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Gilbride On Running Game: “Good Enough”

When asked if he was pleased with last Sunday’s effort against the Cowboys, Kevin Gilbride reportedly said:

“Statistically, it didn’t look like they ran the ball better against the Cowboys. But we didn’t have many negative runs. As long as we can stay positive to get 2, 3 yards and then the occasional big play, that’s good enough for me because it shores up the protection and makes the defensive ends play more honestly. It gives our line a better chance to protect. And then, of course, we got a couple of big runs, which is good.”

Do you know what I think when I hear stuff like “good enough” from an assistant coach at week 13 when referring to a “struggling facet of his team? I’m thinking that the running game is no longer that big of a deal for this team…. insofar as the passing game is working well.

That was the problem last year at crunch time, right? They could run, but not pass the ball… and so their balance was off.

In 2007 the Giants executed modest plays to the tune of 60:40 pass to run — they won the Superbowl.

What it sounds like to me — and I’m reading carefully between the lines here — that the Giants have truly become a supplementary running team like so many other NFL franchises. And the sooner we can swallow that pill, the easier it will be to determine who truly is having a good game and who isn’t. But first we need to acknowledge a scheme change from ’08… it is not simply underproduction or a lack of execution.

Feel free to leave your thoughts about that, but this is the conclusion that I’ve drawn here again at week 13.

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2 Responses to “Gilbride On Running Game: “Good Enough””

  1. FartNasty says:

    Gilbride is an idiot…hes gotta go, we need an offensive coordinator that has some balls and is willing to try new things like more play action and flea flickers. Gilbride is too conservative and he dosent work anymore in the 2009-2010 version of the NFL.

    • careful what you wish for — grass is always greener.

      Take a look at the skins….

      Went from a playoff contending NFC East team and they’ve been turned into a complete mess. Thanks largely to play caller in chief Jim Zorn.

      Sometimes a flea flicker is just a gadget play gone horribly wrong, not brilliant.

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