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New York Giants’ David Diehl Says Offensive Line Shuffling a Main Reason for Poor Season: Video

January 12th, 2014 at 12:56 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who is facing offseason thumb surgery and a retirement decision, isn't looking to sugarcoat a wildly disappointing 7-9 campaign. Perhaps more importantly, he's not looking to place blame on any one individual either. And while appear on CBS Sports on Sunday, Diehl specifically noted injuries and shuffling along the offensive line as a consistency-breaker and a major reason as to why Big Blue struggled in 2013.

"The NFL is all about consistency. When you start the season off 0-6, it's hard to fight yourself and dig yourself out of a hole," Diehl told CBS Sports. "The combinations [along the] offensive line — I want to say that we had 30 different combinations going throughout this season — you just can't successfully have the season you want to have with those type of moves."

As we alluded to earlier this week, the Giants led the league in games missed by starters (91), with the offensive line accounting for 26 of those combined games. And although it wasn't quite 30 different offensive line combinations, it was somewhere in the mid-20's.

Ultimately, the Giants' biggest offseason concern — as most everyone is aware — is fixing the offensive line. Without doing that, it doesn't matter how good the quarterback, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs are.


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74 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Diehl Says Offensive Line Shuffling a Main Reason for Poor Season: Video”

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  1.  Krow says:

    He’s right … but all the analysts gloss over the fact that we also need a talent infusion. We’d be better if everyone stayed healthy. But we still wouldn’t have a top quality OL.

  2.  kujo says:

    See also: the fact that David Diehl was a starter for more than 1 quarter of 1 game.

    •  TroyThorne says:

      But we won a Super Bowl with him which means he must be good!!!!!

      •  kujo says:

        We won DESPITE him. You can make do with 1 weak offensive linemen…maybe two.

        But when 3, 4 or even 5 of them suck…well, you wind up a deceptively bad 7-9 team.

        •  TroyThorne says:

          Agreed 100%

        •  buljos says:

          Agreed… not that PFF is everything, but in 2011 they allocated Diehl the worst grade… not of any lineman, but of any player in the NFL at any position, in the history of PFF grading. How much of that was attributable to line inconsistency…

  3.  Steven Cotten says:

    Even with the bad offensive players with the with the talent at the skill position they still should be better than average.

    •  kujo says:

      Sorry, that’s just not a realistic expectation when your QB is getting pummeled the way Eli was.

      It’s like saying the engine of a car is good enough to overcome a lack of wheels. Doesn’t work that way.

  4.  Nosh.0 says:

    Surprised by how poorly you guys root. The goal of course is what team winning best preserves the Giants Super Bowls, more specifically, our 2007 and 2011 SB’s.

    Here’s typically what you want.
    - No wild card teams. That our game. If Wild card teams keep winning it makes our 2007 not look as special.

    - No new QB’s. Super Bowl winning QB is an exclusive club. Why would you want to keep adding new members. Russel Wilson, Colin Kaepernick. Excuse me while I throw up. I don’t want this losers hanging out in the VIP room with Eli. It’s bad enough they let Joe Flacco in the club last year. Let’s not make it any worse.

    - No upsets. You realize every upset makes the Giants 2007 run look not quite as special. Root for the favorite, and a boring game. Preserve history.

    Therefore you either root for Denver or New England. It’s that simple. But you idiots want to be casual fans in the postseason. Be a freaking Giants fan and root accordingly.

  5.  kujo says:

    The 49ers are just better than everyone in the NFL. They run BASIC offense and BASIC defense…and they are more talented, better coached and essentially a lock to execute better than you.

    They’re gonna be the class of the NFC for as long as the above statements remain true.

  6.  Krow says:

    Watching Cam makes one appreciate Eli.

  7.  The Real LT says:


    That is why I don’t want Sullivan (Gilbride 2.0) to be the new Giants OC…I want someone who is creative but doesn’t use that overly complicated read and react offensive scheme….

    •  kujo says:

      Everyone uses read-and-react looks in their offenses. Gilbride just used more than most.

      •  Krow says:

        There’s nothing wrong with KG’s offense … IF your team can execute it. We haven’t for the last 2 years, and there was no adaptation. That’s the real crime … hammering those square pegs into the same old round hole.

        •  The Real LT says:

          AH….I agree with you Krow and kujo…the indictment on Gilbride is that he use the read and react offense more than most and didn’t make the adjustments when needed…good points but i do think that most will agree that Sullivan might be too much like Gilbride…

          •  kujo says:

            I don’t know that “most would agree” that Sullivan would be too similar to Gilbride, nor does that matter.

            History proves that Gilbride’s scheme was successful, whereas his decision-making often left much to be desired. To that end, Sullivan has as much of a chance of being an improvement than a replication.

            •  The Real LT says:

              I can’t argue that Gilbrides offense doesn’t work because we have 2 Lombardi trophies as proof…but Gilbride seemed to wait until it was too late to make the necessary adjustments considering the OL was like an open flood gate at times

  8.  jerseyrich says:

    Cam has all the physical skill in the world, but he has a long way to go when it comes to the mental part of the game. That possession towards the end of the game (where he wound up getting picked by whitner) shows exactly how much he still needs to learn. The kid looked like a deer in the headlights trying to get the plays off….in a game where they needed 2 TD’s within 5 minutes. He’s pretty good but he sure isn’t primetime yet. As for young QB’s, Wilson may have the best head on his shoulders when the pressure is on.

    •  Krow says:

      Wilson is living in a QB fantasy. The league’s best defense and the league’s best special teams … throw in a top-3 runner just for fun. He’s OK … a scrambler who minimizes mistakes … but his situation is so absolutely perfect it’s hard to get a line on him. Like playing QB for USC.

      •  TroyThorne says:

        I think you’re underrating Wilson. He’s a very smart player who can make plays with both his feet and his arm. He’s incredibly accurate and can make every throw needed. He’s mature beyond his years as well, no bicep kissing or Superman shirt rips from him.

        He’s definitely better than “OK.”

        •  Krow says:

          I think a lot of QBs would look pretty good driving that Cadillac. It makes it difficult to judge his talent level. That’s all I’m saying.

  9.  jerseyrich says:

    As for the niners….yup they are good. Young guys though are going to have to start getting paid soon, the solid vets on the D are going to age, and the low draft picks will take their toll. Not being a hater….id say their window to win the SB is just about closed after the 2015 season.

  10.  kujo says:

    I think we can all agree that, for all his warts, Eli is a crapload better than Rivers.

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