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New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: Phil Simms Believes Giants O-Line is X-Factor

June 27th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Friday, New York Giants fans! The weekend is nearly upon us and that also means we're one step closer to the start of NFL training camps. In the mean time, why not enjoy these headlines over your morning coffee?

Phil Simms: Giants' O-Line Will be the X-Factor

Here are a few other takes from the former Giants great:

Simms wouldn't be on Twitter if was playing in the NFL right now. When we asked how his former coach Bill Parcells would have handled players and social media, Simms replied, "I can tell by the tone of voice you’re using that I think you know the answer. He would definitely take care of it. As a quarterback, I would know for sure not to be a part of any of that. A lot of quarterbacks are not involved because the position is hard enough. Why get on Twitter and make it harder?"

The Giants' offensive line improvement will be the key to this season, with a trickle-down effect that will help quarterback Eli Manning rebound. "When you have that going for you, you can execute," he said.

Still-Hungry Victor Cruz a Rare Giants Rock

A 7-9 season and a turbulent offseason has left the New York Giants' roster littered with question marks heading into 2014. There are so many positions — receiver, offensive line, running back, tight end, defensive line, linebacker — where they hope they've found answers but can't be sure. A lot is riding on the ability of Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff to bring it all together, and for help with that they will lean on the few positions at which they're sure they are set — and the few players who remain roster rocks.

Victor Cruz appears to be such a player.

"He's that way," Giants receivers coach Sean Ryan said last week. "For the kind of quick ascent he's had, none of that has ever gone to his head or to his work ethic. He's the same guy he was the day he walked in here in terms of working hard and being down to earth and wanting to be a complete football player. You've got to respect that."

Giants or Steelers Fan? You’ll Pay More to See them Take on the Jags

Single-game tickets for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2014 home games go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.

To avoid raising ticket prices across the board this season, the Jags have opted instead to target two popular matchups — the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers — and increase pricing for those home-schedule games only.

In a press release this week, the Jaguars said single-game tickets for the Oct. 5 Pittsburgh game and the Nov. 30 Giants game will be 40 and 20 percent higher, respectively, than prices for the other seven games at EverBank Field.


Tags: Bill Parcells, Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Phil Simms, Sean Ryan, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

2 Responses to “New York Giants Friday Morning Storylines: Phil Simms Believes Giants O-Line is X-Factor”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    With all the minor adjustments McAdoo may make to Eli’s settup and delivery, the most important change will be how this offensive line blocks when he takes five to seven step drops. And just as important, will be the ability of the line to punch out running lanes. That’s just as important if not more so than pass blocking because it’s the only thing that will keep the pass rush at bay.

    The “West Coast” is designed to get the ball out in a hurry. That will serve to keep Eli semi clean. His footwork can help with completing a large percentage of quick slants, and tocuh passes for screens and flat throws. But without an effective offensive line, this club is going nowhere. And Eli could be headed for the hospital.

  2.  GFansince Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    Also include receivers who know their routes and are open. Don’t know if are guys are “quick” enough for this offense.

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