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I agree with everything Andy Furman wrote, especially the need to use high draft picks for OL. I will assume that Jerry Reese is right that Eli has not forgotten to play QB, and the timing of pass plays is off mainly due to a leaky OL. If they get that unit solved they can sustain drives, and they're not far from challenging for supremacy again. They could also use a LB who can blitz.
2 days, 20 hours ago on SD 37 NYG 14
I'm not saying all you Gilbride haters don't have a point. All I'm saying is that you may overestimate what coaching can do when the OL talent is inferior. Remember, the guys on the other side of the line are pretty good too.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
It probably wouldn't have mattered who was on who on the last drive because the Cowboys went at Rolle successfully with three different receivers. And Dez is such a beast (although a high maintenance one) that he probably wins the battle one on one against anybody the Giants have back there. It was predictable and should have brought more pressure on Romo. Fewell should have made the in-game adjustment.
I guess I'm in the minority, but I don't think Gilbride is the problem. The offense has been very effective when the O-line was good, but the O-line now has a ways to go to be mediocre. The Giants think they can turn anyone into a good lineman, but if they don't draft one or two interior lineman early next April I will scream. Even so, they didn't play badly on Sunday and if Eli sees a few things and extends drives they win anyway. Jerry Reese recently said facetiously that Eli didn't forget to play QB. I love the guy but I'm not so sure of that.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
I agree with the criticism of the play calling, but I think the Giants should have won anyway. Eli is not playing at a high level. An example is when he had Randle open had he lofted the pass, but he put it on a line and it was broken up. That play alone would have put the offense in position to score. Some of the problem has to be a leaky offensive line, and some of it is not being in sync with his receivers, but if Eli was elite they would have won the game, pure and simple.
Fewell got blatantly outcoached on the last drive. Romo has poise and will wait until something develops, so a three man rush is not going to get it done. Also, why was Rolle on Dez? Even if he lines up in the slot, at that point in the game it seems to me you have to check him with your best corner.
It's frustrating because there are no dominant teams in the NFC and the Giants could have been contenders, but their record doesn't lie.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
Thanks for the comprehensive breakdown. This blog has been consistently enlightening.
I don't know how the draft projects, but I agree that Reese should abandon his Best Player Available philosophy and focus on linebacker and OL. Let's make Kiwi a full-time down lineman, especially if Osi goes.
The Giants have won when their D-line dominated, which covered up the rest of a mediocre defense. I don't think that's the formula for dealing with the Redskins' scheme. You have to win your individual battles and keep gap integrity, and the current players weren't good enough to do that. Would somebody explain why the rush defense stunk?
On offense I think the parts are in place, but the line needs reinforcement. The New York Football Giants must be able to run the football! That is who we are.
Thanks again for all your good work on this blog.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on NYG 42 PHL 7
I thought they got more stout when Canty came back. I'm not a big Osi fan and think he's especially weak against the run. I don't think the occasional turnover he creates makes up for it. Of course, it's probably not coincidental that when he came back last year they went on their run. I don't think they're terrible in any facet, but they're not outstanding in anything either, and this year that's not going to be good enough.
1 year ago on Redskins-17 Giants-16; Giants Fall to 7-5
The 'skins attack is unique so I'm not sure if the Giants D is mediocre or just mediocre against them. I think you have to win your individual battles and maintain gap integrity so you dictate instead of being dictated to, and the Giants D may not be good enough to do that. The 'skins offense never once looked uncomfortable.
The first half was textbook in moving the chains and eating clock despite the penalties, but it's hard to execute perfectly for 60 minutes. With a couple of fewer penalities the Giants could have stolen the game, but you don't deserve to win if you can't stop the other team.
Give the Shanahans credit and move on. The Giants win against NO and Phi at home and at either Atl or Bal and they're in the playoffs. It's about staying healthy and getting hot at the right time.
Good to read confirmation of what I saw. The best news is the play of the OL. I am amazed after hearing Collinsworth speak about how Nicks limps on both legs that he can play so effectively. If Randle keeps improving and Bennett gest consistent, look out. I'm not surprised at Eli's grade because we have seen him much sharper.
D also looks encouraging, as the injured guys get healthy and Fewell has more options. I thought Rolle played great in the slot and hope that he can stay there. Kiwi also looked great as a down lineman.
Overall, they're close to being as healthy as any team can hope at this point in the year, and if that continues they have as good a shot as anybody else.
1 year ago on Week 12 Jump to Conclusions Mat Pt. 1
My guess is the coaches think Locklear will stay fresh and effective and Diehl will work the rust off. Coming off an injury and switching positions is not that easy. I think he will get better.
I hope Rivers and Williams can improve the overall linebacking. I'm starting to think the Giants wasted their money on Rivers.
If Nicks gets fully healthy and the OL gives him time, Eli is going to deliver. I have always liked Phil Simms, but his comments about Eli were stupid.
1 year ago on CIN 31 NYG 13
I was also thinking that you never see the Steelers have ugly games like the Giants have every year. Who knows why, but it's waaay to early to blame the coach who's won two Super Bowls. I also agree that, aside from no QB pressure, linebackers who don't drop in coverage well, and yet another costly miscommunication from the secondary, the D is not playing terribly, though it needs to get better for the Giants to win playoff games. The biggest problem offensively was the line got their lunch eaten. When the pocket collapses like it did yesterday there is no chance Eli can get into a rhythm. Also, the Giants don't have a group of great receivers; they have one stud who the others can feed off. Cruz and Bennett have got to be consistent. Let's let them heal and regroup. A spot in the playoffs is still theirs for the taking. We should actually be happy for the losses so they can play playoff games on the road.
1 year, 1 month ago on CIN 31 NYG 13
I hope Nicks still hurt is the reason why the Giants aren't passing well, although there should always be opportunities for the 3rd and 4th receivers. A. Brown has better vision and decisiveness than Bradshaw, so it's encouraging that he got more carries yesterday. Eli is definitely not a one hit wonder. He has not been as sharp as usual two of the last three games, but he is the least of our worries. The run and pass D both need improvement. Prince was sucked in on the long TD pass and Hosley got burned a few times. They have the potential to be there at the end, but you know what they say about potential.
1 year, 1 month ago on Ultimate22 Postponed Till After Week 9
I rmember at least 4 dropped passes by the receivers that would have kept the chains moving and, in the case of Bennett's drop, would have given the Giants a 1st and goal at the 1. They do their job and then we're not talikg about Gilbride. You can scream about play calling, but the fact is the Cowboys defense is very good. I think Andre Brown should have seen the ball more since Bradshaw didn't look good.
1 year, 1 month ago on NYGiants 29 Dallas 24