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Halfway Through: An Assessment of The Giants So Far

We are halfway through the NFL season (crazy, right?). The Giants, after a blazing start, have lost three straight, and are looking for answers. This season has featured some great individual performances. The Professor is in, and he’s not holding back. So, sharpen your pencils, take a deep breath, and here we go.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Steve Smith

Yeah, not many people thought our best offensive player would be a receiver. But it has. He has 53 receptions. He had 57 all of last year. His 662 yards and 4 touchdowns are more than he had last year. He’s a number one receiver, playing on a Pro Bowl level. He gets open, and he gets first downs.  Without him, the Giants would be in a lot of trouble.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Kenny Phillips

I know this is odd. I know Phillips is hurt. But, haven’t we seen the holes in this defense now that Phillips is gone? He was playing on a Pro Bowl level. His replacement, the infamous CC (can’t cover) Brown, has not been an adequate replacement. With Phillips in there, there isn’t a 3 game losing streak. CC Brown has been that bad. And that’s why Phillips is the Defensive MVP. Once you take him away, the defense is not the same.

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Terrell Thomas

Terrell Thomas made some very good plays last year as a rookie. This year, as a starter, he’s been fantastic. For the most part, he’s held opposing receivers in check. He wasn’t even supposed to start this year. Not bad, right?

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Barry Cofield

Cofield, after a standout year last year, has done nothing. Made no plays. Gotten zero pressure. You’ll start to see more of Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty, when he comes back.

BEST ROOKIE: Hakeem Nicks/Bruce Johnson

Too hard to decide. Nicks is a future star. Bruce Johnson, found off the scrap heap, has been tremendous as the nickel corner. Can’t say it enough, but Jerry Reese has done it again.

THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR HIM, BUT HE DESERVES A COMPLETELY NEW CATEGORY ABOUT HIS INEPTITUDE: CC (Can’t Cover) Brown

Yes. CC has his own category. Signed to be the third safety, he’s been thrust into starting duty after the Kenny Phillips injury. CC has been, how do I put this lightly, awful. Just plain awful. He either doesn’t know how to cover, or just can’t.  I’m convinced a high school safety could be better at this point. Unfortunately, there are no real options out there besides him. You could move Terrell Thomas to safety when Aaron Ross comes back, but that severely weakens the cornerback depth. We  may just have to stick with him.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN: Penalties, turnovers and injuries

This doesn’t resemble a Giants football team. Too many penalties. Too many turnovers. And way too many injuries. So many key players are hurt. Without them, the Giants are nothing.

CAUSE FOR HOPE: Receivers

The Giants receiving core is only going to get better. And that’s scary for opposing defenses.

So that’s the team, halfway through. What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.


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2 Responses to “Halfway Through: An Assessment of The Giants So Far”

  1. hercules73 says:

    Coaching? I think their are some issues in every facet on this team. What is your take on this from play calling,discipline,personnel. this needs a mid season assessment that should not be overlooked.

  2. buljos says:

    I think CC Brown is hurt… yes, he is… he needs to go on IR and they need to activate Sha’reff Rashad off the practice squad. Remember he was making interceptions and had good instincts against the run during camp. http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2009/05/rookie_safety_shareff_rashad_a.html how much worse can he be than CC Brown? Not much… so give him a shot, Big Bill Sheridan. What do you have to lose? If you stay this course, you’re done here anyway.

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