It was hard to watch the game, I guess I am getting spoiled being able to move the time back and forth and eliminate the stupid commentary because I have NFL games online. It was a Jet game, the view was from the Jets standpoint, they mostly talked about how bad the Jets are. And they looked bad. Their defense is going to win them a few games but their offense is terrible. They have nobody to throw to and there are holes in the offensive line. Just too many holes in the whole team top to bottom, their punter is going to lose them some games.
They were a good team under Mangini and have regressed a lot. I’m picking the jets to go 4-12 and cleaning house after the season. They have not developed any players and this whole Tebow thing is ridiculous. Tim Tebow has everything you need to be a great football player, to be a great quarterback you need something Tebow does not have. An NFL QB must have a strong accurate arm, accuracy is more important than overall strength. There are throws a NFL QB must make, Tebow cannot make those throws. His arm strength is not good enough for the NFL and he is not accurate enough. So the Jets have wasted draft picks and time, now onto the Giants.
On the first play Blackburn just comeptlely missed the play, Kiwi filled the hole and stopped a huge run, it came back because of a penalty. I think Herzlich hurt his hip, Giants are falling again. This was another game that the officials where terrible on all counts. They missed a lot of calls, some were obvious, plus they were confused a lot. They missed two pass interference calls, one was with Cruz in the endzone. The DB did not turn his head to the ball and made contact, that’s pass interference, he mugged him and then turned his head. If these are the guys that are going to be working during the regular season there are going to be a lot of games won and lost because of the zebras.
On to my new favorite target, Barden is useless, he cannot get open, he has no technique, I am sick of him, just please go away. I hope the Giants don’t hold onto him and let one of these young players go. Jernigan played better but it was against the scrubs, even so he showed something. Like I said he has talent but has not shown improvement, this game he has and that is a good sign.
You can see who is starting to play well, the cream always rises to the top. David Diehl continues to be below average as a blocker. DeVito just manhandled him all game, it’s getting painful to watch him. On another play I never saw this before, a Jet just drove Snee back. Unless these guys regain something this is going to have to be a pass happy team, they will not be able to run the ball. There is so much talent on this team the Giants can win with this offensive line, just maybe win another super bowl if everybody stays healthy. Beatty must get back and someone has to claim that ROT spot. Ware could not get a hole to run through. That offensive line gets no push at all and there is no crease or seam, nothing.
The good, the bad and the ugly.
Good: Defensive line, everybody played pretty well, it’s deep even with the injuries and the starters are the best in the NFL. I think the Giants have some sleepers in Marshall and maybe Tracy & Kuhn, Hendricks and even Broha. A few guys will make the practice squad too. So as usual this group will make or break the team in terms of success.
Good: Some of the linebackers look good, Rivers looks good enough to take over for Boley so that Boley can move to the MIKE if he has to. Kiwi seems to find the hole and fill it, he has great lateral movement and good football instincts. The others seem to have some talent too, some have to get healthy. Herzlich is hurt I hope it’s not bad he was winning the battle for the middle linebacker position.
Good: Eli and Carr, best 1-2 QB tandem in the NFL. Carr never looked better.
Good: Running backs, too bad they can’t get a hole. Brown ran better than last week, Ware got no help but ran well. Wilson looks dangerous, like he can break it for a TD every time he touches the ball. Hynoski can be the short yardage back, he ran well in college, they just have to give him a chance. Martinek is going to make this team and be more than just a backup RB/FB, he can run, catch and block. Scott had a nice run, I want to see more of him, he did pick up a blitzer but the other one made the hit, not his fault, his blocking has improved and the coaches will see this on the tape.
Good: Prince had a much better game and is showing aggression and confidence, something a DB MUST have, he’s going to make plays in the run game and pass game. Hosley has skills and will be a really important part of the defense especially in the Nickel packages, he covers better than Rolle. Hill looks pretty good, hard hitter and is playing well. Rolle, KP and Webster are as good as ever and KP looks 100% for the first time since early in his rookie year, of course it’s his contract year.
Good: Cruz is in mid-season form, Hixon looks like he’s back, Randle looks good, he’s smooth, Jernigan had a much better game still has to improve though. Stanback had moments, Douglas caught a very difficult pass. I wanted to see more of Talley and Collins, I guess next game.
Good: Tynes looks better than ever and his leg is so much stronger, Weatherford is fine. DeOssie looks healthy.
Bad: Blackburn played a bit better but he is just too slow and does not diagnose plays well. He’s always somewhere away from the ball, like if the ball goes left he’s going right. Although he did make a few plays he still looks like he has no instinctive football ability especially in pass coverage. If he has to be the starting MIKE every TE will have a career day.
Bad: Special teams play, the Jets looked like they were close to blocking every punt and the return blocking needs work too.
Bad: All the tightends seem to have had trouble blocking, Bennett had a tough time with Bart Scott, they were going up against some of the best 3-4 linebackers in football though. Bennett has to learn to get lower and use a better base. They need more time with the offensive line, right now they are blowing assignments because there is not enough cohesion. One player does not yet know what the other is going to do on the offensive line as well as the TE. In the Giants scheme it is very important the TE knows who to block. Right now people are blocking the same man and missing others. I’m not talking about double teams, there is some confusion on their assignments with the TE and offensive line.
Bad: Baas, Boothe and Locklear had some problems blocking on run plays, they must get better and work together more. I think they will improve as they get more time together. Beatty please get healthy
Ugly: I know this is redundant but Ramses Barden’s play is horrendous, he must be cut, traded, kidnapped and sent to Afghanistan to entertain the troops as a circus clown, as long as he’s gone I’ll be happy.
Ugly: David Diehl looks terrible, I was hoping he would play better he didn’t he was worse. Snee also looked really bad, he’s not even close to the probowl player of a few seasons ago although he did pull well. The whole offensive line looks bad but both bring it down even more. This line cannot run block. Coughlin must be on the phone with Reese yelling “HELP!!!” Reese must be looking for help but the Giants are limited with cap space. Some moves might have to be made. Can we get a 7th round pick for Barden just to relieve some cap space?
Ugly: As usual the injuries are racking up, what is it with this team? I wonder if every team has this many injuries. This year it’s the back, hips and hammy’s, last year it was knees.
I think this is a 10-6 team, they are going to have problems running the ball and if teams learn to exploit that the Giants could end up 8-8. The offensive line has no push and rarely even makes a seam for the runner. One of the biggest issues I see is that they need more time together, many times they are blocking the same man and missing an unblocked player who makes the tackle. This was very evident on more complex blocking schemes the Giants like to use, like pulling guards. Snee can still move and is very good at pulling from his spot and leading the play like a fullback. For that to be effective the players must work together and that takes time.
The Giants have some great receivers and everybody including the TEs and RBs can catch the ball very well. I expect the Giants to have to use the pass to set up the run. It worked in the past for the Giants and many other teams as well who won super bowls with pass first offenses. Jerry Reese if you are listening, next season I know you want to get some pass rushers but really this team desperately needs offensive lineman. Not projects, not prospects, proven NFL quality players or can’t miss draftees like first round franchise left tackles or huge road grading guards.