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Big Blue Huddle / Fix the Offense = Fewer Turnovers
« on: March 24, 2017, 09:59:09 PM »
We all know that the Giants offense underperformed last year, while the defense became one of the best in the league.

There's been a lot of debate about what to do to fix the offense. Upgrade talent on the offensive line? Add more playmakers?

What about just protecting the ball?

From what I've read, the Giants had a negative turnover differential of -2. That stat becomes even more alarming when you consider they were tied for tenth in the league with 25 takeaways. That means they had 27 giveaways, which I believe was 25th in the league. It's amazing an 11-win team could be 25th in the league in giveaways!

I have also read that the Giants gave up 59 points off turnovers. They were already 2nd in the league in points allowed. The defense's performance seems even more remarkable when you consider how many times they were put in a bad position because of a turnover.

So what can the Giants do to address this issue? Personally, I don't think they need an "explosive" offense. I think they need to be able to hold the ball, either through efficiency in the passing game or by running the ball more effectively. What do you guys think?
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Reports say the Dolphins really want Hankins
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:59:22 PM »
I would agree when it comes to 1T guys.  But 3T tackles are supposed to penetrate and be able to rush the passer.  That requires a lot more athleticism.  Pot bellies are acceptable for the run stuffers but not good for 3Ts and OLTs.  How funny that both of ours have that acquired trait?

I guess I have a soft spot for the soft-bodied linemen, Todge. I agree Hankins is a typical 1T somewhat miscast in a 3T role, I think that's why the Dolphins wisely want to pair him with Suh.

On the other hand, one of the best 3Ts of all time, Warren Sapp, was Hankins-esque. Not to mention maybe the best 3T the Giants have had in recent memory, Fred Robbins. You can't always judge a book by its cover...
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Best of Snacks by Matt
« on: March 23, 2017, 02:51:34 PM »
Folks, if you haven't looked at Matt's stuff then you don't know what you're missing.  It's like having our own Madden and Gruden rolled into one.  His insight is fantastic, his analysis spot on!  I'd encourage you to take a peek.

Cid

Thanks Cid, you're being too kind! I'm just a regular fan with a little time on his hands this week. Really glad you enjoyed it.
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Week 7 v. the Rams in London:









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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Does this guy post here?
« on: March 21, 2017, 05:07:24 PM »
We can neither confirm nor deny that the FBI director posts here at the present time.
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UConn: Thanks man. I am amazed by so many things I see from Harrison.

Ed: Snacks' center-of-gravity seems to be so low, and his punch into OLs bodies so powerful at the snap that, if he reads the play properly at the snap, he virtually always gains the advantage one-on-one.

I use the Windows' snipping tool to capture screenshots from the NFL Gamepass "coaches film," then add the illustrations with Paint. Semi low-tech.
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Play #1: First play of the season in Dallas.









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I'm not much interested in the draft or free agency, but I enjoy reading the insights from everyone here who does follow them closely. I do however, love breaking down the game film. I thought I'd throw up some breakdowns of plays by my newly minted favorite Giant: Damon "Snacks" Harrison, to try to entertain myself and maybe some of you guys this offseason.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: So, do we really need a 3 tech DT?
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:10:59 PM »
I created these images to illustrate my point, seems like an over-simplified idea of Hankins' role is pervasive here:







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Big Blue Huddle / Re: So, do we really need a 3 tech DT?
« on: March 20, 2017, 03:32:58 PM »
To answer the OP, no, they don't need one.

The Giants utilize the "four aces" type package on obvious passing downs anyway. If they had an elite pass-rushing DT, sure, they could add him to that package, but there are only a handful of those guys in the league at any time.

Hankins plays the under technique against the run fantastic. Everyone is talking like that is just a pass rush position. We're so spoiled by the impenetrable run defense they had last year that we're just taking it for granted. It was the combination of Harrison and Hankins that made that work. Hankins had seven tackles for a loss. Just watch film of any game and you'll see it was not Harrison that was most often doubled, it was Hankins. Hankins played about 10% more snaps than Snacks. He swims under the guard's inside shoulder and forces the center to come over and chip him, leaving Harrison freed to slide down the line and make tackles. You can watch tape of the Dallas game, for example. You'll see Zach Martin tapping Tyler Frederick on the hip over-and-over, asking for help with Hankins whenever he shades inside of him.

The fronts Spags used last year are a hybrid of the old Jim Johnson schemes he came up with and the unique fronts the Ravens use where guys play hybrid techniques. So the equivalent you might be familiar with would be Haloti Ngata, who can play multiple techniques effectively. He doesn't put up huge sack numbers, but his ability to penetrate/eat double teams is critical to their effectiveness against the run. Ngata is 6-4/350, he's got a Hankins-type body.
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Big Blue Huddle / Players who can be expected to improve next year
« on: March 07, 2017, 10:04:32 PM »
I know everyone is excited about the draft and free agency. But I think it's worth mentioning that a big part of the Giants' success last year was about major, sometimes unexpected improvements from guys already on the roster. Here are some guys I'm thinking should be on the rise in the near future. Please chime in and tell me who I missed.

Weston Richburg, C
-Richberg looked great in his first year at center, showing that he may have the talent to be a top player at the position. Last year he didn't seem quite the same. It's reasonable to expect that he may bounce back to his 2015 level or better in 2017, and it would be a huge boost for the OL.

Sterling Shepard, WR
-He showed great route-running ability and a nose for the end zone as a rookie. I thought he tailed off as the year went on, maybe a little of the rookie wall, maybe a little of the Giants going away from the passing game and leaning on the defense. He has the talent to be a big-time slot receiver.

Paul Perkins, RB
-By the end of the year, he was the Giants #1 back, with a 100+ yard day to end the season. He was the only runner on the team to average over 4 yards per carry, and he showed flashes of cutback ability that could lead to big plays. He also seems to be a capable receiver, big in this offense.

Bobby Hart, OL
-Say what you will about this guy's limitations, but he made a big jump in his second season, starting 13 games at RT. I like his fight and work ethic and I wouldn't be surprised if he surprises us again with more improved play next year.

Darian Thompson, FS
-His rookie year was lost to injury, but in the brief glimpses we saw it preseason, he is a smart guy who flies around the field and makes plays. If he can come back healthy and fulfill that potential next year? We could be looking at the league's new best pair of safeties -- move over, Chancellor & Thomas.

Eli Apple, CB
-He had his ups and downs as a rookie, but showed he is a capable cover guy. If he makes a leap in year two, the Giants defensive backfield is going to be frightening.

-Romeo Okwara, DE
Came out of nowhere to make the team in preseason, and showed talent and a good motor filling in for JPP late in the season. As an undrafted rookie of 21 years old, you've got to figure the guy has plenty of upside.

-Johnathan Hankins, DT
I know he may not be back with the team. I also know some would like to replace him. I don't agree. I think this guy is still full of potential, and I think he is going to improve playing next to Damon Harrison, the all-pro vocal leader this team has been missing since the days of Strahan and Pierce. At 24 years old, I think his career trajectory is on the rise.

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Big Blue Huddle / Re: DE Myles Garrett is a physical freak
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:29:13 AM »
Yeah, all you have to do is change the number on his back and the color of the uniform.  He does looks a bit smaller than LT to me.  I never looked up his physical stats.  Not necessary!!!  Bob

He's quite a bit bigger than LT...but the offensive linemen were a lot smaller in LT's day, so you may be correct in proportion.

The way he closes on the QB reminds me a little of Strahan or Reggie White -- they never overpursued, were always in control -- he settles into a very balanced crouch, waits for the QB to declare a direction, and then explodes, wrapping him up. Very impressive.
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Thought this was funny:
"Mike Williams vows he'll be the best Mike Williams ever: better than Mike Williams, Mike Williams, or even Mike Williams."

https://www.google.com/amp/www.sbnation.com/platform/amp/2017/3/3/14807260/mike-williams-is-the-best-mike-williams
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: The Offensive Predictability Myth
« on: March 02, 2017, 09:12:03 PM »
It's not about surprise. It's about trying to create favorable matchups, trying to force the defense to substitute in their weaker personnel, and trying to get the defense to tip their hand about how they are playing.

Can we honestly say that the Giants had their best players on the field when Larry Donnelly got serious playing time, but Victor Cruz and Robert Lewis had to split snaps while Tavares King sat on the bench?
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: What Does the JPP Franchise tag mean
« on: March 01, 2017, 09:54:58 PM »
Matt I fully appreciate and you raise a good point about attempting to maintain the quality of the defense.   That said;

JPP has had inconsistent production, so he is not quite as known as other veterans.   In some ways, a signing a player like JPP who has injury and production consistency issues is as much (if not more of) a gamble than drafting a player.  JPP has rarely played a full season and has multiple health issues not related to his partial right hand.   

The salary cap needs to be a consideration in all of these issues.  How much cap money is devoted to a position needs to be a consideration.  If the team devotes too much to the d-line than other positions will suffer and good free agents may walk.  Remember TE Bennet and DT Joseph both walked due to salary cap constraints.   

Perhaps most importantly maintaining last year's team should not be the goal.  Last year's team lost it's first playoff game and went home.  Improving on last year's team needs to be the goal.  That means the offense and specifically the running game must be improved upon for this team to get better.

Finally, it seems that everyone is forgetting how acrimonious the relationship between JPP and the Giants got last time he was tagged.   Tagging is not a good situation here.  Last time JPP boycotted ALL of the offseason activity and refused to see Giants executives who dropped everything to fly down to see him after his playing with fireworks blew up his hand.  So clearly JPP isn't one of those players that considers the tag just a matter of business.   Plus he has already said he wants a long-term deal and hinted he will not sign the tag.

Rich I agree with many of your points. I agree that JPP is inconsistent, but most "edge rushers" are. Sacks and pressure come in bunches. What is not inconsistent about JPP is that when he is healthy, he plays a lot of downs, plays the run very well, and goes hard on every play. Otherwise, I think your concerns with him are valid. However, I am not as turned off by those worries as you seem to be.

Otherwise, I appreciate your philosophy and approach to the roster. Ideally, I would like to see the team build through the draft from the lines outward and not leave, as you frequently and accurately have diagnosed, "roster holes." However, after twenty years of Accorsi-Reese team building philosophy, I feel like I have learned the tendencies and I just don't expect they will do things your (very reasonable) or my, way. They value QBs, and defensive linemen, then cornerbacks, then offensive playmakers. They will prioritize those positions, overpaying if necessary, and believe that if they are exceptional in those areas, deficiencies elsewhere can be overcome. They will stick to this philosophy even in the face of repeated evidence it is failing, and they have three conference titles and two Lombardis to show for it. Nevermind that their way of team building sacrifices the consistent contention we fans crave, and makes the team erratic.

So, within that framework, resigning JPP is an obvious, even a good move. That's my thought process. It's not that I disagree with your ideas, it's just that I don't think the Giants view things the same way...
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