Letters to the Editor: December 27, 2012
Kevin L. writes…
I think it maybe time to think about discarding some of these veterans on the Giants. When I listen to some of them like Tuck and Webster, they don’t handle prosperity well. I also think that Tuck has never and will never be the same since that neck injury. He’s a cerebral player, who is reflective and I think he thinks about his life after football and that’s smart but it doesn’t motivate others to put out everything on Sunday.
The truth is Chris Snee just makes too many mistakes in a big game too often, Sunday was not the first time. The running game problem has been going on for about a year and a half. My thinking is you either build your team to be a great passing team or get better lineman. The defense to me just reads too many press clippings and worries too much about doing Mike and Kelly after football.
I’ll say it again, few good teams that I watch have so many “pro bowl” players screw up at the same time as the Giants. I guarantee, you put Peyton or Brady on this team they’ll do no better.
Kevin, I promise I have a plan that will get you guys thinking regarding the roster moves. Right now is not the time or place to really go into it as there is still at least one more game to go.
Nat K. writes…
You have promised to address the roster when the season ends and I look forward to that. But you have already raised some issues that go much deeper than roster questions.
To wit: (1) The Giants haven’t had a good draft since 2007 (2) Despite glaring needs at linebacker and offensive line the
Giants are unlikely to use high draft choices to meet those needs(the two offensive linemen in the last draft are not likely to be of much use)(3) despite poor play by some of the veterans promising young players are not given an opportunity to play (see Ojomo and Brewer). (4) there is a tendency to hang on too long to players who have demonstrated that they were mistaken choices (see Sinorice Moss and Travis Beckum) (5) Both offensive and defensive coordinators have repeatedly been outstrategized and failed to adjust to what is being thrown at them. These issues reflect fundamental management problems that raise questions about both Coughlin and Reese.
Nat, as I often say, before you can look at the draft, you have to see what you come up with in free agency. But first, you have to look at the ranks on your roster. As I said to Kevin, above, sit tight. I’ve been giving this some serious thought and while my plan probably won’t be anything near what the Giants do, it will at least (I hope) generate sme discussion.