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Big Blue Huddle / Good Night and Good Luck
« on: April 27, 2017, 11:19:28 AM »
Good luck to everyone who gets hyped up about the draft and is hoping for a particular outcome or outcomes. Personally, I have never been that interested in the pre-draft prognostications, I prefer to just let that play out, and then get excited about the potential of the players the Giants actually do select. I do enjoy reading a lot of your opinions and insights about how players are evaluated and selected, and what the team's rosters strengths and needs are.

Like everyone else, I'm hoping that the draft will yield solid new talent. Keep in mind that so many players NFL careers are surprising, or far different, than evaluators of their college careers predict. Only around half of the players drafted will finish out their rookie contracts, and there will be guys taken in the 2nd, 3rd, even 7th rounds who every team passes on who will surprise everybody and wind up being all-pros or even hall of famers.

Let's hope some of that latter group become Giants this year. Have fun fellas!
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?
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.
Big Blue Huddle / Josh Brown v. Brandon Marshall?
« on: March 08, 2017, 10:01:58 PM »
Honest question:

Back when the Josh Brown controversy was in the news, a lot of you guys had strong words about the organization signing a guy with a DV history, if I remember correctly. Now they've signed Brandon Marshall, who by many sources has been arrested like 8-9 times for hithing women, but always seems to get out of it. Does this bother anybody else? Cause it really bothers me. Like to the point I'm disgusted by it, like I might have a hard time watching the team this year.

Seems like most are excited about this guy. What am I not getting?
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.

Big Blue Huddle / Justin Pugh for LT
« on: February 20, 2017, 02:37:35 AM »
With a month or more of distance from the season, I have come to the conclusion that the most practical option for the Giants is to switch Justin Pugh to LT.

1. Pugh has limitations at tackle, but I believe he is a pro, and enough of a technician that he will be average out there - which represents a vast improvement
2. Flowers and Hart can battle it out at RT for the remainder of their rookie contracts.
3. The Giants can bring in talent at the guard position through the draft or without breaking the bank in free agency.

I know this idea is occasionally floated and shouted down, but I am firmly behind it now. I have a sense that if they don't make this move, the offense will continue to be hampered by awful tackle play through at least next year.
Big Blue Huddle / What do you see as the Giants' offseason priorities?
« on: January 12, 2017, 06:12:53 PM »
Because of free agency and the cap, teams can't always do everything they'd like to do to improve the team each offseason. They need to make tough decisions about where to add players, retain players, and allocate resources. What do you see as the Giants most critical offseason priorities?

This is my list of ten, ranked in order of importance:
1. Re-sign JPP
2. Add 1-2 starting caliber OLs though FA or draft
3. Restructure and keep DRC
4. Replace Victor Cruz with a larger, faster, younger receiver through FA or draft
5. Add 1-2 TEs with blocking ability through FA or draft
6. Re-sign Hankins unless price is astronomical
7. Add an RB who can compete for playing time through FA or draft
8. Find a new KR/PR on roster or in FA
9. Add a player who can compete for playing time at FS
10. Add a player who can compete for playing time at CB
Big Blue Huddle / Question for Bay Area Giant
« on: January 04, 2017, 09:38:37 AM »
I read that Brad Allen's crew will be working the Giants-Packers game. What do you think of him?

I have also heard in the past that the NFL mix-and-matches the best officials through the playoffs, and the best graded guys work the Super Bowl. Is that correct?
Big Blue Huddle / Defensive turnaround since last year
« on: January 01, 2017, 09:04:35 PM »

ESPN Stats and Information:
The Giants finish the season as the only team not to allow a point on opponents drives starting in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter. Opposing teams went scoreless on 20 drives, with 7 turnovers.
Big Blue Huddle / All-22 analysis of Giants' passing attack v. Eagles
« on: December 31, 2016, 05:56:54 PM »

Found this slide show generated by another fan. Shows screenshots of both positive and negative pass plays from the Philly game.

He makes a good point about the Giants being unable/unwilling to test the middle of the field, in my opinion...
Big Blue Huddle / Best team in the NFC playoff field?
« on: December 27, 2016, 08:53:38 PM »
We have a thread about Dallas and a thread about who is the worst matchup for the Giants. I was wondering how everyone sees the NFC field? These are my impressions:

1. Dallas (13-2) - They have a great, balanced offense, and a better-than-advertised defense. They look like a frontrunner, but the fact that they are relying on two rookies as perhaps their most important players may make a Super Bowl run difficult.

2. Atlanta (10-5) - Probably the best offense in football, and flying under the radar a little bit. Their defense doesn't have great numbers, but they can rush the passer. They played the ultra-tough AFC West, so I think they may be a little better than their record.

3. Seattle (9-5-1) - They are nearly unbeatable at home and have a ton of playoff experience. However, they have lost Earl Thomas, who I think is the keystone to their great defense. Certainly a contender, but they have holes, especially if they have to go on the road.

4. Green Bay (9-6) - They've gotten hot lately, and are riding a five game winning streak. They are better offensively than defensively -- like Atlanta, they might be susceptible to a team like Dallas who can hold the ball with a strong running game.

5. N.Y. Giants (10-5) - Probably the best defense in the conference, but they have to overcome a turnover and mistake-prone offense and going on the road throughout the playoffs to advance.

6. Detroit (9-6) - After fighting their way to 9-4 behind a career year from Matt Stafford, they have flagged a little bit against stepped-up competition the past couple weeks. A loss to GB could knock them out of the field entirely...

7. Washington (8-6-1) - Probably the most inconsistent team in the group. But with wins on the road v. the Giants and Packers, as well as close losses to Dallas twice, they can play with anybody. They can generate big, game changing plays on both sides of the ball.

I see the Giants having a real chance here, as their defense can challenge all these explosive offenses, but Eli and the offense would have to play mistake-free ball to make it happen. Dallas is beatable, but their ability to run the ball and avoid turnovers gives them an advantage against all the strong offensive teams who can't stop them defensively; I think it would take a herculean performance by Seattle or the Giants' D to knock them off if they are playing well. Atlanta and Green Bay are both very explosive offensively and could go off against anybody.

Big Blue Huddle / NGT: Dallas-Detroit game
« on: December 26, 2016, 10:03:25 PM »
Looks like a shootout. 21-21 with a few minutes left in the first half. The Giants must have a good D to shut these teams down.

A question for Bay Area, or anyone, really: Dez Bryant just scored a TD where he was grappling with the CB in the end zone. The CB was grabbing his jersey, Bryant was grabbing the CB's facemask. CB called for PI, but it was declined because he still made a spectacular catch. Can a WR grab a CBs facemask?
Big Blue Huddle / Article: Why are the Giants this good?
« on: December 20, 2016, 10:29:15 PM »

Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.
After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?
The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.
Big Blue Huddle / "From RT Kareem McKenzie to Dr. Kareem McKenzie?"
« on: December 19, 2016, 04:10:56 PM »
After 11 years in the NFL McKenzie too was faced with this transition. But then, the former right tackle, who was drafted out of Penn State University in the third round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New York Jets and played the last seven years of his career with the New York Giants, had an epiphany; he would help others going through what he went through.

Pretty cool.
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