Letters to the Editor: November 16, 2012
Kevin L. writes…
Not to refute what you are saying but the truth is they’ve been trying to run for two years now without success. This makes me think of during the process of a game when the running game is not working and they say keep running it and things will start to loosen up. Sometimes they do and sometimes time runs out in the game before you realize it’s not your day to run the ball, except we’re talking about a whole season.
The thought was not to force it but to actually take a couple of shots. The likelihood being if you run double go’s or a curl and a go with Cruz on the same side as Randle the safety will likely bite on Cruz leaving Randle in one on one opportunities. They need to know someone else will run a go besides Cruz and Nicks.
Even if they ran double outs on opposite sides of the field with Randle in the middle the safeties would likely split to cover Nicks and Cruz leaving one on one with Randle. To just say try to run better is doing what you’ve been doing the last year and a half, which teams have game planned for especially because they won the super bowl. Everybody particularly division foes game plan to stop the champs that one reason why it’s so difficult to repeat.
Kevin, I understand what you’re saying, but as the coaches said, the regular season is not the time to begin experimenting, and especially when you’re still in contention for a playoff berth. You have to remember that one play can change the outcome of the game and if you’re doing something just for kicks and giggles and it doesn’t work, you don’t deserve to keep your job, especially if your team loses.
This team has a VERY difficult schedule remaining. While I’m sure the coaches will design a few new wrinkles, I don’t see them being reckless in their use of personnel by putting guys out there who maybe aren’t ready to be out there in roles that are more advanced.
Mike M. writes…
I am still in shock that the Giants played such a poor game vs. the Bengals. That was a very important game … given their schedule, the Giants could play well and still go only 3-3. And the Cowboys have such a weak schedule upcoming.
The real concern for me in the Giants turning things around is the dismal play of the offense. Even in the past 2nd half swoons, the offense was always pretty productive, but now??? Since Eli has been running the same offense for quite a while, I would imagine the problem lies with the personnel and their performance. The O Line has really deteriorated.
Diehl has been getting beat constantly on speed rushes since he came back; Snee really struggled this past week, but he was hurt and the Cincy DT is supposedly a beast so I’ll cut him some slack. I would agree with other writers who are calling for Brown to get more time since Bradshaw’s production is down and his fumble was a killer last game. Eli needs to make better decisions … and quicker ones, too. Finally, could the real problem be the third receiver? Are the Giants missing Manningham that much?
The D is never going to be shut down, but the DL has really been a disappointment. The Cincy QB was under no pressure at all. May it be time for some blitzing, since what they’re doing now isn’t working?
Hosely has potential, but he seems to make some pretty bad mistakes … the offside vs. the Steelers, trying to under cut the WR vs. Cincy when all he had to do was tackle him and have Cincy kick a field goal. AND … talk is cheap, play the game. The D took exception to being called soft and being told they had “holes,” so they forget to cover Cincy’s best WR on the 5th play of the game?
Could be a tough end of the season, but can the Giants turn it on again? Let’s hope so.
Mike, I’d say it’s probably time to let go of the Cincy game – we can analyze it to death, but I think the problems are pretty well documented. It’s what they do about them for these last six games that will be interesting.