A Note On After The Play Activity

I might be what some people call old-school. I believe in establishing the running game. Getting after the passer. Stuffing the run. Nothing fancy. Just good, old fashioned football. Which is why I’m so annoyed about all the after the play crap that happened in the Giants Eagles game.

I do understand emotion, and having it get the best of you. It happens. It’s happened to me. It happens to all of us. I understand that these games are heated, that it’s a rivalry game. I get that. And I also understand not reacting appropriately when provoked. I think we’ve all been there.

That said, refs are going to call every unnecessary roughness violation they see. They’re going to call any personal foul violation they see. And, at some point, it’s going to cost the Giants a game.

The best thing to do is just walk away. Let your play do the talking. If you get pushed, don’t push back. Push back on the field. It’s not worth it. It just isn’t.

But as much as I may plead, I think it’s impossible for players to take a deep breath when they get pushed, or if they feel they get hit high, and say, “wait.”. It’s difficult. I know that. I just think that, when possible, caution needs to be exercised.

If I was a coach, I would preach remaining calm. I think if you get all heated, it could hurt you in other ways. Maybe you miss a tackle, drop a ball. That’s something that you can’t have. So, you have to be judicious.

I’m not saying that if the Giants are up 45 points, to just go crazy. I think that would be hypocritical. Obviously, in that situation, a personal foul isn’t going to affect the outcome. But, it’s about getting into habits, no matter the score or situation, and sticking to that. Easier said than done, I know.

I’m just making my case here. I know that players are not going to stop playing with emotion, and going over the line. But, I just think they need to be more aware of the consequences, not get bogged down in petty conflicts. THey’ll be better off for it.

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3 Responses to “A Note On After The Play Activity”

  1. Michael S says:

    I prefer when they show emotion by defending there teammates.. It shows they care for each other and they’re a closer team. That’s how it should be. Play hard for each other and you will win. Even if it costs them a penalty, the players know that player was defending his team so they’ll play even harder. Don’t Play with rage in your head.. It’s all about control of the mind and being able to concentrate to make a play but also play with the rage you need to make the play. And antrel rolles penalty was stupid. It was that dirty eagirl Brent celek who started it and elbow pounded djax after we got the penalty.

  2. Michael S says:

    Everyone must be deeply interested in this lol great feedback

  3. Jason C. says:

    I have no problem with it. I’d rather it not happen, but when someone is going to play dirty I think you have to warrant that with retaliation. Football is played by warriors, and sometimes, they have to act like it. That said, it’s pretty disheartening that 90% of the time the Giant who retaliates gets flagged and the Eagle/Redskin/Titan/etc. who started it gets off scott free. You don’t hear anyone saying Celek’s play was uncalled for and idiotic, and not because it wasn’t, but because he didn’t get the flag. Too bad Coughlin lost control of his team again, eh?? Funny how Andy Reid NEVER loses control of his team (whining about penalties, getting STD’s, excessive showboating, calling themselves “the dream team”) yet he can’t even keep his own kids in check, I’m sick of the Ringless Martyr that he’s become. He’s no better than Wayne Fontes.

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