Former Giants lineman Geoff Schwartz said the current offensive line looks the same as it did last season.
"I don't know what was expected any differently of them,'' he told Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.
The line, which struggled to protect QB Eli Manning and create holes for the running backs during Sunday night's season-opening loss to Dallas, returned intact from last season, with GM Jerry Reese hoping for improvement.
Manning was sacked three times on Sunday night, while the Giants gained just 35 yards on the ground.
One of the players Reese was looking at to step up his game was Ereck Flowers, who struggled mightily in 2016 during his second season in the NFL.
"He's the same guy he's been,'' Schwartz said about Flowers. "I don't see anything different from him. I don't see much of an improvement in his game, at all. ... His problems are not about not being in shape. His problems are his poor body position and his hands."
Schwartz added that Bobby Hart, who left the game early due to an ankle injury, "had good moments and bad moments" and that his technique had improved. About John Jerry, Schwartz said even if he struggles, he doesn't see the Giants making any changes.
"They're not going to replace [Jerry], though, it's not gonna happen,'' Schwartz said. "No changes are going to be made on the offensive line.''
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Thank you, Geoff Schwartz. The man just said what everyone was thinking heading into the season: How do Reese and the Giants expect the same line to magically improve this season from last?
He makes a great point when touching on Flowers, and how the Giants consistently say he looks more in shape and ready this season. None of that matters if his technique can't keep his man in front of him.
And that goes for the rest of the line. You can't have a man go unblocked on a simple twist, or have three linemen get to your quarterback in the red zone on a four-man rush. Fans blame Manning for having happy feet in the pocket, but can you really blame him for the track record this line has produced since last season?
Like Schwartz, I'm a realist. I didn't see the improvements that Reese and company preached during the preseason, and even scarier is the fact that there is no depth the Giants can put in to change that. I can only hope the line proves me wrong in Week 2.