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Why I Love Football

So many other sports going on right now.  But here I am in the offseason wishing September would get here faster.  So here's food-for-thought on a slow weekend from a football-deprived fan.  

Football has more teamwork and coordination than any other sport I can think of.  It's not unusual to have all 22 players involved in a play, both pre-snap and after-snap.  I don't think any other sport comes close.

Other sports have impressive athletes performing incredible moves of agility, power, and speed.  Same as football.  But most actions in baseball basically involve 3 people: pitcher, batter, catcher.  In soccer and basketball there's teamwork for sure.  But a lot of those games involve one-on-one matchups, taken one at a time.  Football has all of these matchups going on at the same time.  I like watching tennis as the French Open is on.  But (with the exception of doubles, which gets little publicity) tennis is all one-on-one.  There's lots of strategy and athleticism, but no teamwork to speak of.  Golf, same thing, with even less strategic interaction than tennis.  I think hockey is dynamic like football...I guess I'd like it better if I had ever learned to skate.  :)

I think the teamwork angle makes the coaching and planning roles in football more important.  And I think that just makes it more interesting and exciting to watch.

For me, the opposite of football are the individual events at the Olympics.  Impressive stuff no doubt...but just plain boring compared to football.

What Kind of Coach is Ben McAdoo?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the movie, “The Breakfast Club.”  “You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal.  Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”  I believe that is what vexes people when it comes to coach Ben McAdoo.  He doesn’t fit the most convenient definition.

It would be comforting to many if Ben McAdoo fit one of the usual definitions for a head coach.   The brilliant Xs and Os coaches like Bill Belichick, the player-friendly coach like Buddy Ryan, the Disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin or a great motivator like Bill Parcells.  When you try to apply one of these usual categories to Ben McAdoo, they don’t seem to fit any more than the suit he wore for his initial press conference.

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How Drafting DT Dalvin Tomlison in Round Two Was a No-Brainer

It’s funny how the Giants draft, in the mind of many well-informed fans and pundits, hinged on the second round pick of 3 tech defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlison, who was picked to replace the departed Johnathan Hankins.  The reason many fans and pundits feel that way is they felt the biggest need for the Giants was a starting caliber offensive lineman, preferably a tackle, to bolster what was a less than ideal offensive line last season.  So when the Giants drafted Tomlison at pick 55, that meant they passed on the last two offensive tackle prospects with year one starter potential in Dion Dawkins and Taylor Moton.  Beyond those two picks what remained was projects and maybe a possible starting guard prospect. 

The reasoned approach by these fans and pundits was that they could draft a starting offensive lineman in round 2 and then come back and draft the defensive tackle in round 3 or maybe even later.  There would have been considerable praise had the Giants drafted OT/OG Dion Dawkins in round 2 and came back in round 3 and drafted Hankins replacement.  Shaun O’Hara, who infamously railed against this year’s Giants draft, certainly would have been a happier camper.  Dawkins could have added some potential competition to Ereck Flowers and as a fall back offer a nice upgrade to John Jerry who’s pass blocking was adequate but who was a liability in his run blocking, which is pretty important for the right guard position.

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Quote from: Bob In PA on Today at 02:44:52 PMLen: One of you (you and Rich) is right. Either way, I think it will be ok.  The Giants can't afford to continue paying first-round money to someone who's under-performing, ...
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I sure hope we don't keep this bum Thomas in lieu of Munson and making the roster?
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Happy Birthday fellow BBH'ers!!!Cid
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Agreed Todge, Bama, if JT turns out to be anywhere near as good as Kiwi was then we should keep him.  We need LB/DE depth, while it may look like we're really deep, IMHO I don't think so.  After the top tier of our starters/rotational LBs, it is a pret...
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Quote from: GordonG on Today at 04:05:32 PMI haven't seen anything about what if any progress Hart is making.Gordon,What I observed myself, I would say his has made significant progress.   Everyone in the med...
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Inside Football News

New York Giants left guard Justin Pugh has met the... The post Justin Pugh: O-line Still Heading in the Right Direction appeared first on Inside Football.
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New York Giants rookie quarterback Davis Webb received an increase... The post New York Giants Practice Report: August 17, 2017 appeared first on Inside Football.
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New York Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas, activated off the PUP... The post Report: LB J.T. Thomas Takes a Paycut appeared first on Inside Football.
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Star-Ledger Giants

The Giants are giving a group of unknown linebackers a lot of work.
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Eagan is a former Dallas Cowboy, while Severin just played against the Giants.
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The second-year tight end is coming off a strong outing in the Giants' preseason opener against the Steelers.
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Big Blue View

That and more takeaways from Sullivan’s Friday meeting with the media Inquiring minds always want to know what anyone connected with the New York Giants thinks of the play of left tackle Ereck Flower. Especially if you are somehow connected to the offense. So it was on Friday that offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was drawn into the “how is Flowers doing?” conversation. As head coach Ben McAdoo had done earlier in the week, Sullivan lauded Flowers’ play in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “There was one particular play where we were on the 10-12 yard line going in...
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Another former Giant gets a job The list of former New York Giants without a gig in the 2017 preseason decreased by one on Friday as the Chicago Bears announced that they have signed linebacker Kelvin Sheppard. Roster Update: We have signed LB Kelvin Sheppard and waived LB Hendrick Ekpe. pic.twitter.com/CWqE96qD0Z— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 18, 2017 Sheppard was the Giants' nominal starting middle linebacker in 2016, but was often replaced by Keenan Robinson on passing downs. Robinson was playing the bulk of the defensive snaps by the end of the season. Much more of a downhill "thumper", Sheppard...
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