Giants “Thoughts and Musings”

It was an easy win for the G-Men in Seattle on Sunday

For the third time in their last five games, the Giants defense managed to hold an opponent to under 200 yards of total offense, most recently accomplishing that objective this past week when they limited Seattle to just 162 yards on 37 plays and only 17:26 worth of offense.

When it comes to their efficiency on defense, defensive end Justin Tuck said there has been no magic formula.

“We just come out every week and try to get better,” he said. “We had a good performance that was a team effort. It wasn’t flashy; it wasn’t one guy doing all the work. It was 11 guys swarming to the ball and we didn’t have many mistakes.

“It’s simple and it’s the truth. That’s exactly what happens.”

Life is pretty easy for the Giants -Let’s delve right in to, “Thoughts and Musings”:

– A dominant performance, as we should expect. The Seahawks were injured and are not that good. Giants are healthy and are very good. A shellacking was in order.

-I was impressed with the offensive line. Late shifting with O’Hara out, and they all did a great job.

-Is Shawn Andrews the new left tackle? Well, until O’Hara gets back, absolutely. But what happens what O’Hara does get back? Does Andrews stay? Does Seubert go to the bench? What happens? I don’t know. I know the Giants are more comfortable with Diehl at guard–he’s better there. But are they comfortable with Andrews at left tackle? Remains to be seen. The Giants are itching to get Diehl at guard. The hope was Will Beatty would take over left tackle. Obviously hasn’t happened. When O’Hara gets back, the Giants will have some decisions to make.

-Looking towards the Cowboys, Jason Garrett is taking over as interim coach. Not a surprise. A 1-7 team that many, myself included, picked to win the NFC East. They just play with no effort. Now, they head into New York with a new coach. What does that mean? One of two things. Either they play incredibly hard, or they continue the same ways. Because Garrett was in-house, I don’t imagine there’s going to be much of a change. Same message, different voice. If I’m Dallas, I’m looking hard to try and bring Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden in. And I’m kicking myself for not bringing in Mike Shanahan.

-Musical interlude: I’ve been chronicling a bit here my newfound interest in rap. I like rap. But, I haven’t been listening to it like I have been recently. I mean, I’ve listened to Eminem’s new album a few times now. I’m listening to it right now. I go through music phases, as I imagine most of you do. For awhile, about three years or so, it was pretty much exclusively singer songwriters. Guys like Amos Lee, Jack Johnson. That’s great music.  And then, I kind of transitioned in to mashups, which led me to rap. My iPod is only blasting Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, and more. But, it’s great. Don’t know why it’s happening. But I’m okay with it.

-I think the only problem for the Giants going forward is not getting too cocky. They are a damn good football team. Great offense, great defense. Best team in NFC, hands down. Right up there in the NFL. Lot of people think they’re heading to Dallas for the Super Bowl. But, the Giants can’t overlook opponents. They can’t assume they’ve won something just because they’re playing well. They’ve earned the right to be confident. But cockiness is a slippery slope, especially in a league with so much parity. The Giants have veteran leadership and a veteran coach who shouldn’t allow that to happen. Still, it has to be carefully watched.


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