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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Richburg Played With Bad Hand
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:25:11 PM »
That solves a big mystery for me. I wondered all year why he was slumping. Thanks for posting.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT- Aaron Hernandez kills himself in prison
« on: April 19, 2017, 06:24:44 PM »
It's important to consider that the psychology of the homicidal and suicidal is not rational. It doesn't follow logic that would make sense to the rest of us.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Hankins signing with the Colts
« on: April 13, 2017, 09:37:35 PM »
This is a blow to the Giants. They were put in a position to have to make tough decisions about their returning players this offseason and chose not to prioritize Hankins. I understand but I believe the impact has the potential to be greater than many of the rest of you guys think.

In my opinion, much of the unique character of last year's defense -- being dominant against the run without a strong linebacking corps -- was due to the combination of Hankins and Snacks. Hankins departure doesn't necessarily mean that the defense won't continue to be really good, but it means that if they are going to be good, the recipe will have to be different. Hankins played more than 70% of the snaps last year, a little more than Snacks, and his run stuffing ability helped free Snacks to have one of the most productive years a DT has ever had.

I predict that Hankins, if he remains healthy, will be a strong player for the Colts. I assume he'll be a head-up, two-gap NT for them. After a period of adjustment, I think he will thrive, similar to Joseph in Minnesota. The Colts have the league's next great QB and were smart to add a foundational piece to their defense.
« on: April 11, 2017, 01:25:38 PM »
To add to Rich's answer, Spags background is definitely in the 4-3 and those heavy-blitz Jim Johnson defenses the Eagles used to run.

However, the Giants interest in Leonard Floyd last year leads me to believe that Spags picked up a few tricks from the hybrid defense the Ravens run when he was in Baltimore. If the Giants could find a pass rushing LB/DE tweener who fit a Terrell Suggs mold, I don't think they would ever run a conventional 3-4, but they might include elements that way. Here's an article that explains a little about that kind of defense:
Jonathan Casillas was my big positive surprise. For a guy who had been a journeyman, rotational linebacker to suddenly become a 100-tackle playmaker and team captain at age one saw that coming.

Weston Richburg was my disappointment. I though he was going to become a top player at his position and anchor the OL, but he was merely average or below most of the season.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: This mock draft seems more realistic than most
« on: March 31, 2017, 02:53:13 PM »
You want another reason for Jerry Reese to fall in love with Njoku?  He's only 20 years old, he doesn't turn 21 until July.  You know how Jerry loves his first rounders to be young.

Edit to add:  If a video surfaces of Njoku doing a backflip he will be a slam-dunk lock as the Giants first pick :D

When I looked him up, the first two hits were this highlight:

And this article about how he was national high jump champion in HS:
Big Blue Huddle / Re: J Reese is Currently the Best GM in the NFL
« on: March 29, 2017, 11:40:33 AM »
Fellas, this is one of those arguments that cannot be won, considering that the definition of "best" is fluid and subjective. I know this is what they do on TV sports talk, where one person throws out a vague yet strongly worded pronouncement and then he and other opinion-havers scream at each other about it...but if we want to have a meaningful conversation, we have to define what it means to be a good GM.

To me, a good GM produces consistent winners and those winners consistently go deep into the playoffs. Since the Giants have one winner in the past five years that lost in the wild card round, I wouldn't call Reese a good GM right now. However, last year was an upswing, and if he were to create a contending team over the next 5 years, I think his career arc would look good, with two early titles, a slump, and then more success. Right now though, he's just beginning to dig himself out of a hole he's dug for himself.

I think maybe what MP21 means is, "Jerry Reese has been successful in rebuilding the roster over the last 15 months." Right now, I would agree with that.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: J Reese is Currently the Best GM in the NFL
« on: March 28, 2017, 11:36:23 AM »
Question- Belichick coaches the team. Where does he find the time to scout college and pro players? Run Free Agency? Run the Draft? Manage the salary cap? So although Bill may be a "genius" at coaching (which becomes easy when you have the greatest QB on your team), I just don't know how we can praise him for "team building". The Patriots have scouts, a GM and management that deserve some of the credit.

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Belichick started as a scout and his father literally "wrote the book" on NFL scouting. The guys the Patriots have in the other roles you mentioned certainly deserve some credit, but it is important to keep in mind that similar to Bill Walsh before him, Belichick has a twenty-five year legacy of training guys to do the personnel side of the franchise exactly the way he wants it done. Anyone in the Patriots organization (and increasingly other organizations around the league), is a leaf or branch on a tree of which Belichick is the trunk.

Here's a pretty good watch that illustrates my point:
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?
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...
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.


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.
Week 7 v. the Rams in London:

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.
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.
Play #1: First play of the season in Dallas.

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