What's up to all my true Blue NY Giants fans out there!? If you were feeling down after the loss to the Redskins on Sunday, then look at the brighter side of things. First of all, it was only Week 1 and a lot of other teams are currently 0-1. Secondly, there are some things(even though it didn't seem like it) that the Giants actually DID do well last week. For example, the Giants defense did keep the Redskins run game to under three yard per carry. That is one promising thing being that the Rams will most likely be playing without RB Stephen Jackson. Another good thing to look forward to is the possibility of Justin Tuck being able to suit up and play on Monday Night. With the lack of pressure that was put on Rex Grossman, you can bet your bottom dollar that Tuck will desperately be needed for our pass rush.
Well, as an individual who does know the game of football, I would like to talk about some key areas where the Giants need to improve in order to come out with that W to avoid going into Week 3 in a 0-2 hole against the Eagles. First and foremost, the Giants need to stop beating themselves and go play with some passion and intensity. The veterans on this team need to really step it up and stop making the rookie mistakes that not even the rookies themselves are making, such as the stupid penalties, false starts, and missed blocking assignments. In a game where so much is happening so fast, the importance of the little things is magnified. Secondly, the offense has to come out and play for 4 quarters instead of two quarters. They will not win too many games going 1-10 on third down, so that is one vital area that has to get better. Better play calling from Kevin Gilbride on first and second down and better execution of the plays that are called, will help stay out of the 3rd and long situations. Also, the lack of converting the short yardage situations is inexcusable,... I mean pre-season is over you guys.
As for the defense, each individual defender has to stay focused on their assignments and limit the mental mistakes on the field. For the most part, they have to come out and play a complete game of football as well. However, I am willing to cut the defense a little slack for the simple fact that if the offense continues to get those annoying 3 and outs over and over, the defense will be a tad bit more tired, and therefore less effective. All I would like to see from the defense is to do a bit better in man coverage and do the same thing that they did last week, put the team in a position to win, which they did in fact do.
As for the team as a whole, you win together, you lose together so better play collectively is a must. The leaders on this team have to go out there and do what they are supposed to do... LEAD!! The one candidate that I nominate for this week's hot seat is none other than, yup you guessed it,... Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride. This game was a lot closer than the score would suggest, so 32 pass attempts versus only 19 rushing attempts is a bone-headed strategy to say the least. The Giants have to get back to utilizing their strengths and minimizing those mistakes in order to be successful. One of their obvious strengths is running the ball, so our primary back should at least have anywhere from 18-25 carries per game unless its a complete blowout. We have to be honest about what we do good, and what we don't do good in order to compete game after game, and being a west-coast, pass happy team is definitely not one of our ideal areas. Someone needs to send that old, fat, grey haired man calling the play calls for the offense the memo. Here's one for him, we do have a pretty decent fullback this year so it wouldn't hurt to utilize the guy on some of the short yardage situations and catch the defense off guard with something like a fullback dive or something!!! Hopefully, our coaching staff that seems to be full of old dogs will pull of some new tricks, because that same ol', same ol' crap will have us losing once again.
Overall, I feel pretty good about the Giants' chances of coming of with a win on Monday night. Hey, I'm not one for excuses so all the, " Oh, it's still young in the season.." or the, "Well, we had a lot of injuries.." or the extremely stupid one of, "Well you can't get stressed or worried that you have to make a play every series, or score every time you get the ball" is not gonna fly with me and it shouldn't get a pass from anyone else either. New York Giants fans have endured enough heartache in the past three seasons to last a lifetime, so all the crap needs to stop right now. No more lame excuses coming from trained bullshit artists, we all want RESULTS!!! Giants fans DO want our offense to make a play on every series, and score AT LEAST most of the time when we get the ball!!! This acceptance of mediocrity is nothing more than a cancer that needs to be cut out from the root!! I would like to have a QB with a mindset that he WILL make a play on every series, or have the confidence in himself that he WILL score every time that the offense has the ball. Anything less is unacceptable. Hopefully, if the Giants stick to running the ball, cut out all of the penalties, and play smart, inspired football, we will be going into Week 3 at 1-1 instead of the dreaded 0-2 hole.