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New York Giants Kicker Lawrence Tynes Hopes to Rebound in Week 16

December 19th, 2012 at 6:11 PM
By Paul Tierney

'Super Bowl-8-2' photo (c) 2012, Stephen Luke - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the New York Giants second half slide has been Lawrence Tynes' inability to stay consistent kicking some very makable field goals. Tynes is 33 of 39 on field goals this season; however, Tynes has had a miss from inside 40-yards in each of the Giants last two games. For the Giants to have a chance to make a postseason run, Tynes is going to have to get back to being nearly automatic from anywhere inside 50-yards.

It's possible that Tynes is merely reverting towards the mean at this point of the season. He hit 29 of his first 31 field goal attempts of the season, including games against the Panthers and Cowboys in which went 5/5 in each contest. Tynes' numbers benefited greatly from the Giants redzone woes, but he was able to minimize those struggles by making sure the team came away with points on nearly every drive inside the 35-yard line. As of late, that consistency has waned.

"You can sit there and slump about it and be mad about it, but it's not going to do you any good," Tynes said. "I've done that very, very well in my career. I think I've missed two kicks three times in my career and I've played over 120 games. So you just got to look at it for what it is and kind of just move on. I think I do a good job of that. You get (peeved) off a little bit, but you just got to move on."

Tynes is not the only player on the Giants who needs to step his game up for the team to advance any further than their regular season finale at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. That distinction rightfully belongs to Eli Manning, who by all accounts has had a down season. However, football is a team game and it takes a team effort to emerge from a game victorious. Tynes must be able to do his job effectively and put points on the scoreboard for the Giants to have a successful season.

Head coach Tom Coughlin realizes that the Giants are going nowhere without Tynes' hitting the very makable field goals that he has missed in recent weeks. The entire process, from the snap to the hold and to the kick has to be cleaned up if Big Blue is going to win the close football games they will inevitably encounter if the team is going to make noise in the postseason.

"We need to be able to come away with points each and every time we’re down there," Coughlin said. "Obviously, we’d like touchdowns, but you’ve got to come away with points and we can’t afford not to and we would like to feel that no matter what the distance is, if it’s within our range, our makeable range that we’re going to come through and I have to believe we will."

The Giants are ranked 20th in the NFL in red zone efficiency, as the team has scored a touchdown on just 50 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line. On the road, the Giants have scored a touchdown on just 37 percent of trips inside the 20 yard line. Lawrence Tynes is going to have his number called again in a crucial situation and the team is going to rely on him to come through. History has shown us that he will, but 2012 is a new season and Tynes has given the team three consecutive shaky performances. It's now or never for the nine-year veteran.

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12 Responses to “New York Giants Kicker Lawrence Tynes Hopes to Rebound in Week 16”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    By Sunday we’ll have an article like thisoneveryone on the team

  2.  Dirt says:

    Krow says:
    December 19, 2012 at 4:37 PM
    Statistically Eli is having an ‘NFL average’ year. He suffers in comparison to his amazing 2011 season.

    —-

    He’s 18th in passer rating. We can argue all day about the quality of the metric, but it’s nonetheless a metric that considers yards per attempt, touchdowns per attempt, interceptions per attempt and completion percentage.

    Some quarterbacks with better QB rating this season:

    Robert Griffen III (R)
    Russell Wilson (R)
    Cam Newton
    Josh Freeman
    Carson Palmer

    Name one receiver one of those quarterbacks have better than Eli’s #2 guy. Vincent Jackson maybe is in the conversation. And old man Steve Smith. And that’s it. Eli has *2* guys. And 8 years of experience.

    Is it Eli? Is it the system?

    •  Dirt says:

      And if you ever wonder why Eli always has to be defended as a Top 5 QB, guess who’s in the top 6 again – the usual suspects: Peyon, Brady, Rodgers and Roethlisberger. Where you’d expect to see top quarterbacks in metrics surrouding accuracy, scoring ability (in the red zone) and turnover proneness.

      •  NOLAGiant says:

        Something I’ve noticed a lot this year is the lack of play action and shotgun passes. Eli has never been very good with standard drop back formations that are lacking play action, yet thats primarily what I’ve seen this year, and very little play action as well as the gun only on 3rd down. Yet Gilbride has stayed away from the play action and shotgun compared to last year. Why?

        Also, you can’t overlook Nicks’ injury. Nearly every game last year had one 25+ bomb down the sidelines to Nicks, but he simply cant do that this year. Nicks injury also allows Cruz to be doubled covered, in effect Nicks injuries is a detriment to both Eli’s #1 and #2 receivers.

  3.  wrdag says:

    Im amazed at times that you guys will pick on Eli’s poor play of late without pointing to the huge elephant in the room. That pachyderm would be the “turnstile play” of one David Deihl. The second half slide began the day he was put back in the line-up post his injury. You all can be delusional and think that Eli can overcome poor protection but he can’t and he is in fine company across the league. As I mentioned before, even the GOAT Tom Brady will play like crap with bad protection and we just beat the vaunted Aaron Rodgers by exposing his porous o-line.
    The key guy who needs to pick up his game is our right tackle…period!
    Kroy Biermann sack and numerous pressures versus Atlanta?? The guy had a whopping 3 sacks for the year and Deihl couldnt handle the guy straight up. Dont even get me started with his historic technique of giving every d-end 5 yards of bull rush on every play before he engages them. Am I crazy or should Kroy Biermann be handled easily at the line of scrimmage all day and be a mere afterthought of concern for your QB.

    •  kujo says:

      Agreed 100%, brother

    •  Dirt says:

      I agree that Diehl problem as well. And I fully agree that some of this is correlated.

      But as jfunk I believe mentioned, Diehl hasn’t made Eli make some truly awful, amateur plays.

      And what I said is absolutely true, even if I don’t agree with the mob: Eli’s high status is in need of defense because he seems to annually trail the pack in accuracy, red zone efficiency and protecting the ball. Those are unfortunate facts. There’s no stat for “it”, perhaps maybe 4th quarter comebacks is that stat. But outside of that, and two truly amazing Super Bowl runs (when he *did* rank high in those common metrics, like 11-2 TD-INT ratio in those playoff runs), he trails. I happen to think the latter is most important, but that’s just me.

  4.  jb322 says:

    I still think it boils down to coaches. Sulivan, last years QB coach left for TB and the Giants moved the WR coach to QB coach and moved Gilbride’s son to WR coach. I’m not saying their bad coaches but it is alot of change to expect the 2 units not to be affected. I think this has created a little bit of a disconnect between the 2 groups. Their just not on the same page, and Nicks ‘s injury didn’t help.

    •  Dirt says:

      I don’t put too much stock into this as last year, Eli had no coaches at all in the offseason. Kid self coached himself, developed his own chemistry with his teammates, and coincidentally had his best season.

  5.  Dirt says:

    I also think the offense seems to never have rythym, and it’s for some reason intentional. There will be 1:30 left with 3 timeouts on the 40 yard line, big reception, then Coughlin comes running on the field in a panic to call timeout. Defense takes a breath, drinks some Gatorade, cleans their cleats, talks to their defensive coordinator, substitutes based on the Giants personnel, then a drive amazingly stalls. That happens all the time, and that’s just an end-of-half example.

    They almost seem too scared of urgency. Too scared of tempo. Comfortable with not absolutely taking it to their opponent right from the start. And if you’re not trying your hardest, you’re not trying your hardest. Which, in my opinion, has something to do with the true elephant in the room, as acknowledged by some players: a lack of passion.

  6.  rlhjr says:

    David Diehl, Snee and the ever injured Baas are the offenses problem in general and Eli’s in particular. Eli displayed plenty of guts during the beating he took from Frisco in the NFC Title game. He has taken lumps this year too. However, some here point to the number of sacks given up by this line and say they are better than last year.

    That’s like favoring horse $h|+ over bull $h|+. Wake up, it’s ALL $h|+ folks.
    We can hide behind statistics forever. The smell test and the visual proof are what I go by. Eli is not comfortable in the pocket. That is easy to see.

    Eli is almost always under the gun on key downs. Like third down, because defenses know to target DD, Snee and Baas in key drive and game defining situations. Add to that the fact that it’s almost always third and 8 because there is little to no run blocking.

    We can talk as much crap about Bradshaw not having vision as is necessary to make everyone feel good. But the truth is if Bradshaw has holes he gains yards. And if Wilson has holes, the next time the defense catches view of him is when he (no longer) turns a back flip in the endzone.

    As we say in the service, the Giant O-line is in the “HURT LOCKER”.
    And only personnel change will update that status. Reese waited way to long repopulate this area with fresh young talent. The late round, high value IE bargain basement approach isn’t cutting it.

    Nicks being hurt is a major factor, Randle being a $h|+ head is a factor.
    But if the blocking was able to hold up, Bennett, and even Wilson are valid and potent receiving options. No people, the root of all the Giant offensive evil is the putrid Giant offensive line.

    Gilbride? With blocking even some of the crazy $h|+ he calls has a shot at working.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    As for Tynes I think Coughlin is sold on him. He won him over in 07 Green Bay NFC Title game.

    When the offense ends up stalling inside or at the 30 yard line the guy has mostly been deadly. His kickoff’s go from pathetic to “who the hell kicked the ball out of the endzone cuz I know it wasn’t Tynes?” Some of his misses make your eyes bleed.

    I do think he needs to be challenged. An accurate kicker who can hit from 50 and consistently register touch backs would be really nice.

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