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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.

7 months, 1 week ago on NYG 23 DET 20 OT

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One more thing - Nothing I hate worse than when Dallas loses a game like that and they don't show Jerry Jones' face!

9 months ago on NYG 15 PHI 7

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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?

9 months ago on NYG 15 PHI 7

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@RussWellen1 Thanks Russ - I forgot the punchline although I'm sure you can guess it.  LT DESTROYED Pankey - had two sacks that game.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Making sense of 0-6

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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.''


9 months, 2 weeks ago on Making sense of 0-6

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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. 

9 months, 3 weeks ago on CHI 27 NYG 21

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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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on A Look at all 12 of Eli Manning's 2013 INTs

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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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on PHI 36 NYG 21

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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.

9 months, 3 weeks ago on PHI 36 NYG 21

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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.

10 months ago on KC 31 NYG 7

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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, 7 months ago on Week 15 Jump to Conclusions Mat Pt. 1

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 @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, 8 months ago on CIN 31 NYG 13

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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, 9 months ago on NYGiants 29 Dallas 24

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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, 10 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2012-articles/september/ny-giants-beat-tampa-bay-in-a-thriller.html

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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, 10 months ago on Poor Play Calling Can be Attributed to Poor WR Performance for Giants in Week 1 | September

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 @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, 10 months ago on Some individual numbers from the Dallas Game | September

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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.

1 year, 10 months ago on Some individual numbers from the Dallas Game | September

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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.

2 years, 3 months ago on Giant Catch Up | April

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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?

Wolfork - Yeah

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, 5 months ago on Make'em go to Manningham... | February

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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, 5 months ago on Final Thoughts Before Super Bowl XLVI | February

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you know, I've heard how nice most packer fans were to giants fans at the game - but I can't help it - this is packer fan after the game is just priceless!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjvXxwvg8mc&feature=player_embedded

2 years, 6 months ago on Packers Review and Niners Preview | January

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"Players don't think that way". The only reason they don't is because coaches don't think that way. But coaching runs in trends and sooner or later, some clever coach will figure this out and implement the strategy. With this much offensive firepower running loose, you have to. It's only a matter of time. Then the chattering bobble-heads on tv will be amazed, question it, but it will catch on, like all coaching trends. It's a situational thing, and they'll coach up the players for it - give them a heads up before certain plays.

2 years, 6 months ago on The NFC Championship will go through the 49ers | January

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@Arthuro lol - true - not in our playbook - but probably in THEIR playbook!

2 years, 6 months ago on Atlanta Playoff Preview | January

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Sometimes its interesting to look at the game from the perspective of the opposing fans. Is it ok to post another blog here? I hope so - facon blog: http://www.thefalcoholic.com - some nice articles. One long article goes into Cruz - and how Grimes will handle him.

2 years, 6 months ago on Atlanta Playoff Preview | January

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@jpw couldn't agree more. One thing I like about Cruz is that like many showboating receivers, he doesn't seem to ever do any celebrating until he's actually into the end zone for sure.

2 years, 6 months ago on Small Ball is Big for Football Success | January

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@jfostergiants@Motown Blue Also, we saw Scott on kickoff returns for about 2 weeks, but not since. He has blazing speed - which is very unusual for the giants.

2 years, 6 months ago on Small Ball is Big for Football Success | January

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Great analysis!

>>One "small ball" play that we have been begging for more of that is simply not practiced enough is the screen.

Not sure if you mean 1) they don't run it enough or 2) that they don't practice it (in practice sessions) enough. Let's hope they don't try to run many more of these this year since it's obvious that the problem is #2. They're so terrible at it that they can't possibly be practicing this as much as they need to be doing (a tautology).

2 years, 6 months ago on Small Ball is Big for Football Success | January

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It would be wonderful to get Spags back. Let me preface a related note by saying I'm no Fewell fan, have had enough. BUT, here's an interesting analysis of how he handles the defensive line from Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders - http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/45807356/ns/sports-nfl/. It does put some perspective into Fewell, what he's tried to do given all of the injuries, etc.

2 years, 7 months ago on Steve Spagnuolo rumored to be done in St. Louis | December

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Thanks Russ, but this ain't exactly rocket science. Let's see - we're lacking TEs, we need a big body that can catch passes and block - duhhh - let's maybe see if that 6'5 guy we have can do that? Gee, I wonder if it will be hard to figure out if he can block - maybe see in practice against our own defense? Duhhh.

2 years, 7 months ago on Giants vs Jets Preview | December

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Question regarding our lack of TEs. Is it feasible to play more of Barden in place of a TE? Can he even play a "modified" TE - do some blocking, etc?

2 years, 7 months ago on Giants vs Jets Preview | December

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Glenn - thanks for bringing up the 3rd down non-efficiency of the Giants defense. I was wondering when that would come up and if there was even a stat for defenses. Watching the Redskins game, it seemed that the only time that they failed to make it on 3rd down was when Grossman threw a horrible pass with little or not pressure or coverage.

2 years, 7 months ago on Excuses Begone: John Mara must look at the facts | December

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It's hard to figure out which team I want to lose more this week. Francesa made a good point that Spags couldn't be hired right now as a HC, coming off of 3 disastrous years with the Rams, regardless of the reasons. BUT, he could come back as DC, and Assistant HC, basically in waiting for TC to retire in 2 years. I could live with that.

2 years, 7 months ago on Giant Inconsistencies | December

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Rolle was absolutely dreadful yesterday. The entire team stunk, but Rolle stood out for me.

2 years, 7 months ago on WAS 23 NYG 10 | December

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DOH! Of course they have at least ONE!

2 years, 7 months ago on The Giants and the NFL after Week 14 | December

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Btw - saw something interesting in the NFL replay of Giants-Cowboys. On 2nd to last play, where JPP tosses Felix Jones out of bounds with 18 sec left - turns out in the replay you can clearly see that Jones' knee is clearly down IN BOUNDS. Haven't heard any mention of that - and of course Collinsworth is too busy mouthing off inanities to pay attention. So that falls into the 20% that Walsh talked about.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Giants and the NFL after Week 14 | December

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>> Dallas was very generous to our team's cause

Cuts both ways! We were pretty generous to them too.

2 years, 7 months ago on The Giants and the NFL after Week 14 | December

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@Paddlepedal@Arthuro agreed - it's a mixed blessing - after all, I don't think the Packers have any 4QT comebacks!

2 years, 7 months ago on The Giants and the NFL after Week 14 | December

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Re. Screen Plays - I know I saw some coach discussing practices - maybe it was the NFL network show on Belichik, or maybe it was a quote from Bill Walsh, or maybe someone else - but it was basically that you practice something over and over until you can sleepwalk through it, so you can absolutely do it when required. It's obvious that this is one problem with the Giants and how their coaches run practices.

2 years, 7 months ago on Coordinators and the Giants Destiny | December

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Before I make this point, let me be clear that I agree with everyone about the state our defense - abysmal - fewell needs to go, etc.

However, wouldn't it be nice if we could play with a 2+ TD lead once in awhile? It seems like the red zone calling really hurts us in the first half, and the point I'm making is that with a weak defense, we could really use that lead so that defense can play from in front for awhile.

2 years, 7 months ago on Giants 37 Cowboys 34 | December

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Here's something I haven't seen discussed very much. Why is it so difficult for this team to run a screen pass? Every other team seems to be able to run an effective screen on 3-4 plays per game (at least). Why can't the Giants? It seems like every screen play they try blows up and result in a loss or minimal gain. Is that just my imagination or do others feel that way too? Is it just another symptom of Gillbride's inability to disguise plays?

2 years, 7 months ago on Giants 37 Cowboys 34 | December

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"4) Da'Rel Scott will be replacing Devin Thomas on kickoff returns" - I've been waiting for Scott to get a chance to play some - time to see if all that speed can pay off.

2 years, 8 months ago on Lovie's Adjustments vs. Eagles | November

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I would love to finally see D. Scott again - not since preseason when he wowed with speed. Giants often seem so slow on offense compared to other teams. Scott showed he could light it up. Perhaps he hasn't shown he's ready in practice, but I'd just like to seem him get a chance.

2 years, 8 months ago on Projections | November

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"There is a premium on linebackers who can run in coverage and are physical enough to come up and stop the run."

I've said this before. The new model for LB needs to be faster. Basically, you need to take guys who would normally play Safety, and play them at the LB position. I'm not advocating a 5 or 6 DB scheme, just faster guys playing LB who are also tough and great tacklers.

2 years, 9 months ago on Banks on Giants' #1 in 2004 | October

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Yes - a win is a win. To Az fans crying about that play, well, you shouldn't pin your hopes on getting a call on a boneheaded play by the other team. They could've made more stops in the final 5 minutes - afterall, nobody disputes that it was a completed pass.

Concerns:

1. Giants missing run game. Yes, they stacked the box a whole bunch, but still - our line is not opening holes. AND we don't have the speed with Jacobs (the easiest 260 lbs to bring down) or really even with Bradshaw to attack the corner.

2. When will Gillbride and Coughlin watch their own tapes and see how much better the offense does when it's in hurryup mode?

2 years, 10 months ago on NY Giants 31 AZ 27 | October

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speaking of "When they get Osi back" - anybody hear any updates on him? Will he play this weekend?

2 years, 10 months ago on Banks: One in a Row | September

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Ralph Vacchiano: "I think their team speed and mobile quarterback make them an impossible task for the Giants’ defense."

I've been harping on this the last few weeks - the giants are slow and are not adapting to the new offenses in the NFL. Creativity is called for - so we won't see it. I would like to explore the idea of using safeties at the LB positions - at least 2 - in order to improve the overall speed of the defense.

2 years, 10 months ago on Predictions: Giants vs Eagles | September

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When you watch the giants getting picked apart - continuation from the last 2 years - you see that the DBs play off of the line and someone is always WIDE OPEN - nobody within 10 yds it seems. Even a journeyman like Grossman can hit a wide open receiver. Thanks for naming the various schemes above, but it seems to me they can't do any worse than just playing man-to-man coverage. Forget the fancy names for zone coverage. You-take-him, I'll-take-him, etc etc. It couldn't possibly be any worse than how they play right now.

2 years, 10 months ago on Aaron Ross: Caught in the Cross Hairs | September

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