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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Admits the “Timing is Off” Between He and Hakeem Nicks

December 26th, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Injuries have dominated the season for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who initially fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot in mid-May. That was subsequently followed by a knee injury that has lingered throughout the year. As a result of both injuries, Nicks has missed a significant amount of practice time, which quarterback Eli Manning says has thrown off their timing.

'Eli Manning Warms Up with Hakeem Nicks' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license:

"He missed most of training camp, all of the off-season, so you don’t get that rep time. We don’t get practice reps," Manning said. "He gets a few reps, he’s not quite at full-speed. The timing is off on a few things and it can make it hard to be as effective as you need to be and be on the perfect timing that is required to be really successful."

The same can be said for many other players on the team like running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive tackle Chris Canty, linebackers Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams, safety Kenny Phillips and, to some degree, tight end Martellus Bennett.

Injuries aren't an excuse in the NFL, however. All teams deal with them, although perhaps not to the same degree as the Giants have in recent years. And while it doesn't completely explain their recent futility and inconsistency, it does help to one to understand at least some of their issues.

Both offensively and defensively, the Giants have complex systems and schemes that rely heavily on timing. When that timing is interrupted is when disaster happens, and that's never been more obvious than in each of the last two weeks.


Tags: Eli Manning, Football, Hakeem Nicks, New York, New York Giants, NFL

6 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Admits the “Timing is Off” Between He and Hakeem Nicks”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    Timing between Eli and Nicks is the least of this team’s problems and does not crack the top 5 reasons this team tanked in the second half…again.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I feel ya brother. But when you look at the coaching (actually coordination) you have the think that Coughlin is not going to pull the plug on either coach.

      Simply because they have been through too much together for him to eject them the season after a super bowl win. Especially when everyone thought they were DIW (Dead In the Water) without a prayer.

      What seems to have happened is key veterans on offense and defense simply went “tilt” like an old pinball machine, all zeros across the board.
      It happens to athletes frequently. And when “IT” goes, it’s completely gone and never to return. You cannot ignore it and it’s really clear to see.
      I’ve been hard on Reese/Ross about this. However, you cannot predict when this phenomenon will occur.

      My issue with Reese/Ross is they seem to have not known the possibility existed. And this is especially true with regard to the offensive line.

      On defense once again bad luck with players is a root cause. Tuck being recipient of a career changing injury at the hands of Flowzell (human do do) Adams. Canty being damaged goods (IMHO) from the start. I do not blame Bernard for getting old because with proper rest during game he can still play. But he was subjected to way to much playing time. Joseph started well, but slowed down. Kuhn got hurt and I am not sure what to make of Austin anymore.

      I suspect JPP, Osi and Tuck would have been better if they had inside help rushing the passer and indeed in run stopping.
      I blame Reese/Ross again for the lack of linebacking without a doubt.

      This thing about Nicks is pretty much a no brainer. He is very good, but the team can not put too much trust in Randle to step in for Nicks.
      So, (IMHO) yet another standout outside receiver is needed.
      Let’s not kid ourselves about Jernigan although he’s not an outside guy.
      I think he might stick another year.

      To summarize, you really can’t kill the coordinators because it looks like the players just laid down. You can hope however, that the coordinators are picked up as head coaches. But after the showing the team has made this year who’s going to pull the trigger on those two? SANDOG, KC, AZ, JAC JETS?

      •  Krow says:

        I don’t think the coaching was any different this year than others. Many of us have our issues with what they do. But I don’t think it changed. There were a lot of reason why this year didn’t unfold the way we all hoped it would. I’m not so sure coaching could have turned this boat around.

  2.  Krow says:

    They’re going to have plenty of time to work on that after Sunday.

  3.  Krow says:

    Some possible factors … in no particular order …

    ** Superbowl Hangover – a bad term, but think about it. They won the Superbowl. Realized their dream. Climbed to the top of the mountain. Something they’ve worked their entire lives to achieve. There’s got to be a little drop in motivation. There has to be a touch of complacency.
    ** Distractions – now everyone wants to know them. The stars get endorsements … appearances on TV … but even the reserves see more social and commercial opportunities.
    ** Injuries – we know the guys who miss games. But what about all the players with nagging injuries. Maybe this year we’re much more hurt and beat up. We wouldn’t even necessarily realize it.
    ** Luck – yeah, you have to be good to win a Superbowl. But you have to be lucky too.
    ** Scheduling – the champs always see a lot of national time slots. Odd starts … tons of pressure. Plus we get the killer schedule. And we’re everyone’s big game.
    ** Normal Turnover – players leave. New players arrive. Happens every year.

    etc etc …

    •  G-MenFan says:

      The SB Hangover/Distractions thing would have explained a poor start to the season but I’m not seeing how it has affected them in only November and December. At 6-2 it was theirs for the taking and they spit the bit. In an earlier theread, someone likened the defensive malaise to the Sheridan era and i have to agree. I don’t think the players bought what Fewell was sellin’.

      The O has some injury excuses. The D really only has KP and his replacement did a great job. But blowing the 10 point lead in the 4th to the Steelers seemed to begin the whole slide again. They needed Antonio Pierce to pace the sideline telling the to get “that stupid ****ing look of our faces!”. But he’s gone and Eyeore wears the “C” now.

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