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Could the Philadelphia Eagles put resting key starters for the playoffs above going all-out in an effort to win the NFC East title on Sunday when they face the New York Giants? Eagles coach Nick Sirianni admitted on Monday that it is a consideration.
“Obviously, we always try to think through everything at all times and we are always thinking about those things,” he said. “We’re going to do whatever we need to do to win this game. But still, that’s a consideration, what you’re saying, because we think through all those different things.
“I’m saying to you that everything is discussed but there are some unknowns about the game, Dallas and Washington. And we’ve got to start — we’ve got to play and coach good football, too. And to be able to go into the playoffs, again, I’m just answering your question, not that I’m thinking too far ahead, but to go into the playoffs not in a rut...Everything is on the table.
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“The draft pick is something that everybody doesn’t want to talk about, but I want to talk about (it),” Toomer said. “I don’t think we should win this last game because, you know, what is it for? I don’t want to ruin the top-five pick that we have right now like the Arizona Cardinals are doing. They’re winning the battle, but losing the war in terms of supplementing that team with better talent around it.”
So you're saying there’s a chance?
For as bad as it looked with Daniel Jones to start this season, if the Giants have a chance to draft Drake Maye, I’d do it. Maye had by far the most big-time throws of any quarterback in the FBS over the last two seasons and would be the perfect new investment for Brian Daboll’s offense.
“He loves playing football, and I don’t know where he’ll go, but whoever gets him will be very lucky to get him, because they won’t have to spend a high draft pick to get him,” Boomer said. “He’s a little bit older, but it’s okay. He followed his Indiana coach to Washington, and he’s playing for a national title, so that tells me he’s a winner. He seems to be the right guy, and may not be taken in the first round – which seems to be a boon for the Giants.”
New York upgrades its pass rush with Alabam edge Dallas Turner lining up across from Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Three cornerstone pieces for the Giants on this play
Wan'Dale Robinson's 24-yard end around touchdown with elite blocks from Andrew Thomas and John Michael Schmitz in space pic.twitter.com/LjvsuuU1Yo— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) January 1, 2024
NY Giants will close out Brian Daboll’s second season Sunday against the Eagles. What are the hottest topics to be decided for 2024 and beyond? Among the questions are can Brian Daboll, Wink Martindale move forward together, is Joe Schoen ready to make a move at quarterback and how many cornerstones does this franchise really have.
As usual, there will be players on this year’s roster who aren’t back next year, replaced by new faces, a topic to be discussed another time. But the first step in implementing change will start with the coaching staff, the group of men and women responsible for running the football program in a way that breeds success.
At the forefront of the potential changes lie the three coordinators: Mike Kafka of the offense, Wink Martindale of the defense, and Thomas McGaughey of the special teams units. Whose seat is the hottest, and does it make sense to do a clean sweep and replace all three?
Schoen called Sterling Shepard one of his favorite players before the season and brought the 30-year-old back on a one-year deal to provide some veteran leadership to the young receiver corps. That may not be needed going forward and who knows how much Shep has left in the tank to justify a roster spot in 2024.
Linebacker Bobby Okereke’s monster season continued with 1 1/2 sacks on a pair of blitzes. The Giants sacked Stafford four times, including on third downs on the Rams’ final two possessions to give the Giants a chance. The Giants forced punts on LA’s final three possessions (aside from the final kneel-down) after falling behind 26-19.
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Special teams player of the week: Gunner Olszewski, punt-returner, N.Y. Giants. His 94-yard kick return for touchdown with 3:27 left in the game brought the Giants to within 26-25—but Tyrod Taylor’s pass for the two-point conversation was thrown behind his receiver in an unforced-error kind of way. Great runback, though.
The punt return
Gunner Olszewski's punt return for a touchdown pic.twitter.com/fN54VeOIVa— Nick Falato (@nickfalato) December 31, 2023
Gunner Olszewski's 94-yard return was the second longest in Giants history and the longest in 95 years. On Sept. 30, 1928, Al Youngblood scored on a 95-yard return in a season-opening road game against the Pottsville Maroons.
The Giants had played 132 regular-season and three postseason games since their last punt return touchdown. Dwayne Harris scored on an 80-yard return vs. the Jets on Dec. 6, 2015.
Here’s one stat Daboll might see: Taylor’s Average Intended Air Yards — the vertical distance that a pass travels from the line of scrimmage to reaching its target — is 8.6 yards per pass, while Jones’ 6.8 is much closer to DeVito’s 6.5 and to the bottom of the league, according to NextGenStats.
The eye test of Taylor’s 80- and 69-yard touchdown passes to speedster Darius Slayton in back-to-back weeks support the analytics.
The pass offense was significantly better with Tyrod Taylor: This showed in the second half of the Giants loss last week, but Taylor showcased why he should have been the quarterback once he returned from his injury. Taylor was 27 of 41 for 319 yards and a touchdown with an interception (87.3 rating). The 284 passing yards were the highest for the Giants since Week 3 and the 7.8 yards per attempt is the highest since Week 11. This was with five drops by pass catchers. With the season over for a while now, Taylor still has a chance to prove he deserves an opportunity to start next year.
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During an appearance on WIP Tuesday, Sirianni was asked if he thinks he’s lost the team and said he’s “not concerned” about that or anything other than trying to “right the ship.” He said he’s confident the team can do that and was asked at the end of the appearance if he’s worried about his job security if he can’t get it done.
“No, I don’t think about those things,” Sirianni said. “I try to stay where we are right now. How we play good football this week against the Giants, how do we fix some of the things that we got going on right now. That’s where my focus is and that’s where I’ll be obviously the rest of this week.”
Eager to clarify the source of his dissatisfaction, Brown told the media, “It ain’t directed toward y’all.” That’s because, according to teammates, it’s directed toward the coaching staff. [...] That said, a veteran captain openly disrespecting his coaches is more than just a bad look. It’s locker room poison. “Any time you have bad body language from a leader like that, other guys see it, and it’s not good,” said one veteran.
Sirianni said that Sunday’s performance wasn’t up to the standard the team wants to set, but that they will “continue in that direction” regarding Patricia calling the plays.
“Everything that I do, every decision that I make is with the thought of the team first and what is best for the team,” Sirianni said. “The adjustments that I made a couple weeks ago were in attempt to do what’s best for the team. I still believe that.”
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