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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 day, 10 hours 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 week, 5 days 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
2 weeks, 6 days 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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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.
3 weeks, 4 days 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?
3 weeks, 6 days 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 month, 1 week 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 month, 3 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks 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 month, 4 weeks ago on Backs to the Wall
Thank you, Tom Jackson. Eagles fans are lucky to have you.
2 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.
2 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on KC 31 NYG 7
"I'm pretty knew at football"
Talk about quick studies.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week ago on Secondary Proves to be Bright Spot on Big Blue D
Smart guy like Blackburn maybe a future coach.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on A Closer Look at Hakeem Nicks' Return to Form
Inability to run-block fouling up everything. Lack of screens, as Banks noted and Andy always does, doesn't help, and, as Andy has noted, Wilson needs to be thrown to in space. Feeling good about defense though despite late breakdown. Is it my imagination or does presence of Terrell Thomas on field change everything? Lest we get too pessimistic, you have only to watch Philly and Washington to see how weak their defenses are.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on DEN 41 NYG 23
Re Nassib: Few teams enjoy one great QB succeeding another, like Rodgers and Favre. If Giants keep Nassib, I'd be happy if he's even a serviceable QB succeeding a great one in Eli. Also, t would also be pretty cool having an Arab QB. (I don't really know that, but it's possible he's of Lebanese descent. Google turns up nothing.)
7 months ago on Round 3 recap