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Nice. Props due to Richburg for setting the whole thing up, really.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: The Window For Success
« on: July 19, 2017, 11:01:42 AM »
I agree with several points that have already been written, two I'd like to add:

1. Perception is a big factor. Both the team's perception of their own abilities, and league-wide perception. If we use the Patriots, or the 1980s 49ers as examples, those teams had/have the perception that with a "genius" coach (Walsh, Belichick), and a great QB (Brady, Montana), they always had a very good chance to win it all. The perception that they had an edge or an ace in the hole in that regard changed the way teammates, coaches prepare and behave. They had to be ready for greatness, and they were willing to take risks. The 2008 Giants looked invincible and on track to repeat, however, the Burress incident broke that aura of invincibility for them, and once doubt crept in, the cycle of escalating confidence and performance fell apart.

2. A very select few people have the mentality to maintain internal motivation to be great after they have reached the pinnacle of their field. You look at Michael Jordan's almost pathological ability to turn any real or perceive slight or threat and turn it into something that continues to drive his focus and preparation, and you are looking at a very unique individual. Often the qualities that make great athletes or coaches great do not suit other realms of life where cooperation, caring, or balanced perspectives are useful. You are looking for a person who has exceptional talent, exceptional work ethic, and single-minded competitiveness/focus/drive on a single goal. That's a pretty unique combination of characteristics, and a situation where two or more people who share those characteristics team up often leads to a dynasty in sports (though often the people are no one you'd want to spend any time hanging around with...haha).
When we're talking about different formations taking cetrain guys off the field, I think that may not be as big of a concern.

I think it's OK for Shepard, or Marshall, or even OBJ to lose volume in terms of snaps, or even targets, if the catches they do make are more impactful because having more threats and variety means teams have a harder time defending them.

For example, Shepard and Beckham saw a lot of volume last year, but it didn't translate to a lot of points for the team, because opponents were able to jam them at the line and bottle them up over the top simultaneously. McAdoo has the tools now, so the stage is set for him to use them effectively.
Great video. Really fun to watch. Definitely worth 15mins for all the big Collins fans on the board.

Thanks Rich.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Who was the worst QB in Giants history?
« on: July 13, 2017, 11:38:47 AM »
I wasn't around for Pisarcik, but my guy is Dave Brown.

He just had the whole franchise thrown on his shoulders for really no good reason, which wasn't his fault, but he just couldn't play. I'm not sure I've ever seen a scenario league-wide where a player so bad was given so many chances without showing any promise at all.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Why Eli Manning is a lock for Hall of Fame
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:34:54 PM »
I wish I felt that the Hall of Fame meant more, but since it is just a matter of media voting, it feels to me like a big popularity contest.

Eli has won the most significant prize twice, the only QB to beat the dynasty of his generation in a Super Bowl. Also, in my mind, he was clearly the best player in the league in 2011. That and many other accomplishments I and a lot of the rest of you guys have witnessed are much more meaningful to me than the retrospective acknowledgment of the Hall voters.

Besides, the enshrinement of individuals who play a team sport has always seemed weird to me.
Unfortunately, everything that the Knicks do now is perceived as dysfunctional and wrong.  They can't win in the public eye no matter what they do.

Unfortunately? Isn't that a natural result of 15 years of constant losing, punctuated by scandals, rapid turnover of otherwise highly successful coaches and executives, bickering, and trading away draft picks for highly paid free agents who don't pan out?
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Andrew Adams Expects to Start
« on: July 08, 2017, 10:26:03 AM »
Darian Thompson sounded great when Spags was impressed with him last year, but coming off a major injury to one of his wheels, who knows if he will ever fulfill the potential he showed. A big what if, in my opinion.

Adams was a pleasant surprise last year. I don't think you need a great player at that position. With Collins' ability to freelance and make big plays in the short-to-intermediate range,  his free safety needs to be a guy who always stays home, plays the technique exactly, and is deeper than the deepest. Maybe that role suits a player without phenomenal ability well. I would compare it to the dynamic Ryan Clark and Polomalu had with Pittsburgh for many years.
Eli and Snacks.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFT-- Best Patriotic Movies
« on: July 03, 2017, 05:48:29 PM »
I love all the Ken Burns documentaries, they are filled with real and inspiring information about real people and events. His most recent were called Defying the Nazis (about a minister and his wife who travelled to Europe before WW2 and saved many people from the holocaust), and Jackie Robinson.

I really like 1776, which was already mentioned. The series that came out maybe ten years ago on John Adams, based on the Bob Woodward book, was great. I thought the recent movie about Martin Luther King (Selma) was well done, and the documentary Freedom Riders is really good too.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Challenges of Being an Old Quarterback
« on: July 01, 2017, 01:20:40 PM »
There are some Eli Manning Avengers on the board these days who take any attempt to discuss the fact that he didn't play well last year and is getting old for an NFL QB as a signal to righteously ride out and smite the (insert epithet here) criticizers.

Then there are those of us who are also huge fans, but think it's OK to consider the possibility he may be nearing the end.
That was from a preseason game in 2000, Rich. Here's a link:

Jack Golden actually made the team as a UDFA after that and wound up being a strong special teams contributor on the Super Bowl team.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: The Tangible Value of NFL Sacks
« on: June 22, 2017, 12:28:29 PM »
Besides the sometimes large loss of yardage, I think Rich hit it on the head with the psychological element. A big sack can be like a big dunk in basketball -- only counts for one play, but it signals to both teams that the guys who protect the QB or rim are getting beaten badly, and can tip the balance of confidence.
Listening now and enjoying it.

I especially liked Pat's insight into the CB situation and Michael Hunter being a guy to watch. I love hearing that Spags is finding new diamonds in the rough with high football IQs; remember how effectively he utilized Kevin Dockery in '07-'08?
I kept looking for the intense part of the story Matt.  Mostly it was just baffling.  Planning a suicide for a dozen or more years didn't make sense to me.

That's understandable. All of our reactions to things are going to be different. One thing I do know is that depression and suicide usually aren't reasonable and rarely make sense. Knowing that I'm not going to understand anyone else's feelings or experiences, I try to just accept what they describe as their subjective reality at face value, and be empathetic. For me the intensity came from imagining the experience of someone being so ashamed of an aspect of themselves, and so afraid of rejection by family and friends, for so many years. I'm glad that things seem to have turned the corner for him and that he was pleasantly surprised by the reactions he received.
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