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Archive for September, 2009

Ahmad Bradshaw’s second breakout game

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Here’s a little article by Keith Niebuhr from the Star Ledger. It contains a few stats from his first couple years and the Giants plan for attacking the Bucs defense (cut back when they over-pursue).

I was sorry to see Derrick Ward go but I think we always knew Bradshaw was a good runner.

One thing the article does not mention is that Bradshaw is able to contribute more because he has been improving his blitz pickups and blocking. I think that’s the real story behind Bradshaw’s emergence this season.

Giants shut out Bucs 24-0

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

We ran the ball at will and our defense was dominant. Sweet game. Except for the injuries. McKenzie and Seubert both had to leave the game at some point. They say McKenzie is getting xrays on his knee and that is a big concern.

Gotta appreciate what their head coach said: “They beat us down,” said Tampa Bay’s first-year coach Raheem Morris. “We were beat by a grown-man team, a team we want to be like one day,” the NFL’s youngest head coach added. “They came in here and took it to us. Out-manned us, out-gunned us. … It wasn’t even close.”

Flozell Adams deserved worse

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Here’s a follow-up on that dirty scumbag named Flozell Adams. Maybe it’s Gary Myers being a homer as a Giants beat writer, but I like to think that most everyone is in agreement here – the 12,500 dollar fine was not nearly punishment enough for tearing Tuck’s labrum on a dirty play.

Article on Manningham: How smooth is Manningham? His middle name is Cashmere

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

As we get ready for the Bucs, you have to wonder what kind of game this will be. The Bucs are not great but the Giants have their own vulnerabilities and are hurting.

Here’s a New York Times article on Manningham to get you psyched.

Safety Kenny Phillips IR – Aaron Rouse joins Giants

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Kenny Phillips is on IR and might require surgery on his knee.

A few weeks ago Aaron Rouse was on the packers 53 man roster. He played well enough for them and got waived. something weird going on there.

Now he’s a Giant because starting safety Kenny Phillips is on IR. This is a big loss. Phillips was our best safety. Rouse has some experience (25 games, 9 starts) but is still an unknown for the most part. Many people think Rouse has good potential and are wondering out loud why the Packers let him go.

What we do know: 6’4″, 227 pounds, better in run support than in coverage. Good tackler. Makes errors and that’s why I say he is an unknown. Will he continue to make costly mistakes or can we coach him up?

Rouse is a guy we can root for:

What punishment does Flozell Adams deserve?

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Here is Tuck’s reaction to Adams tripping him:

“I think it was bush league, he did it a few times,” Tuck said, referring to another play later in the game on which Adams attempted to take down Osi Umenyiora in a similar fashion. “I would have liked to have had the rest of the game to punish him for it.”

Flozell’s response:

“Bush? What does that mean. I’ve never ever heard that term,” Adams said. “It’s not my fault. I don’t know what happened with that. He said he hurt his shoulder. I’m like, ‘well, stay up.’ That’s all I know. He fell down. Stay up.”

Apparently this guys needs a big fine and maybe a little suspension to get him to follow the rules.

Cowboys fans reaction to losing to the Giants

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Fun reading here. Romo under fire. Defense under fire. Gotta love posts like:

Posted by DesertDawg @ 11:06 PM Sun, Sep 20, 2009
Kitna blows…Romo is horrendous…say hello to a long freaking year. Don’t start the Kitna crap though…that’s why Jerry picked him up….he knows it keeps us fans at bay and no QB controversy.

And this is NOT an endorsement for Romo. He sucks too.

I say do it all now…lose Wade…hire Shannahan, make Garret the QB coach and promote someone with a fire in their belly to be Def. Cor. And keep ion mind, we MIGHT get in on a wild card…no way we win this division.

P A T H E T I C

Posted by NickG @ 11:06 PM Sun, Sep 20, 2009
mayebe it’s time to root for the Houston Texans. at least you DON’T expect ANYTHING from them!!

Pretty ugly (and exciting) Giants game vs. the Cowboys with some good signs

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Very exciting win!

To me the best sign is that the Giants wide receivers are plenty skilled. Smith and Manningham rock.We know from last year that Hixon can play and I think it’s just a matter of time until he comes up big this season. Let’s hope he’s OK along with Tuck and the other injured Giants. Anyway, that’s 3 good young receivers.

In the first half, I only half agree with the announcers who said we got dominated. The Dallas lines were beating our lines but in terms of yardage the Cowboys weren’t really dominant (plus they had one more possession than the Giants in the first half). I think the big problem for them was turnovers and for us it was crappy play in the red zone. Did our lines get pushed around? Sure. Did the Giants get dominated? Didn’t seem that way to me. I’m not saying we played well – we especially sucked in the red zone. And I’m not saying we didn’t get lucky on the scoreboard – we did.

One thing that certainly hurt our defense was Flozell Adams. Not with superior play but with a trip that injured Justin Tuck. In the second half he almost tripped up Osi. Flozell Adams, you are a dirty player. Beware of karma.

Things looked good starting the second half. We had some big runs. Manningham had a nice catch and run. Then we got to the red zone where we went back to looking like crap, especially when Tynes missed a 29 yard field goal attempt. The defense got us the ball back and looked pretty good in the process despite giving up some rushing yards.

The Giants second drive was depressing until a Cowboys penalty gave them a first down on 3rd and 8. That penalty was there but was kind of a nitpicky call. More luck perhaps for the Giants. Then a pass interference call gave us 30+ yards. We couldn’t pick up a 1st down on our own and had to punt. The Cowboys looked like they were starting to dominate – quick TD, got the ball back, driving again, then Romo throws a bad interception (his third of the game) to Kenny Phillips.

Then the game got exciting – huge bomb to Manningham and eventually a Steve Smith TD catch where he left his cover guy on his ass with a sweet route. Then at the end of the game we’ve got Dallas 31 (having just scored a TD running easily against the Giants after a clutch 3rd down catch from Witten) and the Giants 30. 3:40 left on the clock and the Giants need points.

The officials had a couple of pretty weak calls on the Giants first play of that drive so it was 1st and 20. After a few nerve-wracking passes, the Giants got the 1st. Thank you Steve Smith. The Giants were in hurry up at this point obviously – less than 2 minutes to go in the 4th. With 40 seconds left the Cowboys had to take a time out. It was 3rd and 4 for the Giants. The giants convert, go a few more yards, set up a 37 yard field goal attempt. Tynes makes it twice (last second timeout from the Cowboys staved off their defeat by about a minute). Giants win an intense game that was sloppy at times but damn exciting!

Canty not playing against Cowboys

Friday, September 18th, 2009

According to Ralph V and the Blue Screen, Canty won’t be playing against the Cowboys. He may miss more time. Amazing how quickly a strong position gets thin (now that we’ve lost Alford and Canty needs to miss at least one game).

More on the Giants win over the Redskins week 1

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Ralph V has a mostly accurate review of the Giants win over the Redskins. Just two little things to nitpick – Eli’s interception was not a terrible throw – the other team just made a play. Second, while Tuck was awesome, Corey Webster was the Giants best player Sunday.

He was right to charge the officials with two ludicrous non-calls. He was totally right to credit London Fletcher. That dude was insanely good.