Letters to the Editor: December 24, 2012
George D. writes…
Well, let’s face reality. Bring out the fork and stick it in, they are done. This team, which is aging in the wrong places, no longer has the physical ability to be consistent. They cannot possibly address all the problems in one off-season. But, they better address the oline and dline, linebacker, and corner positions.
Oh, and maybe RB too. Hey, I love Ahmad, but his days are soon coming to an end as well, too many injuries. Oh, and Beatty, I recall last week against Atlanta where they couldn’t get those 4th and ones running left. Not all is fault, but certainly partially. In any case, this team is, at best, mediocre with the current talent. If those areas aren’t addressed, next year will be a repeat of this one.
I think there are going to be some big changes made next year George. I’ll outline my plan to fix the team once they’re officially done, but suffice it to say, I think there’s a lot that needs to be addressed.
Nat K. writes…
The vitriol that has been directed at the Giants by many sports pundits after 2 horrific games can only reflect that they were mistaken in believing that the Giants were better than they are(in fact the majority of these experts picked the Giants to beat the Ravens).
For a team to be consistently competitive it needs an astute GM who can produce a steady stream of talent through the draft, free agent pick-ups and the occasional trade. In contrast to other pro sports the career span of NFL players is fairly short. A significant problem for a GM in seeking replacements is that the price of success in one year is having to pick late in the draft in the next.
When the Giants won in 2007 they had a dominant team featuring a fearsome defensive front line of Strahan, Osi and Tuck with a solid Tollefson in reserve; a solid linebacking corps led by the incomparable Pierce and an excellent offensive line with O’Hara, Seubert, McKenzie and Diehl. In 2011 they won with a more pedestrian team by getting hot at the end of the season.
They no longer have O’Hara, Seubert and MacKenzie. Diehl should be gone next year. The only solid replacement, Snee, is beginning to look as if he is on the downside of his career and there have been no comparable replacements. The same can be said for the linebacking corps and, with the exception of JP Paul, the defensive front line. I continue to believe that Reese has not done a very good job. His best draft was in his first year when he had 4 good picks -2 of which (Smith and Boss) are gone.
Nat, to be clear, the 2007 was all Reese’s, as if you remember, he took over for Accorsi after pretty much doing all the scouting work and putting the draft board together. Then came Marc Ross, and to be honest, I haven’t been that impressed with Ross’ drafts. I think they’ve had a much better time of finding undrafted free agents than they have drafting long-term talent and I think the proof is in the pudding.
Jerry L writes…
Its time to think of a new defensive coach. The four linebacker scheme was a joke. Uninspired linemen gave
up. Obviously the Coach gave up as well.
The coach was only part of the problem, Jerry.