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As a rookie opposite JJ Watt, they won't be able to double him, but they'll chip him and show him enough looks to keep his #s down. If he gets any experience (ie 1-2 yrs) at all, he and Watt can both take a run at Strahan's record. Those two, given time and a modicum of support, will be a true NFL nightmare.
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/jadeveon-clowney-could-crush-jevon-kearses-rookie-sack-record-in-2014.html
As much as I want keep my feet on the ground and be realistic, I also will give the offensive players and coaches a little slack. They are 0-0. Let's play the game and see what 2014 brings.
1 week, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/uncategorized/nyg-27-ind-26.html
I'm very appreciative of the support always. I know that blogging is a much richer medium than tweeting, but so is the investment of time. Dialogue on twitter is easier than commenting here on the blog, fwiw.
Re Beatty, the entire Offense is a work in progress, and for better or worse I throw LT/Beatty in that whole bin. Realistically I am thinking 2015 because so many things have to break the Giants way in 14 for great things to happen. I root for titles. Period. That's how I keep score. So the way I see it, a title only comes in 14 if the defense covers the offense. It would really help for Beatty to get back to 12 form, but I have absolutely no idea what we are going to get. W JPP at least we see what is needed.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/nyg-20-steelers-16.html
Pound for pound, McCoy has been the best RB. McCoy went in R2, where these guys generally belong. For their part, it's not like the R1's bust. They just get hurt and play a position that is not the dagger that it used to be. And when we talk about RB effectiveness, isn't it also telling that McCoy catches 3-4 balls per game out of the backfield??!! I remember tweeting back and forth that Gilbride (who gushed about Wilson's skills as a rookie) needed to use his RB in space, to throw him the ball, make 1 guy miss and set up a track meet to the end zone. The blogger responded that Wilson couldn't catch passes out of the backfield....!!!... SO HOW DO YOU DRAFT THAT IN ROUND 1 in TODAY'S NFL?!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/david-wilson-retires-from-football.html
Agreed on almost everything said. I thought the OL vs BUF 1st string DL was overmatched. It's the first game of preseason so I don't want to be too worried about it. They have a lot if work to do, which is exactly what we would expect.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/nyg-17-buffalo-13.html
Back in 2007, I was at the Viking game where Darren Sharper abused Eli, played centerfield, read his eyes, picked him off, and undressed him. It was awful. He had 4 INTs, some were Pick 6's.. ugly. A few games later he's battling, plays 3 quarters vs NE en route to a 38-35 loss, and there was reason for hope. If he could only play 4 consecutive quarters, we opined, he could get this team over the top.
He did exactly that. The following week, in the Wild Card, he stopped the telegraphing. He actually looked off Ronde Barber on a TD throw, and you knew things had changed from only ~5-6 weeks ago. That's the enigma of Eli, the one where he goes from the outhouse to the penthouse in weeks.
A week later the Giants beat the Boys. The Boys were outplaying the Gmen until Flozell Adams got hurt in Q3. But it was a tremendous quick drive at the end of Q2 led by Eli and Toomer that squared a game which was being won by Dallas. Once again stats failed to show what Eli did.
Some of the enigma is Kevin Gilbride. His OC could not make in-game adjustments to save his life. It made Eli's job harder. A lot harder. And all of those Q4 comebacks in 2011? .. they happened often enough because KG's play calling could not accept responsibility for putting teams away earlier in games. Gilbride put so much pressure on his QB because of his own failings. Can't call a screen. Can't execute a screen. Can't help Eli when his OL isn't there. Can't scheme when he doesn't have an X WR. Gilbride had the Giants at 8th in the NFL last year in long pass attempts when the OL was one of the worst in the NFL. So the uninformed will bash Eli for all the INTs, but his OC did little to help him. This was why owner John Mara said the offense was "broken." The mainstream media came to Gilbride's defense. Horse manure. Anyone paying attention knew Eli was not being helped. It's only when the tide goes out that we find out Gilbride's been swimming naked.
Eli isn't god's gift to QBs. He's human. But he wins titles. Thanks for writing a rare article that supports a guy's intangibles in a world of misleading stats.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://thesportsdaily.net/
Absolutely. Jernigan did very well when he took Cruz's spot when Cruz was out Week 17. So there is a lot he can do in a possession offense. I should have mentioned him, thx.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/training-camp-begins.html
Feels like the Giants chose that route (by suspending him 6 games and not cutting him). Agreed, he needs 1 last chance, and then u cut him. Hope it doesn't come to that. He's obv'ly a player, but he's wasting his chances. One day the Giants will (unfortunately) cut him and we won't even know why- it'll be because he's late to yet another mtg etc.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/uncategorized/excellent-value-taken-by-gmen-on-day-3.html
@TC4EVA draft the WR in R2, esp this year when it is a deep draft for WR.
I have many problems with R1 WRs, but just one is that they are divas and they walk after their contract is up. Even Nicks, who was a terrific team player, moped for a year when the Giants paid Cruz and he didn't get paid.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/odell-beckham-selected-in-round-1.html
@CommanderShepard I agree. Yes, trade down.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/2014-articles/final-2014-draft-thoughts.html
@dbs50 @steverino44 Steverino- you must be disciplined and trade down. This is precisely what needed to be done in 1996 when Hardy, Johnson, Ogden and Rice all went ahead of the Giants. If you cannot find dominant in Round 1, you trade down and get so much more value for that decision. Instead, they took Cedric Jones. The Giants were hoping that AZ or another foolish team ahead of them would take Lawrence Phillips. It did not happen.
dbs- Previous posts have commented on the differences between these OL selections, but granted we have not done a more detailed breakdown. Everything here is on the record, and I mean EVERYTHING. So look back at this post the Day after the JPP pick: http://ultimatenyg.com/2010-articles/jason-pierre-paul.html Look at the comments focused on Earl Thomas, how we were grateful the Eagles did not take him at 13, and then lauded the "haul" of Carroll for getting Okung and Thomas, which set up their Super Bowl. (Wonder also had Kam Chancellor ranked 58th in the draft and he went in R5 to SEA, pretty good draft for SEA, eh?)
The interesting thing which is sometimes hard to articulate is that when Wonder stops short of bringing JPP to Round 1 because of 7 starts in college, it is PRECISELY due to the injury risk that is an UNKNOWN. How does a player like this withstand the physical requirements? Without college, you do not know. JPP showed up in the Spring OTAs (or camp?) with a back problem- and 2 years later it derailed a year. So this was true FEAST (2011) and FAMINE (2013). And fwiw, Wonder gave him a 3, a solid starter. I appreciate your kind words and support of the blog, keep the comments coming and everyone follow us on twitter during the draft for discussion as everything unfolds.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/uncategorized/versatility-vs-dominance.html
@CommanderShepard Wonder did not comment on enough players to get to Niklas, but I will ask. Re DT Aaron Donald; "End of Round 1. But has to play opposite a 3-technique DT in the right system. Will be a good pro. SEA or SF makes a lot of sense, NE or DEN does not make sense. Fit is important for this player." I will make the next post on Ebron.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://ultimatenyg.com/
Been a while Arturo. Yes, we thought that the Beason contract was too rich- Reese overpaid there. The details of the deal were released after the 2nd FA post w his signing and before the 3rd FA post on the signing of DRC. I tweeted my note on the overpay of the deal.
Just a side note everybody- this blog is a great forum for us to stay connected as Giants fans literally all over the globe. But twitter is as powerful if not even more powerful as a medium. It's almost like micro-blogging. I have instant chat w people who ask questions across that space. And during the draft it is THE BEST WAY to quickly communicate and stay up to date. So get on twitter and follow the Giants/UltimateNYG w better coverage.
5 months, 1 week ago on Holliday, Manningham, Jerry sign with Giants
I never have a problem trading down. Give me those multiple R2 draft picks in exchange for R1. Glad to see Snee taking a paycut- it was the only way it would make sense.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on NFL Offseason Observations
Some of the comments on twitter trying to defend his actions were forcing me to post on it. Stuff like the judging, casting stones, yada yada. SILENCE IS JUST AS BAD. Last night I read that Sherman apologized. Mark Schlereth, one of the few who called Sherman out for unprofessional conduct on Sunday, remarked on Monday that maybe there was something there given that RS apologized. No, said the throng of haters, who ripped him again, claiming the only reason RS was apologizing was because of media pressure. These people have completely lost their compass.
One last remark- to win a game that could have gone either way and show that lack of humility further illustrates the absurdity of the actions. It is never appropriate to act w disrespect, be it 38-0 or 23-17. But if that game has a single play going the other way, you're a loser.. So the madness of the behavior is even more stark than ever. I can't prove it, but I'll throw it out there... Steroids? Roid rage? There have been plenty of rumors about SEA players. All I'm saying is that what I saw from RS did nothing to quell those ideas.
7 months, 1 week ago on Richard Sherman
I don't know most of these guys. So I asked Wonder-savant, and his response when exposed to a bunch of names all being circulated: only one worth his salt is Chudzinski, rest are not worth any time discussing.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Years of Coziness with Kevin Gilbride
@dbs50 Tob be fair to Politi, he was the only one who led with the admission that it was time for KG to go. The rest of them are so blinded by whatever they were busy getting from that relationship. As for who to bring in, I am not in favor of Sullivan. George Young advocated hiring staff that the organization knew so that there were no surprises. But one of the best hires of TC (for DC in 2007) was Spanoulo, who was not in the Giants' system to my knowledge.So all of the chatter about Sullivan is going in the wrong direction, imo. I prefer a young guy w/ a lot of energy.
@the mayor The difference with Joseph is that he's ours, we drafted him, all he does is play, he's young, pay him.. IT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING BAD AND ACCEPTABLE, or GOOD AND GREAT. This is why you clean house of the Websters and Baas's, so that you make the money room for the future, and Joseph should be in our future. If another team wants to pay astronomical money, well ok, I get that. But barring it being completely unreasonable, bring him back. At 25, he's got 4 quality years ahead of him before his DT/trench body breaks down. These are the guys you go to war with.
8 months ago on NYG 20 WAS 6
@dbs50 the pt differential for teams who are 7-9 is another stark way of showing how uncompetitive they are. yes, this is a 4-12 or 5-11 team, and that fits in with what Banks said about them being slightly above the Skins.
@CommanderShepard Someone mentioned a scenario where the Giants will fortify their line and do just enough to get back into the competitive swing of things in 2014. YET GILBRIDE'S UNDERACHIEVEMENT will remain, assuming he comes back. This is why I use the Buffett analogy about the tide. We see the problems every year. It is just that THIS year they are uglier because he has no answers. Lost in the Giants win vs a DET that imploded was the fact that the Giants offense had 8 NET YARDS of offense in the 2nd Half. EIGHT FREAKING YARDS! Yet this is the guy we want to come back?! I am afraid he is coming back, that is how scary this entire situation is.
8 months, 1 week ago on The Case for Replacing Kevin Gilbride with a new Offensive Coordinator
@frank43 I'd categorize that under (10) for not coaching away from tendency. When he brings in his run package like you describe, we know there is a VERY high probability he will call run to Jacobs. What he needs to do is cut down the tendency from that package. You cannot give the defense any edge. KG helps defenses out an inordinate amount of the time.
I do not claim to make this list 100% comprehensive. And there are some items here which can arguably be considered nested/repeats. But we are in agreement that he makes it easier than it has to be. I actually have more evidence of the "telegraphing" than even I can share on this blog, which is why I am positive of the "FACT" of his tendencies. Unfortunately I can't share it here.
I don't think Wonder will see Reese or Coughlin let go, so not really worth even speculating about any replacement. But I had to share his perspective, similar to LT's, that it is time to move on.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on The AFC at Week 16
@capt george @mezzanine Eli needs an OC who can help him with this part of his (short passing) game. All he really has had in (the last 7 years of) his career is the Great and Magnificent Gilbride, who can't coach up a screen to save his life. Eli has the skill to execute a competent dumpoff. He did it with Tiki, he can do it as an experienced veteran.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on SEA 23 NYG 0
@buljos @dbs50 the 9-7 scenario is somewhat plausible, but underscores a point about how behind the curve that JR has been on the OL. Carl Banks on radio last night said that they have to bring in a parade of OLinemen, thru the draft/FA etc. Depending on how quickly they can protect Eli is how quickly the team can get turned around. But I really want to see Gilbride gone, because I know they can do better. Eli needs help/support and he's not getting it from the coaches.
@MoSilkyMo That's a good observation re Sullivan, and one big takeaway that I cannot emphasize enough- there are plenty of younger coaches who are very hungry to make a difference. You are better off taking a chance on someone who has energy and is aggressive, rather than simply staying with the "devil you know." Of course this kind of thinking is at odds with the Giants "stability," which frowns on change for change's sake. But at a certain point, enough is enough. Coughlin brought in 2 new coordinators in 2007 and we got a title. I do not expect that kind of turnaround, but the point is that you have to embrace change. It is the only constant.
Unfortunately that has been a common theme, the comparisons to teams from the 1970s. Those teams had talent on defense and no talent on offense. This team has enough talent to better than 5-8. It also has very little talent on the OL. The best thing about 2013 is that Pugh has gotten snaps. Coughlin needs to be getting the younger players snaps for many reasons, including pushing the older players. Coincidence that a game after Nicks didn't dress he showed up vs WAS? That's how Parcells motivated. Play for me or I'll find somebody else. It's find somebody else time.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on SD 37 NYG 14
96.5% of 1150 people voted to get rid of Gilbride. I didn't know he had 40 relatives.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on SD 37 NYG 14
Once again, it's not until the tide goes out that you see who's swimming naked.
As I have noted before, I like Nicks for his potential and talent. But I will not reward what took place in this, his contract year. At best he is oft injured and at worst he is a malcontent. Next. Someone else will pay more for his services than he's worth. The only possible way to bring him back would be with a contract like the one Arrington got in 2006, laden w performance incentives to protect the giants from his body going AWOL. And he won't agree to that, so NEXT.
Re Fewell, I have no problem gtg a new DC. There is precedent in 2007 for a new (OC and) DC. I am skeptical they get rid of both, and the urgency to move on from Gilbride is more important than Fewell. In many Giants losses this season, Fewell's defense was not the problem.
@jfoster completely agree. winning is the best deodorant. We beat Dallas 21-17 in the NFC Divisional round, but no one remembers how Gilbride took a 4 pt lead in hand and did the CLASSIC RRRK at 9:27 instead of a normal offense. There was WAY TOO MUCH TIME to be coaching differently just because you had the lead for the first time since Q1. Yet he did, and got a 3 and out. We won the game. But if Patrick Crayton doesn't cut off his route etc.. those are the mistakes that cost you more often than not.
9 months ago on Odds and Ends at 4-7
@jfoster @mezzanine I will not defend Eli's weaker play here in 2013. He's a big boy, a rich one at that, so he can take the heat. What I will say is that you can see his clock is completely different this season. He has no confidence in the amount of time he can hang back there, and that affects his play. He's got the intelligence, the skills, the experience, frankly everything to win another ring. I barely spend any time in the recaps on him. I just feel he is not what is holding the team back. If he were better, on the level of a Brady or Rodgers, he would be able to do more with less (of an OL). But part of this is also imo on KG.
@Paddlepedal Giants should be sky high at the beginning of the game. Can they play with the emotion, discipline and concentration for 60 minutes? They have the opportunity. I honestly did not think they would be able to claw their way back to this juncture, but here they are and here we are as their fans. We have noted the 4 weak QBs the team has faced to keep our feet on the ground. A good effort and a win will be meaningful.
9 months, 1 week ago on Beason's Arrival Has Begun to Restore Pride to Big Blue LBs
Here is an excellent writeup.. http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=new-yorkgiants&id=32158&city=newyork&src=desktop If I could get this kind of daily analysis of the team on a consistent basis I'd stop blogging. Pitch perfect Graziano.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on NYG 27 GB 13
Stop judging. If he's a curmudgeon, then u r a politically correct bully. One of you thinks this is a mirage and the other thinks it's a makeover. That's why they play the game.
Either the Giants get exposed when the competition becomes real, or they make something here. While I am a skeptic, I also could not have predicted that Hill, Beason and Brown would have made this difference either. If Nicks ever showed up that would be huge too.
Re Jacobs, he was the alpha in Giants v1.0. I dk what happened in SF but I credit the Giants for everything. It looked like SF was unable to manage the hotheaded RB.
The league is slop.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Snapshots on NFL's 32 Teams at Week 10
@Pataroons @CommanderShepard As soon as I transcribed Wonder's remarks, I knew there would be a negative response to his call for the best draft pick. But I posted it anyway to get the debate out there. Everyone, including Wonder, want to see the Giants do well. I think you have to fight each week to get better and build for next year if there is nothing left this year. Let's remember, we ALL are crazed Giants fans... I mean who else would be doing this at 2-6? So do not misunderstand the passion. Maybe Wonder's word about being "insane" is not appropriate, but he said it and I did not bleach it.
Yes, Capt George is correct, if I had a very high pick I'd trade down.
I appreciate your support of the team and the blog.
Please read Wonder's bio. That has been his nickname since he was very young. His qualifications? Well, he has watched more film and more football than most of us and has a keen eye for subtleties that I cannot begin to describe. One of my favorites that I have mentioned before on this site is that he will watch NFL Combine film and carefully examine how the hips of a Cornerback move to determine the potential as a Pro. Unfortunately I have not had the time to grade out his first draft from 3+ years ago. But to use the strobe, he did not want to take JPP in Round 1 because there was not enough data on him (too few games in Div 1 in college), so who did he like instead at that spot in the draft? A Safety named Earl Thomas. Thomas was taken one spot before the Giants selected. He had Thomas a "1" and right now he is being considered in talk for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, not bad for his 4th year in the Pros. http://espn.go.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/1616/everyone-talking-about-thomas He's not perfect, liked Nicks but liked Britt more for the upside. But he nailed Vontaze Burfict and Daryl Washington, drug suspension excepted.
Tom- email me so that we can do a Q&A exchange, thanks.
11 months ago on Eagles are in a New York state of mind...
@Tom Jackson I think Reid has now beaten the Gmen 9 of the last 11 times. Hey Tom, want to do a Q&A exchange w our readers for this Friday?
11 months ago on KC 31 NYG 7
Great points. KG's in-game adjustments are poor. Q1 vs the Panthers will go down in lore .
11 months ago on Snee, Beatty and Pugh Stand Out in Week 3 Disaster
Very helpful, Rich. While this positive comment on the work done here can easily be construed to be a 'homer's' praise, regulars will know that I don't do that too often. This piece really helped me to better understand the failings... More importantly, they help me to understand exactly where all three players are going forward. For Beatty, I see a guy who is a good T, not great, who will not shut down the best. And if a guy like Johnson gets a 'tell' (like in W3), good night. Snee? Toast until healthier. Pugh? Baptism by fire. And the matchup vs KC could not come at a worse time. Let's see how they respond. Call me a fool, but I believe there is enough crisis to get the proper attention and adjustments this weekend. I'm not expecting a rosé garden, but I am expecting an uptick of some sort. Once again, thanks Rich for a very good analysis of what's going on back there.
11 months, 1 week ago on Snee, Beatty and Pugh Stand Out in Week 3 Disaster
Yes, once again a theme we unfortunately know all too well about Gilbride. I love to cite my favorite of favorites, PIT in 2008. We won that game 21-14, but it took Gilbride 6 visits to the red zone to finally adjust to the Steelers loaded box.
But let's still remember that guys were gtg whipped physically up front. To tie this into Nick Olsen's remark, it's quite possible the CAR DL had a tell on pass/run which would have given them a distinct edge in their ability to defend against both.
11 months, 1 week ago on CAR 38 NYG 0
Excellent point. Blackburn definitely helped his players and coaches prepare against his former team. We saw this back when Cofield left and then in the very first Skins game, the rookie R1 DE knew the play and pulled off a pick 6.
Fair points re the coaches. It's really embarrassing to see the incompetence at running the screens, something we've been complaining about for so long around here, that we even supplied an Rx before camp began. So if I'm guilty of taking a week off at railing at Gilbride, yep. Nearly every week I can pick on Gilbride, and this week, if u check my tweets during the game, I asked for two things which he came up short on- (1) adjustments after the first two offensive series and (2) protecting Eli from injury.
What is nonetheless damning re the OL is how, anecdotally speaking, the three biggest culprits today were Snee, Beatty and Pugh, and those were the three biggest in Weeks 1&2. I'll wait for the PFF data to confirm that or not. If it does confirm, then I think this problem is less coaching and more about the players and ultimately the dearth of said talent. We'll see.
I want to thank PFF for their graciousness in allowing us to cite their data. I also want to encourage our readers to subscribe to their service, because it will enrich the discussion. We don't get paid for you to use them; it is just the right thing to do AND will make all of us more knowledgeable about the team.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Ultimate22 Version 2.0
@Justin wThx. ESPN is supposed to imply a certain threshold of media credibility. While I know they are less than squeaky clean, I just didn't expect this egregious an error.
1 year, 3 months ago on The Skinny on Tuna
I hope you are right about Cooper Taylor. You need these rookies to come in and contribute meaningfully, so let's see what he can do. Re Gronk and guys like Jimmy Graham, I certainly get that. This is why I really believe in the TE in this league. They are a matchup problem, too big for the Safety and too fast for the LBer.
1 year, 4 months ago on Justin Pugh taken in Round 1
@iamwallaceagreed. The difference is "solid player" implies a "3" solid starter, which is what we graded him as. Many others had him as a top 5 or top 10 pick in the entire draft, ergo that Reese had found "gold." He did not, and that is all that reference was to. R1 should be about finding guys that can routinely make impact plays to change a game. At this point I too am happy with his progression to a solid player, but the day he was drafted we caught flak for being sober about his potential, that is all.
1241PM April 28, 2012 Twitter:"GO FOR THE HEADCASE, ILB VONTAZE BURFICT"
1242PM April 28, 2012 Twitter:"Take a chance, roll the dice on ILB Burfict"
@TC4EVAIf we've got rose-colored glasses for LBer, then perhaps yours for this blog are... fecal colored? We know that there are plenty of LBers that are out there. We liked more than a few others, including a lesser known player last year named Vontaze Burfict, whom we asked for in R5 when he fell for character issues, and whom we screamed for again in R6 and R7. The Bengals got him as a UFA. As a rookie, he started 2012 in Week 3 and "only" got 174 tackles. Ya think that might have made a difference for this team, that has to use MLBers off the couch, and miss the playoffs at 9-7? (We as Giants fans should all say a prayer of thanks to Bernard Pollard, who injured Gronkowski in the AFC Championship, because Blackburn on 2 legs could barely keep up with Gronk on 1.) With the Colin Kaepernicks, Russell Wilsons and RGIII's that we have to face twice per year, LBer still matters in this league, especially for ones that can play all 3 downs.