Gilbride on Guardians: ‘There was foolish penalties, stupid penalties, and just too many errors to win a football game’

The New York Guardians are struggling right now, and for the second straight week, they were routed on the road. In front of nearly 30,000 in St. Louis, the BattleHawks (2-1) prevailed 29-9.

Because of a rib injury, Guardians QB Matt McGloin was forced to miss the second half. Before the injury, McGloin was not great(8/11, 84 yards. 1 interception). He would be replaced by both Marquise Williams and Luis Perez.

It was a sloppy performance by the Guardians, which their head coach Kevin Gilbride acknowledged after the game.

“Our guys played hard, but we didn’t play smart, and you can’t win football games when you played like we did, and make as many mistakes as we did,” Gilbride said. “There was foolish penalties, stupid penalties, and just too many errors to win a football game against a good football team, and I told our team that. I was very disappointed.

“There were areas that we showed improvement, and I was pleased with that, but again, you can’t beat your opponent and yourself at the same time, and we did that too often.”

New York has to get their offense going. In the last two weeks, the Guardians have averaged 9.0 points per game, which is not winning football. Fortunately for the Guardians, they get to return home to face the Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2) on Saturday, which will hopefully give this team some confidence after getting blown out the last two weeks on the road. 

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