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Where Did This Season Go?

First of all, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. That said, what the hell happened to the Giants? We went from a Super Bowl favorite to a team needing a change. A change in mentality. A change in personnel.

“You have to decide whether you’re going to be a team that can compete and be respected in the league…or a team that shows up like we did yesterday,” said Barry Cofield

Right now, this isn’t a team to be respected. There’s no passion. Man, if Coughlin did what Josh McDaniels did on the sidelines yesterday, cursing, pumping his team up, I’d be ecstatic. But, none of that is going on. No fire. No urgency. No will to win.

It was week 6. The Giants had just won 5 straight, and most of them in convincing fashion. We were talking about heading to the Super Bowl, about being the best team in the league. Then, the Giants were absolutely man-handled by the Saints. Okay, minor setback, we thought. The Saints are damn good. Then two bad losses to the Eagles and Cardinals. Then the heartbreaking loss to the Chargers. After a minor reprieve against the Falcons, the Broncos. We went from on top of the world, to on the bottom, searching for answers.

I watched the game with 3 people who know a lot about football. It was great to watch it with them, listening to their insights. One of them, my cousin, said it went all downhill the day Plaxico shot himself. They were untouchable. They were strong, confident. Then, a gun shot went through their hearts (and leg) and it hasn’t been the same. I retorted, “What does that have to do with the defense?” “Confidence, Jeremy. Confidence.” And, in many respects, he’s right. Last year, this team knew they were better, and knew they were going to beat up on everyone. Now, it’s a surprise when they do well. This isn’t a confident team. This is a team needing a leader. We ain’t getting it from Eli. Jacobs isn’t as  fiery. We don’t have Strahan, a guy who will put his heart on the line for a win. We don’t have a guy like Brian Dawkins.

This is not a playoff team. Sure, they might make the playoffs, if things go their way. But, they don’t deserve to be there. A playoff team shows up on Thanksgiving night. A playoff team doesn’t let two teams come back in the late stages of a game. This Giants team is not a playoff team. At best, they’re a team with talent, but doesn’t know what to do with it.

So, what do we do? How can we get the season back on track? Well, it starts on defense. It starts with a change in mentality. It starts with a new defensive coordinator. Someone who wants to blitz, blitz, and blitz some more. It starts with a team that will be committed to the run, that will get Brandon Jacobs going again. It starts with someone, anyone, stepping up and taking control of this team, and make it accountable to one another. It starts with fire. It starts with passion.

When the Giants were in Green Bay for the NFC Championship game, there was one play that told me they were going to win. It was early on. Run to Brandon Jacobs. He gets hit after three yards. But he keeps his legs moving, and gets 7. On the way to 7, he absolutely runs over Charles Woodson. That one play said, “We’re here, and you’re in trouble.” This team doesn’t have that fire. This team doesn’t have that passion. Will they get that passion? Will they get that fire? I don’t know. I can only hope. I do think, however, that January will come and go, and we’ll be thinking: Where did this season go?

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8 Responses to “Where Did This Season Go?”

  1. Júlio César says:

    i only disagree on the part where u say that this team need more leadership from players… antonio pierce was the leader on defense while he was playing, and now boley has taken his place for now… and eli is for sure a amazing leader on the offense

    i don’t think that you need to yell, wave your arms off, talk loud and clap your hands to be a leader, u don’t need to be like strahan, or ray lewis to be a leader… you’re a leader when you step up in front of only our teammates, put your ass on the line and show that on your daily effort

    i know that’s pretty when a guy like josh mcdanniels put on a show on the sidelines and say shit to keep your team going, but if denver didn’t got the win last night, no one would say that it was a premier class of leadership…

    you can see a leader by the look on the eyes of his fellow players when he’s talking, and not by the attitude that he shows when the tv camera is on him

    sintetizing my opinion, i think the only problem at this team is the attitude… they don’t seem to want to crush their opponents, and i blame that on the coaching only

    • kman says:

      I had a friend say the same thing during the game and he maintains that our 4th superbowl trophy sits in Pittsburgh right now!

  2. Jason C. says:

    It’s simple, we need Kenny Phillips next year, we need another safety or corner in the secondary, and we need to build around Boley at linebacker, and do what we can to get a guy like Spikes in the draft. I’m not that concerned with the O-Line, maybe a more athletic guard to come in a few plays to keep things interesting, but otherwise this team isn’t that bad, it’s just sad that they can’t do anything in the middle of the field due to injuries, a shame really.

  3. Russo says:

    Both the O line and DTs should def concern fans and coaches alike. Very few gaps for the RB to hit and little to 0 push from the DTs. I agree that the first round pick should be used to pick up Spikes at all costs. After that look for a safety, DT, and OT

  4. K.W. says:

    Lets be open about this point. The giant put up way to much money for Eli, who is over rated (the man has no arm, and looks like a deer in head lights). Second who are the guys in the upstairs booth that call the plays. I’m sorry the ball controled offense of old is not going to work when other teams are putting up points agaist you. Third no dicipline on the whole team. I remember the team got something like 100 yards in penalties, thats just sloppy. Get players that are hungry that want to play not for the money but for the sport.

  5. Nero says:

    Injuries, of course they are not the only reason.

  6. Patrick says:

    The Giants miss Strahan big time

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