Archive for August, 2007

Pats 27 Giants 20

August 31, 2007

Good: Ahmad Bradshaw.
Bad: Anyone in the secondary.
Ugly: Penalties galore, our second stringers.

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Gentlemen prefer blondes

August 30, 2007

and so do Giants…




soup to nuts

August 22, 2007

1) You cannot make too much about preseason. What was the Giants’ preseason record in 2003 when they went 4-12? What was it when they won the Super Bowl? The correlation between success in preseason and success in the reg season is very low. So when the Giants looked really bad against the Panthers and the Ravens looked really good their first game out, what happened next week? The Giants were much more focused, came ready to play, and the Ravens were busy coasting. Does the result shock you? A narrow Giant victory where the team executed does not mean very much + or -.

2) The uptick for Eli? Do you think that I am going to wave the Eli flag after the weakest link played well for 1 1/2 quarters in a preseason game? The only thing that proves is that … Eli played well for 1 1/2 quarters in a preseason game! BFD! Pardon me for asking (well, not really): when have we ever seen Manning play a COMPLETE 4 quarter game? Name a game. NEVER. The best game of his career was against the Chargers early in 2005 and he did not play an entire game in that contest either.

3) Injuries are a part of football. Deal with it.

3a) When Reese cut Petitgout, who was going to take his place? Moving Diehl over is not considered a satisfactory (long term) solution. But also note that it reduces our depth at OL dramatically, because now we have Seubert starting instead of coming off the bench. So the injury game is going to be far more costly. Not only did we lose a LT, we also lost depth. Here we make the distinction between a costly injury and the administration’s job to provide the talent that is available behind those who do get hurt as a statistical reality of the game.

4) I really like Tiki but he is starting to annoy me. When he was backstabbing Coughlin I loved it because Coughlin was not the answer and no one else wanted to take the coach to task for his ineffective and outdated methods. But lately Barber has been taking shots at anything and everything in his new job. Be nice to the people on your way up because you are going to meet the same people on your way down.

5) Ahmad Bradshaw got my attention. The Giants have 4 RBs. That is the most depth we have had at that position in MANY years.

Strahan speculation

August 20, 2007

A lot of discussion by the NBC Network crew et al on Strahan.

Reese- indicates that if Strahan comes back, the Giants will not be firm on the enormity of the accumulating fines.

Madden and Michaels- It is always about the money. (Where have we heard that one before?)

Kramer- Spoke to Strahan at length, Strahan indicated that it was more than just going back and playing DE, it is about the other responsibilities he has with this team.

THIS IS ABOUT THE HIDDEN COST OF COUGHLIN. Strahan knows that as a team leader he has to carry the water for his coach in the locker room. THIS is the mental part that Kramer is referring to. That playing for Coughlin is likely a dead end this season and that he has to mentally hold the locker room together for that. Barber did everything but say directly that Coughlin is why he retired when he did. If this team had a coaching staff that made it fun and put them in a position to win it all, do you think these guys would be retired? For Strahan, it is about the money, but it is also about the dead end of Coughlin. I think Strahan might have been trying to engineer a trade, but the Giants said nothing doing. If Strahan gets back to the team w/o hefty fines and spares himself the grind of 3+ weeks of camp, he figures he is slightly ahead. So be it.

Get me excited

August 18, 2007

Everyone knows this is dead year walking. With Coughlin at the helm, Manning the weakest link, and a secondary that is still a jumble, optimism is not great. So let’s see some individual performances that can turn some heads. The last time we got that in preseason was two years ago when a kid named Brandon Jacobs started delivering punishment in his runs. Surprise us.

Can Dockery pick up where he left off and be a ball hawk?
Can Cofield build on his first season?
Can Webster or Ross show us they are our present?
Can Moss or Smith show us the same?

Youth is always served in the NFL. Forgive me for being impatient, but in the NFL patience almost always leads to BUST. Everyone is waiting for Strahan to magically show up and save this team, but in truth whether he shows up or not, it is going to be saved by rookies and second year players making impact plays. Youth energizes teams. The ’86 Giants got a lot of help from a second year player named Mark Bavaro, who was the team’s LEADING receiver that year. The ’90 Giants went over the top with new guys like Jumbo Elliot and Dave Meggett. If we are not going anywhere this year, maybe we can at least get some new faces who will take us there in future years.

Fugly

August 12, 2007


Panthers preseason game a loss, and it is fugly. There were some bright spots, and many more poor performances.

The Good
1) Jared Lorenzen is playing hungry. At least his upside is not known, unlike other QBs on this team.
2) The Giant running game had some decent success.
3) There were some good special teams plays.
4) Mitchell looked ok.
5) Diehl looked ok in limited work.

The Bad
1) Manning once again was not consistent.
2) Kiwanuka is our #1 Defensive End draft choice and he is at LB because of the front office, not because of the coaches.
3) Our kicking and punting were not crisp.

The Ugly
1) Our defense was anywhere from shoddy to swiss cheese. Spagnuolo has a big job to make his players stay in their lanes.
2) William Joseph was given praise for effort in the offseason and camp, yet I saw little of it… with him not protecting the edge on run containment.
3) We could have lost this game 44-10 and it would have been just as accurate. The Giants run defense was manhandled, and when the Panthers were done w that they roasted our pass defense too.
4) That Coughlin mug of distress (as yet another thing goes wrong) is UGLY. You mean to tell me that I have to watch that man for another season pout in disgust at all the things that go wrong for the team? Give me a bag. No make that two. I’ll use the first to put over my head so I do not have to see that face anymore. And I will use the second for reverse peristalsis.

This was NOT pretty.

the eve of our first preseason game

August 11, 2007

So many questions, so little time.

Offense
1) How can Diehl manage on the edge?
2) Will the rest of our offensive line be okay with Seubert moving in and us LOSING depth now when injuries WILL COME?
3) Can Manning throw with consistent accuracy?
4) Will our TEs behind Shockey be able to block?
5) Will our RBs pickup the blitz?
5) Will the offense execute under Gilbride?

Defense
1) Without Strahan, Umenyiora will get doubled constantly. Will we get a pass rush?
2) Without Strahan, our run defense fell off miserably. Will our new defensive coord enable Wilson and Pierce to perform their magic?
3) Kiwanuka at LB?
4) Secondary?
5) Let’s try again. Secondary?
6) Is Kiwika Mitchell going to do as well at LB (and shore up this squad) as the early talk proclaims? (I am always skeptical of this at this time of year.)

Specials
1) Do we start new FG adventures?
2) Kuehl out, DeOssie snapping okay?

Benefit of the doubt

August 10, 2007

Some people doubt the star quality of players like Shockey, Pierce and Wilson. If Shockey did not have a piece of garbage throwing to him, he would be All World, not All Pro. If Pierce and Wilson did not have read and react, they would be making plays all over the place. Let’s see if our new D Coord takes the chains off. Let’s see if Manning can get the ball to his receivers in stride for a change. Wilson has a 1 year deal and becomes a UFA. Mistake… this is going to cost the Giants a lot of money to sign him now after he starts making the plays he has made consistently when not held back.

Strahan end in sight

August 4, 2007

Reports say Strahan will announce within the next 2 days his decision whether to play or retire. You do not have to wait 2 days. You read it here that he is retiring.

misc

August 3, 2007

Dockery and Kuehl are not biggies, but they are hurt. We need all hands on deck this year to be respectable. Dockery made great improvement last year. Kuehl stabilized specials. Do not underestimate each player’s importance.