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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Vernon Not At OTAs
« on: May 28, 2017, 10:41:31 PM »
It's becoming almost unbearable around here.

I thought this was supposed to be a forum for the "best informed fans" to have intelligent discussions.

Insightful posts with great information about the team, history, or x's and o's are generally ignored while threads where people spout off about baseless theories surrounding celebrity soap opera nonsense go on for pages.

Not my interest. But I think Uconnjack brings up a good point worth considering.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NGT--Cruz to the Bears
« on: May 25, 2017, 06:07:11 PM »
Good luck Cruz!
This has been a very entertaining thread to read
 It reminds me a little of the movie Footloose, but way funnier, and with Painter.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Top Position Battles to Watch by Dan Duggan
« on: May 25, 2017, 04:12:04 PM »
It seems like everyone sees Fluker as a plug-in starter at RT or RG. Maybe, but am I the only one who sees it as equally likely that he doesn't even make the team?

I feel like he was brought in more as a low-risk flyer and will be given a chance, but I'm not totally confident that he has the drive or desire to seize it, based on the trajectory his career has taken thus far.

While never an excuse, I think you need to consider that Brandon Marshall has had to deal with mental health issues.   Borderline personality disorder is a serious disorder in its own right

Brandon has sought treatment for his issues and has been clean for years.   I think there is something to be said for someone handicapped by mental illness who overcomes that and leads a good life.

As I have mentioned before Rich, in my career I have worked in the mental health field for several years and have worked with many young people who live with a BPD diagnosis. It is not an excuse for being violent or hurting others. That is a separate issue. I have to admit that I resent Marshall a little bit because I think he has used his mental health issues more to gain sympathy and avoid responsibility for his past actions that to help anyone else. One of the characteristics of some people with BPD is that they can be very manipulative and charming to others.

I honestly hope that Brandon Marshall has changed, that he is coping with his symptoms in a healthy way, and that his violent past is behind him. I just think he has been given an unfair amount of chances and privileges compared to others with similar issues because he catches footballs well, and that bothers me quite a bit.

If he had become a public advocate against domestic violence, I would have a different viewpoint. Instead, he has focused his attention on a cause that elicits the sympathy of others toward him. I suspect that it may just be a calculated PR strategy to move attention away from his violent acts and make fans and teams feel comfortable paying him tons of money and rooting for him on their team.

Not trying to harp on this, and this will be the last time I make this point here at BBH, because I am aware that I am the only poster here who holds this viewpoint. It just grated on me a little bit when you chose to attack the other man's character here.
I believe there are two schools of thought when it comes to having people who don't like you.   One is that you should try to get everyone to like you and it's bad when they don't.   The other (and it's the one I believe in) is that you can be judged as much by your enemies as your friends.

Meet the man who doesn't like Brandon Marshall

Sheldon Richardson - DL - Jets
NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports Jets DEs Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson "are regularly late or miss team meetings."
The Jets did not confirm why Richardson and Wilkerson were benched for the first quarter of the Week 9 loss to the Dolphins, but it is easy to guess the reason following this report. Wilkerson was benched for a quarter and fined last season for being late to a team meeting. New York is stuck with Wilkerson after giving him $86 million over the offseason, but Richardson was the subject of trade rumors before the deadline and likely will be again during the offseason.
Related: Muhammad Wilkerson
Source: New York Daily News Mon, Nov 7, 2016 09:46:00 AM

Sheldon Richardson - DL - Jets
NFL suspended Jets DL Sheldon Richardson one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The suspension stems from a traffic incident last summer in which Richardson allegedly drove as fast as 143 miles per hour and attempted to evade the officer who was pulling him over. With Richardson on the sidelines Week 1, free-agent addition Jarvis Jenkins should see plenty of snaps. Despite his off-field troubles, the Jets activated Richardson's fifth-year option in April.
Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter Thu, Jun 30, 2016 12:57:00 PM

Sheldon Richardson - DL - Jets
Jets DL Sheldon Richardson has avoided jail time for his July arrest on traffic and resisting arrest charges in St. Charles County, Mo.
Richardson was accused of driving up 143 miles per hour as he attempted to evade police, but has escaped with probation, a fine and community service. He's still subject to discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy, and will likely draw a suspension.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tue, Jan 26, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Brandon Marshall is a really good football player and he is articulate and charming, so he's easy for fans to like if they want to. However, I don't think he's someone who wants to compare rap sheets with anyone. Eight domestic violence arrests. The Giants have thrown out any ability to take the moral high ground on any issue ever by signing this guy.

I won't defend him and frankly I'm still disgusted by him and the team's decision to sign him. The fact that Sheldon Richardson seems like kind of a doofus and got a speeding ticket pales in comparison in my view.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Can the Giants keep injuries down again?
« on: May 21, 2017, 11:05:11 PM »
After leading the NFL with injuries two years in a row, the law of a averages was bound to happen in 2016.  I agree with Painter - there is nothing you can do about torn ACLs, linemen getting rolled up on, hamstring pulls, lis franc or foot injuries etc.

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It was three, that's 3 years in a row. In 30 previously analyzed years, no team had ever led the league in games lost to injury twice in a row. For a team to do it three years in a row indicates a significant pattern.

Luck? Law of averages? I'm not so sure.

If the Giants had been last in the league in anything else for three straight years, then changed coaches or tactics related to that thing, and improved to 7th in the league, how would that be viewed?
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Weekend Mailbag: Call for Questions
« on: May 20, 2017, 02:43:43 PM »
What do those inside the Giants organization think was the reason why they were dismantled in the Green Bay playoff game? All their games had been close up to that point, and the defense never unraveled like that. Was it a reflection of a deeper issue Green Bay unmasked which other teams may exploit this season?
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Who is the strongest player you've ever seen?
« on: May 20, 2017, 09:53:48 AM »
Chris Snee had incredible strength, both in the gym and on the field. Pound-for-pound my answer is Joe Morris. I believe he was 5-9/190 and carried the load as a N-S power runner. Never seen the likes of him since.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: Odell Beckham and the art of the slant
« on: May 20, 2017, 09:47:46 AM »
Watching these plays I'm reminded of how I think Deion Sanders once said he would just run as fast as was necessary to outrun whoever was chasing him. I think Beckham is the same way. Look at the Jets play from 2015. You can see Antonio Cromartie start to gain on him a little bit, and he just turns on yet another gear and blows the pack away.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFL may allow increase to 2 IR recalls
« on: May 18, 2017, 09:11:37 AM »
The thing that the NFL is always concerned about when making these sort of moves is that teams don't abuse the system to create an illegal farm system.   Have a raw rookie who isn't quite ready to contribute?   "oops, he tweaked his hamstring.   We put him on IR.  Conventently he will get better after he learns the playbook"

That's interesting.

Why is the league resistant to that kind of practice in general? It seems like expansion/alteration of practice squad-type activity might be a good idea in an era of drastically reduced practice time and under-prepared college players.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFL Network: Giants Poised to Win NFC East
« on: May 17, 2017, 01:37:17 PM »
Not sure what leads you to believe this.  I mean, I agree that the NFC East isn't exactly a powerhouse division, but none of the NFC really is.  The Seahawks and the Packers have probably been the most consistent contenders for the past 3-4 years, but outside of them where is this team or division that's cranking out "more battle-tested" teams?  The Falcons were a joke in 2015 and went to the Superbowl in 2016.  The Panthers were a 1 loss regular season team in 2015 and didn't make the playoffs last year.  The Seahawks have faded in the last 2 years since they dropped a ton of cash on Russell Wilson and don't have the funds to keep the core together.  Seems like the typical ebb and flow of a conference to me.

Well, the ups and downs of specific teams don't really matter. I'm looking at how whichever teams emerge from a division perform in the playoffs. And I kind of explained the facts on that, so that's why I think the division is mediocre.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFL Network: Giants Poised to Win NFC East
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:32:25 AM »
The NFC East has become kind of the doormat of NFC divisions. Other than the Giants' 2012 run, the whole division has only won two playoff games since 2009, I believe. No other team has advanced past the divisional round in the past seven years.

The division as a whole looked a little stronger last year, but both the Giants and Cowboys got trounced by the Packers in their first playoff game, and the Packers were no match for the Falcons, even though the Giants and Cowboys had the best regular season records.

I think we are used to thinking that the NFC East is this forge that prepares teams for playoff success, but it's been fool's gold in recent years. Teams coming out of the North, South, and West are stronger and more battle-tested. The general mediocrity in the NFC East creates a false sense of security for a group of vicious rivals who may be a little too focused on each other.
Big Blue Huddle / Re: NFT - Knicks, Melo and Bball Draft
« on: May 17, 2017, 09:20:04 AM »
This is a pretty comprehensive analysis of the mismanagement we've all been witness to over the last 15-20 years.

How does a team with the worst performance in the league over a 16-year period wind up with the 6th-worst average draft position in the league over that timespan?

Total ineptitude from management.

From week 15 v. Detroit, one of my favorite plays of the season:

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