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Nice tribute to Spags by Vacchiano today:
“I never have really met anyone quite like him in regards to what he was able to do and the things he would do on the fly,” defensive end Osi Umenyiora told The News. “It was crazy. You’d come in with a game plan and something wouldn’t be going right or something we were doing was getting shredded, and he’d literally — right there on the sideline — come up with something different.”
... “You’d see him on the sidelines just sitting there, thinking,” Umenyiora said. “Then he’d just come up with something and he’d bring us all together, pull out that board, draw something up and say ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’ He is brilliant.”
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2015-articles/perry-fewell-is-out.html
From Pro Football Focus: "Manning was a ridiculous 4-5 on passes targeted 20+ yards downfield for 181 yards."
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/nyg-37-atl-27.html
Wish next season were here already!
Giants quest to become worst team in NFL foiled by terrible losses on the part of Raiders and Titans.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/jax-25-nyg-24.html
Idea for a post: comprehensive examination of the job McAdoo is -- or isn't -- doing. And is he still a likely candidate to replace Coughlin? I'm not qualified to say, but receiver drops and misconnects with Eli make McAdoo look bad. On the other hand, why does McAdoo continually run sacrificial lamb Williams up the middle?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/ind-40-nyg-24.html
Thanks, Tom, for adding your outstanding analysis to Andy's. One of these days the revamped Philly O-line is gonna put it together and McCoy is gonna stop dancing outside. Just hope it's not against the Giants this Sunday.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/oct/eagles-eye-preview.html
Side note: Ahmad Bradshaw just caught another TD pass from Andrew Luck.
Again I ask, where has Ben McAdoo been all Eli's career? Irony is that Eli's running West Coast offense better than Aaron Rodgers right now.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/sept/nyg-45-was-14.html
"a caretaker QB" Hey, at least we're beating caretakers now. Last week, one (Stanton) beat us. "Hey- there is a future for Eli in the West Coast Offense!" Like many UNYG readers, I can't help but wonder how much more competitive we could have been (at least in the non-championship years) if we'd switched to it years ago. Meanwhile, Jennings is a player. Remember, not a starter until last year, he's a young 29.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/sept/nyg-30-hou-17.html
@jfoster Exactly, JFoster: Unleash those corners and start Washington over Randle.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/uncategorized/det-35-nyg-14.html
@ultimatenyg Re whether or not JPP shows up or not -- I kind of wish the Giants took a flyer on Michael Sam before the Cowboys did.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/predicting-the-giants-season-record-in-2014.html
Yeah, Nassib's eyes were roving the field. Super psyched about Andre Williams (please don't get injured, please don't get injured).
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/nyg-17-buffalo-13.html
@Arthuro Give Holliday the opportunity to fumble away his job. Eli has long been at a disadvantage to other QBs -- and this is seldom talked about when evaluating his play -- not just because of underperforming OL in recent years, but because kick returners gave him poor field position.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/training-camp-begins.html
Hate to see Jernigan's talent wasted. He might be better off on another team. On another note, wonder whether UNYG readers agree that McAdoo is heir apparent to Coughlin (unless, of course, he f**ks up).
@TC4EVA @RussWellen1 Sounds like you may be right.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/odell-beckham-selected-in-round-1.html
"'3' of size is important in the NFL." 3″ of size is important to Eli Manning, who needs a tall receiver like few other QBs. Encouraged by Cosell's report, even if Beckham seems redundant with Giants already well-stocked with receivers his size who are quick (Cruz, Randle, Jernigan, Manningham).
@CommanderShepard @RussWellen1 Interesting idea, Commander. If worst comes to worst, I'd still watch the NFL, though, even if it became a flag-football league.
11 months ago on Mark Cuban Echoes UltimateNYG
Makes me wonder if some of the owners and some in the league office fear head trauma will be the death of the NFL in a generation and they just want to milk it for all they can while it exists, like, say, the oil business.
Like the site's new blog format.
@Paddlepedal Too bad we don't have the money to go after Desean Jackson, who's leaving the Eagles. Big sigh of relief, though, that we don't have to face Foles-to-Jackson in the future.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on DRC signs 5 yr Deal with the NY Giants
Eclipsed by DRC signing, Giants also signed sensational -- if somewhat fumbly -- kick returner Trindon Holliday. Imagine Eli starting close to mid-field on a regular basis?
Kenny Britt: too talented to pass up. Guys generally shape up when they come to a class organization like the Giants. Nicks may have been the only attitude problem they had in years.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on SLAM DUNK SUCCESS FOR GMEN THRU 2 DAYS OF FREE AGENCY
Happy to hear about Schwartz. Nice Jewish boys (who can play) always welcome on a metropolitan NY-area team. Meanwhile, if Giants find a center, will Boothe, if he stays, go back to utility man? As always in the past, he'd see a lot of time filling in for injured players (like Snee?). On another note, trying not to panic about losing Beason. Can't handle if it D goes back to playing like it did before Giants got him.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Giants New Signings, Joseph Signs with Vikes
First, great point, dbs50, about Eli and no-huddle.
Re Sherman: People are disposed to be sympathetic to him because of his story: straight outa Compton to Stanford. Thus, they're especially disappointed.
Also bear in mind he plays the second-most high-pressure position besides QB. TDs and long pass completions can kill a cornerback's confidence. He's constantly trying to artificially pump his ego. On top of that, CB's have to deal with pass interference penalties, which only add insult to injury with their false assumption that every pass interfered with would be caught.
Cornerback: they may be well compensated, but they put up with hell.
1 year, 1 month ago on Richard Sherman
Nice work as a media watchdog, Andy.
1 year, 1 month ago on 10 Years of Coziness with Kevin Gilbride
It's over. What do we do now that we won't have Gilbrown-Killdrive-Gilblight to kick around anymore?
1 year, 1 month ago on Gilbride Rumored to be Fired
As for Redskins interviewing Perry Fewell for head coach, that's more than just the obligatory minority interview 'cause they're also interviewing Jim Caldwell.
Re dbs50's comment, here's what Gary Myers reports:
“I think our offense is broken right now and we need to fix that and we need to make some improvements on defense, too,” Mara said. “But obviously the offensive side of the ball we’ve got to improve there and we can’t go into next season with the same personnel.”
Mara said he doesn’t think the situation would ever come to forcing change on Coughlin, but said Coughlin coming back with the same staff needs to be talked about.
“That’s obviously one of the main topics of discussion that we’re going to have at the end of the week, and until we have that, I don’t want to comment on it,” he said. “Certainly there are some changes that need to be made within the entire organization and whether that ends up being one of them or not, I’d rather wait until we have those discussions first.”
The Bucs fired head coach Greg Schiano on Monday, which means offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who spent 2004-11 on Coughlin’s staff, the last two as Eli Manning’s QB coach, could be a potential replacement for Gilbride. Coughlin is so loyal to Gilbride he might fire him only if he was absolutely forced to by Mara and Reese.
1 year, 2 months ago on NYG 20 WAS 6
Thanks for all your hard work during a difficult season, Andy. I'm sure there will be plenty of changes to chronicle in the off-season, too
@ultimatenyg @frank43 Re: "I actually have more evidence of the 'telegraphing' than even I can share on this blog." Presumably you're afraid that someone like your Eagle-blogger friend will read it and disseminate it on his blog, where it might become common knowledge and Eagle coaches will pick up on it.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Case for Replacing Kevin Gilbride with a new Offensive Coordinator
Looking ahead to next season, some positives:
• Strong defense. Especially loaded at safety, between Rolle and Hill, with Mundy as reserve and possible return of Stevie Brown. Of course, Rolle might leave.
• Sudden emergence of Jernigan, who had, until yesterday, struck me as the essence of mediocrity. Glimmerings of chemistry between him and Eli.
• The heart of an untalented O line. The extent to which they limited the damage of the vaunted Lions D line was nothing short of amazing.
1 year, 2 months ago on NYG 23 DET 20 OT
dbs50 wrote: "How much of this offense is Coughlin's and how much of it is Gilbride's?" And, what I always wondered is: how much input does Eli have? Or is he comfortable with Gilbride because Gilbride, on his own or at Coughlin's behest, is disposed to the longer passing game that Eli (not to mention many QBs) might be partial to?
Re Gilbride: once again I bring up his son coaching the receivers, who have seriously underperformed (even Cruz isn't as dependable as usual). Can Giants at least consider replacing him?
1 year, 2 months ago on SEA 23 NYG 0
Re "changes are coming," more and more I'm seeing thoughts like this expressed (by Gary Myers today): "Kevin Gilbride’s antiquated offensive system, which relies too heavily on deep passes when the rest of the league is taking advantage of the hands-off rule by going to short passes and crossing routes."
Just need for that to go viral and Giants may feel pressure, as politicians do, to act.
A couple of belated stray observations . . .
• More cause for optimism, Commander Shepard: Stevie Brown may be back. (Are Giants loaded at safety or what with Rolle, Hill, Brown, and even Mundy, not to mention hybrid cornerback-safety Thomas, who tackles like a safety?)
• For those of us fed up with Kevin Gilblight (sorry, couldn't resist), remember, the problem is compounded because there's two of them: his son is the receivers coach. Think about the receivers' problems this year -- maybe Gilblight junior is the greater part of the problem!
1 year, 2 months ago on Giants 24 Redskins 17
Once Fewell decided to use a four-man pass rush on that final drive, our fate was sealed. Such a helpless feeling sitting at home watching that, along with Gilbride failing to call for passes up the middle.
1 year, 3 months ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
Re Jacobs: He may not have the explosiveness he had when young, but he's learned to keep low -- remember how upright he always ran? -- and, for the most part, plow straight ahead. Few runs around the end, where, with his poor balance, he could get tripped up by a finger, like an elephant at the mercy of a mouse. Outstanding complement to Brown, who, if he can remain uninjured, figures to be one of the great Giant backs, along with Barber, Hampton, Anderson, Morris,and Ron Johnson
1 year, 3 months ago on NYG 27 GB 13
Thanks, Rich. I've never before seen an array of images that illustrate so well the obstacles a good running back faces on a team that doesn't block well for him. Truly enlightening.
1 year, 3 months ago on Andre Brown Continues to Push Through Obstacles
Thank you, Steve. Theoretically, Brown's success on the ground should have opened up the passing lanes. But that doesn't work when the OL pass-blocks so poorly.
1 year, 3 months ago on Giants Third Straight Win Keeps Sliver of Hope Alive to remain on The Road to Metlife
Commander Shepard wrote:
"Philly may be a bigger threat than Dallas at this point."
Who among us, no matter how much we love Eli and are confident he'll round back into form (even if it's next year), isn't looking at Philly with a little envy over its hot young QB?
1 year, 3 months ago on NYG 24 OAK 20
Return of Andre Brown would go a long way to resolve Red Zone deficiency. He has that rare combination of strength and the ability to knife through defense that makes a good scorer. You can no longer count on power alone, as we know from Jacobs's struggles at goal line in years past, to cross the goal line.
That said, as Peyton Hillis shows, there's still room for the old-fashioned straight-ahead, push-the-pile runner, a la Larry Csonka. His inability to catch on with a team earlier this year suggests GMs no longer think that model is viable. May not be able to score in Red Zone that way much anymore, but it moves the chains.
1 year, 4 months ago on NYG 15 PHI 7
Re Coughlin as a good, not great, coach . . . I've always wondered how good he is with the x's and o's. Would a head coach who was stay with a limited coordinator like Gilbride -- would it kill Coughlin to give him some suggestions? -- or hire an incompetent one like Sheridan? I'm aware of Coughlin's background as a receivers coach, so he must know something about the technical aspect of the game. But how much? Googling reveals nothing.
Rich H.: Thanks for the LT-Parcells story. Priceless!
1 year, 4 months ago on Making sense of 0-6
During the conservative Parcell years, whoever thought we'd be complaining about a mad-bomber offense. Watch out what you wish for, I guess.
1 year, 4 months ago on When the Tide Goes Out
As an analytical, not statistical, observation, the D looks pretty good: they're just suffering from overuse syndrome.
1 year, 4 months ago on Backs to the Wall
Thank you, Tom Jackson. Eagles fans are lucky to have you.
1 year, 4 months ago on Q&A Exchange with Eagles Eye
Giants secondary got better when Ross left. Then it got better when he came back. Then it got even better when arguably top DB, Stevie Brown, went down. Typical for Giants: makes no sense whatsoever.
1 year, 4 months ago on Week 4 Loss Proves to be More of Same for Big Blue
At least they're building a strong foundation with the defense, which begins with stopping the run, at which the Giants have been outstanding. As far as enabling the run with blocking, it seems every other team's OL gets some push at least some of the time. As for pass blocking, I wish Reese could appreciate the artistry of, say, the Eagles LT Jason Peters, who presents pass rushers with a puzzle they seldom solve. We're stuck with Beatty, who needs to go in serious search of his lost mojo.
1 year, 5 months ago on KC 31 NYG 7
"I'm pretty knew at football"
Talk about quick studies.
1 year, 5 months ago on Snee, Beatty and Pugh Stand Out in Week 3 Disaster
Yes, Ross has been playing his man tight, as has Akumara. How'd the Steelers let Mundy get away? Weird that he seldom even started there.
1 year, 5 months ago on Secondary Proves to be Bright Spot on Big Blue D
Smart guy like Blackburn maybe a future coach.
1 year, 5 months ago on Chase Black-burned
Andy is laying off Gilbride, but his failure to adjust was frustrating. My kingdom for a screen. Or just some dink and dunk.
Worst part was, even though Andy explained how poorly he's been playing, Beatty's implosion. Especially when his holding nullified TD (okay, it wouldn't have happened without the hold) by Wilson, arguably playing with more heart than anyone on the team. Don't know what's wrong with Beatty, though he mentioned struggling to shake off first sack he gave up yesterday. Hurt?
I was contrasting Giants OL with push the Jets OL were getting yesterday. When was the last time Giants OL drove a DL back on a run play? Run blocking a problem since 2008 when Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward each ran for 1,000 yards. Remember the holes the OL used to open up, and for Tiki before that? Oh, for those halcyon days of yore.
1 year, 5 months ago on CAR 38 NYG 0
Easily the best Giants receiver ever. (Okay, VC is pretty good, too.) And I started watching Giants when they featured Del Shofner and then Homer Jones.
1 year, 5 months ago on A Closer Look at Hakeem Nicks' Return to Form