Matt Mosley’s ESPN Chat Transcript:

On Tuesday, ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley chatted about the NFC East offseason.  Here are all the Giant related posts.

Matt,With all of the changes the Eagles defense has seen, (loss of BDawk, Sheldon Brown soon to be bench warming, and the big loss of Jim Johnson) do you see this unit being good enough to be the best in the Beast?

Mosley

  (12:02 PM)

Morgan, I think the Giants have the best defense in the Beast — at this moment. But the Eagles will be fine. Quintin Mikell’s a solid player and I think Quintin Demps will emerge as an adequate starter. I think the loss of Jim Johnson certainly hurts, but Sean’s been around for awhile. And he’ll eventually be a defensive coordinator in this league. So I think Johnson will still have plenty of influence — it will just be executed differently.

hey matt love the blog my question is how would you rate the secondarys in the beast?

Mosley

  (12:04 PM)

Thanks, Shaun. Here’s how I’d rank them:1. Giants2. Eagles3. Redskins4. CowboysNot that the Cowboys have a bad secondary. Just a lot of solid players in the East. And I think the Eagles and Redskins are right there together, with the Cowboys a little behind them.

Big fan of your blog and I’m a big time Giant’s fan…With Michael Boley needing surgery and Clint Sintim injured as well, not to mention Pierce aging, should I be worried about the Giant’s LB group entering the season?

Mosley

  (12:07 PM)

I’d be a little worried if Boley doesn’t make a pretty quick return. He was being counted on to help account for shifty running backs like Felix Jones and Brian Westbrook. His injury would worry me a little, yes. I think Pierce will come back really focused this season. I think he’ll have a Pro Bowl quality season, so I’m not overly worried there. Sintim? I don’t think they’re counting on him to make an immediate impact, so don’t lose too much sleep there.

Matt, my question is with the Giants receiving core? Do you really think the Nicks, and the rest of those guys they drafted can fill the shoes of one “I shot myself in the leg” Plax? How deep can we really go without a ‘deep threat?’

Mosley

  (12:09 PM)

I think Gilbride will sort of emphasize different parts of the offense without Plax. I think you’ll see even more emphasis on the running game. And there’s a chance that Domenik Hixon and Sinorice Moss can make a big impact as deep threats. I also think that Nicks will be ready to contribute early — much like Jackson did with the Eagles.

To keep up with the Giants questions, what do you think is their biggest weakness as a team?

Mosley

  (12:14 PM)

I think they have a lot of depth at linebacker. But that’s the position that concerns me the most — based on Boley’s injury and Pierce’s play last December. But again, I think AP’s coming back strong this season.

Hey matt….loyal beast follower here…are the Giants going to increase Jacobs carries this year? I’m worried he might not be ready to go late in the season if we do that. Is Bradshaw gonna get Ward’s carries? I hope so, I think he can really break it open.

Mosley

  (12:17 PM)

I don’t think Jacobs will see an increase in carries. The Giants will probably carry three backs to the games — maybe four — and Gilbride will ride the hot hand. Early on, Bradshaw will get a shot at filling Ward’s shoes.

do you think the giants new practice dome will actually have a positive impact on the deep ball game?

Mosley

  (12:17 PM)

No, I don’t think it matters.

What do you think distinguishes Eli from the other QBs in the NFC East?

Mosley

  (12:19 PM)

Mouth-breathing.

Do you think the giants will come into this season hungrier then last ? After winning the superbowl the Giants played well but this season they have the bad taste in their mouth from the loss in philly. Do they have something to prove or was 2007 a fluke ?

Mosley

  (12:23 PM)

yes

What rookie will have the biggest impact for each team? For the division?

Mosley

  (12:24 PM)

Cowboys — BuehlerEagles — McCoyGiants — NicksRedskins — Orakpo

whats the best rivalry in the beast?

Mosley

  (12:30 PM)

I think Giants-Eagles is pretty amazing right now. Historically, Redskins-Cowboys was the best. But right now, here’s how I’d rank them:1. Giants-Eagles2. Cowboys-Eagles3. Cowboys Giants

Matt, In your opinion, who is the best in-game coach in the Beast? Adjustments, strategy, etc?

Mosley

  (12:33 PM)

Coughlin…Or if we’re talking assistant, I would say Jim Johnson.

If the GMen were so confident that Nicks would be a big time reciever right away, why were there so many rumors that they were trying to trade up for Heyward-Bey or Maclin?

Mosley

  (12:38 PM)

Listen, you have to explore all the opportunities. But just because they inquired about moving up isn’t a knock on Nicks. I wouldn’t read much into that stuff at all. Most teams at least ask around about moving up.

My bad — you already addressed Jacobs and the carries…with that said, though, why are the Giants committed to the running back by committee setup?

Mosley

  (12:40 PM)

That’s the way it’s done in the NFL these days. Jacobs administers — and receives – a lot of punishment. No matter how big a guy is, he can only take so many hits. Ask Marion Barber. The Giants know that Jacobs is more effective if they limit his carries to somewhere in the 15-20 range.

I am not sure why every way made it seem Plax was a world beater last season he was benched by coughlin and had 3 td’s i know he commands double teams but he was not jerry rice last season. Am i can crazy to think Hixon Smith Moss and Nicks and even Barden in goaline situations are sufficient?

Mosley

  (12:46 PM)

I know he didn’t put up big numbers last season, but his presence alone is a threat. And every defensive coordinator will tell you that — especially Jim Johnson. But yes, I think the guys you mentioned could develop into a good group in the red zone. Was that what you were asking?


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