Giants OC Mike Sullivan gave a vote of confidence to struggling Giants LT Ereck Flowers on Thursday.
"He's our left tackle and our players are our players," Sullivan said. "We have to continue to work hard, there's no magic potion, there's no easy answer in terms of trying to do the things that we can from a technique standpoint, from a fundamental standpoint and schematically, trying to get him and all of our players to be successful."
Sullivan added that the return of Justin Pugh might help Flowers:
"I think when there's continuity, when you have someone who's played quite a bit," Sullivan said. "I mean Justin's played a lot of football, that communication is a big part of the success that can take place for the offensive line and that's certainly something that could help improve, we hope, and again, I think it's just a matter of continuing on a day-to-day basis, working the technique, working the fundamentals."
Flowers, 22, is in his second season with the Giants after being selected 9th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Giants turned away several veteran free agent tackles this spring because they refused to move Flowers off left tackle. That stubbornness has cost them.
Flowers has regressed to the point where he cannot be trusted in man-on-man situations, regardless of who the DE/OLB he's facing is. The Giants must supplement him with a TE or a sixth OL, which leads us to question why they just don't move him.
Marshall Newhouse was never this bad on his worst day, so why isn't he playing out at tackle, at least on the right side while Bobby Hart can be tried on the left side?
It's understandable that it's very late in the season to be experimenting, but what would they do if Flowers were to get hurt? They should be thinking about the best path forward for the team right now rather than saving the face of their scouting staff, which appears to have miscalculated the readiness and learning curve of their former first round pick.