Just when I thought I knew every nook and cranny of the Internet where I could find information about the New York Giants and the NFL, along comes someone with a new one.
I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. And you can always uncover a new and fascinating Web site.
I didn't exactly 'uncover' Pro Football Focus. One of the other football bloggers here at SB Nation brought it to the attention of all of the football writers across the network. I am, however, going to sing its praises.
I'm not a stat geek. I have hardly spent an exhaustive amount of time at the site, but I have uncovered some information I haven't been able to find anywhere else.
Here are some examples. These numbers are through eight games by the way, which is my only minor complaint. By Thursday night, I'd hope to see the Giants-Chargers game included. Regardless, the numbers are instructive.
- Remember back in the pre-season when we were wondering how snaps would be apportioned among the defensive linemen? Well, the numbers are right here. Oh, and Fred Robbins' horrid grades show why the Giants need Chris Canty to play well the rest of the way.
- As much as we kill 'Bad, Bad C.C. Brown' Pro Football Focus' grading system rates fellow safety Michael Johnson as an even bigger liability in the secondary. I will admit I haven't quite digested the site's grading system. I just know they are studying every play, and the results are fascinating.
- Want to know exactly what areas of the field Eli Manning appears to have the most success throwing to? Well, here is a quadrant-by-quadrant breakdown.
- Want to know why Derek Hagan is on the active roster every Sunday and Ramses Barden isn't? Well, these numbers show you how valuable Hagan is on the Giants' coverage teams.
- Want to know which offensive lineman grades out the worst thus far? You might be surprised that it is not Kareem McKenzie. McKenzie, though, has given up the most hits on Manning.
There are lots of numbers like these. If you love stats, you'll love the site.
- We all know the Giants have put themselves in a tough spot when it comes to making the playoffs. Another site I happen to like, Cool Standings, gives the Giants a 36.7 percent chance for a fifth straight playoff appearance. Just to make you feel even worse, back when they were 5-0 Cool Standings gave the Giants a 92.2 percent chance of making the post-season.
- SBNation.com's Weekly NFL Power Rankings have the Giants 15th. By the way, those are voted on by SBN football bloggers. I wasn't even that kind to the Giants, to be honest.
- Former NFL coach and current FOX Sports NFL analyst Brian Billick isn't sure the Giants have the personnel to stop their current slide.
"The things that concerned you about the Giants coming into the season again were: Where are their big-play receivers, and how is their back seven going to hold up? Now, we're seeing that those questions were legitimate.
I don't know how good this receiving corps really is and I don't know how good their back end is. Like I was saying about Tomlinson, I don't think things are really right with Brandon Jacobs, either. Also, there may be no answers to fixing that secondary. There is no one who is going to ride in on his white horse to resurrect it. It just isn't going to happen.
You just have to do those things that will protect that secondary. What were the Giants known for when they won their Super Bowl — getting pressure with a four-man rush. Well, today very few teams can get to the quarterback with just a four-man pass rush. Minnesota can do it and Dallas is showing signs of being able to do it, too. New York, with former defense coordinator Steve Spagnuolo running the show the past two years, found ways of doing that. But that back end is pretty suspect now, so I'm not sure the Giants can do the same things."
- Here the complete up-to-date stats for the Giants thru nine games.
|Kickoff Returns||Punt Returns|
|Lawrence Tynes||9||0 - 0||8 - 10||7 - 8||4 - 5||0 - 0||19||23||80.0%||25||25||100.0%||82|