Earlier this week a Giants.com a report came out stating that a Dallas sports writer picked the New York Football Giants to win the NFL East. Of course, that writer ended up being Rick Gosselin, so knowledge of the hidden identity of the “Dallas Writer” teaser was a little bit of a GIANT letdown. Nevertheless, what Rick had to say about the Giants chances and status within the division were words worthy enough for a Friday in June on GMEN HQ. Here’s the initial link, followed by a quote from Rick: Dallas writer picks Giants to win NFC East:
“The Giants have the same head coach and quarterback in place from a team that has won two Super Bowls in the last seven seasons — the only Super Bowls the NFC East has won in the last 18 seasons,” Gosselin wrote. “Not only has Eli Manning won two Super Bowls, he’s been the MVP of both of them. He has made the biggest plays in the biggest games of his life. The jury is still out on the other three quarterbacks in the division. “The Giants lost more games by starters due to injury (91) than any team in the NFL last season but still finished 7-9. This despite an 0-6 start. The Giants went 7-3 the rest of the way. Cincinnati, Denver, Indianapolis, New England and Philadelphia also closed the season 7-3 with much healthier rosters on the way to division titles.”
In the parent article by Rick Gosselin at The Dallas Morning News, titled: Gosselin: Why I like the Giants to win the NFC East, and why the Cowboys aren’t second, you can clearly see why Giants.com was so aggressive in their headline. Rick was clearly taking a huge shot at the Cowboys, and rightfully so. Gosselin went on to say this about the Giants approach to 2014 free agency:
I also liked the aggressive approach the Giants took in free agency, spending $18.6 million in signing bonuses alone to sign 14 free agents. Thirteen of them are still in their 20s.
The Giants signed two cornerbacks who started in the Super Bowl, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the Broncos and Walter Thurmond for the Seahawks. They were among five players signed by the Giants off the two Super Bowl teams.
Ahh, Rick Gosselin with the hidden trivia. Giants Nation, who are the other three Super Bowl additions to the BLUE?
There are supposedly five so we’ll give you four:
- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Know Your Giants)
- Walter Thurmond
- Trindon Holliday (From Denver)
- Kellen Davis (From Seattle)
Here’s the Giants roster link: Tell us, Giants Nation–which fifth player is Rick Gosselin talking about from Denver or Seattle?
Outside of hidden Super Bowl player additions, Rick also ended with a seven year summary and certified endorsement of your GIANT favorite team previewing them #1:
Giants: With two Super Bowls in the last seven seasons, the Giants grew old and complacent. So GM Jerry Reese overhauled the roster this offseason, casting off eight starters. Better running and blocking will help Eli Manning become a playoff quarterback again. The defense finished in the top 10 a year ago and the pass coverage has been upgraded in free agency.
While dumping the Cowboys out through number two… to number three atop the Redskins or whatever they’re wanting to be called these days:
Cowboys: Dallas fielded the NFL’s worst defense a year ago and now its three best players are gone — DeMarcus Ware as a cap casualty, Jason Hatcher in free agency and Sean Lee to an injury. The Cowboys will continue to be high-scoring on offense, but the defense is an even bigger question mark than a year ago with so much inexperience in the front seven.
That Rick writer’s right — Dallas did have a terrible defense last season. Losing players can sometimes bolster a team, but it is the Cowboys, so… they’re often-always outside of logic, normal reason and basic human expectations. Dallas aside (as always), how do you feel about the Giants being picked to win the division by Mr. Gosselin?
Is it football season yet?