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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.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: All Time Giants Draft
« on: April 19, 2017, 09:08:45 PM »
The Giants have also had some extraordinary luck with undrafted players:

Emlen Tunnell, DB/KR (HOF)
Homer Jones, WR
Jim Burt, NT
Victor Cruz, WR
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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.
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"Unsurpassable self discipline," certainly sums up my impression of the man. I also think self-discipline is one of the most difficult characteristics for a human to achieve. I have a lot of respect for Coughlin.
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I am wholeheartedly in agreement with the refs.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: UK Giants Fan & Inside Football
« on: April 17, 2017, 05:16:54 PM »
Well done!
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Fact or Fiction- The most underrated Giant
« on: April 17, 2017, 11:09:58 AM »
All good choices so far.

I love Dwyane Harris. I think trying to look at player's pay rates and judge them relative to their value to the team is a fool's errand. Harris does things few others can do. I think Wing is solid, but we don't know how good he really is because like 30% of the time, Harris is down there to catch the punt before it even hits the ground.

DRC is a blue chip, #1 corner who has had a somewhat unusual career path. I think he will be hard to replace.

The only other guy I would throw in who hasn't been mentioned is Jonathan Casillas. He has been a major surprise contributor here and solidified a position that has been in flux for a long time.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Eli say it ain't true
« on: April 14, 2017, 04:30:37 PM »
I don't care about this.

The fact that this is a near-scandal deemed worthy of attention but no one cares that the team just signed a dude with 7 domestic violence arrests is a clear illustration that we live in a perverse society.
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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.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: Super Bowl XXV: "The Broken Play"
« on: April 12, 2017, 05:03:47 PM »
One of my all-time favorite plays, in my opinion, was the play of the game.

As a ten-year-old fan watching this game with my dad, I vividly remember our reaction after he broke or evaded 5+ tackles and dove forward with Mark Kelso holding onto his leg for a first down. Maybe the happiest we'd ever been. Thanks for posting Rich.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: IF WE LOSE HANKINS AND DRAFT LINEBACKER
« 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:

http://www.baltimorebeatdown.com/2010/4/9/1412079/football-101-the-ravens-hybrid
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Who knows the cause, but I tend to think health was the single biggest factor in the improvement over previous seasons.
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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 30...no 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.
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Big Blue Huddle / Re: The coldest game you've been to
« on: April 06, 2017, 04:19:45 PM »
I'm not sure of the actual temperature, but the day I felt the coldest was the final game of the season in 2003 v. the Panthers. For a few years, I knew a guy who had season tickets and didn't like the cold, so he would sell me two for the last game of the season before the season even started. Sometimes that worked out great, like in 2000, when I got to see them clinch home field advantage against the Jaguars. I only get to see maybe one game a year at the stadium, so it's a big deal for me.

Well, in 2003 I went in thinking that game against the Panthers would probably have playoff implications. In reality, it was the 4-12 Giants getting trounced by a Super-Bowl-bound Carolina team, with the legendary Jesse Palmer starting at QB. That team had the worst offensive line of any Giants team in my lifetime -- they made the current line look like all-pros, with guys like Ian Allen starting. I sat for three hours in a half-empty stadium and watched until the clock read all zeroes. In retrospect I look at that day as the low I had to endure as a fan in order to be rewarded with Coughlin and Eli and the '07 and '11 runs.

Looks like the actual temperature was around 27 degrees. But 27 minus 4-12 is like 20 below, I think...
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMR9tVB6nI

And this article about how he was national high jump champion in HS: http://archive.northjersey.com/sports/high-school-sports/boys-track/cedar-grove-panthers-david-njoku-wins-high-jump-national-championship-1.1037320?page=all
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