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New York Giants Fans: Downtime Should Also Be Used to Reflect

February 23rd, 2013 at 3:30 PM
By Jen Polashock

The fact remains that the G-Men didn’t make the playoffs – especially after coming off great expectations last offseason. It wears on the hearts of majority of the Big Blue Faithful, still. The NFL offseason sets up a preamble of different things for diverse fans. Not everyone is deep into reckoning the New York Giants’ next move.

'Giant fans on the way to the parade' photo (c) 2012, MargaretNapier - license:

There is something more to be said for collective commiseration. It most definitely isn’t entirely a depraved entity. It can become an art form that aides in lucidity and eventually moving onward. Familiar roots are a saving grace – even among “friends” never met. Differences of opinion yield way to (hopefully) an appreciation for like a baseline subject matter.

Surfing around the internet for all-things-blue dialog or having outright face-to-face conversations is pretty much all one can do to feed the beast that is New York Giants football. Money can be slapped down on any odds that many of you are here now to feed an addiction. Sometimes, the topics initiated are, well, offseason-like.

The “switching the Giants defense back to a 3-4” has an interesting and old school cult-like following. The problem is that many don’t understand personnel under this type of defense. Just because it works on another team and under their coaching doesn’t mean it will fare well here. As with anything that is within the confines of change, it takes time.

Recent speculation from corner Terrell Thomas has rehashed banter about who coach Tom Coughlin’s predecessor would/could be. The names of Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher are still the top ones mentioned and the two former Super Bowl-winning coaches that more than likely wouldn’t be the Giants’ next head coach. Hopefully, Coughlin’s recent statements have quashed this subject. For a while.

"I approach each year the way I've always approached it," Coughlin said Friday from Indianapolis, the site of the annual NFL Scouting Combine. "I mean, the energy's flowing good, I'm excited about it, and looking forward to this offseason, getting our football team together again. Maybe at some point I'll get the message, but it certainly isn't right now."

Many fanatics that aren’t talking combine, free agency, NFL draft, and even the upcoming potential 2013 schedule are simply recalling their fond memories of the 2012 NFL season’s ups as well as good times prior. “Top 5” lists make their way through discussions like the word “umm” to a nervous orator. These indeed spark some old school Giants Pride by way of stimulating the areas of brain that may have been dust-laden to lack of being awoken by fellow comrades that are in as deep. Remembering what made you a diehard fan of the New York Football Giants only intensifies the passion for some; sharing stories and how life led each down individual Giant paths is part of why a fine primary color of blue is truly bled.

Whatever gets you through right now: talking about everything Big Blue, reaching out to the players, planning football-minded events, looking ahead to the NFL Draft or even training camp visits, or even watching past Giants games. Do what ya gotta; share even.


Tags: Bill Cowher, Football, Indianapolis, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Terrell Thomas, Tom Coughlin

20 Responses to “New York Giants Fans: Downtime Should Also Be Used to Reflect”

  1.  Krow says:

    I think our flirtation with Barden is Hixon insurance. If he moves on the Ramses would make a more than acceptable 4th/5th WR. But as always his inability to contribute on specials hurts his chances.

  2.  Krow says:

    #3 rated TE Gavin Escobar … out of San Diego State … ran 2 4.8+ 40s. Bye bye Escobar. The Combine claims its first victim.

    •  Jason McEwan says:

      He’s a blocking TE, I don’t think that’s a bad time for a TE who will be blocking 90% of his snaps.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Who saw the kid from Arkansas Pine Bluff? This kid is a freak and could be a really good LOT, or first year ROT. And the youngster form Oklahoma.
    I mean D-A-M-N!!! Would not mind that being either the entire right or left side of the Giant offensive line one day.

    Terron Armstead, and Lance Johnson (I think) from Oklahoma.
    I like both these kids. Warmack is a monster, but we won’t sniff him.
    There are a bunch of kids that could help the Giants.

    •  Krow says:

      One thought is to draft a tackle … let Beatty go … and use the cap space to sign a couple of our free agents. It’s a good year for the OL.

    •  shmitty013 says:

      No way does Lane Johnson fall to us and Terron Armstead was expected to blow away the combine with his athleticism, not nearly as impressive on tape.

  4.  Samardzija says:

    Ive only seen Armstead in the WAC championship and at the all star games.
    I like his feet and athleticism a lot, but he doesnt seem all that strong. I dont think he would be a good solution on the right side. His upside is immense though. Early second late first type of guy.

    Heres him at the East west shrine game if anyone is interested:

    •  shmitty013 says:

      What you think about Jordan Mills? I posted last thread about the Giants possibly taking him in the 3rd. He’s a pretty ideal RT, but extremely versatile which the Giants look for. I only really got to see him at the Senior Bowl, but he looked damn good there.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Reese Thinks Coughlin is a Clown Sometimes (my headline)

    What happens if Martellus Bennett isn’t re-signed? Here’s what Jerry Reese said about TE Adrien Robinson …

    “He flashed a lot of good things at practice,” Reese said at the scouting combine today. “I just think he needs to get out there and play. I think it’s the number one thing you need to do with players – put them out there and let them play. Hopefully he’ll be able to get out there and play. That’s what’s most important for me – to get him out there.” #NYG

    From Ralph V

    •  Krow says:

      No …. burn up precious rookie-contract-years on the bench. Then when they finally do play they’re free agents the next year. Yeah, looking at you Will Beatty. 3 years carrying Diehl’s water … now retaining him will cost us plenty. Excellent planning there.

    •  Dirt says:

      Dude, he said get him/players “out there” 4 tiimes, and not much else to muddy the message. Could it be any more clear that Reese wants to let young players play?

      This is a pretty crazy quote to me, considering how this team usually operates.

      •  shmitty013 says:

        Serious disconnect here between Reese and the coaching staff. Reese wants his draftees out there producing. Coughlin and Co. clearly don’t see it that way. They have to “earn” their time in practice and learn the complexities of the system. Reese better just start drafting guys only from Ivy League schools and Stanford.

        •  kujo says:

          We’ve been discussing this disconnect on here for several years. You can see it with the types of players brought in versus how they are (or are not) implemented. Sintim, Beckum, Barden, Jernigan…all guys who were “outside the box” selections given our offensive and defensive schemes and preferences.

          That being said, Reese is complicit in this because he has allowed it to happen. He’s allowed the disconnect to persist instead of fixing it.

          •  G-MenFan says:

            Clint Sintim was handed the job in the 2010 preseason. Coughlin basically gave it to him. It was his to lose. And he did–to 110 year-old Keith Bulluck.

            Beckum has never been healthy. He’s brittle.

            Jernigan is still on the team and can contribute–if he can win playing time from the other slot receivers.

            The “Coughlin never plays rookies” thing is not completely true. There were a lot of rookies on the field in SB 42–you can count them. And there were rookies on the field last year as well, and some contributed a lot, like Stevie Brown and D. Wilson. He tends to make them justify their snaps with their ST play and then they get a chance. If they know their assignments and protect the ball, they get more snaps.

            We will see a ton of second-year guys out on the field this year.

  6.  LAFgoesON says:

    I thought Kyle Long was very impressive as well. They said his performance might have placed him in the 1st round, but certainly won’t escape the second.

  7.  rlhjr says:

    I spotted the disconnect about three years ago. If you let Norm tell it, there has always been some kind of dysfunction between the Giants head coaches and the GM most notably with Parcells. But along with the good picks by Reese, there have been some real head scratches.

    But for sure he is telling everyone who will hear him that he feels strongly that the young players should be allowed to play. Take it for what it’s worth.

  8.  Samardzija says:

    Watched some florida state games over the last week and I came away really impresssed with Cornellius Corradine (spelling?) the other defensive End. I think he could be a real possibility in the 2nd round for us.
    Cant wait to see him along with the other passrushers peform drills (this better kujo?). You can say a lot about the combine and how games are more important, but over the years, great results on a few of these tests has really correlated well with success at the next level for edge rushers. The Kirwan index being one example.

  9.  G-MenFan says:

    Because I’m psychotic, what I hear Jerry Reese saying is: “Just like G-MenFan, I can’t stand Kevin Gilbride.”

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