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I don’t think he looked as up to date on defense as he should have. I wonder if he got fooled on that touchdown throw in the middle of the field in the second quarter.
I also thought that he was late in responding a few times and was slow in queuing. That being said, I think Davis has the size and ability to contribute to this defense, but I’m not sure he’s gotten to the point where he’s more reactive and less thinking. And if that’s true, then he’s probably not playing as fast as he could be.
Tony, this isn’t about me. I have a job to do, win or lose. Still, I’m happy for the players, coaches and staff whose hard work is paying off.
Tell me since you’re the one who sees a physical resemblance. When I look at Hodgins he’s an inch taller than Toomer so maybe that’s it? In terms of his game, like Toomer, Hodgins is Mr. Clutch with good body control and sticky hands.
That’s hard to answer, Ashton. I will say that. Being back in the dressing room and being able to visit players has helped build connections. Even if it’s just a quick “Hello, how are you?” Exchange, it’s much better than how we had to work during the pandemic when the dressing room was closed.
I could imagine that’s a possibility if he’s open to it. I know he would like to stay here and retire on his terms as a giant. And I think the Giants will have the cap space to make it work. Whether they do remains to be seen, but I don’t see many people objecting to Shepard staying here and continuing to mentor and coach the younger boys.
The purpose of orbiting is to get the quarterback, receiver, and running back in a straight line when the ball is snatched. This can confuse the defense about who to cover and can sometimes leave one man uncovered.
Here’s a video clip of the Saints playing one such play – note how it confuses the defense. I recommend advancing to the 0:22 mark, which is the end zone view, because that’s where you can really appreciate the confusion this can create for a defense.
To be honest, I haven’t thought that far. I believe the 49ers have one of the strongest rosters of the remaining teams in the NFC Playoffs – maybe even better than the Eagles.
And I’m also not so sure that the 49ers’ win over Dallas is a gimme. If the Giants beat the Eagles, I hope they win the Cowboys in the championship game.
I’m sure he’ll get snaps and act as a lure and blocker just like he has over the past few weeks. But why would they consider taking snaps and overtaking targets from the three guys – Darius Slayton, Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James – who got them to this point?
I suspect the first part of your question could be due to a lack of speed and athleticism on linebacker Joe. If they could find a man like Luke Kuechly who can do it all, that would solve a lot of their problems when it comes to covering midfield. Unfortunately, these guys don’t grow on trees.
As for why the Giants don’t use their tight ends much during play, they use them more than you realize in blocking. If you mean the passing game, he had just three receptions fewer than Hodgins – and remember, he missed time with his eye injury.
(From Chris L): GM Joe Schoen and HC Brian Daboll did an incredible job taking the Giants from perennial losers to playoff winners in a season. But given that 12 of the Giants’ 22 starters were brought on board by Dave Gettleman, maybe it’s time to give the former GM his share too?
Absolutely Chris. Gettleman may have grossly mismanaged the salary cap during his senior year, swinging and missing several free agent signings. Still, for the most part, his designs were solid enough to give the current regime a core group consisting of Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, Azeez Ojulari, Dexter Lawrence, Xavier McKinney, and Andrew Thomas. And you can also count Evan NEal in that group as if Gettleman doesn’t make the deal with the Bears and the Giants don’t get the extra draft pick.
(By Lee C.) Based on the Giants’ amazing progress this year (far exceeding expectations), what are your expectations for the team next season with a greatly improved cap position and 11 draft picks?
Hello Lee. I think the expectations of this team will be much higher. I mean when you see what Joe Schoen did with a lousy cap situation and how he had to pick up guys that got discarded by other teams, he did a great job.
(Submitted by Dan) How do you like the attitude of the players this week?
Hi Dan. Really no different than any other week. They are quietly confident and focused on what they need to do. I don’t feel cockiness in anyone. We’ll see if it pays off, but this team has been a total pro all season.
(By Andrew G.) Why do the Giants take players off the practice team just to make them inactive on game day?
It’s a reward, Andrew. These guys from the practice team help the team prepare day by day. So if they are raised, they are automatically entitled to a higher pay than their practice team salary. Consider it a bonus. By the way, I think it’s cool that Schoen and Daboll try to reward all the guys on the practice team with a raise at least once this year.