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Reaction to New York Giants’ Offseason Power Rankings and Doubt: Same Ole, Same Ole

May 25th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Jen Polashock

When was the last time “The New York Giants are going to the Super Bowl” was heard any time before the ending moments of an NFC Championship game? So why become appalled at the continued year-round predictions? They’ve come to mean about as much as spit in an empty coffee cup.

We get it. 2013 and “Owen” left a bad taste on everyone’s palate. Does that make it fair to place Big Blue in the proverbial NFC East basement in May? Of course not, but what happened to the fact that the franchise prefers it this way until the time rolls around for it to honestly matter? A brief image comes to mind of Ann Mara telling Terry Bradshaw off, but that was at the correct time. As diehards, the disrespect should be expected. Realize most are looking for their “I told you so!” and nothing more.

Ending 2014 with a 7-9 record isn’t impossible. The Giants have shown that nothing is impossible is past recent decade. However, they’ve also shown that they cannot and should not be discounted early on. They prefer the underdog role. This part should be one of comfort — at least until games count and are won and respect damn near has to be demanded. We digress.

Here’s a good question: why is the entire world betting on everything? Odds in May, pre-Draft, on the Draft? Odds for the following year’s (in this case 2015) win/loss/tie records? Folks need money or just seriously want to be correct before anyone else? It isn’t just in Vegas either. And, by the way, there are some out here that really don’t understand (or care to) comprehend or appreciate the Vegas hype. It’s all really just a nerdy game of statistics.

It’s bad enough there are power rankings of every sort and opinion. Popularity (Pro) Bowls, Top (Insert number here) lists, and “_____” of the Week/Month/Year take over as news instead of actual, hey, sports action or plays. It was cute for a while, but some consider it filler. Talk, oh, football. The masses are hankering and instead get caught up in the nonsense and some actually start to (gasp) care about poor rankings, odds, no-shows on top-100 lists, etc. Is it the offseason blues hitting early causing a premature rant or no?

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2 Responses to “Reaction to New York Giants’ Offseason Power Rankings and Doubt: Same Ole, Same Ole”

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Everyone is 0-0 and to paraphrase Napoleon Bonaparte in a different context, “Everyone’s battle plans look superb until the first shot is fired”.

    It is way too early to know much of anything about the NFL except that Seattle and San Francisco still look very strong because they were probably the two best teams last season and both improved over the off-season. That does NOT mean one of them will make it to the Super Bowl, much less win it. It just means that they may be starting out ahead of the pack, but remain subject to the vagaries of fortune and the possibilities of running into a hot team at the wrong time.

    The Giants have done some absolutely crucial things that WILL make a difference and WILL make them a better team. It’s hard to discern the timing of that improvement.

    I’ve said this before but it bears repetition. The most important thing they did was finally recognize that Kevin Gilbride’s offense had been entirely figured out by the league and was never going to be anything but dysfunctional unless every skill position was filled by a star and the offensive line was consistently excellent. That was too high a hurdle to jump thanks to the salary cap and the likelihood of injuries. Gilbride HAD to go. McAdoo appears to be a very good hire. We’ll see. We’ll see if the team can operate the offense well enough in 2014 to avoid an early-season slump born of lack of familiarity with the scheme. That’s a risk they HAD to take, and it will provide big dividends down the road because a more West Coast-oriented defense does NOT require as much talent to be successful. You can get by with “solid” third and fourth receivers and a few “average” offensive linemen and an “above-average” tight end as long as you have a terrific quarterback to make the reads and deliver the ball, and the Giants most definitely have that in Eli (I will take all bets from those convinced he is in decline, and will take them happily).

    I think this draft plus the acquisition of Schwartz, DRC and the retention of Beason will be seen as a big cornerstone in the revival of the team when looked back upon in a few seasons.

    After being a very frustrated fan who was convinced that this team must never self-scout because they kept making the same mistakes over and over about personnel and schemes and play-calling it appears that SOMEONE (or more than someone) did a great job of realistically assessing what was wrong and insisted upon changes. They changed the offense. They changed the kinds of personalities on the team so that “leaders” will be more in evidence throughout the roster. They committed to the one defensive player who really HAD to be retained (I said many times that Beason was THE most important signing of their own free agents and I’d let Joseph and Tuck walk, I thought that was obvious, and yet I was still very pleasantly surprised when the team did just that) and walked away from others whom fans valued too highly. They started the rebuild of the offensive line which many had called for years earlier and the team had failed to do using lower draft picks in a clearly unsuccessful gamble. I think they hit all the most important notes. They also, apparently without having to think about it very much, defenestrated Hakeem Nicks and committed to replacing him with a rookie receiver whom they think will produce quickly in McAdoo’s offense. (I argued for keeping Nicks unless he’s physically damaged but I wasn’t privy to the drama surrounding him last season and apparently the Giants concluded he will never be someone they want on their roster even if he returns to form….sounds like they didn’t care for his level of commitment to football and constant improvement).

    So I think the Giants got a LOT better, though the pace of the improvement is still uncertain. I’m a lot more confident about 2015 than about 2014. But I’m certainly not giving up on this season. We’re still 0-0.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    I am hoping this is a hybrid/situational west coast offense. Because, when the chip are down and you need critical yards, most WCO’s spit the bit. And while high quality offensive linemen are not required (all things being equal I’d rather have a strong O-line) I don’t feel it’s a sin to try and draft/acquire a few.

    I feel the same about the defense. Of course no team (until there is a dramatic change in salary cap) can afford to maintain a roster full of all pros. However, every team SHOULD be able to afford a nucleus on both sides of the ball.
    And that nucleus should serve the team while strong role players or even successors to members of the nucleus are drafted/developed.

    You need substance in January, not gimmicks. West coast offense had traditionally be defined as “cerebral” since the days of the Bill Walsh.
    What my favorite Giant teams always proved rather poignantly is bit of a spin on the Napoleon Bonaparte remark. That is; Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the nose.

    The Giants on both offense and defense have always been the puncher and not the recipient. At least until recent years. I will give McAdoo his respect, but Perry Fewell has turned the Giant defense into a punching bag. So before any meaningful advancements back to championship status can be obtained, (IMO) Perry Fewell must go the way of Gilbride.

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