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