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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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This is from someone who calls themselves the draft analyst on twitter:Rykov is a very good defenseman who can compliment a kid like Skjei or Shattenkirk. Russian/KHL situation likely reason for getting passed over in 2015 and going late in 2016. Exce...
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Grabner goes to the Devils for a second round pick and Prospect lefty 6'-2" 200 lb. Defenseman Igor Rykov. Not hard to Noodle this one out. Rykov plays for St. Petersburg in the KHL where our outstanding goalie Prospect plays as well.Seems like anothe...
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Quote from: Ed Vette on February 22, 2018, 11:20:16 PMI thought of you in the Jackson segment. Bob, he really didn’t say anything that posters here haven’t already said about all these QB’s. Ed:  Each day I draw up a ne...
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Quote from: Bob In PA on February 22, 2018, 11:02:43 PMGeez, Rich, if I didn't know better I'd say Marc Ross was.....  me.  These are precisely my views, as if stolen right out of my head.  Now, I just have to decide whether this...
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Quote from: MightyGiants on February 22, 2018, 03:55:04 PMIn case you were wondering what the fired guy thinKs.  Spoiler alert he doesn't like Rosen or Allen but he loves Mayfield and Jackson.  He seemed lukewarm on Darnold http...
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Inside Football News

Sage Rosenfels, a former NFL quarterback who spent a couple... The post Podcast: Sage Rosenfels Drops By to Talk Pat Shurmur, Giants, and the Draft appeared first on Inside Football.
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Patricia Traina (Inside Football) and Ed Valentine (Big Blue View)... The post LockedOn Giants Podcast: Defensive Free Agency Preview appeared first on Inside Football.
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The New York Giants began working on their offensive line... The post Giants re-sign OL John Greco appeared first on Inside Football.
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If the Giants don't pick Josh Rosen with No. 2 pick, he could fall all the way to No. 11. Why him and not Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold or Josh Allen?
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Apple no longer speaks to his stepfather, who was a major influence in his career.
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Ross lauds Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, leery of Josh Allen Former New York Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross, appearing Thursday on NFL Live, made abundantly clear which quarterback is his favorite in the 2018 NFL Draft class. “I would take my shot with Baker (Mayfield),” Ross said. “Baker is my favorite guy of these guys. To me Baker, he has it. When you look at the franchise winning quarterbacks in the NFL the things that Baker does he’s a winner, he’s super productive, he dominated at the highest level, not just in his conference but against Georgia...
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Harrison is emerging as a leader for the Giants, and stands up for their biggest star Damon Harrison is a giant of a man, and since coming to the New York Giants in 2016 as a free agent, he has come to be a fan favorite and embody everything that a Giant should be. He is hard working, humble, and an excellent football player — if woefully underappreciated by the NFL world at large. Harrison is also emerging as one of the vocal and emotional leaders in the Giants’ locker room, a fact that his recent appearance on...
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