Good morning all on a Giant Monday, let’s just hope that the Giants are as successful at the new Meadowlands Stadium as the Mets are at home at Citifield. The Mets currently have the major league’s best home record at 22-9, after completing a three game sweep of the visiting Marlins, though the Mets performance on the road has left a lot ot be desired so far this season. So I guess we should also hope that the Giants fare better on the road then the Mets as well.
Giant thoughts on the NFC East this Monday:
I like where we sit, under the radar, with New York fans buzzing about Rex Ryan’s star studded Jets team (and all of the big name free agents and off-season trade additions like Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, and Santonio Holmes), the clear paper champions of the 2010 off season. The Cowboys, with little roster turnover, return as NFC East Division favorites, the Eagles youth movement is well-regarded, though time will tell if jettisoning future Hall of Famer Donovan McNabb for the offensive youth movement led by Kevin Kolb, and of course we have the revitalized Redskins, led by Mike Shanahan, and yes, Donovan McNabb.
Where does this leave Tom Coughlin and the G-men? Under the radar, and Tom Coughlin wouldn’t have it any other way. Arguments can be made that the Cowboys are far and away the most talented team in the NFC East, a team heading in to the 2010 season with the least amount of questions marks. But, questions marks do not always lead to their pre-thought conclusions. Do the Giants have a hole to fill in the middle of their defense, yes. Can Goff, Dillard, or Wilkinson fill the void left by Antonio Pierce? Maybe, probably yes because Jerry Reese is banking on a rebuilt defensive line (a healthy Barry Cofield, Chris Canty, Osi, and Tuck with new additions in the draft, Linval “the Anvil” Joseph and JPP, in addition to a return from Jay Alford) to take up blockers and allow the linebackers to roam free and make plays (there is not another second year player with bigger expectations than Clint Sintim, who is assuming the starting spot on the strong side with little competition and Michael Boley is either going to validate his free agent contract or complete a short stint in blue after two years following the 2010 season).
Without an elite middle linebacker prospect, the Giants have opted to add reinforcements on the defensive line, add players on the back end (Rolle and Grant) and give the young guys a shot to assume starting roles (Goff/Dillard/Sintim). With new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell and the aforementioned off season additions, the Giants defense can not possibly be as bad as last year, so Stay Blue!