Thursday, December 29, 2005

Giants Need Oakland to Lose

Our loss to the Redskins came at the wrong time for us. We have to win this next game against the Oakland Raiders to clinch the NFC East title. The Raiders haven’t played the Giants since 1998 and they have lost five consecutive games so our chances at the title look really good. We are lucky we had a loss to give and are not in dire straits now because of it. Eli Manning has a good chance of having a great game as the Raiders pass rush has been ineffective for some time. Kerry Collins is facing his old team and is treating this game as very important because he would like to end this 4-11 season on a positive note.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Pro Bowl and Return of the Redskins

The Pro Bowl elects were announced and the New York Giants will be sending a record six players to the all-star game. This comes as no surprise with the talent we have seen on this team this year. The honorees are Tiki Barber, Jeremy Shockey, Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan and David Tyree. We beat the Chiefs on Saturday, extending our winning streak to thee games and this is just the way I saw the Giants moving into the playoffs. We face the Redskins and then the Raiders and I have high hopes for the playoffs. This team will have no problem beating the Redskins again after shutting them out early in the season.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Feely Makes a Giants Better Team

Our Giants kicker Jay Feely may have missed three field goals in Seattle but he remains the highest scoring and best kicker in the NFL. He has a whopping 119 points for his career and the best statistical rating for a kicker in the NFL. Feely made up for Seattle in the game against the Cowboys and has made his mark in many other games this season. Kickers have the more riding on each individual play than any other position on the team, and Jay Feely performs well under pressure a majority of the time. Feely has enhanced the score of quite a few games this season and we hope to see him in the same place next season.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Barber Beats Cowboys Inch by Inch

The Giants played like a team possessed by victory against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. The Cowboys couldn’t convert on downs and they had more punts plays than first downs it seemed. The New York Giants fought well and totally stopped the Dallas running game. We also stopped their passing game. We clenched the conference with an iron fist and proved we are the better team against a formidable opponent. Tiki Barber was the star of the game with 30 carries and 115 yards. Eli Manning only completed 12 of his 31 passes so Barbers contribution was desperately needed.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Shhhh! We’re Playing Football.

The New York Giants fell hard in an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It was like many of the close match ups we have seen this season. I wish I knew exactly how many games had gone into overtime this season, but I know it’s a lot. If we let the Cowboys get that close we very well may lose. So we need the fans to play their 12th man role and fill the stadium with Giants chants and raucous noise to keep the Cowboys offense on their toes. It worked well in Seattle and really affected our ability to call plays on the field.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Eagles Lose in Giants’ Nest

The New York Giants stomped the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday 27-17. We had lost four games in a row to the Eagles and finally pulled out of the slump and showed no fear in the face of a fierce rival. This game also was our 600th franchise victory and only two other teams have reached that many wins. Our defense actually allowed a touchdown for the first time in a long time and got no sacks for the game which is another impressive stat. The most impressive thing of all was that the Giants had no turnovers for the entire game. The New York Giants are a well oiled machine and are ready for the match up against the Seahawks next week.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Giants to Host Eagles

The New York Giants are ignoring the Philadelphia Eagles apparent weakened state. They are acting as if the Eagles are their old selves and preparing for an intense battle this Sunday. Donovan McNabb may be hurt but he still led a great offense against the Cowboys who scraped together a win in the final minutes of the game. New York is determined not to underestimate this Eagles defense. We will be prepared for the cold nasty weather at Giants Stadium and are looking for a win over the Eagles this week. Eli Manning has led us to nine wins this season. Let’s hope for ten as the Giants prepare for the team who has won four NFC East titles in a row.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Ask Nicely

In his first season Shockey set the stage for a new breed of tight ends. He was aggressive and punished tacklers left and right. It came to a point were teams would adjust just for him. In this last season Shockey still put up decent numbers but they were nothing compared to his first season.

So recently he as been complaining he wants the ball more. Well, ask and you shall receive.
''He wants it so bad, we just have to make sure we're doing everything we can offensively to help him.'' - offensive coordinator John Hufnagel
The coaches seem to agree and if Shockey does become a target more on a regular basis I am sure, young gun, Eli Manning will surely appreciate that.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

He is Back

Good news today in Giant land, Strahan is back!! Strahan had suffered a torn pectoral muscle it what most considered a freak accident. It was Strahan's first major surgery and he recovered very well as he was given permission to practice again with no limitations at all. Glad to have him back though.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Tough Love

I am sure everyone knows the way head coach Tom Coughlin works. To say he is a disciplinarian would be an understatement. It is nothing but tough love from this coach, but word around the block is that he has loosened up a bit. Now when I say bit I mean a very, very small increment. Regardless though, it allows players to have more of a comfort zone with their head coach, which always a positive thing for any team.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

'It is not a Toomer'

The 2004 season was not to kind to Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer. Toomer but up horrible stats then hurt his hamstring right when Kurt Warner was dethroned by young buck Eli Manning.

Well now Toomer will get to put his hamstring to the test. This is the first time that Toomer will get to test it out at full speed. Hopefully all goes well and Toomer can rebound this year.

Monday, May 23, 2005

The New Guy

With the presence of tight end Heath Miller, the Steelers No. 1 pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, there should defiantly be some benefits added to the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

This is because Miller will present match up problems for a defense. He is too quick and evasive to be covered by a linebacker and too big and strong for a safety. This makes him the equivalent of a Tony Gonzales or a Jeremy Shockey, giving Roethlisberger a go to target over the middle where the zone coverage is usually soft.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

QB Shuffle

The ever-evolving backup quarterback situation took more twists as the team acquired Tim Hasselbeck off waivers and reached an injury settlement with Jim Miller, who had hip surgery in April.

The moves set up a training camp battle for the No. 2 job behind Eli Manning between Hasselbeck, 27, and Jesse Palmer, 26.

The two are six months apart in age and have about the same level of experience, which is not much. Palmer might have a leg up because of his strong arm, familiarity with the system, comfort level with the coaches and close friendship with Manning.

But coach Tom Coughlin likes Hasselbeck's spunk and knows his family well, having recruited and coached his older brother, Matt, at Boston College.

Jared Lorenzen figures to be the fourth passer in camp and if he performs well could earn a spot on the practice squad.

Monday, May 09, 2005

The Next Generationi

CB Corey Webster, the second-round draft pick, looked agile and quick as he covered fellow rookies under the tough wind conditions. He even had a couple of picks. The team loves his ability to go up and get the ball as a converted receiver.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Making it Count

The team filled its top two positional needs with CB Corey Webster and DE Justin Tuck. Both will have a chance to play regularly at positions where there is no established depth. Webster offers a nice blend of size and speed; perhaps most important, he also has a feel for making interceptions. Starting CBs Will Peterson and Will Allen have not created many turnovers; Allen in particular has dropped several potential picks. Tuck, Notre Dame's career leader in sacks, has nice quickness and good inside moves. The most urgent need on offense was a young backup to RB Tiki Barber, preferably one who could aid an anemic short-yardage game. Brandon Jacobs (6-4, 267) could fill that need.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

A Draft Wishper

Because it made the trade for QB Eli Manning in 2004, the team will be without a first-round pick for the first time in 12 years and will have only four choices overall. There is little chance of a trade up into the first round, but a trade down to get more picks is a possibility if there are interested partners.

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Come Back

One would have to believe that the return DE Michael Strahan is very important to the New York Football Giants. As it is the defensive end spot is thin with Umeyiora hurt as well.

Strahan who is now 33 and entering his 13th NFL season is in the public eye with his divorce on top of battling his first major injury since his rookie year. His team has complete faith in his come back for the 2005 season.

Strahan had to undergo surgery in November to repair his torn chest muscle, and now it is believed to be almost a full recovery. So come training camp expect Strahan to be locked and loaded with out any restrictions holding him back.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

A strong Trio

The signing of WR Plaxico Burress completed arguably the most stellar free agent class in the league and should produce a passing game with tricky matchups for opposing secondaries.

Starting WRs Burress and Amani Toomer, are 6-5 and 6-3, respectively. TE Jeremy Shockey, the other main receiving threat, is 6-5.

That will make it tough for opponents to get by with undersized defensive backs, especially in the red zone.

Burress has been inconsistent in holding onto the ball and did not have many yards after the catch last season.But he knows how to use his height to his advantage on high balls and he might thrive in a more pass-oriented offense than the one Bill Cowher used in Pittsburgh. . . .

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Action Plan

The top targets in free agency are offensive tackle and wide receiver. It is difficult to assess the tackle market until the franchise tag and re-signing dust settles. Orlando Pace and Walter Jones already are off the market, so the top choices remaining would include Jonas Jennings, Kareem McKenzie and perhaps Ryan Diem. Luke Petitgout has proven himself at left tackle in the past, but he is coming off a tough year and might be forced back to the right if the team lands a big name who can play the left side. A player such as McKenzie might be appealing because he can play both tackle positions. At least that is the theory. He played the right side for the Jets. . . .

At receiver, Amani Toomer is coming off a frustrating, injury-marred year and could use a young, fast, big wideout to complement both him and Shockey. It is not known how much the team is willing to spend for a player like that, but the early list of candidates worth looking at includes Plaxico Burress, Jerry Porter and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Porter would be a great fit, but there will be plenty of competition for his services. . . .

With DT Corey Simon franchised, it is not clear whether the team will look to tackle or linebacker as its top priority on defense. If the team pays big for offensive help it might be content to add lower priced veterans on defense and bolster that unit in the draft. One certainty in this offseason is there will be fewer veteran signings overall. Last year the team signed waves of reasonably priced free agents to add depth to a rebuilt roster, but with a core in place and key players under contract, the focus this year likely will be more on quality than quantity.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

A tight Issue

We all know that Jeremy Shockey is a huge presence on the field for the New York Football Giants. We all know that Shockey has great hands to catch the ball, along with his vision and route running ability. Although people tend to forget that Shockey is an all purposed tight end, and look past the fact he can block.

Head coach Tom Coughlin kept him in the blocking scheme more of this past season, doing that the Giants cancel out an important weapon on offense.I would recommend finding another tight end that can block to let Shockey be more involved with the offense, especially in the end zone.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Prove It

Veteran wide receiver Amana Toomer has seen better days, and finished the season very uncharacteristic, with numbers that are low for him.

What is the reason behind it all?

Maybe it is because he is getting older now that he will be playing in his 30’s or was it because of his hamstring injury that seemed to be cumbersome to him throughout the season, or just maybe it was because of a rookie quarterback.

Hopefully Toomer will keep himself healthy enough for next season. I know that Toomer will still have the big play ability, but regardless, look for the Giants to add youth and speed to their wide receiver cops either through the draft or free agency.

Sunday, January 30, 2005

In the Trenches

How does one build a team?

Some would go get a quarterback, some would pursue a running back, others a line-backer or a go to receiver. Personally I feel it starts with the line. If you can get five guys together that work as one unit, whether it is on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, you can easily build from there.

Well to bad for the Giants, who went the path of the quarterback? In doing so, there Giants had another rough year for the o-line. It is apparent there is room for improvement and for a deeper talent pool. With the exceptions of second-round pick in ’04, Chris Snee and C Shaun O’Hara, the Giants need to put some attention to the protection around their golden boy Eli Manning.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Free Agent Buzz

With no first-round pick and more cap room than usual, the team must focus on free agency to improve. The top target is offensive tackle, preferably one who can anchor the left side. Jones and Pace are the big names, but it not clear either will be available. If so they will be wildly expensive. The team wants a big-play receiver. Plaxico Burress and Jerry Porter would be nice additions but both could be headed elsewhere. T.J. Houshmandzadeh deserves consideration. The other goal is to bolster the middle of the linebacking corps and/or defensive line. MLB Kevin Lewis filled in better than many expected but the team would love a more dynamic playmaker at that spot.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

A Happy Ending for Now

The season came to an end this past Sunday for the The New York Football Gaints. Eli started showing signs of life. Tiki is going to the pro-bowl and Tom Coughlin seems to pleased with the season finale win over the Cowboys.

Now it is all about putting 2 and 2 together. It seems the pieces are in place for a young talented team to emerge next year. If all goes well, and Coughlin sticks it out and keeps pushing. I think next season will be a different story.

Eli still will not be at the top of his game, but he has a great supporting cast to help on his way. Keep the heads up high.

Barber set a single-season rushing records with 1,518 yards for the Giants

Barber increased his career rushing total to 6,927 yards for the Gaints

Barber finished the season with an NFL-best 2,096 yards from scrimmage

Barber also set a new Gaints record with the 2,096 yards from scrimmage