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JPP definitely looked better, and some of that was playing the Vikes who abonned the run because 1/ AP didn't look like himself 2/ we stopped it pretty well. Still, just looking at his speed which doesn't depend on who's playing, you can see he was better.
To quickly have a pretty good idea of how a squad is doing, I like looking at FO's DVOA ratings better than the sum of PFF ratings.
1 month, 1 week ago on Pierre-Paul Shows Signs of a Return to Form
A win ! Good. Awful football though. The fact that we need to play one of the worst teams in the league, with a new QB and a RB at 50% to get a win is not reassuring. I would not be surprised if this were our only win this season.
JPP did look a little better, but how much of that is the opposition ? Rogers was a force in the middle.
After an OK game in Chicago, Conner was good monday night, even though he doesn't look like a natural when running routes ...
1 month, 1 week ago on NYG 23 MIN 7
I agree, I want Cox out there,not Hillis.
I did a little analysis on Conner. He seems to have good technique but he really was helped by CHI LBs. In the picture below he ends up basically blocking 2 LBs (green arrow is Diehl, not Conner ...) because #57 couldn't locate Jacobs and ran into #52 ...
While looking at Conner I noticed that Pascoe did have a fine day as well. Look at this block on a DE (Pascoe is indicated with the orange arrow):
You'll also see that Pugh kinda gets lost and Diehl is almost pushed back into Jacobs. Conner is blocking on Major Wright on the far left. Briggs, who looks like he was Pugh's responsability, will end up making the play for a loss of 1y.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Cox, Giants Run Game Set to Build on Week 6 Effort
The greatest disappointment as far as I'm concerned is Beatty. And it's not even close.
He was clearly a top 10 LT last season, which earned him top 10 LT money and the following years he's below average ? C'mon.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Making sense of 0-6
I'm wondering how much our good run D is explained by the leads other team build. I mean you're up by 14 or 17, you run and the defense expects it. Could that play a role? It does increase the number of rushing attemps though, so you must be pretty consistent to get a fine result as they do. We have the most rushing attemps against with 163 (tied with JAX - yes it's as bas as it sounds), allowing 3.9y every time (that's middle of the pack).
In any case we saw against Philly that once Vick was out, and with him the threat of scrambles, we were pretty effective against the best RB in the league.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Backs to the Wall
We've all be asking for it for years. Previously it was a matter of just being better.
Now it's a matter of survival. The craziest thing is that we SAW it works, I mean we had our best drive of the last 4 games using short passes. And right back to the deep bombs. Unbelievable. Of course the simple fact that it was a one time occurrence might explain its succes.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on When the Tide Goes Out
Interesting write-up. BBV did the same for the INTs against the Eagles.
You only agree on the last one.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on A Look at all 12 of Eli Manning's 2013 INTs
Oh I'm not sure about that though. I could see him being "kindly" forced into retirement.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on PHI 36 NYG 21
We're not firing a 2 time SB winning coach mid-season.
And remember Matt McCants ? He played better than any of our OTs ....
"Is there any chance that Eli opts out of the shorter passes and goes with the long ball on his own? Is that a possibility? Is it possible he just isn't as confident in the shorter passes and naturally goes for the longer passes?"
Why would he ?1. They don't play enough of them to build "non confidence" in them, do they ?2. When they do use those, it seems to work.
Well he's a QB in NY and the media, well, they are the media. It's easier to pick on the clumsy looking QB (sorry Eli) than discuss the short comings of the OC ...
I'm with you on Nicks. Has anyone told the man that this is a freaking contract year ? Lack of effort is pretty evident to me. Cruz + Randle is starting to look like an evidence for 2014. And I'll be fine with it (it's week 5, that could obviously change). Cruz signed his big contract and shows more heart, more willingness than the man on a contract year. Wait, what ? It speaks volume on both players I think.
I was gonna come here and advocate for a change at OC using Rivers as an example of how that move sometimes is a good thing even if the offense problems are not squarely on his shoulders. I was gonna say that maybe Manning is somehow "too comfortable" in Gilbride's system, how maybe he doesn't challenge himself enought, how perhaps they're installed in some kind of routine. Before saying that I wanted to watch another game from Rivers first. So I watched SD@OAK and he threw awful interceptions and kinda crashed my argument before it even took off.
Talking about OCs, I really like what Olson did during the early stages of that game : lots of different looks, nice route combinaisons, getting the backup FB involved in the passing game … Then he went 14 points ahead and it was I formation with a blocking TE all the way. Too bad. I'll watch more of their games.
Gilbride had one good drive (the second TD drive I think) where he used quick passes. We get the Eagles D on their heels, we score and the next drive we're back throwing deep bombs. How can you not see what's working and what's not ?
I agree on Vick, he's been good when kept upright. I feel PHI's OL is weirdly bad in pass protection this season but they should be good enough to keep our "pass rushers" in check. The thing is they're awesome in run blocking and 3 of our DT are on the injury report (Joseph being out). We also lost Ross for the year. This could be a very long day, I can see us allowing 40 points ... easy.
Interesting take on Kelly. Not sure how "defensive dominance" is a necessity though. And I think it's pretty clear that the Giants of 07 and 11 should not be taken as examples of how to win a SB ...
I'm not sure how you see the Eagles scoring only 17 on us. CAR scored 38 for crying out lout ! OK, any 38-0 game is an abnormality, and PHI poor defense might help our own defense a little bit.
2 months ago on Q&A Exchange with Eagles Eye
Nice write up.
The only issue I have with the secondary are missed tackles.
Weatherford hasn't been playing well and it doesn't help : our D starts drive on the 32.48 "yard line", that 31st in the league (KC was #1 btw with 20 ...).
2 months ago on Week 4 Loss Proves to be More of Same for Big Blue
Kinda lost in all this is how awful the ST are this season ... Football Outsiders have us as the 2nd worst ST unit since 1989 !
2 months ago on KC 31 NYG 7
For instance, from Manning' s post game interview : "We said we're going to attack these corners, throw the ball down the field and try to get some big plays".
When you have blockers that cannot protect your QB, is that really the best game plan coming in ?
Well Gilbride isn't the main problem, it's the OL.
But you can't just change your OL, so it'd be nice if Gilbride would try and help them a little bit.
And calling posts and 7 routes on every snap isn't helping the OL.
@CommanderShepard Look at ATL against MIA. Okay they ended up losing but the ball was out in 2 seconds most of the time, it completely shut down their pass rush in the beginning of the game. Of course Wake being hurt helped.
The work of the OC was nice as well. He came in passing on 65% of plays in the first drive. It was 45% in the second and then 25% in the 3rd, because they were running so well.
2 months, 1 week ago on Snee, Beatty and Pugh Stand Out in Week 3 Disaster