Thoughts and Musings

Well that sucked, didn’t it? That was a winnable game, and the Giants did what they often do. For years, seemingly, this is a team that very often, just comes out flat. It’s an issue.

-If the Giants were playing the Packers, this is a blowout. The Giants were only in this game because, let’s face it, the Seahawks aren’t that good. They fumbled twice near the end zone. They let the Giants get back into the game. Then the Giants shot themselves in the foot.

-What always kills the Giants: Penalties and turnovers. Same yesterday. Just can’t do it.

-I think I’m starting to realize why Ahmad Bradshaw couldn’t find a starting role somewhere else this offseason: He’s not a feature back. He needs to be part of a duo. He was not great yesterday, and without Jacobs to spell him, it caused a lot of issues.

-My oh my, is the line bad. Yes, Baas was out, but even before that, it wasn’t good. Kevin Boothe is not good. As a depth guy, fine. Ask him to start? No, he can’t do that. They were not opening holes in the run game, and the Seahawks had too much pressure for my liking.

-Get well soon, Chris Snee. We need you.

-Where have you gone, Mario Manningham?

-If they double cover Nicks, like teams have been and will be doing, he can’t do much. So, it was great to see Victor Cruz step up again, but, Manningham needs to be the guy on the other side.

-I think we can all say: Welcome back Osi. He’s looked terrific.

-The losses of Goff and Thomas are really creating a ripple effect. For one, the Giants are mostly playing two corners. They’re playing 3 safeties. Rolle is playing a quasi-linebacker role, not Grant, and Grant is not as good in coverage. Rolle is better in run support than Grant. So, the Giants are weakened in the secondary. They need a corner who can play. Maybe when Prince comes back, he’ll be that guy. It’s causing an issue. Grant was a second late on two balls he should have picked off. If Rolle is back there, does he make those plays? We don’t know, but you have to think he has a good chance of making at least one.

-I don’t get Kevin Gilbride. Against the Eagles, he called a magnificent game. It was perfect. The Cardinal game was good too. And then today, back to the same old conservative stuff. Look, the Giants are always going to be a running team, but if you have weapons like Cruz, Nicks and Manningham, use them! Be creative in how you use them. I think the reverse to Cruz early on was a good start (Although, reverses never work, unless you’re playing Madden). But you have to be creative in using this talented trio.

-By the way, if you’re looking for the next great safety, it’s Earl Thomas. So fast, so instinctive. And he’s only in his second year. Pleasure to watch.

-Few observations from watching the game live:

-Jaicquan Williams is fast. Super fast. He made a break on a ball towards the sideline when he was in the flat, and broke the play up. You could see him read the QB’s eyes, and his speed did the rest. He’s a keeper.

-Linval Joseph is a big dude. A really, really big dude. I feel like he might be better as a 3-4 nose, but he’s been doing a good job.

-Aaron Ross is playing the best football of his career.

-Da’Rel Scott led the Giants out of the tunnel today. Maybe it’s me, but shouldn’t that be a veteran? Not a rookie. Maybe I’m old school.

-Jason Pierre-Paul is not human. He’s completely ripped. He’s just freakishly athletic.

-I think Michael Boley is on his way to a Pro Bowl berth. Just playing fantastic football.

-Girlfriend interlude: As I mentioned in the game preview yesterday, I took my girlfriend to the game, her first Giants game. She’s a Jets fan.  But, I came in with a goal of converting her. How did it go? Well losing didn’t help. But, I did get her to root for the G-Men. And I got her a Giants shirt. She’s not fully converted. But she’s more open to the Giants than she was before. I’ll get her there, guys, don’t worry.

-I really think the Giants will be their best possible version when Kiwanuka is a defensive end. He’s there part time. Needs to be there full time. Of course, that means getting a guy who can play strongside backer. But, I hate messing with a guy’s position, unless it’s necessary. And while, personnel wise, it’ s necessary, he’s just so much better as an end. So much better.

-A safety? Really? C’mon guys.

-A win would have been nice, what with the Eagles losing. But, there’s a lot of season left. Plenty of time to right the ship.


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