EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams heard boos from the home crowd in a 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. He didn’t appreciate them either.
“I mean [the boos] it honestly bothers me. Obviously, we are in our own stadium. We don’t want to hear boos from our own hometown fans, “said Williams, the Giants’ highest paid player who had 1.5 sacks Sunday in the loss.” I understand that they also have the right to be upset because they come to see us put good football on the field and we have not been winning to date.
“But at the same time, I don’t know. I just don’t like that.”
Fan frustration has been mounting with the Giants (1-5) seemingly destined for a fifth straight losing season. They are fed up, especially after entering this year with high expectations after a busy transferring offseason, which included Williams landing a massive new contract.
Williams signed a three-year, $ 63 million deal with $ 45 million guaranteed earlier this year.
The loss appears to be wearing down Giants fans, many of whom are spending their hard-earned money on tickets. They are paying some of the highest prices in the NFL and not getting the product they want.
New York has lost all three of its games at MetLife Stadium this year by a combined score of 82-38. He has lost 26 of his 35 at home since early 2017, when the team has the worst overall record in the NFL.
“What did I think of that? Yeah, they were upset,” quarterback Daniel Jones said. “We didn’t play well. We were certainly upset about that as well.”
Williams apparently understands the frustration. But he thinks it should be handled differently.
The veteran lineman, who also played from 2015 to 2019 with the New York Jets, was apparently seen silencing fans at one point.
“I don’t think anyone deserves to be looked down upon, no matter who you are,” Williams said. “I’m not going to go up to a salesperson and tell him he’s not a good person or boo this person because he’s not doing his job or something.”
That analogy doesn’t seem to apply at all. Giants fans are paying to be consumers, and in this case, they weren’t necessarily directly booing Williams. They showed their disgust with the equipment and the product they were consuming.
The Giants trailed 38-3 in the fourth quarter on Sunday.
“I just said I understood why the fans would be upset,” Williams said. “Yeah, it doesn’t matter what I think. I go out and play soccer. I don’t sit in the stands. I can’t see it from their perspective.”
It wasn’t the first time this Giants team had been booed this season. There have been boos at some point during each of the first three home games.
Giants owner John Mara was even booed loudly during a halftime ceremony celebrating the career of legendary quarterback Eli Manning in his final home game against the Atlanta Falcons last month.
“I’d boo too,” Mara said in the hallway on her way to her suite before the start of the third quarter of that contest. “We are 0-2 and we go down to half.”
They are 1-5 and they are not in a much better place now.