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The Giants Looked Slow, Lost, and Pathetic

I don’t know how else to couch my feelings after yesterday’s debacle other than to say it as plainly as I can. The Giants looked really slow on both sides of the ball, completely lost, and absolutely pathetic.

The Giants offensive line was worse than a turnstile at Busch Gardens yesterday. Eli Manning was sacked 6 times in about 3 minutes… and our OL made the Carolina Panthers front 4 look like the 1985 Chicago Bears. We knew they were bad, but not THAT bad. Hell the Giants won a Superbowl a couple of seasons ago with the worst OL in the league! How could they be any worse than that? I don’t know, but they are. Getting man-handled as Tom Coughlin said is completely accurate.

To make matters worse, Eli Manning was slow to sense the pressure – and looked completely lost without options. He did nothing to get the ball out when he realized a sack was coming. I’m not sure what he’s doing back there when he has a running back wide open in the flat, and he doesn’t even look in that direction. Like it’s not even an option. Brandon Jacobs does not need to be running stretch plays. We knew years ago how slow that play was to develop. David Wilson, the fast kid — does. But both of them can catch out of the backfield — which didn’t happen at all. No short passes to stretch the defense out.

Kevin Gilbride — Do you think the game plan to attack the Carolina secondary was picked up on by any chance? Do you think the Panthers had a game plan of their own? Do you think our former MLB Chase Blackburn filled them in to how to best exploit our offense in such an event? We got out played, but more to the point we got out-coached yesterday. They knew exactly what was coming and exactly how to handle it. Pathetic.

Speaking of slow, lost, and pathetic – how about the Defense?

Our “pass rush” looks like it’s still stuck in preseason. This has to be the slowest collection of guys I’ve seen try to blitz a QB since the 1994 screening of Little Giants. How many times did I hear “blitz coming” yesterday and still see guys running with space between them and the OL/DL mashup in front of them. Guess what Perry Fewell, that delayed blitz — doesn’t work. For the love of god, can we see some sense of urgency? I feel like Mickey in Rocky 3 — SPEED. SPEED. SPEED.

Speaking of speed, how about the Carolina WRs completely roasting our DBs who are supposed to be at 2010 level when we actually had a top 5 defense? After Aaron Ross’ gimmie interception and pass defended in the end zone in the first half, he got burnt repeatedly and gave up 21 points all on his own. And you wonder why he wasn’t re-signed in 2012.

The Giants just don’t have anything on either side of the ball to be happy with. Honestly, I don’t see how this team wins 4 games. Something drastic has to change as we head into a week facing Andy Reid and the KC Cheifs — but if this same team shows up next Sunday the Giants’ season is all but lost.

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One Response to “The Giants Looked Slow, Lost, and Pathetic”

  1. DP says:

    This I suppose will be the defining weekend for the Giants 2013 season. If any pride remains among this year’s roster, it will show against KC with the type of performance and winning outcome that is consistent with the expectations of the fans. The performances by this team this season has been deplorable and I just hope the Giants Ownership team is personally conducting meetings with the GM and his staff and the HC and his staff and letting them know they will be held accountable for any continued team-wide performance. The players, well they need to have their own meeting and the team leaders need to speak up and allow the other players to voice their opinion’s as well.

    The Offensive Line has significant talent issues and I believe it stems in part from the lack of priority that JR has placed on Offensive Lineman during the draft and his tenure. That aside, watching them perform almost seems like they are attempting a ‘new’ blocking scheme this year with futile results. I don’t know, perhaps one of the readers knows if they are trying to implement a zone blocking scheme or something new this season. If so, that might explain some of the inept basic blocking performances as an entire unit for the run and the pass.

    Eli does not pose a dual run/pass threat to a defense and he is not the dink and donk short-game passer with many 3-step passing tree routes being called. The D Line on the opposition know exactly where they can find Eli in the pocket. They may have to move the pocket and consider more 3-step patterns and multiple hot reads.

    On Defense it is time for the Giants to go with JPP and Moore as the Defensive Ends, especially in clear passing downs. Sit Tuck, Sit Kiwi and play Moore or move Tuck inside in clear passing situations. Ross and Thomas, surely nice guys and in the case of Thomas a truly great story of persistence. However, it is time to get Hosley on the field more frequently either as a corner replacing an injured Webster or as the nickle-back. I agree we look slow on Defense and Moore and Hosley are a couple of guys who will help improve the overall defensive speed a bit.

    To date Big Blue has been clearly Unprepared, out-coached and outplayed. This week we will find out how much ‘heart’ remains in this organization and with this team on the field.

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