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My head almost exploded when Gilbride reverted to form to open the 2nd half. They had done a good job of keeping the Lions offense on the sidelines during the 1st half with some good ball control drives. So what happens? Third and 4 as they open the 2nd half and of course it's bombs away.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on NYG 23 DET 20 OT
One more thing - Nothing I hate worse than when Dallas loses a game like that and they don't show Jerry Jones' face!
4 months, 1 week ago on NYG 15 PHI 7
Gotta agree with Bleed Blue about how the clock is always running down to 0 on Eli - 2 delay penalties yesterday. Lots went right and is looking better, but its natural to focus on the problems we see.
1. The two penalties for leaving the RT uncovered - I've never seen that happen twice in a game to a team - coaching.
2. We still can't run a screen play - it's been that way for 5+ years. Why? Watching the end of Dal-Det, watched Det run a really effective screen and the announcers talked about how Bush was used to clear out the linebackers. Is that creative play design? Is that our problem?
3. I also notice our receivers rarely have any good separation. Again, is that play design or are they just not good enough to get that?
4. And how many years now have we seen our receivers on 3rd down just run to the marker and then come back for the ball, leaving themselves 2yds short of the first down. Again, is that coaching or the players, or both?
@RussWellen1 Thanks Russ - I forgot the punchline although I'm sure you can guess it. LT DESTROYED Pankey - had two sacks that game.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Making sense of 0-6
Excellent analysis - that's why I read this blog!
1. Defensive play - even though we've given up a ton of points, and sometimes its frustrating watching them be unable to get off the field, I DO get a basic impression that they are improved - even from last year. It doesn't help that the OC doesn't seem to understand how ball control helps his defense, or inversely, how they fail when we consistently get killed in time of possession.
2. Coughlin - completely agree - a good to very-good coach - not great. Just look at the record - it's a 9-7 team basically every year (we wish this year!). True, we played in the NFC east those years, not the AFC east like NE with its perennial 12-4 record. Its the inconsistency of his teams year in and year out that are very frustrating - one week beat up on GB, the next week lose miserably to Wash.
3. LOL - made me think of the story LT tells about Parcells and the tickets in his locker to New Orleans - and Parcells telling him "You fly down there, give the return ticket to [Pat Swilling
and tell him to fly back for the game. No one will know. You both wear
56. He's the only guy who can handle Pankey. You can't.''
How about we also join the modern era with a stable large tight end, instead of a revolving door position. Afterall, Eli has made a career of throwing a bit too high and gettign picked off. Of course, they could have switched Barden there if they wanted someone who wasn't a good blocker.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on CHI 27 NYG 21
It certainly is true that many of the INTs were not Eli's fault. That was true in previous years too. HOWEVER, the same is probably true for other QBs. When Brady or Rogers throw less than 10 picks in an entire season, even some of those are probably not their fault. I think if you could do an equivalent analysis, Eli would still come up short in this area. He keeps saying he's got to play smarter and make better throws - heard that all last year too. We're still waiting. He may not have it in him.
5 months ago on A Look at all 12 of Eli Manning's 2013 INTs
One more thing - I saw several decent runs on 1st and 2nd down - 4-5 yards. But I NEVER see two decent runs in a row. It's as though the OL decides we blocked decently, time to take the next play off. Or else the next run is so poorly designed that we can't make any yardage.
5 months ago on PHI 36 NYG 21
I wish we could know what's going on with the play calling. Is Gilbride really dialing up all these bombs? Is Eli checking off properly? Are the receivers doing their job in the first 3 seconds so that Eli can make a safe, quick pass? Are the routes designed for them to even be open that quickly? They certainly were on the quick slants - we could see that all game.
I'm glad you said something about that 3rd and 1 pitchout - I thought the same thing when it happened. Besides the trenches, I don't recall ever seeing our team (and maybe ANY team) look so unprepared each week. Remember all the confusion before that missed field goal? I saw so many replays where an OL would start blocking someone, then release them, I guess assuming the guy next to him was going to pick up that guy - and of course, it becomes a clear path to Eli.
5 months, 1 week ago on KC 31 NYG 7
Eli has certainly played poorly, but it seems to me that one contributing factor has been his receivers lack of separation. That's been my impression anyway - I would love to see if that's supported by an actual analysis.
1 year, 2 months ago on Week 15 Jump to Conclusions Mat Pt. 1
@RichConforti @Paddlepedal Actually, I think the receivers have been executing even worse than Eli. I've seen very little separation between our receivers and the defense in the last few games. And while I agree we've thrown plenty of short balls, it seems that so many of the 3rd down throws are for 1-2 yards short of the marker. I know the defense plays the markers too, but it just seems to happen way too often.
1 year, 3 months ago on CIN 31 NYG 13
Absolutely right - Gilbride gets an F for this game. Eli - C, Receivers - D, RBs - no idea - I noticed they did well running to the left, but kept running to the right anyway. I could go on. As you said, the Giants deserved to lose. Fortunately, the Cowboys ALSO deserved to lose (sort of like a famous quote about the 80s Iran-Iraq war - "Too bad they both can't lose").
1 year, 4 months ago on NYGiants 29 Dallas 24
Eli, Eli, Eli - sigh - what can we say. You played a top-10 all-time game and a bottom-10 all-time game all in the same game!!! You brought us back, but personally accounted for a 25-pt differential (I'm adding in that crazy high pass in the end-zone to the lineman, instead of the uncovered Bradshaw, so we lost 4 pts on that one).
1 year, 5 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2012-articles/september/ny-giants-beat-tampa-bay-in-a-thriller.html
I think the title of this post is backwards. You seem to be saying the reverse in the body - that it was poor play calling that led to poor WR performance, not the other way around like the headline says.
1 year, 5 months ago on Poor Play Calling Can be Attributed to Poor WR Performance for Giants in Week 1 | September
@crazygiantsfan @RickH @crazygfan - of course I agree with your comments - but the cowboys also had a turnover. Drops occur - there were 3 or 4 that were hard to swallow- but Eli still had a decent completion %. But all that doesn't excuse the lack of offense when your QB is playing well. In a way, "its a team sport" is exactly my point. How is it that we have not been able to adjust and run the ball after a whole year of seeing this. How is it we go away from the short ball passing game so often - back to the run-run-pass 15 yds attempt. Haven't the coaches notice how well our offense plays in 2-min drill? How painful was it watching Peyton and then Flacco running hurry up offenses effectively, knowing that Eli is perfectly capable of doing the same?
1 year, 5 months ago on Some individual numbers from the Dallas Game | September
It was my impression during the game that Eli was playing solid. Glad to see that confirmed. So what does that say about the coaching and play calling when your QB plays solid and you still can't put up points.
I would like to see if Da'Rel Scott can step up. He has that speed that's been so lacking on the Giants. Perhaps he can develop into our return man, even if he doesn't get the touches in the backfield.
1 year, 11 months ago on Giant Catch Up | April
I saw the show - great sounds. How about this exchange after the phantom hold on Boothe. It starts out with confusion between the officials, Coughlin questioning them, and then this:
Umpire - Did he hold you and spin you around or did you flop?
Wolfork - No, that was a bad call
Umpire- It was a bad call on you?
Wolfork - Yeah
Umpire- Bad call on me?
Umpire- Why didn't you tell me that before I threw
Wolfork - Nah, cause mostly you gotta admit it was a "garbled" play - lauging with officials
Wolfork - I'll let you know when you miss one too man
Referee - I know you will, too
2 years ago on Make'em go to Manningham... | February
Watching endless pre-game shows - NFL network right now. Does anyone else feel that Kurt Warner has a thing against Eli? He seems to always vote against him. Now, I love Warner, feels he belongs in the Hall of Fame, great guy on and off the field. But I wonder if this remains a sore spot for him.
2 years, 1 month ago on Final Thoughts Before Super Bowl XLVI | February