“News” York Giants
Finally, football is back!
Last night at the Hall of Fame game, your favorite team BLUE gave the media plenty of “News” York Giants football information to discuss for today. In fact, it’s somewhat difficult to pick just three stories, because there are so many good things to read after a win. However, at GMEN HQ, we know our blogroll well and we picked out three reads to help you through your GIANT day.
The Top 3 Giants stories today were from:
“News” York Giants: Winning Tweet
— Dan Salomone (@NYGsalomone) August 4, 2014
“News” York Giants: Story Quotes
Overall, it was a mixed bag for the Giants in their first action of the preseason as the offensive line still has plenty of kinks to work out. They got better as the game went on, as Manning absorbed the only sack of a Giants quarterback in a game. They also gave Nassib enough time to connect on a deep pass to Corey Washington for a 73-yard touchdown, and running lanes started to become more open later in the game. It was far from a perfect outing, but that is what preseason is for. The Giants will have four more games to settle their offensive line situation, and find the best five-man combination that works at both protecting the quarterback and opening up holes for the running game.
MUSINGS Although the Giants starting offensive line held up well, I still don’t think the unit has fully gelled. Now I understand that it was missing Will Beatty, but that left side of the line looked a little off, especially in run blocking. I’ll check the tape obviously, but I’m pretty sure there wasn’t much run-game production behind the left side of the line. I’m still not sold on receiver Jerrel Jernigan making this roster. At this point, I’d go with Corey Washingtonand Marcus Harris ahead of Jernigan, who seems limited to playing in the slot. I thought the Giant’s offense would be a little more fast-paced (similar to what I’ve been seeing in practice) than it was this week. The good news though is there wasn’t a “delay of game” penalty called on the offense, which means they got the play off a lot sooner than to let the clock wind down to the nub as was often the case in past years.
After Manning ended the Giants’ second series by losing a fumble on a sack, he bounced back by methodically engineering a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by rookie Andre Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run. “Yeah, it was big for our offense to get something going, get a few first downs, get in a good rhythm,” Manning said. “I’m glad we had that one last opportunity.” Manning went 6 of 7 for 43 yards passing, with his longest completion for 10 yards. He was complemented by a 1-2 punch of a running game made up of Williams and free-agent addition Rashad Jennings, who took much of the pressure off the passing attack. The focus on a ground game is part of the new wrinkles being introduced by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. “I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start,” Manning said.
“News” York Giants: Winning Conclusion
Yes, Eli Manning fumbled… and overall the game was ugly. But it was football! The New York Football Giants were back. After Hall of Fame level celebration Saturday night for men like Michael Strahan and Andre Reed in their football pinnacle moments, it was time for pads and helmets to crash together. It was time for a new generation of rookies on both teams to experience NFL action for the first time. Young men all across the country dream about these gridiron legends living under the lights of Canton.
How cool is that?
Sure, last night between the lines there were kinks in the offensive system. The West Coast Offense is a complex, timing based mechanism that takes talented coaches and time to implement successfully. The Giants will need all four of their remaining preseason games to perfect the system by Sept 8th, when the games are real and the stakes are at a Super Bowl high.
Last night, it was great to see rookies step up and make plays. Believe us, at GMEN HQ, we’ll break it all down for you, the Andre Williams potential, the Corey Washington excitement, the meaning or non-meaning of the preseason. We’ll speculate on whether or not five total preseason games is an advantage for a team installing a new offense, especially for an old school coach like Tom Coughlin, that meticulously plans every moment of practice and always craves more time to get it right.
A lot of sites in our blogroll blasted the offensive line and hinted at the notion that maybe the G-MEN might struggle this season. However, Eli Manning summed it up nicely, “I thought there were some improvements. It was a good start.”
Even in the preseason, a win is better than a loss… it builds momentum. These games are more about Eli’s word choice “improvements”. As the preseason rolls on, team BLUE must continue to improve. Players fighting for a roster spot must step up, dig deep into their own chamber of abilities and show that despite inexperience or lack of name power, that they’re ready to live up to the history of the brand on their uniforms. Come up like GIANTS.
After beating the Buffalo Bills in the HOF game 17-13, and absoring Michael Strahan’s wisdom about life and football versus the improbable, these Giants players need to continue and roll their positive momentum downhill. If they keep improving and keep working… who knows where their GIANT roll will take them. Regardless — Giants football is back — and for now, it’s all WIN.