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2010 Season Grades

Now that the 2010 season is, unfortunately, behind us it’s time to look ahead to the offseason. But, before we do, we take one last look back at the season that was. We’ll be grading each position group, on the letter system we all know and love. So get ready, sharpen your pencils. Let’s do this.

QUARTERBACKS:

The numbers were certainly there. Eli Manning, statistically, had a great season. 4,000 passing yards. 31 TDs. But, there’s that 25 interceptions looming large. Yes, some of those were deflected, but, you take away maybe 6, and he’s still at 19. We know what we get with Eli. Great downfield arm. Smart. Will make mistakes–no doubt. But, we know he can move an offense. He has to cut down on the turnovers. I think he’ll be able to. He knows he has to. He had a good year, if you take away the INTs. That’s why his grade is going to be a bit lower.

GRADE: B

RUNNING BACKS:

Again, great statistical seasons for the two big backs. Bradshaw: 1,235 yards, 8 TDs. Jacobs: 823 yards, 9 TDs. For a tandem, that’s pretty damn good. The big problem, especially for Bradshaw, was fumbles. 6 lost fumbles. 6! That’s an unacceptable number. The other thing was that during the Philly and Green Bay games, both of them were nowhere to be found.

GRADE: B

WIDE RECEIVERS:

Injuries besieged this group, but man, they were still incredibly productive. 1,000+ yards for Nicks. 944 for Manningham. 529 for Smith in an injury plagued year. A total of 23 TDs between the 3, and if Smith didn’t miss so much time, and if Nicks didn’t miss time, that number is higher. These 3 guys are stars. And they’re Giants. Incredible. Include Kevin Boss, Derek Hagan and you had a pretty damn good year

GRADE: A

OFFENSIVE LINE:

These guys are warriors. Injuries to O’Hara and Diehl. But Rich Seubert and Shawn Andrews filled in tremendously. Kevin Boothe did a nice job. The right side was dynamite. A tremendous season for this line.

GRADE: A

DEFENSIVE LINE:

Up and down, wasn’t it? Big years by Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora. Barry Cofield was good inside. Outside of that, it was hit or miss. Good performances by JPP, but not consistent yet. Chris Canty made some plays, but not nearly enough. The injury to Kiwanuka hurt. The ends were great, the interior was just eh.

GRADE: B

LINEBACKERS:

Better than expected, that’s for sure. Jon Goff proved himself to be a capable 2 down linebacker. Michael Boley made some nice plays–the best of all, of course, knocked out Tony Romo. Keith Bulluck didn’t play much, but didn’t embarrass himself. For a unit that had no expectations, they surprised some people. Not great. But not terrible.

GRADE: C

SECONDARY:

Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas were terrific. Antrel Rolle was very good in run coverage. Deon Grant was surprisingly good playing a pseudo linebacker role. Kenny Phillips was average (Although, that may have something to do with coming off the injury). Aaron Ross was horrible. And they gave up WAY too many big plays, especially down the seam. So much talent in this group. So much. But, something is missing. What is it? I have no clue. But, whatever it is, it needs to be fixed, and quick.

GRADE: B-

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Oh boy. Where do we start. Well, Lawrence Tynes was terrific. 19-23 on field goals. Made all his PATs. Was very reliable. Other than that, downhill. No punt return game. Darius Reynaud/Will Blackmon were not good. Other than a few nice games from DJ Ware, kick return was not good. Punt and kick coverage were awful. And, of course, there was Matt Dodge. He had some great punts. And then he had some awful ones. Lot of talent, actually, lot of potential. But the dude needs to learn how to kick the ball out of bounds. Bad year for special teams.

GRADE: D

COACHING:

Hard to figure. 10-6 team. Beat some good teams. Had some dominating games. But, at times, they look unfocused and not willing to put in the price to win. The Eagles game was a disaster. So was the Packers game. Too many turnovers and penalties. But, 10-6. So, how much of it is on the coaching staff, and how much of it is on the players? I think, all things considered, with all the injuries, the coaches did a decent job. Not great. But not horrible. Decent.

GRADE: B

What are your Giants grades?


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5 Responses to “2010 Season Grades”

  1. Chris says:

    How do you grade Aaron Ross as horrible? He was always in a special package except the last game. Never lined up at his true position, CB. He did make that bonehead play against Philly, though, not containing the outside and allowing Vick to escape. Thomas is good, better than Webster, but each of them seemed to make that ONE critically bad play at the wrong time. They are B cb’s, not shut-down A cb’s. Grant played well first half, mediocre the second half. That wretched play were he jumped up in the air against Vick, allowing Vick to go 40 yds., is forever etched in my mind. Roll was decent, but also made some bad plays. Look at that bomb he let up against Wash the last game. Phillips was mediocre. That play of going for the interception against Philly and allowing a monster TD for the tight end will also be forever etched in my mind. Secondary a C or C-. Unfortunately for them, only a few mistakes can ruin their grade.

  2. Geeeeemen says:

    I also think Ross is better than what you graded him as. And I think you were too generous when grading the offense.

    Giving Eli a B is very nice of you. Throw out the yards and TDs, his turnovers ruined our season. It’s just unacceptable. B-

    WR – A? What about all those interceptions off their hands? People running the wrong routes? B+

    OL – if our running game disappeared at times, so did our OL. But they fought through injuries. B+

  3. matcohen says:

    Kevin Boss caught 50% of the passes thrown his way. This was the worst rate for starting TEs in football. Average is 65% or so and top TEs are in the 70-75% range. Check out Football Outsiders if you don’t believe me.

    You need your TE to catch balls at a high rate on 3rd and short to maintain possession. Boss is not good at that. Steve Smith is but this season showed that reliance on one receiver for 3rd downs is a bad thing to do. QBs need a reliable safety valve and the TE generally lay that role.

    TE is top of my list for improvements in 2010.

    And Eli gets a C. He was an average QB and C is an average grade.

  4. Chris H. says:

    QB – C. Too many off balance, off target throws. At least three times a game I would say “Uh Oh” just based off how Eli threw the ball…many times it was interceptions.

    RB – C+. Not completely their fault. Some games I thought Gilbride abandoned the run too quickly. I prefer ground and pound, but Gilbride only seems to use the run after softening defenses with the pass.

    WR – B-. Many bad routes and giving up on plays. The end zone throw against the Cowboys that went for a pick 6 still makes me sick.

    TE – C-. Not sure if all the big hits have made Boss a bit shakey but he dropped way too many passes that should have been caught.

    OL – A. With all the injuries I was pleasantly surprised by how well they played.

    DL – B+. I was devastated with Kiwi went down. I would have really enjoyed to see how much damage our DL would have caused if he was healthy the whole season.

    LB – B. Goff gets me pumped up when I see him fly through the line and crush the RB. He seemed to do it multiple times every game and I loved it. Boley is also a very capable LB especially in coverage. He lost a bit of love from me when he let Vick skate by him for a TD in the first game, but, I let it slide a bit since I still loved him for knocking out Romo lol.

    Secondary – C+. Terrell Thomas is fantastic at form tackles. High school coaches should use videos of him tackling to show their teams. Him and Webster are also very good at bump and run coverage, but, not fast enough to keep up with the faster WR’s in the league. Rolle and Phillips were great in run support but need to get a bit better in pass coverage.

    • Dave says:

      I think you hit the hammer right on the nail. Great analysis. I would add I thought the O-line really showed it’s time for some of the veteran’s to retire. I think we rushed the ball better and had like 0 sacks when Booth and Beatty (and Andrews) played. YOu missed a grade for the coaches. My take… B+ for head coach, A- for D-Coordinator, D for O-coordinator Killdrive, and “F” for S-Teams coach!

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