We are going to break up the usual Sunday morning routine of Phil Simms and start with a piece done by the Star Ledger on Linval Joseph. When you read stories like these you begin to understand why some special players can make it to the NFL w/o getting to play for top Division 1 college programs. Brandon Jacobs was stuck behind Carnell (Cadillac) Williams and Ronnie Brown at Auburn. So he transferred to Southern Illinois to get snaps. Joseph lost an opportunity to play for the Florida Gators, so he went to East Carolina. And if you think it is an exact science, then there are still going to be players like Tom Brady who fall to the 6th round and others like Victor Cruz who aren't even drafted. So the lesson for all of us is that there is plenty of opportunity to sift through the talent to find the players that are worth getting on your roster. (Click Read more to continue with Joseph and who Simms takes in the Dallas- NY Giants game).
In order to get a better sense of where the Cowboys are, I watched the rewind of the AZ-DAL game from last Sunday. Everyone has seen the "icing" of the kicker by HC Jason Garrett at the end of regulation. That move was preceded by the biggest story of the game: the 3rd and 11 reception by Dez Bryant. The Cowboys are at midfield, Romo rifles the ball into Bryant, who makes a great grab in between two defenders. The story begins AFTER the reception. With 27 seconds remaining and the Boys on the edge of FG position, Romo hurries his team up to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball. If you had one timeout, wouldn't you use it after the reception? Instead, 20 seconds of the clock run down, and the Boys only have 7 seconds left. Now here is the insanity- the Cowboys didn't have one timeout left. THEY HAD TWO TIMEOUTS! If this manure maneuver were performed by the Giants Head Coach or their experienced QB, I would want BOTH of their heads. Everyone was ripping Garrett for being the Princeton dunce on the icing, and that was irrelevant penny ante material compared to blowing 20 seconds of clock with two timeouts in his pocket. As for Romo, could you imagine Rodgers, Brady, etc... wasting 20 seconds? Never.
Why is it important to discuss the 20 seconds of evaporated time in this Cowboys-Giants preview? Because the Cowboys played a lot of good football last weekend and they underachieved. They went into AZ territory ~8 times and came away with 13 points. There was one penalty which brought back a great Dez Bryant punt return. Delay of game penalties. False starts. Throw in some good AZ defense and you get the idea. If things had gone just a little differently, Dallas would have scored plenty more. So expect them to be much more trouble vs the Giants on Sunday night as long as they are able to execute just a little bit better than last week.
Dallas has plenty of weapons on defense and offense. I am having a hard time figuring out which monster scares more, DeMarcus Ware or Dez Bryant. When Romo is not self-destructing, he's got a lot to work with. Murray is a good RB. Everyone knows Witten at TE, the position where the Giants always enjoy getting roasted. On Defense, Rob Ryan keeps the opposition off-balance with good schemes. The Giants OL must keep Eli clean, because the Dallas pass rush can cause havoc.
Petrus got a lot of props last weekend for helping the run game. Going up against the likes of Jay Ratliff, I'd say it is a must to have Petrus start.
Summary: Dallas played hard last weekend, and the score/result vs Arizona covers up the fact that Dallas is dangerous. They are like an engine without a transmission. If they get into any gear at all, the Giants will have their hands full. When you think about how this Dallas team blew games to NE, NYJ and DET earlier this season on top of the AZ loss, you can understand why the NFC East is where it is. Andy Reid has an OL coach as a Defensive Coordinator, who puts Nmandi Asomugha in zone coverage. Garrett chokes the AZ game. Coughlin the irate steward who watches as his coordinators underachieve. Washington Snydersville. It's the NFC East, the land of blind organizations, and someone's gotta win this division.
Wonder is rolling out his own blog, a general NFL site. He was nice enough to share some thoughts that are targeted particularly for the UltimateNYG NY Giants fans. Remember, these early draft remarks will be subject to change in coming months, but it does give us an early taste for what is out there.
Maybe I'm an optimist..BUT, IF the Jints win Sun. nite- THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR BY FAR- I think they win the NFC E courtesy of Cowboy horrible coaching at AZ.
EARLY draft pick possibilities for JINTS:
1. LB !! either a. Manti Te'o (junior elig..if he comes out)- classy, solid, tough..all over the field..good character...BUT
LIMITED athleticism for MLB so won't be awesome....I need to wait for combine drills to see his "footwork/agility" against "men"
b. Vontaze Burfict- MY GUY...head case, but BEAST..I would hope his "character issues" move him down and Jints can grab him...he WILL be a difference maker IF he's "treated" corrrectly....24/7 !! would be BEST JINTS LB in 20 yrs IMO... I say they MUST get this guy even if they have to move up a little IF he checks out, etc...he's combo of Singletary/Brooks except "issues"
2. OG- David DeCastro....again, usually don't like OG this high...BUT, I believe he's CLOSE (not quite) to Iuapati..and READY for NFL
3. S- Mark Barron...only S worth 1st round pick...can go "both" ways...it's time to admit Phillips is not the guy...maybe
it was talent, maybe it was injury..BUT Jints need to get better on the back end...Not saying Barron is Thomas or Berry coming out...but he WILL be a good solid pro...
Obviously, all of this is premature until I get into more film and the COMBINE,etc...but thought it might whet the appetite of this NY Giants blog..AND I think some or all of these guys will be avail when they draft...I know they need a RB, BUT I don't think they can afford to take one with 1st rd pick...S or LB or Oline...IMO...
also, need more eval..but POSS: Melvin Ingram-started as a LB, but has played DE last couple of years...non-stop
motor...needs to be graded and drilled to see IF he can play LB full time (may only be good for a 3-4 OLB and not for Jints..have to see), Courtney Upshaw, LB, Jarvis Jones LB, Kevin Reddick (jr. elig) LB...please note I DO NOT like Luke
Kuechly...he's at best an OK LB...not worth 1st rd...
Lots of talk yesterday in the media and radio talking heads about whether this “moral victory” will now springboard them into a playoff caliber team.no comments