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Michael Boley Not Happy About His Lack of Playing Time vs Ravens

Michael Boley isn’t a happy camper these days with the Giants, as the NY Daily News talks about, he played just 25 percent vs the Ravens Sunday, and is a bit frustrated about it.

For years, Michael Boley has been a mainstay in the Giants defense, one of their most reliable linebackers but on Sunday, he saw a steep decrease in playing time. And on Wednesday, he admitted that the decline in snaps left him “a little bit” frustrated.

“A little bit,” he said. “But coaches make the decision, we’re just employees . . .That’s what they felt like going with, so, you know, you play it.”

“I was surprised. But then again, it’s not my call.”

Against Baltimore, he played only 25% of the defensive snaps, despite the fact that the Giants often used four linebackers at once. On Monday, Tom Coughlin had called Boley’s decline in playing time “a cumulative health thing,” hinting that the back, hip and hamstring issues the linebacker dealt with all season had compromised his ability slightly.

Boley said Wednesday that that “could have” factored, and he admitted that 2012 has not been “how I would like it to be” but he added that he’s “still here, still playing,” and that he felt he could have been effective on Sunday, especially since “at this time of year, nobody is 100%.”

“I could have played more, I think so,” Boley said. “It’s water under the bridge now.”

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4 Responses to “Michael Boley Not Happy About His Lack of Playing Time vs Ravens”

  1. PC says:

    Lots of players are just spouting off. Thats one of our problems with this team. Leaders don’t blame coaches or other people on the team as evident by Osi blaming the group as a whole but not really blaming himself for the lack of production. Then there is Boley saying basically shoulda coulda woulda.
    Leaders take responsibility and man up when the going gets tough. I think when the Giants and Jerry Reese go to draft this year they should take the players character as one of the biggest attributes. I think its more important than speed or ability. Thats why I loved Brandon Jacobs. He had heart. Sure he called out coaches but he had fire. His production went down but he still rallied the team. Tuck and Eli are soft spoken. Yes they are great players but they aren’t true leaders. We need character guys that man up! Talk is cheap!

  2. dave bassman says:

    maybe boley would have played more if in the last 4-5 weeks he hasnt constantly been burned on short patterns, bitten on play action, and maybe, just once in a blue moon, held contain on the outside, not allowing a RB to blast through holes for big gains.. Boley is another in a long line of LB’s that this team has acquired who they completely over value.. the draft, although many LB”s have been taken over the last 4-5 years, hasnt produced one player who can be a starter on this team.. the Free agent route hasnt been much better. The defensive backs are just awefull. think back over time, look at all the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round draft picks have been on DB’s, they NEVER pan out.. Will Allen? Ross, Webster, Phillips, Thomas? all busts.. they guys who are UFA’s and late round picks play just as well.. Every other team has guys who get up in the WR’s faces and make plays. these guys dont tackle, arent tuff, have hands of stone, and cant cover.. if the once vaunted pass rush doesnt get there, they get sliced and diced all game..

    i dont know, they have won two super bowls with this group, but seriously, this group might be the most untalented two time super bowl champions of all time.. LOL thank god for Eli and Coughlin. they are responsible.

  3. Jason C. says:

    Boley sold himself out in the Redskins game, as did the entire LB corps, enough to, even with the playoffs on the line, force the coaching staff to play untested players at LB in order to gauge what they had for next year. Can’t blame the coaching staff here.

  4. PC says:

    Up until now Webster and Phillips are great picKs. They are pro bowlers and champions. Thomas wasn’t a bust he just got hurt. If Thomas was healthy he would’ve been another Revis in this league no question. I think all of those picks where good pics. Can’t blame Reese on that. Its The NFL. A career can be over before you blink. We have the best GM in football, no question. We just need to look into drafting character players with leadership qualities.

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