We did 10 random thoughts on the craptastic Eagles yesterday. Time for the Giants to take their medicine..
Brandon Jacobs had an awesome run last night.
Then he danced like an asshole, when his team was still down 11. Then the Saints scored on their next possession. And then their next one. And then their next one.
Jacobs ran for 46 yards last night on 13 carries (3.5 per carry). And he fumbled. On the season, he has 320 yards on 3.1 yards per carry. Three. Point. One. His long run of the season is 15 yards. He bitches about the fans booing him. The bad news for Giants fans is that Brandon Jacobs is very much a has been. The good news is that he won’t be a Giant next year.
Kudos to Victor Cruz, by the way, for shelving the salsa dance while his team was on the wrong end of a blowout. Good kid. Good player.
When Steve Weatherford punted for the Jets, he tried to run for it on 4th and EIGHTEEN. It was not a designed call. He didn’t make it. Old habits and dumb punters die hard.
Jerry Reese doesn’t seem to have had a real plan for the OL this offseason. On the first day of free agency, I wrote a piece entitled “What exactly is Jerry Reese’s plan for the OL?” Let’s look at that post point by point:
Yesterday, the Giants cut 2 of their 5 offensive line starters (Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert) as well as their first guy off the bench (Shawn Andrews). Andrews’ release wasn’t surprising at all, and if the Giants had cut either O’Hara OR Seubert, it wouldn’t have been a major surprise. Cutting both certainly was. The Giants previously had the oldest OL in the NFL. Well, they’re not the oldest anymore, but it leaves the Giants offensive line with the following issues:
– They have no viable center. The first guy in line to start at center, as the roster currently stands, is Adam Koets, who tore his ACL last November and is still recovering. Koets has appeared in just 11 games and started 4 in his 4 year career.
Later that day, they signed David Baas. While Baas has been a decent upgrade over O’Hara (who was awful in 2010), Baas hasn’t exactly been “good” either. But OK… It’s a need filled with an adequate player. Can’t have great players at every position. So what else?
– They have a major question mark at LT. William Beatty was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 to be the future LT. So far, he’s been a disappointment. He lost a training camp battle to David Diehl last season, and when Diehl went down with an injury, it was Andrews, not Beatty, that subbed in. Beatty eventually got a chance to play when Andrews also got hurt. I’ve heard people say Beatty played great in his limited opportunities last season, citing the fact that he didn’t give up any sacks. However, in 168 snaps played last season, Beatty had a whopping 6 penalties, or… a penalty every 28 plays. To put that in perspective, Chris Snee played 1099 snaps last season. At a rate of a penalty every 28 palys, Beatty would have had 39 penalties playing a full season.
Beatty has been OK, actually, and he’ll only get better. He has certainly exceeded my expectations. It’s unfortunate that he suffered a fairly serious eye injury.
– Almost no depth. I would project the Giants OL, as currently constructed, to look like this:
LT – William Beatty, LG – David Diehl, C – Adam Koets?, RG – Chris Snee, RT – Kareem McKenzie
Their bench looks like this – Kevin Boothe, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer, Jamon Meredith. I would guess that Boothe is the first guy off the bench, no matter who goes down. He’d fill in directly for Diehl, Koets, and Snee if any of those guys went down. If either tackle went down, Diehl might kick out to tackle, with Boothe filling in at left guard. Not good.
Boothe indeed IS the first guy off the bench in any scenario, which, as noted back in July… not good. Meredith is gone. Koets is gone. Brewer isn’t ready to contribute. So who did the Giants bring in for added depth? Former Eagles disaster Stacy Andrews, and undrafted rookie free agent Jim Cordle.
– Even with the cuts, age concerns abound. After going 7 consecutive seasons of not missing a start, Diehl showed serious wear and tear last season, missing four games with nagging-type hip and hamstring injuries. His health has to be in question. Meanwhile, on the right side, while I believe Snee and McKenzie may very well be the best RG/RT tandem in the NFL, McKenzie is 32, and Snee is knocking on 30.
Diehl has been beyond terrible all season. Just brutal really. Snee and McKenzie are now far from the best RG/RT tandem in the league as both have significantly regressed.
We’re only a day deep into free agency, so obviously a lot can change. But this is where we currently stand with the Giants’ OL. Did the Giants know they were going to cut O’Hara and Seubert back in April? If not… Why not? And if so, why wouldn’t they do more to address the OL in the draft? Maybe there’s a plan in place during this free agency period. Let’s see it, Jerry.
There was no plan. The Giants can’t run the ball to save their lives, and have not given Eli Manning adequate protection. They drafted players at positions of strength with their first 3 picks, ignoring their biggest needs. It would be unfair to criticize Prince Amukamara and Marvin Austin. Nobody can predict injuries like that (OK, well maybe Austin to a degree). The 3rd round pick, Jerrel Jernigan, has been terrible so far.
On that last semi-run-up-the-score pitch by the Saints last night to push the Saints point total to 49, Jason Pierre-Paul sprinted downfield and almost caught Mark Ingram. The rest of the defense watched.
JPP is going to be star for the next decade. Major talent. Seems to have some heart, too.
Speaking of that run-it-up moment, a lot of people have pointed to Payton’s former stint with the Giants when Jim Fassel took away Payton’s play calling duties. Maybe. But I wonder if Brandon Jacobs’ nonsense had anything to do with that. Or maybe Payton is just a dick.
How do you win the time of possession battle and still give up 49 points? It’s not like the Giants’ offense was going 3 and out all night, or turning the ball over left and right. It’s not just that the Saints scored a lot. They scored quickly… a lot. And with extremely ease.
That’s not a game Deon Grant will want to remember anytime soon. Couldn’t cover Jimmy Graham all night (not that anyone really can), and got juked out of his jock by Drew Brees inside the 5. Very embarrassing moment.
Da’Rel Scott won’t be seeing the field again anytime soon.
As noted earlier in the Hierarchy post…
The Giants have given up 277 points this year. That’s 5th worst in the NFL. They’ve allowed 382 yards per game. Also 5th worst. They give up 131 rushing yards per game. Somehow, that makes them only the 9th worst in that category. They give up 251 passing yards per game. 7th worst.
Their opponents’ combined record: 55-66.
The Giants have some really big names on their D, but let’s just call it what it is: This is one of the worst defenses in the NFL.