This being my first fan post, I figured I would start with a nice "hating on the G-Men" topic.
The Famous ESPN Radio duo of Mike and Mike have been doing their predictions of each NFL team for the 2010 year. Tuesday was the Giants. Needless to say, many Giants fans know ESPN is not the biggest fans of the G-Men. Maybe because they ruined the 19-0 Patriot season ESPN wanted to see so badly, or they take away talk from the Jet-Cowboy Super Bowl coming up in Feb 2011?
I don't have real real problem with the record they give the Giants. People can predict whatever they like, that's the fun of doing it, to see how close you come. But the reasoning for it should be right i.e. doing your research on the team, and thats my problem.
If you wanna hear for yourself, here is the link.
If the link does not work, the Mike and Mike section has all their 'two-a-days" here
For those of you who don't care to listen or want the main points, scroll down.
Can Jocobs bounce back?
Pretty much agree on what was said, to get back to 2007 and 2008 form, Brandon needs to stay healthy and injuries kept him from doing that last year.
Is the O-Line still be dominate?
Again a good question. Age and injuries are a big factor for this group but last year they did give Eli great protection (very low sack numbers last season).
Once again a good question. And what do you know... Injuries is a factor in this too, what a surprise. How much are Perry Fewell, the draft picks and the free-agents going to improve this D.
Now these 2 questions, these are what got me.
Is Eli Elite?
The great debate... I have seen it on this site many times and I think we all agree that Eli is a pretty damn good QB. Elite.... depends on how you wanna define that word. But surprise surprise, their answer was a pretty quick NO. They mention his improved QB rating and TD/INT ratio BUT they NEVER stated that his stats get better ever year, his "come from behind" in the 4th victories, 2009 being his best year going over 4000 yards (as we all know), and not one mention of his fine young wideouts (one of whom was a Pro-Bowler) that he has helped bring along.
What got to me was the statement "he clearly, more than anything, misses the big fellow... Plaxico Buress". I guess having a talented group of receivers, who were 5th in the NFL with 20-yards or more plays downfield, means nothing. If so, then Eli does cry himself to sleep cause #17 is not around. They go on to say he is not in the class of Peyton, Brady, Brees (no problem with them), Rivers, Big Ben (the 2004 draft QBs will be debated until the three of them retire) but Aaron Rodgers... really... elite? He has been a starter for two seasons, how does that make you elite? I think Rodgers ONE DAY will be there but not now.
Finally, Outcome for 2010?
6-10 for Greeny, 7-9 for Golic. Like I said before, no real problem with the records, they are just numbers but their reasoning for it was... when comparing all the records they predicted, some teams are gonna end up with losing records by default. Not very good logic if you ask me.
They end it by saying that many "on the field changes" will made at years end... because of "some age on the team". Now in looking up the Giants roster, I saw very few players are over 30 (O-Line guys mostly) and only a handful in their late 20's. They may not be the Panthers or Eagles with the average age of 25, but I would say that the Giants have a young core that may be around for years to come.
To be honest, I like when people predict a bad season, it keeps the Giants under the radar and may surprise a lot of "experts". But a least tell the whole story when giving your theory. Thats my angry speech for now, what do you guys think?
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