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@ultimatenyg @Justin w You should see the hatchet job Reilly did on Chris Davis. I know this is a football website, but it boggles the mind. He's just an awful journalist who's clearly reached the end of the line and needs to be put out to pasture.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Skinny on Tuna
@ultimatenyg Agreed. They're an absolute matchup nightmare. I'm curious to see how TE Adrien Robinson has progressed. I know the Giants are high on him and he's flashed that athleticism and speed. Where I do agree with you on the LB issue is as it relates to read-option QBs. It'd be nice to see the Giants get someone at LB who not only has the speed but the instincts to contain a guy like RGIII. The problem is, those guys are so, so rare. Willis is a once-in-a-lifetime LB. You have a better shot landing a franchise QB in Rd 1 than you do a guy like Willis who has the ability to cover the Gronks and also contain the RGIIIs. So if that's the case, you're probably better off investing in guys in the first two rounds who can get to the QB before he has a chance to do anything with the ball. But Taylor is interesting. Let's see if they can bring him in and coach him up. I keep hearing the word "enforcer" in describing him, lots of comparisons to Kam Chancellor . That'd be just fine with me -- I love physical DBs. Look at what they've done in Seattle with that back end of their D. I'd love it if we got a player that fits that mold.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Justin Pugh taken in Round 1
@CommanderShepard @ultimatenyg Here's what Mayock recently had to say about Taylor: "The Cooper Taylor kid, the safety has had a tough road to go, the transfer from Georgia Tech. Medically there were some issues. He's a little bit of a tweener. He's so tall; he's a little stiff, so teams look at him and say is he a safety? Do we make him a will linebacker? I like the way he moves around. In today's NFL, I would think he's the kind of guy that could match up with a big tight end."
@CommanderShepard @TC4EVA @ultimatenyg Really like the Giants latest pick, Richmond safety Cooper Taylor. He's big, physical, and fast -- over 6'4", 230 lbs, and ran a 4.49 at his pro day. Really impressed at the East West shrine game. They're saying he might be able to bulk up a bit and play linebacker. And he'll come in right away and contribute on special teams. To me, I like this kind of gamble over spending a high pick on a LB. There are possibilities with this kid. Andy, you mention that we should all say a prayer to Pollard for knocking out Gronkowski (although we beat the Pats in New England that season with a healthy Gronk), but would you mind telling me how many LBers in the NFL can actually cover the Gronks and the Jimmy Graham's of the league? I'd say the answer is maybe one. Patrick Willis. Other than that, you can't stick a linebacker on those guys. Maybe Cooper comes in and plays in the big nickel, or they develop him as a linebacker. Going to keep an eye on this kid.
@ultimatenyg you're right. If only our front office could be more like the Bengals'.
Mayock is the best in the business and he loved Pugh. I remember when this blog was pounding the table for Rolando McLain and panning the JPP pick. I'm not saying Ogletree won't be the better player. But I think you've got rose colored glasses when it comes to LBers.
@ultimatenyg @TC4EVA I've been watching the game for a long time, and here's just a brief list of what's improved in the NFL over the past twenty years: coaching, scouting, drafting, the player talent pool, in-game strategy, the use of technology, player safety, training, nutrition, film study. I could go on and on and on. The idea that the league is "slop" now compared to some mythical golden age of the game is just false. I hear it a lot, mostly from the "old-timers", although I guess I'm approaching that status myself. But it's not grounded in reality. Nearly every aspect of today's game is functioning on a higher level than it was twenty years ago. It doesn't take rocket science to figure out why. Money. The league is practically printing money. The kind of money that lures the best and the brightest. The talent pool, both in the coaching and executive ranks, and in the player ranks, is flat out better. It's bigger. And so more franchises are able to stock their organizations with talent. Combined with new rules that have effectively taken away the ability of a defense to bully an offense like they did back in the day, and you get parity. A level playing field. That's not slop, that's the closest thing to utopia that you can get in professional sports. Who wants to know before the season even starts who's going to win the championship? The reason we love sports is that it's the ultimate reality show. There's no telling what's going to happen next. The NFL is the gold standard when it comes to validating that statement. If you're interested in dynasties, watch your Steel Curtain highlight video, or pop in "Downtown Abbey".
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conference Championship Day
If you really think the NFL is "slop" because there's parity, go watch the NBA for a full season, which might as well be a coronation it's so far from a competition. Then come back and tell me if you still think the greatest professional sports league on the face of the Earth is still "slop".
@ultimatenyg @TC4EVA I get what you're saying, and I respect your opinion, but you're not a physician. We've all got one life to live. He's doing what he loves. But if you are going to take that stance, you should probably take it in regards to the entire league. The fact is that every player that puts on a uniform in the NFL is putting the rest of his life at risk. Here's a clip from a recent episode of HBO's Real Sports that I'd encourage you to watch. The clip is only about 2 minutes long, but if you can get your hands on the whole episode, I would. It's eye opening. And keep in mind when you watch it that they're talking about high school and college students, not even pros:
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Reasons Why I am Rooting for the Redskins
You can't root for Peyton because you feel he shouldn't have come back? That is a very strange perspective. Who are you to judge what another man does with/to his body? @ultimatenyg @capt
10 months, 4 weeks ago on 10 Reasons Why I am Rooting for the Redskins
Looking forward to this, but we're now on, like, the 3rd or 4th post dedicated to what Ultimate 22 will be (as opposed to actual analysis of the games). Overall, seems to be much less content this season. Nothing in the preseason to speak of, and now little after Game 1. Ultimate 22 is a great idea, but speed matters, as does posting regularly. Just some feedback from a fairly regular reader that you can (obviously) take or leave.
1 year, 2 months ago on Ultimate22 takes on the Dallas review | September
@keepitsimple @TC4EVA @psffur I concede that my post was probably too aggressive. Or, rather, it wasn't very nice. I just think that in life, if you can't enjoy the victories, then what the hell is the point?
I don't want to delve too far into this, because I don't think it's all that healthy, but there are a few things about Pete's post that set me off. For one, he trumpets a "piece" that he wrote in which he explained to all of us non-former scouts that Butch Davis "made the call" to draft Hakeem Nicks. Do you realize how preposterous that idea actually is? Is there any chance on earth that Jerry Reese or Tom Coughlin would allow Butch Davis, or any other coach not associated with the Giants for that matter, make the call on drafting a player? He's taking the fact that they consulted with Nicks' college coach, which any organization worth its salt does, and completely twisting it because of the negative feelings he has towards the current Giants regime. And then he tries to say that because they took Nicks at a point where all the other top WR were gone (except Britt!), that just shows that the Giants got lucky. Well what if they had been like the Eagles and traded up for Maclin?! Can we give them some credit for standing pat and letting the value come to them, then making the best possible pick they could? It's just mind boggling. They are truly damned if they do and damned if they don't.
And while we're on the subject of Nicks, Pete claims Nicks was drafted the year after we won the Superbowl at pick #32. Wrong. We drafted Kenny Phillips that year. The next year (2009) we took Nicks at Pick #29. So not only does this come across as an incoherent rant, it's not even factually accurate.
Next, he says it's lunacy to think that drafting last every year will allow you to improve your team. So, winning the Superbowl every year should take a back seat to higher draft position? Or, from another angle, you should trade up to try and nab higher rated players? Isn't this the same guy (Pate) who lauds Bill Belichick for trading down every year and accumulating picks in the 2nd round (which this blog claims is the money round for value)?
Lastly, he blasts many of the signings Reese has made in the past few years. I, for one, think Boley has turned into a good one. Without him, or LB corp falls apart. And Canty might have had a rocky first year or so, but I'm happy to have him plugging the middle. Bernard hasn't panned out, and Baas was a bust last year but I suspect he was hurt. The point is, you win some you lose some. Same goes for the draft. But the proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is 2 rings. So you can laud the Eagles for their draft, but I'll take the rings any day of the week. And by the way, can anyone tell me if in the annals of history, there has been a person who's been struck by lightening twice? What are the odds on that?
So I said I wasn't going to delve too far into this, but I definitely delved. Sorry for that. Sometimes I just get the feeling when I read this blog that the winning the organization is experiencing right now is not as sweet as it could be for some that write and/or comment here. Like, if only Coughlin and Gilbride and Reese were gone, and the Giants drafted linebackers in the first round, and dominated year to year like the '90's Cowboys, then it would be sweet. But right now it's bittersweet. Whether you think Coughlin and Gilbride and Reese have flaws or you think they haven't made all the right decisions, there's just not enough appreciation for what those men have meant to the organization - and by extension, the fans. They have brought us a lot of joy. Some heartbreak, for sure. But a lot of joy. And they have worked hard. Yet Pete talks about them as if they were dogs. And I shouldn't let that bother me, but it sticks in my craw. The entire reason that I'm a fan is that I hope to experience those moments where you just bask in the glory of victory after putting in the sweat and the tears that comes with an NFL season. And then I come here because I truly value the opinion of a lot of people who post here, and I read something that crosses the line from constructively critical, to incoherent, non-factual, bitter venom. I expect more.
1 year, 7 months ago on NY Giants Day 3 Draft Selections | April
@psffur Another sour grapes, garbage post by Pete. Please, give it a rest already. I could spend time poking holes in every word you wrote, but it would be a waste of time. You are an angry person.
For what it's worth, I've heard the exact opposite in regards to Randle. According to Greg Cosell, who's opinion carries a lot of weight, Randle might be the best WR in the entire draft. He compares him to Nicks, and says that his speed on the field is outstanding. Says he separates. So while his forty time at the combine might not have blown anyone out of the water, he knows how to get open, and once he catches the ball he can take it to the house. Not only that, he's fearless over the middle and he has great hands. He played with crappy QBs at LSU, but he still produced as a senior in the SEC. Not sure how you'd describe him as having routine size - he's 6'3", 210 lbs. He's also got big hands. And he runs a full route tree. Not like Hill who just runs deep (as far as we know, considering that's all they had him do at G. Tech.) I love the pick. Randle should have gone to the Rams at the top of the 2nd round, or even to the Browns at #22 in the first. Completely disagree with you and Wonder on this one. And from what I've heard about Hill, he doesn't play as fast as his forty time. Only time will tell, I guess.
I agree that the Giants need to stockpile some more talent at O Line, particularly OT. The line was just flat out bad last season. I think that had a lot to do with Diehl and McKenzie. Baas was also a disappointment, but I think he may have been hurt. I expect the Giants to address OL in the next few rounds and stockpile some talent. But lets see what Brewer, Boothe, Petrus, and Beatty bring to the table before we write them off. I think Snee will bounce back. Also, don't forget they signed Locklear. I wouldn't say I'm thrilled with the situation, but I am open to seeing how it plays out. I think the Giants like to pick these guys a few years before they need them, let them develop, then let them compete when they're ready. And I think this often coincides with when they have a need.
I also think it's not really fair to say on the one hand that the Giants greatest "need" is obviously at OL, then say they obviously drafted for need when they picked Randle. Feels like you're speaking out of both sides of your mouth. This pick screamed BPA to me, but I guess I could be wrong. But I think it's a major stretch to say the Giants front office bows to media pressure. If anything, they come across as not caring what the media or fans are clamoring for.
One more note about Wilson and Hosley - they are both supposed to be great returners. Hosley is supposedly a great punt returner. Can't remember the last time we had a good punt returner. I'll be excited to see our return game much improved. It was a glaring weakness last season.
1 year, 7 months ago on NY Giants Draft Randle in R2 and Hosley in R3 | April
The GM (Loomis) got 8 games, not 6. Joe Vitt, the Assistant Head Coach, got 6 games. I thought the penalty was more than justified. If you remove the lines of play, paying someone to injure someone is a crime. It's called a hit man. There's no place for it in the game. And from a legal standpoint, I think the entire league could be brought down by something like this. If someone was badly injured while being the target of a bounty, they could sue the league for all its worth if they knew the league was turning a blind eye to this stuff. Gooddell had to act.
1 year, 8 months ago on Goodell's wrath and R.I.P Ron Erhardt | January
What's next, articles about the length of the players' shoe laces? Glenn, love the effort, but this, combined with the "hoisted by his own petard" article, makes me think you're really looking for angles to the game that aren't actually there. There's plenty to talk about. You don't have to force the issue so much.
1 year, 9 months ago on Saved by the turf. A look back at Wes Welker's GIANT drop in Super Bowl XLVI. | February
Sheridan is a puppet in Tampa. No one wanted to take that job because everyone knows Schiano and Butch Davis will be running the defense. But Davis didn't want to sacrifice the compensation he's getting from North Carolina so they gave him the title of "consultant" instead of D Coordinator. Sheridan even said he's going to be running Schiano's defense. I'm no fan of Sheridan, but he's really just a puppet and potential fall guy should things go south in Tampa.
1 year, 9 months ago on Giants Roundup | February
bummy123 Do you actually have hard data that shows the Pats don't move the ball down the field quickly, or is that just based on anecdotal evidence? Because they were one of the more prolific offenses of all time this season. They scored 5 touchdowns in one half of football against the Broncos in the playoffs, a team with a pretty decent defense. I don't care how you score them, 5 TDs in one half is explosive. I understand that their offense is built around 2 TE and a slot receiver, but all three of those guys are exceptional. Hernandez is basically a yoked up WR.
I think you're asking the wrong question re: percentages. It's not whether the percentage of made 50-55 yard field goals is greater than the percentage of completed hail mary's. The answer to that is obviously the 50-55 yard field goal. But you can't just assume the Pats get a shot at a 50-55 yard field goal if the Giants bled the clock and made the Pats use their final timeouts before kicking a chip shot for the winner. Taking that into account, the question is whether the percentage of going 80 yards for a TD in 57 seconds with 1 timeout is greater than the percentage of going 47 yards for a field goal in 10 seconds with no timeouts. I'd have to see the numbers on that, but I think you have to like your chances more going for the TD. I just don't see how you'd have time to pick up 50 yards and kick a field goal in 10 seconds with no timeouts. You'd absolutely have to get out of bounds to have any chance whatsoever.
1 year, 10 months ago on Hoisted By His Own Petard, Belichick's Strategy Backfires | January
UltimateNYGGlenn Heck, just watched the sequence again and Belichick actually had the defense stuff Bradshaw at 1:06 after the Nicks first down/out of bounds play, which forced BB to use a timeout. I know it's hard to ever say this, but I think BB mismanaged that sequence. He eventually made the proper call in that situation, but he unnecessarily sacrificed about 45 seconds and a timeout in the process.
Arthuro Right. I think he should have instructed him to go down. And I read that Eli yelled to Bradshaw as he was handing him the ball not to score.