New York Giants’ players report for training camp one week from today. Let’s see what is happening with training camp closing in.
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Here at Big Blue View, our series of posts on the Giants’ 2017 opponents recently concluded. Bleeding Green Nation, SB Nation’s Philadelphia Eagles web site, is now doing its version of that series for Eagles’ foes. Here is BGN’s take on the Giants:
The good news for Manning is that the Giants gave him some more weapons to work with thanks to the addition of Brandon Marshall and first-round pick Evan Engram. The bad news is that New York didn’t do much to fix their offensive line, so it remains to be seen how they expect the 36-year-old Manning to dramatically improve this season.
Some might argue the Giants are the favorites in the NFC East. The Cowboys won the division last year, yes, but New York beat them twice. Besides, Dallas looks poised to take a step back this season.
Personally, I don’t buy the Giants as some great team. Manning is declining and he’s working behind shoddy protection. New York’s defense could still be good, sure, but the team as a whole overachieved last year. Their pythagorean win total was 8.98 yet they finished with 11 wins. Like the Cowboys, I expect the Giants to not be downright terrible this season, but they should be poised to take a step back.
Nearly 30 years after he fired legendary head coach Tom Landry, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently still feels the need to defend that unpopular decision:
“I had such respect for coach Tom Landry,” Jones said. “I was motivated to be a part of this organization, the Cowboy organization and the NFL in no small part because of coach Landry. Yet, probably no one has had more criticism . . . than what I got when I basically made the change to coach Landry and asked Jimmy Johnson to come in and be the coach. That is just in my mind an illustration of the hard decisions that sometimes you have to make doing the right thing possibly for the greater good of the team.”
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