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A chat with 'Bolts From The Blue'

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Our New York Giants are desperately in need of a victory this weekend. It just so happens that the San Diego Chargers are the team standing in the way. So, I reached out to 'Bolts From The Blue,' SB Nation's Chargers blog or a little chat about Philip Rivers and his team.

Big Blue View: Iwillbehonest.Ihavebeenmiredinthemessthegiantshavebeenthepastfewweeks.IknowsomeofthenamesonSanDiegoroster,butIreallydon'tknowmuchabouttheteam.Givemesomestrengths,weaknessesandanassemssmentatthispointintheseason?

Bolts From The Blue: Strengths- thepassinggameandthesecondary. Weaknesses- runningtheballandstoppingtherun. The passrushisamystery.itcouldbeastrengthoraweakness,butit'shardtotellbecausetheteamhasgrown,changedandcalledadifferentgameagainsttheChiefsandRaiders.we'llseeifitworksagainsttheGiants. A generalassessmentishard.TheBoltshavechangedseeminglyeveryweek.PhilipRiversandVincent Jacksonhavereallybeentheonlyconsistentthreatsonoffense,althoughstatisticallyGatesishavingagoodyear. This isateamfilledwithsparepartsandyoungguystryingtofillinholesleftbybiginjuries.Youcanseetalent,butit'sinconsistent.

My questiontoyouisthesame,butI'dliketoalsoknowwhathaschangedfortheGiantsfromthebeginningoftheseason(whentheywereoneoftheleague'sbest)tonow.

Big Blue View: Well ...noneofthatiseasytoanswer.EverythingisallturnedaroundfromwhattheGiantsweresupposedtobe,whattheywerethefirstfiveweeks,andwhattheyarenow.Rightnowtheyhavenoidentity,andnooneissureiftheyareactuallyanygood.

The Giants were built to be a dominant defensive team, only it has turned out in recent weeks that awful defensive play has been the biggest problem. The defensive line is not getting pressure, or playing the run well. The linebackers are so-so. The secondary, outside of Corey Webster, has been atrocious. The rookie defensive coordinator, Bill Sheridan, has looked overmatched.

Offensively,turnovers,missedopportunitiesandapropensitytoforgetaboutgrindingitoutandgoforthehomerunhavehurttheGiants.

Bolts From The Blue: The funny thing is that most Chargers fans would trade lines with the Giants in a second. Due to injuries, the Chargers are busy plugging holes on both offensive and defensive lines where the Giants have proven talent on both. What has happened to the D-line that there's no pass rush and no ability to stop the run anymore?

Big Blue View: Osi UmenyioraandJustin Tuckhavenotbeendominant.Osi,Ithink,isnotthesameplayerhewasafewyearsago.TucktorehislabruminWeek2andhasbeentryingtoplaythruit,buthehasn'tbeendominant.Inside,Fred Robbinsiscomingoffmicrocracture knee surgery and isn't what he used to be. The Giants might get Chris Canty back this week, and that has to help some. As for the run defense, here is my thought. robbins is not the player he used to be, same for Antonio Pierce. So, they aren't physically imposing in the middle any more. Also, there has been an astounding lack of discipline, with guys seemingly freelance and not handling their responsibilities. That is very un-Giantslike,andverymuchontheheadofthe defensivecoordinator.

Big Blue View: OK.hereisaquestion.IsupposewehavetodebatePhilip Riversvs.Eli Manning.Ihatethewhole'whoisbetter?'thingbecauseIthinkitispointless.Wouldyouagree,though,thatbothteamsshouldbehappywiththeguytheyendedupwith?

Bolts From The Blue: Absolutely. WhileI'llarguealldaythatPhilipRiversisabetterQB,Idon'tthinkPhilipmakesthatplaytoescapethetackleandgettheballtoTyree.EachteamgotayoungfranchiseQBtobuildaround,andIhonestlydon'tthinkRiverswould'velikedtheNYCspotlightverymuch.


EventhedimSanDiegomediaspotlightseemstoomuchforhim.IftheNFLcouldplaythegameswithouthavingthemtelevised,I'msurethat'dbeOKwithPhilip.

Bolts From The Blue: Here's aquestion.Iliketolookatmatchupsgoingintoeachgame.Specifically,ifIseesmallstartingCBsIcanusuallypredictahugegameforVincentJackson.Inthesamelight,IalwaysliketoaskhowgoodtheteamisatcoveringopposingTEs.AntonioGatesdoesn'treallyhavehugestatisticalgamesanymore,butifhe'sabletogetopenonthirddownsitusuallyturnsintoagoodoffensivedayfortheChargers.

Big Blue View: Iwillanswerthatbysayingthis.Forgetthematchups,outsideofCorey WebstertheGiantssecondaryhasnotbeengoodatcoveringanyonelately.Allyourgameplanneedstobeisthis-- find'Bad, BadC.C. Brown'atsafetyandthrowtheballtowhoeverheshouldberesponsiblefor.Shouldworkeverytime.Asforcoveringtightends,ifBoleyplayshecandothat.

OK,questionforyou.Ilovetoaskthisone.IfyoucouldtakeoneplayerofftheGiants'rosterandputhiminyourlineup,whowoulditbe?

Bolts From The Blue: Probably Justin Tuck.Ithinkhe'dbeaveryeffective3-4DE.Samequestiontoyou.


Big Blue View: Well,consideringtheGiantsdefensiveneedsIwouldgooneoftwoways.IknowShawne Merrimanmaynotbetheplayerheusedtobe,butheisprobablystillbetterthanPierceortheotherGiantsLBs.AsbadasoursafetieshavebeenifyouwanttolendusEric Weddlefortherestoftheseasonwewouldlikethat,too.