The Panicking Giant Fan

Giants Fans are the Best in the World!!!

The season hasn’t started and I’ve noticed how the Giants fans are in a state of panic. Never fear I am here to try to ease the stress that our team has caused plenty of our fans.  Right now I will break down each issue that many fans are dealing with. If after I explain each issue you still feel the same way, all i can say is I hope your love for the team allows you to show your support to the fullest.  After all, we could all be worse off.  You could be cheering for the Jets who by the way have gone to no Super Bowls in since 1969.

Here are a few issues:

“Oh my gosh Kevin Boss is gone.”

Kevin Boss was a key contributor to the New York Giants his first four years with the team.  No one can deny the impact that he had on the team. He was a good blocker and a nice big target for Eli Manning to throw to.  Last year he caught 35 passes for 531 yards.  Those were some great numbers for a tight end.  Though great,  It’s not  like they can’t be attained by the current group of Tight ends on the roster.  I think when Jerry Reese drafted Travis Beckum in his mind he believed beckum’s time would come.  In 2007,   Beckum shattered the Wisconsin Badgers tight end record, catching 75 passes for 982 yards and six touchdowns. He’s not the blocker that Boss is but he is an extra receiver who’s faster, has better hands, and his agility makes him less likely to endure all those brutal hits that Kevin Boss was taking.  As far as blocking goes the Giants have a group of tight ends that include Bear Pascoe, Daniel Coats, and other tight ends trying to make the team that can fill that void.

“Just Keep Osi Happy”

Umenyiora isn’t happy with his current contract situation.  This is an unfortunate circumstance that our best defensive player of last season has to deal with.  I won’t argue and say he doesn’t deserve it. Umenyiora deserves to be paid as a top defensive End in the NFL.  I think the main reason that he hasn’t been paid the money he deserves is because of the depth that the team has.  Believe it or not Jason Pierre-Paul is a 6′ 5″ 270 lb  “BEAST” or even a “Freak of Nature”.  The Giants aren’t interested in investing 5 more years of top money to a player who’s successor is waiting in the wings.   “He’s a very unique player. I’ve been around the league 12 years and I have not coached one that he compares to. He’s kind of his own guy – how strong he is and how talented and how much range he has” said Defensive Line coach Robert Nunn of Pierre-Paul.  Life isn’t fair so everyone can’t be happy.  If he doesn’t play the “Beast” is unleashed. If he does Osi goes to the Pro Bowl again and the line rotation is totally ridiculous and unfair.

“We haven’t signed anyone and the Eagles are getting better. Oh My gosh, they took Steve Smith.”

Were we really that bad that we needed to make drastic changes? As i remember we went 10-6 last season and barely missed the playoffs.  I know what you’re saying “but the Eagles beat us both games” In the first game Hakeem Nicks was hurt and that really affected the game from that point on.  The second game we played with a group of receivers that was just a flat out odd trio.  Derek Hagan,  Michael Clayton and Mario Manningham.  Not to take anything away from Manningham but that isn’t exactly the trio of receivers you want going against the Eagles. Even with that dilemma we commanded the majority of the game. If not for a hiccup by then rookie Punter Matt Dodge we would have won. The Eagles were the ones who needed to get better.  Don’t forget Chemistry people.  They have all these new players that have to learn a new system. If you thought Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dewayne Wade had a hard time with the Miami Heat in a 5 on 5 sport, try 11 on 11.  You’re gonna have players out of position all over the place. Meanwhile,  our players who’ve been in the same system they’ve always been in will have the edge.  Even, our very own Steve Smith is gone to the Eagles. Yes, Even  I can admit that it hurts to say that but look at the bright side. He missed 7 games last year and is coming off of an injury that will force him to sit the beginning of the season.  His last good season was 2 seasons ago when he had 107 catches for 1220 yards and 7 tds.  He had a total of 11 TD’s in his career.  How many did  Hakeem Nicks have last year? If you couldn’t remember, it’s 11 in an injury shortened season.  I think Hakeem is underrated by even our own fans and that’s just crazy.  Can someone please tell me where all the Victor Cruz fan’s who were screaming for him to be inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after last years sensational pre-season performance went. Where are you? Has your belief in the almighty Victor Cruz dwindled? “BLASPHEMY!!!!”. In other words give him a shot and in essence you will be giving us a shot. -JM

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No Plax, No Problem

Plaxico Burress

Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress off the field antics have caused the New York Giants to be without their top play maker for the 2009 Playoffs. This weekend the Philadelphia Eagles are coming into town and you can bet that the Giants will be at their best and give a total team performance. Plaxico was known for his big play ability against the Eagles but the team will have to do without him. His knack for stretching the field is the biggest void in the offense. The Giants are among last in the league in passes over twenty yards or more. Yet, Big Blue is fully functional without their deep threat.

There seems to be a lot of talk of how Domenik Hixon has to step up in the place of Plaxico and perform as Plaxico would. That isn’t the case with the G-men. The Giants are the epitome of what people would call a team. Each player including Hixon will do their part to make sure the team succeeds. Hixon isn’t Plaxico and people need to realize he’s not going to perform as Burress would. When a man is 6’5” and 220lbs with long arms he has an ability to get those balls that are sure to be out of range for a man who is 6’2” and 185lbs. Rest easy Hixon we don’t expect you to be Plaxico.

The Giant offense is a group of players who are completely unselfish, which is the reason why this team works. When they need a big play you can count on a long run by the Earth, Wind, and Fire trio. Running Backs Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw can all break one for a long run. When they need a touchdown in the red zone you can count on quarterback Eli Manning getting the ball into the hands of the 6’6” tight end Kevin Boss. Receivers Steve Smith and Hixon do their part in catching those short passes when they are thrown to. Wide Receiver Amani Toomer may not be as productive as he once was but you can count on him to make those clutch catches when they count.

The Eagles Defense will have their hands full when facing this Giant team on Sunday. They are not facing one individual player on the Giants. They are facing a team who perform as one. Therefore, No Plax, No Problem.

-J.M.

Eagles next. How else would we want it?

2009 NFL Playoffs
New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Giants will look for more plays like this on Sunday

Giants will look for more plays like this on Sunday.

On Sunday, January 11, 2009, the New York Giants will continue their journey toward accomplishing a goal that has been done by only a handful of teams in the NFL. That goal is to play in Tampa on February 1, 2009 and come out of that game Super Bowl champions for the second consecutive season. This goal will be no easy task by any means as the Giants first opponent will be the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.

I know people are wondering about the headline “How else would we want it”. Some fans would have preferred to play the Arizona Cardinals this weekend. If the Eagles would have lost to the Vikings last weekend the Giants would have been playing the Cardinals which to many would seem the easier game. Though easier, it’s not the route the G-Men need to take to get to the Super Bowl. The Giants are known to play best when they are presented with a challenge. Would they have gotten up for the Cardinals? Hey, maybe not. Maybe the Giants could have slept and still won. Continue reading