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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: Jaime on September 22, 2017, 08:21:36 PMjack,  I was on the phone with Rich during the Combine.happens we were watching OL drills. we were both watching this lumbering hulk  of a prospect simply unable to perform a sim...
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Pat and Ed,I may not have been clear with my question. I was not referring to Eli running a 2 minute offense all game. I understand Pat's point about. My point is exactly as it seems. If we are going to run the 11 offense 90% of the time. Just let Eli...
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Well, what they have been doing hasn't been working.  At even a fundamental level.   So they're gonna have to change something up, one way or another.  I don't care how strong Pugh is, if he can stand on two feet and get in the way of the DE he'll be a...
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I don't think the Giants can do anything other than what they are doing now.This notion that Pugh is a left tackle and a good one at that is not shared by me or the coaching staff. He struggled at right tackle last week reminding us that his lack of l...
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Well Hart is out for Sunday so you will probably see the same line set up to start vs the Eagles that finished against the Lions!Insanity - doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results!Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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It’s no secret that the New York Giants offense isn’t... The post A Proposed Blueprint to Fix the New York Giants Offensive Woes appeared first on Inside Football.
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The first-round pick will pay the price for his first career TD.
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Jenkins is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
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Big Blue View

Thursday night was the most entertaining game of the year; let’s hope it spells a league-wide shift from the awful play of the first two weeks of the season. Not only was the game entertaining, but packed with fantasy goodness! Cheers to all the readers who started Gurley, Watkins, Garcon and Hyde. Bravo. On to starts and sits! Starts Buck Allen, RB, BAL From a waiver wire add to an RB2 in the blink of an eye, Allen looks here to stay. The only healthy RB in Baltimore will continue to be fed in the passing game, making him especially juicy...
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Odell Beckham, Evan Engram Are Off The Injury Report The New York Giants’ Friday injury report has good news and bad news heading in to their crucial Sunday game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The team has already ruled out right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle) as well as linebackers B.J. Goodson (shin) and J.T. Thomas (groin). The team also lists starting corner Janoris Jenkins (ankle) as “questionable” for the game. #NYGvsPHI Injury Report:(OUT) LB Goodson (shin), T Hart (ankle), LB Thomas (groin)(Questionable) CB Jenkins (ankle)— New York Giants (@Giants) September 22, 2017 Jenkins will, reportedly, test his injured ankle in...
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