Let's continue our look back into the Big Blue View archives at Super Bowl week 2012. Today, we look at some of what was making headlines at BBV on Wednesday as the New York Giants readied to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.
During a discussion Tuesday about the New York Giants wide receivers, Eli Manning and the Giants 2012 Super Bowl matchup with the New England Patriots, former Giants wide receiver and current NFL analyst Amani Toomer praised the team's offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride.
"I think he's great. Some of the stuff that he runs, the plays, the concepts that he came up with -- it's really unstoppable," Toomer said by phone Wednesday morning. "The problem is that you have to have a group of receivers that really not only understand what he's trying to do, but really can read defenses well. If they don't understand what's going on and they can't read what's going on really well then it looks disheveled.
"This young group of receivers, they have a thirst for knowledge and that thirst is what's making them a lot better because they understand what's going on. If you have guys that understand the system it's unstoppable."
Valentine's View: Even now I know any praise of Gilbride -- even old praise of the offensive coordinator -- makes many of you cringe. He's not perfect, but I suspect many fans won't understand his contribution to the Giants until he is gone.
New York has nothing to lose. They're the underdogs, again. Many believe that they have been more fortunate than skilled. If they lose, they will not be frowned upon or questioned. After all, Tom Brady was "due" his revenge. For Brady and the Patriots, this game means the world. If Belichick and Brady, the "best coach-quarterback duo of all-time", lose this game they will have to make peace with the fact that they were outplayed and out-coached by the New York Giants all over again. I see many sleepless nights in New England's future.
I have been trying to convince myself to come right out and say it for a while now, so here it is -- the Giants are going to win on Sunday.
There is no logical argument you can make that shows that the Giants are a better football team than the 18-0 juggernaut known as the New England Patriots. But, there is also no reason the 12-point underdog Giants can't do this.
Valentine's View: The 2007 season was the first for Big Blue View. Thus, I am still taking credit for that Super Bowl title.