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New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka “Surprised” by Recent Cuts of Boley, Bradshaw & Canty

February 8th, 2013 at 8:45 AM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants surprised many by cutting several key contributors this week, including running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackle Chris Canty. One of those shocked by the moves was defensive end/linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka who believes the Giants will miss their production. Not only did the team lose valuable members of the 2011 Super Bowl team but the players also have to see close friends go their separate ways.

“You’re definitely surprised because you’re talking about contributors, guys who were key factors in helping us win championships very recently,” Kiwanuka said. “It’s tough. You’re talking about a couple of guys, Ahmad, Boley and Canty that I was personally friends with. I’ve gotten to know them over the years as great guys…and you never want to see them leave a team.”

The most surprising cut by the Giants was starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw has led the team in rushing yards in each of the last three seasons and helped the Giants win two Super Bowls. Bradshaw is coming off another foot surgery which has been a constant issue during his entire career. Bradshaw, who is only 26-years-old, knew there was a chance he could be cut after the emergence of rookie David Wilson late in the season.

“With David there, Andre there they may have what they’re looking for with them and may be light on cash,” Bradshaw said last week.

Kiwanuka voiced his concern for the chemistry in the locker room, citing the importance of the leadership qualities of Canty and Boley.

“The chemistry in the locker room is going to be different,” Kiwanuka said. “It’s different year to year, but you take a guy like Chris Canty out of the d-line, it’s going to change things. You take a guy like Michael Boley out of the linebacker room, it’s going to change things. You’re talking about two individuals who are very intelligent, who understood what they did and were kind of like player coaches on the field.”

The Giants' defense ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and was in need of a change. Kiwanuka is confident the young players on the roster will answer the call.

“I think in that linebacker role, a guy like Spencer Paysinger, a guy we haven’t seen a lot of, he’s ready. He’s not going to need a lot of time to get accustomed to it. I think if they decide to put him in there, he’s ready to play. Also we have Chase Blackburn in there and a number of guys. On the defensive line I think we’ll still be strong.”

The Giants could also lose veteran defensive end Osi Umenyiora who is now a free agent, and though he would like to stay a Giant, the team's financial situation may not alow it.

“He’s another guy who has got another four or five years of great football left in him,” Kiwanuka said. “He can be a starting defensive end for a number of teams. I’d love to have him back, he’s another guy I’m friends with, but I know if it doesn’t happen he’ll be out there on the field elsewhere.”

Though Kiwanuka doesn't like seeing Bradshaw, Canty and Boley go, he understands the NFL is a business, and management has to do what's best for the team.

“We know that we’re playing on borrowed time throughout our careers,” Kiwanuka said. “I know all of them will land on their feet. This is the NFL, it happens every single year. For those guys who got let go, I just hope we don’t have to see them too early.”

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35 Responses to “New York Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka “Surprised” by Recent Cuts of Boley, Bradshaw & Canty”

  1.  Krow says:

    RBs blocking … I’m not saying it’s not important. I’m just puzzled why we draft a smallish speed back #1 … who they have to know isn’t much of a blocker … and then stone him over his inability to do something we know he’s not good at.

    •  Levito says:

      I think it was a way for the coaching staff to diffuse the complaints about not playing the #1 draft pick most of the season. Would have been easier if they just walked the company line and said rookies don’t play.

  2.  Hanshi says:

    Both Wilson and Bradshaw are 5’10″. Bradshaw has 7lbs on Wilson. Bradshaw can block and Wilson will improve. Tiki and Wilson are the same height and weight.

    •  Hanshi says:

      BTW, all of those measurments are from nfl.com

    •  Jason McEwan says:

      They obviously drafted him knowing that he can’t block but with the expectation for him to learn. As for Eli being on IR, won’t happen, he get’s rid of the ball very quickly.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    REPOST:

    It is NOT clobbering time bro. You are about spot on

    When Nicks, Cruz and X are hitting on all cylinders, the wait time for most patterns is between 2 to three seconds. Unless the pattern is pretty deep (20 yards or more) Eli gets the ball out pretty well.

    And that may well be why our O-line has survived scrutiny for as long as it has.
    I’ll give the Giant O-line this much, all team’s pass protections benefits from having a pair or trio of receivers who handle their business. AKA create separation and run good patterns. That cuts down on how long the QB has to hold it in order to make a play.

    Remember that Toomer, Shockey, Smith, Boss and Plax were all good at getting open and Toomer and Smith were well above average pattern runners. Our O-line was better, but they were technicians, not brutes.

    But when breakdowns occur or just plain good coverage, that extra second and a half comes from a good blocking offensive line.

    Finally, when you OL can perform screens, pulls, traps and straight run blocks, the defense is going to be off balance much of the time. And you can slap them silly with a plethora of plays and play action.

  4.  Liberal Giant says:

    Kiwi must be clueless when it comes to cap issues. One day, he might be next.

    If Wilson, or someone, does not improve their blocking skills, this team will end up with a 15 million dollar QB on the IR list.

  5.  demo3356 says:

    The last guy that was surprised about a cut was the next guy cut…

  6.  rlhjr says:

    demo3356 says:
    February 8, 2013 at 8:47 AM
    nonsense… The giants OL could be the best in the NFL and the RB would stil have to pass protect and pick up the blitz.. Unless you can explain a way that a 5 man OL can stop 6,7 or 8 guys when the defense blitzes…
    _________________________________________________________________
    That’s just about 100 percent wrong bro. Right of the top, do the math.
    Five linemen a tight end and a running back = 7 guys. The eighth guy is always on the QB ya know? If your line men can block and it’s not a freaking jail break every passing down you can survive. Hell you can toast an entire defense.

    You defeat the blitz approach by using what’s called slip AKA quick screens. You can also utilize three step drop with slants or outs. In other words, you think. Even the Cowturds have enough since to shorten up their patterns and use either shotgun or three step drops to neutralize Blue’s pass rush.

    Then when they establish the short quick stuff, they look for a opening to go long. And being able to run the ball also helps. The ability to execute those things is a function of a flexible offensive line and decent offensive coordination. It has something to do with but not totally dependent on blocking backs.

    We all know backs need to be accomplished blockers. We also know that offensive linemen need to be MORE accomplished blockers than running backs.

    So I know you were just kidding with us. LOL

    •  James Stoll says:

      And another convert to the “time to fire Coughlin, Gilbride and Fewel” brigade.
      Keep ‘em coming boys!

      •  demo3356 says:

        Stoll, your nuts will grow back and your testosterone levels will return to male levels long before Coughln is fired.. Stop wasting your breath..

    •  demo3356 says:

      Really? So teams just blitz off the TE side to make it easy? No matter how good your line is smart defensive Coordinators will send creative covered bitzes all day that will get blitzers past the line and into the backfield. You HAVE to have someone back there that can pick that up and protect your franchise QB’s.. You can game plan all day and have the Saints or 49ers OL, you still have to have someone back there that is smart enough to understand pass protection and physical enough to meet a free rushing LB head on.. This conversation is actually making my head hurt…

      •  rlhjr says:

        Your head is hurting because you are saying the same thing we are.
        Also, the decision has already been made. Bradshaw is gone. So someone who counts thinks between Wilson and Brown the blocking is going to be OK.

        For the record, Wilson’s stature has little to do with the question of his being a successful pass blocker. It comes down to willingness I.E guts and knowledge. What YOU said is the truth. And that truth comes with experience.

        And I quote; “you still have to have someone back there that is smart enough to understand pass protection and physical enough to meet a free rushing LB head on”.

        But if the five guys in front of him are stiffs, what good does an outstanding pass blocking running back do? The answer is…………….SPIT.

        And I am not trying to get Coughlin smoked. I love him. Gilbride and Fewell on the other hand are an entirely different matter. LOL Moving on……..

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    I don’t get the clobbering of Paul Tierney for stating the VERY obvious. David Wilson has to get better at pass-blocking. That is a fact. But, of course, there’s absolutely no reason to believe he will not do so. He’ll be working all through the off-season and camp to improve, he’s a tough kid with the power to run between the tackles, and he’s a phenomenal athlete who is being handed the lead back role on the New York Giants if he is willing to aggressively block rushers. No way he won’t be doing it.

    As for the O-line, I think the fair evaluation is that as currently constituted they are mediocre, they are not able to blow defensive lines back, they rarely are able to get into the second level of the defense (largely because neither of their guards can pull), they are very slow on the right side and therefore very vulnerable to speed rushes, and they don’t (for whatever reason) do much trap blocking. They do, nonetheless, get the job done when they are partnered with a top blocking tight end, a minimum of two excellent wide receivers, and a running back who can cut back into gaps whenever the defense over-pursues. There is a LOT of room for improvement on this line, and I certainly hope a big part of the plan for April is to use this draft that is deep in O-linemen to continue the improvement that I believe they intended to start with the drafting of Brewer and Mosley.

    But don’t discount how badly the current line was affected by the health of Nicks and the slower development of Randle than Reese had hoped for in 2012. I’ve been talking about how harmful Nicks’ situation was since the Tampa Bay game last season. You can say what you want about how the offensive line “has to play better” but you need to remember that football is the ultimate team sport. A weakness somewhere affects the entire team. The loss of your second most important offensive player has such dramatic affect on what defenses can do against you that it makes everyone else look bad. That could have only been made up by someone stepping up and forcing double coverage on him (freeing up Cruz, allowing quicker releases by Eli, forcing safeties back, etc.). No one did. A really HUGE change in 2013 should be having TWO wide receivers that command doubling when you can only afford as a defense to choose one. The offense will look far better this season even absent any major changes on the O-line. But get Brewer in there playing RT successfully and retain Beatty and the level will go up a few notches even before some more youngsters start to displace the older guys.

  8.  Hanshi says:

    I think Wilson showed signs of improvement in his blocking as the season progressed:
    12/10/12 – RB David Wilson was clearly the star of the game for the Giants given his first 100-yard rushing game and his kickoff return for a touchdown which was only part of what was a record-setting, career night for the youngster. But as far as his quarterback was concerned, Wilson’s biggest play was one that, if you blinked, you probably didn’t notice — unless you paid attention to his previous struggles with pass-blocking. “You know what your best play of the night was?” Eli Manning yelled through the crowd of reporters gathering around Wilson’s locker after the game. “Picking up that free safety.”

  9.  rlhjr says:

    Kiwi gets a hall pass. He’s had to play out of position and flip flop the last three or four years. Through it all he’s been the quintessential company man.

    In fact although painfully out of position, he’s done admirable work at SAM.
    I’d like to see him in the DE rotation for an entire season. I think it would really help the defense.

  10.  demo3356 says:

    I personally don’t think it is a coincidence that our Head coach wont feature a RB that cant pass protect and that our Franchise QB has the longest active streak in the NFL..
    But by all means, carry on with the gibberish…

    •  kujo says:

      You know the OL has been mediocre, at best, for quite some time.

      You know the playcalling has always been bullish, stubborn and obvious under Gilbride.

      You know they could have figured out a way to get Wilson a few more touches each game early on.

      •  demo3356 says:

        Probably could get him some more touches, but when he fumbles and can;t pass protect early on, we all know he is going to be limited until he fixes both. Shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody. Is our system unflawed and perfect? No, but has anyone else won 2 Superbowl’s in 6 years? No! We have to take the arm chair Head Coach name tags off and realize that there is a method to the madness of JR and TC. We may not all love every aspect of it, but have to understand they know what they are doing and get the results

        •  kujo says:

          So, to your point, any criticisms of Coughlin and Gilbride can be defused by citing our Super Bowl wins? I sure hope THEY don’t think that way….

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