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Archive for November, 2009

Will the Giants step up and start fighting?

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

After implying that some Giants were not pulling their own weight, center Shaun O’Hara is kind of retreating from that by saying he only meant a few guys but that everyone needs to work harder and that the team is unified and will fight together. That’s my favorite quote actually: “I think everybody on this team is going to fight.”

I haven’t seen much fighting the last few games so why would I expect them to start fighting now?

Q. You said something after the game about guys not taking their job seriously enough. Can you explain what you meant by that?

A. I think guys need to find a way to step it up a notch. When you make a blanket statement like that it is probably only going to cater to three to five guys. Its not 53 guys. There are guys that are out there that are fighting their tails off and doing everything they possibly can to try to win a game. In a team sport like this, your game can be won and lost by one play, one player not doing their job, especially on offense. Everybody is counting on each other. I think at this point in this season everybody needs to dial it up a little bit and do a little bit more. Be a pro about everything. There is always more that you can do in terms of studying, in terms of getting yourself ready. The second half of the season is always a little bit tougher. Teams know you better. You are on film. You have tendencies. You have to be much more aware mentally of what is going on.

Q. Is the locker room at any risk right now of dividing?

A. Nope. I am sorry to disappoint you guys, but, no, I am not worried about any fracture or divide in the locker room. This is a tough team both physically and mentally. You know what? In the NFL you don’t always get what you want, and sometimes you don’t even get what you deserve. We are 6-5 right now and we don’t have anybody that is going to show us any sympathy, so we aren’t looking for any. This is our season. I think everybody on this team is going to fight. There are no losers on this team. There is nobody that is going to hang their head and say, ‘Woe is me.’ We have a lot of character in this team. We have a lot of guys that will put a lot of time, a lot of effort, coaches included who have put a lot of stock into this season and a lot of stock into everything that we do every week. I don’t expect anything to change from that standpoint. Guys are going to come back. Obviously we have a big game against Dallas next week. The tough thing about a situation like this, playing on a short week, is now you have to deal with the results of that game, win or lose, for the next couple of days until we can get in here on Monday and start prepping for Dallas and start getting excited about a divisional opponent at home. Until we can do that, we just have to eat this bullet.

Broncos embarass Giants – time for fans to lower expectations

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Coming in to the season I expected us to win most games. Today I was expecting us to compete and maybe get a win. Looks like to be realistic, Giants fans need to expect Big Blue to play like crap and get destroyed. It pains me to say it but that’s what I have to expect to happen next week against Dallas.

The Broncos don’t have a very good offense. Our defense is even worse. We couldn’t even run the ball when pretty much everyone else manages to do something with the ground game against Denver.

An a more positive note: Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Now let’s beat Denver. Time for the Giants defense to get the job done on 3rd down and in the red zone.

Mike Garafolo’s game review of Giants vs. Cards

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Like most of us, he has nice things to say about the offense but not as much to say about the defense. Some individual players get praise, including Aaron Rouse.

He criticizes Bill Sheridan quite a bit, arguing that defensive ends should not be in coverage and that Spags was able to stop teams late in the game while Sheridan is 0-2.

Giants beat Falcons but are you happy?

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

A win is good and the Giants sure needed one. Thank you Eli Manning, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham and co.

With Boley and Aaron Ross, but without Pierce, the defense just did not get the job done. Foe me, that’s what sapped the fun from this one.

Pierce out – Blackburn in

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Best wishes to Antonio for a speedy recovery. Let’s see if Chase can step in and play big. And that goes for all the Giants who have been playing but not playing big during the losing streak.

Doing dad proud

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Nice article here on Chris Simms and the comeback he has made. I especially like these quotes from Coach Josh McDaniels:

“I have a great deal of respect for what he’s overcome now to come back to do this. And I can also see every day why he’s overcome it,” McDaniels said Thursday. “He works as hard or harder than anybody we have on our team. His attitude is phenomenal. He’s got a great work ethic. He lives in the weight room. He runs after practice when nobody’s looking – when he doesn’t think anybody’s looking.

How badly do we miss Kenny Phillips?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

And do we miss him because safety is an underrated position or do we miss him because he was a good football player for us while the Giants had crap for depth at safety?

Dockery fined for play during Giants Chargers: NFL serious?

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Not long ago I said the 12.5K fine on Flozell Adams was a joke. Today I’m saying the 5K fine on Dockery from the Chargers game is a joke. He didn’t run into the return man, he was backing up.

Man it’s tough when your team plays like crap, the refs are morons, and the league officials are worst of all. I hope Giants football gets a lot better real soon.

Giants lose again – more improvement needed

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

It wasn’t a humiliating loss, but it sure counts as an L. Some good signs, most especially the play of QB Eli Manning who finally earned one of his big paychecks. 25-33, 215 yds, 2 TDs.

Giants were plus 2 in turnovers
Giants led in rushing 116 to 34
Giants led in total yards 304 to 226
Giants led TOP approximately 38 min to 22

There were more negatives than positives of course. Pass protection was an issue. Short yardage was an issue. Not scoring a TD when your defense gives you the ball on the opponents 4 yard line late in the 4th quarter is a huge issue. Not stopping an 80 yard drive in the final 2 minutes of the game is the most annoying issue of all for those of us who want the Giants defense to be feared…