Giants Tuesday Headlines & Commentary


‘Classy’ exit for Giants’ Jacobs

“Click, click, click. You’re all taking pictures of Brandon Jacobs leaving, wondering if he’s ever going to return,” Jacobs snapped. “That will be your caption for tomorrow. Well, f- – - you all.”

Jacobs has a right to be upset — he proved that when healthy he still has the goods to be a significant threat for the Giants.  I still feel though, overall, that Ahmad Bradshaw can be the better featured back for the Giants.  Splitting carries worked to a degree, but when the offensive line struggled – Jacobs struggled.  Bradshaw picked up 5 yards often where Jacobs would have lost yardage.  I still believe Bradshaw has better hands and can be a better overall option at RB for the Giants down the road, assuming he works on his fumbling issues.  Not that Jacobs is exempt from that stat either.  Eli simply needs to work on his scanning and take that check down option more often than not.  If he hit Bradshaw on a short pass instead of forcing the ball into a covered receiver — he wouldn’t have 30,000 interceptions this year and the Giant may have won a few more games this year.

Osi To Have Hip Surgery

Osi Umenyiora will have hip surgery after a season in which he recorded 11.5 sacks and caused an NFL record 10 fumbles

Osi was the one bright spot on defense against the Redskins.  And without Kiwi vying for his starting spot — I thought Umenyiora shined brighter than he was given credit for this year.  His knee injury in 2008 is fully healed, no question.  Now it’s time to take care of that hip that’s been bugging him.

Giants Have Awful Record Against Good Teams

In 16 games against “good” teams, Coughlin’s Giants were 4-12 (1-4 this season, 3-8 last season).  Absolutely putrid for any team, but simply unacceptable for a team with this kind of talent.

On the other hand, there is something to be said for beating the teams you should beat. Against “bad” teams, the Giants were 14-2 in that same span.  The 6-10 Titans and the improved, Jason Garrett-led Cowboys were the only “bad” teams to beat the Giants over the past two years.

It’s no secret, but perhaps gets to the crux of the problem with the Giants better than any other stat.  Against winning teams, the Giants struggle… yet we’ve all seen flashes of brilliance from the team (Bears, Eagles, Houston).  The Giants are not yet developed offensively enough to get into a high flying shootout, and the defense often will collapse around their seams against well prepared offenses.  That was the case all last year in Cover-2, and for crying out loud it almost happened in D.C. this past Sunday!

The Giants need to take a good hard look at how they are going to make adjustments this offseason, and they need to find a way to be more aggressive with the talent they have in all three phases.

Domenik Hixon Vows To Be Better Than Ever In 2011

“To be honest with you, I think I’ll be better,” said Hixon, who spent plenty of time studying game tape during the season. “On the outside looking in, you get a different perspective.”

This is the returner the Giants were missing all year, and I was heart broken to see him go down with an injury so early in the year.  Not a single return for a TD all year from the KR’s or PR’s without Hixon — almost unbelievable.  Hixon by contrast ALWAYS brings back atleast one for a clutch TD, and it seems like every time he touches the ball he threatens to take one back.  If “better” means more run-backs consistently, the Giants front office needs to pay the man!  Not to mention, he runs that wideout screen better than anyone the Giants have at WR… Manningham included.

Giants Will Draft 19th

According to the NFL, the Giants will draft 19th in the 2011 draft

This is the penalty you pay when you do well, but not well enough to make the playoffs.  I guess the teams that do make the playoffs but don’t go to the Superbowl get even more screwed… from that perspective I guess we should all be happy that the Giants will pick before a dozen other teams that apparently don’t need more help from young talent.