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@the mayor I couldn't have said it better! Amazing that he is the 2nd highest paid center. That one move hurt the Giants in multiple ways. The really irritating thing is the financial situation will keep Baas around and the Giants will continue to have trouble at center.
1 week, 5 days ago on NFL Offseason Observations
Great post, Andy. Definitely agree with your comments on Baas and Reese. When you look at the past several drafts since 2007 and who is still on the team and how those drafted players have fared for the most part, I don't see how you can look at Reese as any more than a mediocre general manager. At least as far as the draft goes. And what are the Giants right now? Mediocre. Coincidence? Don't think so.
1 week, 6 days ago on NFL Offseason Observations
Ingram is also gone. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out. This should send a signal that no one is safe if they let go Mike Pope. He has been a great coach for the Giants.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ben McAdoo named Giants OC
I am very encouraged by this move. It tells me that John Mara truly believes the offense is broken (great first step), as he said, and is willing to make major changes in the offense. This is highly encouraging from a big picture perspective.
I also just saw where Mike Pope, the tight ends coach, is expected to be released. On the surface, it would appear strange to fire Pope, one of the best TE coaches in the league, and yet retain Tom Quinn as special teams coordinator. I'm sure we will learn more soon enough. But it appears to be a strange move. Maybe McAdoo, being a TE coach, has a different approach to coaching the tight ends and wants a coaching change.
@ultimatenyg @dbs50 Definitely agree both with the post and this comment about Sullivan. I am expecting that we may have to wait for a new head coach before we get that 'young guy with a lot of energy' as OC.
2 months ago on 10 Years of Coziness with Kevin Gilbride
@ultimatenyg @CommanderShepard If Will Hill had not made that interception the story might have been the Giant only having 8 yards of offense in the 2nd half (or close to it). What a shame if that one interception is enough to somehow get Gilbride off the hook. Surely the front office took notice of those 8 yards of offense, right? I would have thought that might be the last straw.
2 months, 1 week ago on The Case for Replacing Kevin Gilbride with a new Offensive Coordinator
Great post Andy. This is a post I am going to pass around to my friends who have heard me rant about just about every one of your points.
One point I would like to highlight - "struggles to find rhythm". This is something I have 'sensed' for at least the last 2 years and have had a hard time putting into words. When you watch other offenses around the NFL there is rhythm or pace to their offense that you never see out of the Giants. The Giants feel all start and stop. Eli has been sticking up for Gilbride lately (what else would he do) - but he MUST watch other teams, such as his brothers' team or the Seahawks or the Saints or others and drool over the possibility of the Giants having a pace like that.
Great article Andy. The sad thing is we are getting at least another year of Gilbride if not more. I don't understand why John Mara stands for it. Feels like the Giants are stuck in a different decade.
Great write up Andy. When Will Hill intercepted that pass one of the first things I thought was that a win would be enough to keep the status quo for the Giants coaching staff. It is very discouraging to think about.
I also agree with buljos comment about strength and conditioning. At the very least, the Giants should hire the best S&C coach available and get up to date on S&C approach.
Also agree with thoughts on QB coach. Eli obviously needs help getting his mechanics straightened out (maybe he should sign up for that Manning QB camp.....). It seems ludicrous to me to invest so heavily in a QB (salary cap hit) and then promote the receiver's coach to QB coach? Eli needs a top-notch QB coach to get him straighten out. And an Offensive line wouldn't hurt either but he now is throwing above or behind his receivers even when he has time to throw it.
So what if the Redskins beat the Giants in the last game? Will that make any difference in coaching changes? Probably not....
2 months, 2 weeks ago on NYG 23 DET 20 OT
@mkdrep @the mayor Somewhere I read that one of the most important things to Mara is that the Giants are still playing meaningful games in December. In recent years even thought they didn't make the playoffs the final game still meant something - there was a chance to get in the playoffs. This year, by early December the Giants are of totally out of the playoff picture. So based on that, would that be enough to make Mara decide to make coaching changes?
If Seattle comes into Giants stadium (Metlife) and embarrass the Giants, then the stadium is half empty for the Redskins game (even with the seats being paid for) - you would hope that would be enough for Mara to say, "That's enough...."
2 months, 4 weeks ago on SD 37 NYG 14
@capt george I will always be a Giants fan but that would come close to doing me in.
3 months ago on SD 37 NYG 14
@capt george I was just listening to the Giants morning call-in show (Big Blue Kickoff) and I can already hear them setting up the OL as the fall guy. The OL has been a mess but that is just one cause for the Giants state of affairs. It is even more depressing if the Giants management doesn't see that there is something inherently wrong with the offensive system.
Andy, I agree with the 3 coaches you point out that need replacing. Since no one has commented on the strength and conditioning coach, I agree with your point on changing the strength and conditioning coach. The whole S&C program needs to be revamped. Similar to the OC, I am guessing the S&C program is out of date. ACLs and broken bones are one thing. But all of the ham strings, groin injuries, etc - I would like to see a statistic as to how many of these type of injuries the Giants have compared to other teams.
If the Seahawks come into Giants stadium (ok, Metlife....) and really embarrass the Giants in front of the home crowd with Mara in attendance, then lost to Washington on the last game of the year, would that be enough embarrassment to the owners to convince them that coaching changes need to be made? Will that be enough? Like many of you, I think this team is just spinning its wheels until Gilbride and his offensive system is shown the door.
@ultimatenyg @jfoster @mezzanine I agree. Eli is not the problem. It feels like he has lost his confidence and some of his ability to throw as well under pressure. Understandably so, as many times as this OL has changed this year. And Gilbride's play calling is not helping matters.
3 months, 1 week ago on Odds and Ends at 4-7
@mezzanine Here's something I almost hate to ask - have we already seen the best of Eli? This is now his 2nd year that has been sub-par, at least compared to 3 years ago when they won the super bowl. I think we assumed that he would continue to get better as his career continued in the NFL. But maybe we have already seen the best Eli. Don't misunderstand - that is not a knock on Eli - he has been a great QB for the Giants and I would still take Eli over at least 2/3 of the QBs out there. But I'm just wondering if we have already seen his best.
This goes along with the criticism of Gilbride. I would love to see how Eli would do under a new OC that had some progressive, forward thinking approaches. Like has been said in different places, the Giants often win in SPITE of Gilbride. In the same way, I think Eli has done well, in SPITE of Gilbride's play calling at times. I just hope that by the time the Giants finally go with a new OC, that it isn't too late for Eli.
Great article. A little clarification. When I said that the 2 superbowls cover a multitude of problems, what I was referring to was when people defend Gilbride, for example, by saying, 'hey, he brought us 2 SUperbowl wins. Often when players or coaches are criticized the 2 superbowls are brought up. I think the Giants earned those superbowls and weren't just lucky as some history revisionists now try to say. But at the same time winning those 2 superbowls doesn't give the coaches or players involved a lifetime free pass. That was my thought when I said that
@I Bleed Blue Great post! Yours is one of the best comments I have read all week.
You would hope that having meaningless games in December (and half empty stadium?) would prompt Mara to make changes. I have this sinking feeling its not going to happen though. The Giants will do just enough so that no one loses their job. I am also interested to see how these players perform when they have no shot at the playoffs.
3 months, 1 week ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
I hated all the 'trash talk' before this game too. You would think a 4-6 team would have enough sense to not do that. Now that there chances of making the playoffs are pretty much nil, I will be interested to see how this group of players react. There will be a lot of new faces next year.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on DAL 24 NYG 21
Reading this article and the comments so far - I agree with all the sentiment. The worst result of this season would be to do just well enough that the coaching staff stays intact and we are stuck with more years of mediocre football. The two Superbowl wins cover up a multitude of mediocre football. Depending on your age, you have seen, like me, a lot of mediocre to bad football in the Giants past. My fear is that the Giants get stuck back in that mode.
Like many of you - I have just had it with Gilbride. There is plenty of other blame to go around, but when I see other offenses in action around the league it makes me realize how antiquated and predictable Gilbride's approach is. When the Giants win, it seems to be in SPITE of Gilbride, not because of some good approach he takes to a game.
Looking at the schedule I predict 6-10 for a finish. Is that bad enough to cost Gilbride his job? My fear is that it is just good enough for him to stay.
We probably all 'roll our eyes' when they players insist they are taking it 'one game at a time', but with the way the Giants' season has gone, I find myself doing just that. At this point, it seems unrealistic that the Giants win enough games with the remaining schedule to make the playoffs. At this point, I just want to see them play better each game. So from that perspective, I have really been enjoying these last few games. I love seeing the effect Beason has had on this team (note to Reese - llnebackers ARE important), and I love the combination of Brown and Jacobs. I am really impressed on how the team has stayed together after an 0-6 start. That's my take anyway!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on NYG 27 GB 13
How large of a load is realistic for Brown to carry the rest of the season? We saw what happened to Jacobs after his big day. I don't think Brown is on the injury report this week, so hopefully he will be ready to go this Sunday. But expecting him to carry that size load every week seems unrealistic. If Jacobs can get healthy do you think the load will be split more between Brown, Hillis and Jacobs? Maybe 2/3 for Brown and the rest for Hillis and Jacobs? I worry about Brown carrying that much every week. Seems like it is asking for trouble.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Andre Brown Continues to Push Through Obstacles