The New York Giants: WEAK 1 – Skinned!!

In a game that could have been dubbed the 9/11 Bowl, two division rivals squared off against each other looking to start the season at the top of their class and to bestow a sense of honor upon those football fans who suffered through the tragic events that took place ten years ago. It was an emotional day all across this great nation, from sea to shining sea. But there were no two geographic locations on the globe that had more of a vested, emotional interest in the day’s events than New York and Washington DC.

The World Trade Center and the Pentagon were the targets of the senseless terrorist plot of 9/11/01. Ten years later: The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, along with the 80,121 NFL fans in attendance at FedEx Field, and countless diehards around the world took part in memorials to remember those who have fallen and to cry out in one single, undeniable voice that the American spirit will never falter. The New York Giants’ on-field play? Well, that’s another story.

It was a gorgeous day at FedEx Field and for fans of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew, things were off to a roaring start. The Giants’ defense kept the Skins to 2- three and outs on the first two drives. On the second possession for the Gmen, and on the fourth play of the drive, Eli Manning found himself with his first rushing touchdown in three years. It was the fourth rushing TD of his career.

Rushing TD’s were the only means of scoring for the out of sync Giants. Ahmad Bradshaw ran one in from 6 yards out on an eight play drive to put the Boys In Blue ahead by seven. But not for long. The Redskins came back on the very next drive to even the score up at 14 to close out the first half. That, my friends, was as good as it got for the Giants.

It was, to say the least, a sloppy opener for Eli and co. To have been picked apart by a team who finished in the basement of the NFC East last year will undoubtedly have many an easily rattled fan thinking the worst about the Gmen. Hell, you’ll probably read more articles about how the Giants are destined for a dismal season than Charlie Sheen has tiger blood. But you won’t hear that from me.

It’s the first game of the season. I am not going to use that lame excuse of the Giants not having the appropriate amount of time to prepare and practice due to the lockout. Every team has had the same hand dealt to them. No, our problems are still very much what they were last year – poor play calling, penalties, missed tackles from a secondary that is lacking, and a QB who continues to make rookie errors. Thankfully, at least for this game, special teams was not an issue.

8 penalties for 63 yards…seriously? Granted, there was a call or two that was more than questionable. But, we’re still making the same mistakes as last year. Kevin Gilbride has shown us that he hasn’t gotten any better at his job. Eli is still looking like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – brilliant at some points and UNBELIEVABLY amateurish at others. I, along with many a Giants fan, found myself saying this all throughout last year’s disappointing season. The players themselves copped to all of these things last year too. However, they were never able to overcome these obstacles and make a playoff appearance, at the very least.

I hope that the front office and coaching staff can get their players to overcome these hurdles NOW. Because they WILL come back and bite them in the Big Blue Butt. It wasn’t all bad though. We did see some good things out there. Hakeem Nicks looks great. Jake Ballard looks like he could make us all say “Kevin who?” in the near future. David Baas did a fantastic job going up against ex-Giant Barry Cofield…and that’s NO easy task. The defense looks good up front. Jason Pierre Paul continues to prove himself as a dominant force of nature. So, there are some things that are going right.

So, what did bear witness to? We witnessed a shaky opener from an away team who are suffering from a slew of key injuries, who need to realize their updated identity and shake the cobwebs off. Let’s not take anything away from the Redskins, who played a great game and had the power of the home field advantage, on one of the most significant days in our country’s history, whom were also playing for the pride of the nation. Giants fans, don’t go jumping off the ledge just yet. We’ve got a LONG way to go!

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  • jimore

    You’re right Sean there’s no reason to go jumping off the ledge or even heading towards it just yet.

    Our two starting DEs and Prince A will return soon and no doubt we will pick up an experienced middle LB any day now. All that should make a significant impact on the quality of play and the pass coverage. However the offense is pretty much set personnel wise so what can we expect from them besides the development they and every other team will go through as the season progresses?

    Eli is the main factor here and heaven help me, but as much as I love what he can do, I hate the fact that there’s no fire in him. He’s complacent. He’ll do his part and if given a good team he’ll contribute to victories, but he’s not the sparking team leader we need right now. Doesn’t he know how to get angry? He should fling his helmet once just to see what it feels like!

    And what’s up with not being able to make 1 yrd on at least two occasions? A simple run play that worked would have been an excellent opportunity to show that the O line can dominate, but at the same time with a little creative play calling we might have picked up those first downs, extended the drives and given the offense more opportunity to jell. Giant football is smash-mouth, but if your line can’t do it for you now, win with creativity until you can.

    Since it’s too soon to really get a handle on the team, pointing fingers at TC isn’t appropriate but I hope he gets control of this group and makes them play up their potential. Otherwise they’ll be a lot of us heading for that ledge before long.

  • SeanTheGman

    HI Jim,

    An MLB is definitely a critical pick up. I can’t blame the secondary ENTIRELY. The LB corp could/should have been more aware of the play calling. Too many receptions happened in between the secondary and the LB’s. It seemed there was just a tad too much zone coverage for my taste and the yards that Grossman put up show it.

    I don’t mind Eli’s demeanor so much as I do the mental mistakes he continues to make. Listening to the post game interviews is like listening to a broken record at this point. He’s in his 8th year. “Development” is no longer a word that should apply to him.

    The play calling was questionable, to say the least. I did a piece on Giants.com last year detailing Gilbride’s drives and mapping out his success as a coach in the NFL. While it looked good on paper, he doesn’t seem to be improving. This, of course, is a concern.

    A few adjustments here and there and we should be fine. Hey, it’s Giants football…a perpetual roller coaster ride. It’s these valleys that make us appreciate the peaks.