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Giants Can Learn From The – Uchhh! – Jets

Giants Can Learn From The – Uchhh! – Jets.
By Martin Alvin

En-route to a horrible 0-6 start, the Giants didn’t run the ball well with dancing, darting, impatient, David Wilson and Eli was taking way too many seven step drops and throwing way too many bombs that morphed into interceptions –- all of which made the ‘O’ look even worse with their mixing and matching bunch of substitutes. Meanwhile, the ‘D’ was getting torched and the special teams sucked. So, it would seem logical to credit their modest, recent, two game winning streak to running the ball better with north/south Brandon Jacobs and Peyton Hillis, throwing fewer bombs and some modest improvement on a simplified ‘D’ –- even though, unfortunately, the special teams still suck. But is that enough to make a belated run at the post season? I think so and here’s why: the – Uchhh! – Jets.

Nothing – I repeat, nothing – pains me more than watching the Jets win a football game. I’m telling you, honest-to-God, it’s like getting a sharp stick poked in my eye. Especially when they beat good teams like the Saints, or the Patriots a few weeks ago. That’s even worse than watching them beat lousy teams like the Buccaneers. At a certain point, I just have to turn off the TV. I watch their losses, though, to the very end and relish every second — especially during that 49-9 drubbing by the Bengals. But their victories now exceed their losses and hey, credit where credit is due –- even when giving that credit pains me even more.

Wasn’t always that way. I liked the Jets, even rooted for them -– except, of course, when they played the Giants. They gave me my first Super Bowl excitement when they beat the Colts in SB III. They were “the other team” I watched on Sundays; and that helped ease the anguish of rooting for the Giants during the late 60s and all trough the 70s, when Big Blue was just God-awful and totally clueless. From Weeb Ewbank to Walt Michaels to Joe Walton, up to and through the great Parcells era and then, up to the end of the Mangini regime; I can honestly say I wished the Jets well. Now, I admit it; I despise Woody — lets-upstage-the-Giants-anytime-we-can — Johnson, and his pride and joy: the I’m-so-defensively-brilliant, Rex Ryan. Hell, I even hate his damn Band-Aids. But again, credit where credit is due because there’s something to be learned from this years 5-4 Jets team – and that is: defense still matters.

Even though this era of pro football is dominated by the prolific offenses of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and Aaron Rogers, and even though everyone seems to have marginalized defenses, the Jet’s defense keeps them in almost every game -– including wins over both Tom Brady and Drew Brees. And that’s in spite of the fact that their very less-than-ordinary offense is piloted by a very so-so rookie throwing to a bunch of no-name receivers. Yes, the ‘D’ failed miserably against the Bengals; but no defense is perfect: the 85 Bears got beat 38-24 by Miami and the 2000 Ravens lost four games that year; and those were two of the great ‘Ds’ of all time. But the Jet’s ‘D’ was absolutely the difference against the Saints and the Patriots –- two of the best teams in the NFL and two sure playoff teams when January rolls around. The Jets had their rookie QB throw the ball only when absolutely necessary and ran the ball often and with authority. The special teams were okay — and the ‘D’ did the rest. Which bring me back to the Giants.

While it’s still a long shot –- and I mean, a real, long, long, long shot –- if Big Blue continues to play good defense, and if they continue to run the ball with authority, and if they get just mediocre play from their special teams; it’s possible they can still make some noise this year. The –- Uchhh! –- Jets have shown them a viable template for being in almost every game and winning more of those games than losing them. And if that doesn’t piss the Giants off enough to want to obliterate all the talk about the Jet’s unlikely –- but non-the-less dramatic and compelling — success this year, then I don’t know what will. So, I repeat, as much as it pains me to repeat it: The Giants Can Learn From The — Uchhh! – Jets.


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6 Responses to “Giants Can Learn From The – Uchhh! – Jets”

  1. Btucker says:

    I wholeheartedly agree. The Jets ( whom I also detest for the same reasons you do ) have provided a formula for winning and competing in most games. The only thing I would add is that Kevin Gilbride needs to awaken from his stupor and finally realize that a controlled ( short ) passing game with sustained drives is the only viable and effective path forward for the Giants’ offense. ( see e.g. Giants vs. Vikings – 17 play drive consuming over 9 minutes off the clock .) Many of us have been ( you included ) screaming about the need to go to a short passing game for many weeks previous – let’ s hope that Gilbride has finally gotten the message and sticks with that formula. It also pains me to say it but Gilbride could learn something from Marty Mornhinweg. ( as an instructive aside, the 17 play drive to which I referred stalled and resulted in a field goal because on third and short Gilbride called for a relatively long pass into the end zone which was incomplete – for damn sake Gilbride just move the chains! Let’s give the defense a rest, keep the opposing offense off the field, and put Eli in a position where he can be moderately successful and avoid the turnovers which have plagued him during his career.

    I would appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Btucker says:

    By the way – just wanted to let you know that as far as I’m concerned, your pieces on the Giants are more well- reasoned and insightful than any other writer covering the Giants online.

    • Martin says:

      Thanks for your comments, Btucker. You’re absolutely right about Marty Mornhinweg. He’s made a huge difference for the — Ughhh! — Jets. I should have mentioned him, myself. Let’s see how the Giants adapt on Sunday against the Raiders. If they get to 3-6, there’s still hope. As you know, last year, the Redskins started the season 3-6 and then went on a 7 game run to finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. And as discussed in a recent post of mine — Tom Coughlin: The NY Giants’ Difference — Coughlin took his 2nd year, expansion, 1996 Jaguars through the playoffs to the AFC Championship game after starting that season at 3-6.

  3. Nicky says:

    Learn from the Jets? What are you smoking? I can’t believe you wrote that. You’re usually spot-on with your observations. But are you kidding me? Learn what from the Jets? How to be blowhards? How to be clowns? They’re a bunch of losers. Just watch them choke. No. There’s nothing to learn from the Jets except to never be anything like them. What a stupid thing to say!

  4. Martin says:

    Thanks for your passionate comments, Nicky, but relax; I didn’t say: the Giants should be like the Jets. I just said they can learn from the Jets. There’s a big difference. No question about it, the Giants are a great organization with almost 90 years of championship tradition. The Jets aren’t. So, I’d never suggest the Giants be like the — Uchhh! — Jets. But that being said, the Giants can learn something from the way the Jets have adapted their less than mediocre offense to keep them in games dominated by their excellent defense. Right now, before they eventually choke — your words, not mine — they’re making the most of their limited talent on offense. Surely, the Giants, with a much more gifted offense, can adapt too.” Relax, Nicky; I love your enthusiasm, but that’s all I’m saying.  

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