The New York Football Giants are one of the oldest (Est. 1925) and most storied organizations in the NFL. Although they are the proud owners of eight Championship titles (3rd in among all NFL franchises), only four of them are Lombardi/ Super Bowl titles. To football heads, this is a technicality. To those who love to claim “five rings,” etc. it gets categorized as a shortcoming.
History continues to be bred in blue tradition, as last year’s playoff wins brought the Giants to the top – with more championship appearances than any other team, with 19 overall appearances. 11 Conference championship titles are blue-owned as well (6 are NFL Eastern: 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 rather than NFC). Big Blue won their represented Division championships 16 times. Eight were NFL East (1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944 & 1946) while the other eight were NFC East (1986, 1989, 1990, 1997, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2011). It’s been mentioned that the G-Men currently hold the record for most NFL playoff appearances with 31.
Anyone care to debate that it’s time to add to history and get back to basics?
It was only a year ago that the New York Giants were in the middle of Media Day and preparing for the big game, but to many of us, it feels like a lifetime. Memories are vivid and being replayed on several sports channels this week. It isn’t the same. No excitement is built up. No butterflies are forming in the pits of stomachs. No game planning to discuss here. Nothing but an empty feeling is left alongside another gut feeling as if the team doesn’t really belong here.
Basics. Run the ball and stop the run. Simple, right? Running the ball may be easier than stopping it for Big Blue.
The outlook for the offensive run game is seemingly more optimistic. With the late-season surge of first-round draft pick David Wilson, it gave oft-hurting RB Ahmad Bradshaw time to “rest” and come into the game refreshed and ready to attack opposing defenses, looking like a fresh-footed (pun intended) rookie with experience (a la 2007). #44 needs to follow his blocks more, however. Period. Having explosive back-ups like Andre Brown and a possible Kregg Lumpkin cannot hurt. FB Henry Hynoski has already shown that he is ready to take on more responsibility for the team. It is yet to be seen what the plan is at this position as far as free agency or the 2013 NFL Draft. This area should definitely become a strength this upcoming season.
As for stopping the rock from being run, well, the Giants can’t always depend on the back seven to come up and stop the ball carrier. It’s all gotta happen up front. Speed doesn’t necessarily mean a stop. What does is a huge athletic body. Defensive Tackles that plug holes and win the battle on the line most of the time. It may be old school thinking or just solid memories, but the G-Men need a DT like Jim Burt again (calm down, I didn’t say Sam Huff). The pass rush and defensive ends have been the line’s bread and butter, no doubt. The need for a change and more power is obvious here though. Adding a playmaker that can only help the front four will help the entire defense. Just an opinion.
Over-thinking in any situation can be a set up for disaster. Keeping football “basic” for 2013 can be one easy way to get to that common, coveted goal.
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