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Archive for September, 2004

Another dissection

Saturday, September 4th, 2004

In his analysis of the Giants loss to the Ravens, Steven St. Lawrence offers some criticism of Coughlin, who is trying to fit a round peg into a square hole by forcing Dayne into power back situations. Dayne is not a power back.

Another concern mentioned here, is that the Giants haven’t come up with any interceptions this preseason. Coughlin talks about winning the turnover battle, but that’s hard to do when you have zero interceptions.

He also predicts that Tim Carter will be cut for dropping a bomb from Jessie Palmer. The question then would become who are the Giants four receivers?

Still he manages to predict an optimistic 10-6 record with a playoff berth…

How long will Coughlin last?

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

This article predicts that Coughlin will last just long enough to make it into the tabloids. Most of the article is about new rules in the NFL, including the third instant replay challenge, the illegal contact rule, and the restrictions on celebrating on the field.

Taylor the 4th receiver?

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

This article speculates that Taylor may have made the team as the fourth receiver (behind Toomer, Hilliard, and Carter). It also notes that the three Ravens sacks were coverage sacks rather than poor offensive line play. Hey, it’s not like many teams can hold the Ravens to no sacks, so I’m not going to worry too much about the line and yesterday I discussed an article that says we just need Warner to last until week 5. Of course, neither Warner nor Manning has thrown a touchdown in recent memory… Fassel had a few nice things to say about the Giants before the game.

Few bright spots for Giants in loss to Ravens

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

The Ravens were happy after soundly beating the Giants. If I had to look for bright spots, Greisen’s 13 tackles might tell me that the Giants have a middle linebacker. Problem is they didn’t have much of a defense against the Ravens.

On offense, Jamaar Taylor’s four catches for 135 yards (a 33.8 yard average) might tell me that the late draft choice is some kind of receiving threat. Still, the Giants could on;y score touchdonws against the Ravens backups (one of those a 42 yarder from Jessie Palmer to Jamaar Taylor).

Avoid Shockey in fantasy football?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

I don’t write much about fantasy footabll, but when I saw this advice about not picking Shockeye because he’ll never stay healthy I just had to link to it. And hope it’s completely wrong, but we’ll see.

Questions for most every team

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Don Banks discusses one question facing each team. For the Giants it’s how long can Warner last. He thinks the Giants want to start playing Manning around week 5 and hope Warner plays well enough to start until then.

For the Cowboys it’s how long can Testavered last. No Quincy Carter means Drew Henson will have to play if Vinny doesn’t make it through the season.

For the Eagles it’s Terrell Owens who hasn’t done much in the preseason.

Banks likes the way things seem to be going in New England…

What does Warner say?

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

This article has lots of quotes from Warner and other Giants. (This is from the Washington Post so you’ll need to be registered). We get Warner’s take on what people think about him, returnging to Arena football and the competition with Manning. Coughlin wishes he had some competition at every position and Amani Toomer is happy with the way Warner is throwing.

How will Warner and Shockey develop any chemistry?

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

This article from the Post notes that Warner and Shockey have never played together. The rest of the article talks about how Shockey can make the Giants better but how the Giants have to be patient with their “fragile” tight end.

Jason Whittle

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

People in Florida are happy to be rid of Jason Whittle:

Jason Whittle was so plagued by injuries after signing with the Bucs as a free agent two years ago, he could’ve come with a fragile warning label. On Monday, the veteran guard was returned to sender.

The Bucs traded Whittle for an undisclosed draft pick to the New York Giants, where he began his career…

I’m not convinced that this is the best guy to replace the injured Barry Stokes, but at least he can long snap. The Bucs had him listed as a backup center so I hope we didn’t give up much of a draft pick.

Still, considering how hard it is to find an offensive lineman with experience and how badly the Giants needed one, I won’t complain about this move.

Todd France

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Todd France is going to be the Giants kicker. Bryant was cut a long time ago and Grammatica has been hurt, so France gets the job. The Giants still don’t have someone who can really blast kick offs into the end zone consistently, but at least France made a 51 yarder this preseason…

Also interesting is that Coughlin seems to have more confidence in France than the Giants kicker himself…