sprint defending and hype around a midfielder. Williams could have earned $ 17.8 million if he had been rated as a defensive ending rather than a defensive tackle, and the two-digit sack season would only increase his appetite.
„I feel like this is an elite group of guys who were in the two-digit sack category, and that feels good,“ said Williams.
He reiterated that the pursuit of a large pay was never his motivation.
„It was never about money, I think I wanted to be more respectful and show the players why I’m in this league,“ said Williams.
Turned 26 years old in June. The best is yet to come for Leonard Williams. Not just next week against Tom Brady.
Birds, eagles, birds.
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