Ultimate22 is going to be a vast majority of the coverage for this NY Giants blog in 2012, breaking down film of every Giant player on every play on offense and defense.
We have gotten feedback via the comments here, through email and friends. Everyone is excited about the objective information we will be able to collect and share with the blog. And many also ask about the general analysis and discussion we have about the team. That discussion on our end is mostly going to come from what we can objectively glean from the film work. It does not mean that Ultimate22 is going to be 100% of the content, but it does mean that it will be try to be a good portion of it.
A great deal of work will be required for Ultimate22 in order to do it right. 65 plays on each side of the ball X 11 players per play means over 1400 player plays per game to grade and collect. Then we have to cross reference every play for run/pass, down and distance, playcall, outcome, playing conditions and other data descriptor fields. The result will be a treasure trove of information, but doing all of this work will mean much less content on non-Ultimate22 discussion on this side of the blog. That doesn't mean the team won't be discussed, but (as an example) it does mean that instead of me writing my lengthy and detailed recaps, the time and effort is going to be placed with the analytical and objective review thru Ultimate22.
We have assembled a group of 10 people to break down film. If you would like to lend a hand and make a commitment to this effort, let us know. This is a tremendous amount of work that we are taking on, so if we can spread it around with some extra support, all the better.
By now you have been reminded a few times that we think that OL, specifically OT, is the most critical position this year for the Giants. There will be extra value for us to see the grades of Beatty and Diehl, or even more importantly, Beatty's replacement. When we are watching the game, it is next to impossible to watch a single position (beyond QB) for more than a fraction of the plays. We are looking forward to having every position captured and scored. This report won't be coming on Monday morning, but it will come out through the week after each game. And after the fourth game of the season, the data will be even more valuable as we begin to track the trends. Tom Coughlin preaches improvement throughout the season. We will get to see where there is improvement and where there is not improvement. It should be a very interesting season.
DT is looking more and more like a major issue.
At the moment the 2 back ups are Hendricks and Kuhn ...
About the 22, even people who know a lot about football need to keep in mind that thay can only guess most of the time. We don't know the call, we don't know what players are supposed to be doing on the field.
Let's not start thinking that because we have access to the "coaches film", we're are NFL coaches ...
Will the Ultimate22 be at a different web link? Looking forward to seeing your work. And I agree - the offensive line is the most critical position this year. Glad to see you say that. I have been getting frustrated that the beat writers hardly ever mention it.
@ArthuroWe are not expecing to be as good as the coaches themselves in evaluations. But quite often it will be apparent what the player's assignment is. There will be a great amount to be gained in watching the film and seeing, as an example, the players that get doubled-teamed. Let's say Cruz or JPP is being doubled all game,the stats will say he is silent but our grades will scream positive scores for the points he gets for being doubled. So, no, we are not NFL coaches, but there is a lot to see when you invest the time to look at 1400+ player snaps per game. We are very excited about that.
@ultimatenyg Oh, I agree, it's a great feature and as long as everybody involved is fully aware of their own limitations, the output will be of huge interest.
Ultimate22 is the name of the All-22 coverage within this site.