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  1. Justin Blalock. Let Ohara walk, move Snee to center and put Blalock at guard. That would be a BEAST of a line for Jacobs to run behind. This is assuming we're able to fill some holes via FA.
  2. Thanks. This board got obliterated and I left. I checked back every now and then but it was a ghost town around here. Just checked on a whim to see how things were going and I was thrilled to see some good discussion goin on. Ill be around a lot more now.
  3. BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE!!!! A few guys I like, in no particular order: Marshaun Lynch Ted Ginn Dwayne Jarrett Laron Landry Revis Rice Quinn Pitcock
  4. Eli was one of 3 picks last night on NFL live for fantasy player of the year. Yeah, they have a good DB in Deangelo, but I think Plax has a huge advantage (about 6 inches) in the red zone. Also, they're just not deep enough in the secondary to cover Toomer, Carter and Shock. Amani didnt get a TD last week, the GOAT is due. I think there's a good chance Eli will throw for 2+ TD's this week.
  5. It's taken me a while to get over the loss on Sunday -- not the loss but how poorly we looked for the first 3 quarters.... again. I was in Seattle for the game and I've never heard a stadium that loud before. Playing the NFC champs in that type of atmosphere after our win on sunday is very difficult and I saw a letdown coming. Unfortunately -- we looked terrible. Reason for concern? Yes. Reason to panic and flush this season down the toilet?? I dont think so. Here's why: Offensive struggles -- Our offense has been ok so far. Unfortunately we've been in a hole every game and haven't had the opportunity to run our gameplan. Granted, I think that we got away from the run too early but that's that. Our offense puts up points and should only get better this year. Eli has clearly improved. We have 2 very good running backs and a solid recieving corps. Our oline is good enough. This offense will be fine and will give us the chance to win every week. I think everyone would agree that our problems lie on the other side of the ball. Defensive struggles: 1. Obviously they start with our inability to stop the pass -- this potentially has a lot to do w/ our lack of pass rush. Fortunately we get a bye when we need it most. While many of you were frustrated w/ Tim Lewis' press conferance, I actually thought that there was reason for hope. Most importantly, he took the blame for the struggles. He didnt blame the players for missing their assignments, which is what has happened. Instead he said that it was his scheme and he has done a poor job of teaching it thus far. As I've said before, Tim Lewis has been in the league a long time and knows the game better than any of us (although I think many of you disagree with this). He knows that this defense hasn't performed and has promised changes. Im curious to see what these are -- but I think the reason everyone is frustrated is because we have the players and they just havent played anywhere near their potential -- so I dont think that its out of the question that the Giants D will come out of the bye week playing much better. 2. Pass rush -- There is NO way that our defensive ends continue their poor play all season long. While Strahan is older and Osi has a new contract, these guys are simply too talented to play the way they've been playing all year. Im not couting these guys out yet. Defensive strengths -- I guess the only positive has been our ability to stop the run. If you told me that we would struggle immensely against the pass or rush but be good against the other -- I would choose to stop the run in a second. One more comment on defense - Emmons is out. Im very confident that we're going to see Wilkenson as his replacement. Gerris will bring some much needed speed to our LB's. I saw a lot of him in college and he's a phenomenal athlete and a bruising tackler. I also think that once he's in there, he won't be coming out. I think he's going to impress a lot of people. -- So far we've played the Colts, Eagles and Hawks. For a relatively new defense, of all the teams we play this season, these are the 3 toughest ones to start the season with. Our next stretch of games are against teams w/ much less potent offenses. Redskins -- AT home. A perfect team to get some confidence back. At atlanta -- As the saints showed -- all you gotta do is contain vick and dunn. While that's not easy, our defense should be able to do it. If you can do that -- vick cant throw for ######. An offense that plays right into our defensive strength. At dallas -- Assuming our team can get back on track against the previous 2 offenses, this will be a good test. The next four games, houston, chicago, jax, tennesse don't have any great passing games to speak of. So these 6 games give us plenty of time to improve the defense. Some have said that teams don't improve substantially over the course of the season -- those who said this couldnt be more wrong. All you have to do is look to last year for evidence of this. The remaining games are the following: Dallas, carolina, phily, new orleans and washington. Once again, with the exception of phily, no great passing teams. And our 2 most important games (dallas and phily) we get to play in our house. As I mentioned, the worst is over. The remaing teams on our schedule don't have the offensive force that the first 3 had. Our defense needs work. The players and coaches know this. It's week 3, not week 13... and IMO it's wayyyy too early to be throwing in the towel. The rest of our games are very, very winnable -- even with a mediocre defense.
  6. Yeah, this whole thing is kinda fucked up. Conflicting reports about a bad reaction and suicide attempt. Either way, I wish TO a full recovery and hope he returns to the football field ASAP. If he really did try to kill himself, I hope he takes some time off from the game to get his life under control. When TO first came up on the 49ers I loved him as a player. He was such a great reciever and seemed very polite and sincere. After Rice left he kinda turned into the TO a bit since he was now the star. He got so much hype and publicity that he just kept pumping up that TO image. A lot of people took offense to it and sincerely hate him for everything he stands for but I just looked at it and laughed every time. That wasn't who TO really was and never could take him seriously. I hope he's on the field when we play the Cowboys this year. He's a phenomenal athlete who was forced into a persona that didnt fit. It's too bad to see that he was this depressed. Hopefully we'll get the real Terrell Owens back.
  7. i vote for my favorite catch of all time: http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap/NFL_20021228_PHI@NYG
  8. First, Philly might be better but I think playing at Seattle is going to be a tougher game. They've won 11 in a row at home and while their 2 wins havent looked great -- they're pretty much the same team that was a few calls away from being SB champs. 1. I dont think we need to put a number on the number of touches each player should get. Id like to see Tiki get almost all of the touches in the first half but in the second half Id like to see them alternate series or Tiki get 2 for every 1 Jacobs gets. Tiki's still our MVP and I dont want to take too many chances away from him but when the defenense is tired in the second half is the time to bring in BJ. 2. Oline definitely has to play better. 8 sacks is absurd. I think we need to work on our schemes a bit but overall i'm not too concerned with this group. They'll figure it out soon enough. 3. Shockey -- As I said in my thread, hes the emotional leader. If hes really hurt he should sit but if not we have to call his number to get him fired up. He will feed off it for the rest of the game and this will open everything else up for the others. 4 and 5 go together -- Our Db's wont have to cover so long if we can get some pressure. Any reciever can get open and any QB can find these guys when given as much time as Mcnabb got. Ryan Leaf would have been able to pick us apart with all that time. Madison and Webster will make start making the catch soon once they get a chance to make plays on the ball and as I said this will come once we get some pressure. Madison almost had a sick pick in the endzone but fell out of bounds. Ill be at this game and hope to that Giants play better than they did against the eagles. If they dont, they wont win.
  9. Im willing to give him until the bye to show me something -- but really other than his punt return for a TD last year he hasnt been good. He's not too bad at punt returns and im willing to stick him out there but he just doesnt have the shear speed needed for kick returns. Id like to see Jenninngs get a shot at kickoffs.
  10. The win was great but there were some glaring problems that I think need to be addressed and some things that could be done differently on both sides of the ball: Defense: Blitz -- Where was the blitz?? This has been brought up a lot so I'm not going to harp on it too much. Most of the time that we brought the heat Donovan either threw the ball away or into the ground. This D is built to pressure the QB, not sit back in zone coverage. I just don't get it. We need a sytem that is built to the strengths of our players and the one I saw yesterday certainly wasn't the case. Sam Madison cant cover someone forever. Mcnabb had way too much time to pick apart our defense. 300 yards in the first half is ridiculous. If we don't drastically change our gameplan next week on D I will be very disappointed with our coaches. Substitutions -- We saw a fair amount of Kiwi at DE and he seemed fresh and was the only player (other than Strahan late) who could consistently get to Mcnabb. The commentators kept talking about how deep the Eagles were and how they were able to stay fresh throughout the game. Well we have 4 quality DE's and I'd like to see more of Kiwi and Tuck --- not just at the end of the game. Same goes for LB. Pierce is the only one that should stay in every down. Id like to see more of Wilkerson, Short and Blackburn occasionally to keep our LB's fresh. Our Defense is deep and built to blitz. We didnt take advantage of either of these strengths vs. the eagles. OFFENSE: Hurry up O -- Eli was smooth and comfortable when we went no huddle. It kept the Eagles off balance and Eli said that he was only running a few plays. Lets use this intermittendly to wear out the defense. Thunder and Lightning -- Why did BJ only come in during OT?? He's running for over 5 yards per carry and should be getting the ball more often -- especially given Tiki's sub-par performance. We have 2 great backs that compliment each other perfectly. Id like to see more of Jacobs, especially in the second half. He's very difficult to bring down as we all know, and for a tired defense the last thing they want to see is a nimble 265 lb. back. Seattle has quick but small LBers.... lets let BJ pound the rock down their throats to open holes for Tiki. Shockey -- Granted he's injured, but if he's too hurt to make the plays that he's capable of he should not be playing. Now is the time to sit him. If we have any hope of going deep in the playoffs we're going to need this guy. If he's fine enough to play we need to get him the ball. He's too good and too much of a threat to go catchless for most of the game. He's an emotional player who builds up confidence and emotion as he makes plays. IF he's healthy we need to call his number more often to get him involved in the offense and get this group fired up. SPECIAL TEAMS -- Returns -- Morton is simply not cutting it. He's not the player he once was. When Mccquarters stepped in there was a clear spark that wasnt there w/ Morton. I dont care who we use but Morton has got to go. Overall, I was thrilled that we came away w/ the win. We were very fortunate and cannot become at all complacent. We were lucky to win a game in which we played terribly for 3 quarters. This team has a lot of work to do. I thought the coaches made some good adjustments at halftime but they need to make some in their gameplan for the rest of the season. The way we played the EAgles wont cut it.
  11. I caught the end of the session with him on Mike and Dog... a few things I picked up: -- Talked about how he doesnt miss games. Says that despite injuries, his priority is to make the field on Sunday and he can be counted on to be there on game day. -- Says the key to the Giants success is to not have many injuries. Says this is what derailed his team in Miami. -- Made a comment on how the Giants have some great young players. He says he was suprised at how good/young some of these guys were. Was shocked to hear Tuck was only in his second year. Described Tuck as "incredible." Overall.... not a whole lot. I loved his praise of Tuck though, especially since it was totally out of the blue and unprovoked.
  12. This could easily be the most competitive division in the NFL in 2006, because there is very little to separate all four teams. The once-dominant Philadelphia Eagles could actually finish fourth in the division. Dallas, Washington, and the New York Giants have all been busy this offseason and upgraded their personnel, while Philadelphia is just trying to get healthy and forget a disastrous 2005 season. All four teams have veteran head coaches who know how to win. We are likely to see a lot of close games that come down to coaching decisions and in-game adjustments. Bill Parcells has an excellent young defense in Dallas and a potentially strong running game, but can he protect QB Drew Bledsoe and coexist with WR Terrell Owens? Joe Gibbs has an excellent defense in Washington and a potentially potent and balanced offense, but can aging QB Mark Brunell hold up for a full season? Philadelphia's Andy Reid has a team with less controversy than a year ago, and the Eagles should be healthier and more balanced on offense. However, they must shore up an aging defense. In New York, coach Tom Coughlin has an excellent offense, an underrated defense and a revamped secondary, but will young QB Eli Manning shake the mistakes and poor mechanics we saw in the second half of the 2005 season? As competitive as this division is, the most important players in 2006 may be the kickers, who will likely be the difference in a lot of close games. New York Giants As well as the Giants played for most of 2005, their bitter playoff loss to the Panthers left a bad taste and exposed some substantial weaknesses the Giants hope to have fixed. Will this veteran team enter training camp with confidence, in a division that is better than a year ago? Offensively, everything revolves around Manning. He played with no consistency down the stretch in 2005, forcing the offense to rely too much on Tiki Barber. Barber touched the ball a ridiculous 411 times last year. Manning has plenty of offensive weapons around him, but he must make better decisions and quit throwing off his back foot (that's when the ball sails). He must make better throws in the red zone (only 27 TDs in 59 possessions) and avoid locking on to his primary receiver, especially on third down. If he makes those adjustments, this offense will be potent. Defensively, the Giants made wholesale changes in their secondary, after finishing 27th in the league in both pass defense and red zone defense in 2005. It was a unit without great playmaking skills and matchup capabilities. DC Sam Madison and FS Will Demps are two of the five new faces in the Giants' secondary who will give coordinator Tim Lewis more opportunities to play aggressive man-to-man coverages behind an attacking zone-blitz package. A big key to that blitz package is OLB LaVar Arrington. He can make game-changing plays and his pass-rushing skills could really give a boost to an already explosive defensive line. Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora are the best set of defensive ends in the NFL and proved it by combining for 26 sacks in 2005. The rest of the talent and depth on defense is not overly exciting, but it's good enough to win and MLB Antonio Pierce is a tackling machine. There is some pressure on offensive coordinator John Hufnagle to change up to a safer passing game with more intermediate routes to his big receiver, rather than taking so many deep shots. The Giants will have to endure the toughest schedule in the league; their 2006 opponents had a combined record of 139-117 in 2005. Their September schedule includes a matchup with the Colts and road trips to Philadelphia and Seattle. We may know by early October how good the Giants will be. Dallas Cowboys Parcells demands a strong run game, an aggressive and attacking 3-4 defense and a minimum number of assignment mistakes and mental lapses. The Cowboys ran the ball an astounding 521 times, although they were only 14th in rushing and only averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Defensively, they were sixth in third-down efficiency, second in first downs allowed and 10th in total yards allowed per game. They were also one of the least-penalized teams in the NFL, only being flagged for 739 yards. So why wasn't this team a Super Bowl contender in 2005? It all starts with an offensive line that gave up an incredible 49 sacks. Bledsoe, who threw 17 picks in '05, did not play badlly; he was just a sitting duck in the pocket and his receivers rarely had enough time to get open. Dallas has worked hard in the offseason to address these deficiencies. The Cowboys acquired OT Jason Fabini and OG Kyle Kosier in free agency, and both will be immediate starters. They will also change their basic offensive formation to two tight ends and one back, which gives them a lot more flexibility. A year ago, TE Jason Witten, who is a terrific pass catcher, had to spend all of his time pass blocking and the Cowboys rarely attacked the middle of the field in the passing game. Now, they have Witten and rookie TE Anthony Fasano to give Bledsoe safer throws from three- and five-step drops. They also have Owens. While Owens can still get deep, he is fearless over the middle and great after the catch. He will take a lot of pressure away from deep threat Terry Glenn. The one-back set will also allow RB Julius Jones to use his good instincts and vision to hit the creases in the defense and not be forced to always follow a lead blocker. Look for Bledsoe to get the ball out quicker and cut down on his sacks in a dramatically improved offense in 2006. Defensively, this is a good group that will only get better. It is young and active. Dallas now has the personnel to play the 3-4, two-gap scheme up front and the Cover 2 scheme in the secondary. The Cowboys may play more Cover 1 and Cover 2, allowing SS Roy Williams to play more in the box in run support, which is his strength. The depth is excellent along the defensive line, so the Cowboys will play likely a 4-3 front more than you would think to get their best personnel on the field. However, the biggest offseason move by the Cowboys may be the acquisition of veteran kicker Mike Vanderjagt from Indianapolis. For a team that will likely play in a lot of close games, his accuracy could result in a couple of wins. Washington Redskins All the pieces finally seem to be in place for Gibbs to take the Redskins deep into the playoffs, and their best offseason acquisition may not even be a player. New offensive coordinator Al Saunders is a terrific play caller with a creative offensive mind, and he will install a new scheme with three wide receivers and one running back. The personnel he will put on the field will be explosive. For the past couple of seasons, the offensive line seemed to struggle in pass protection. The Redskins were forced to use a lot of max-protection schemes, featuring only one receiver. Those problems are less evident now and the receiving trio of Santana Moss and newly acquired free agents Brandon Lloyd (San Francisco) and Antwaan Randle El (Pittsburgh) can spread the field and give this offense and Brunell big-play capabilities. The biggest benefactor may be RB Clinton Portis. He has great quickness and good vision, and now he can use his own run instincts to create seams and lanes versus a lot of soft nickel defenses -- although the patented Redskins' stretch play will still be their bread and butter. Defensively, coordinator Gregg Williams loves the element of surprise and will change up his fronts, coverages and blitzes on a weekly basis. Although the Redskins are primarily a 4-3 defense, they will show some 3-4 fronts. Although they love to play man-to-man coverage behind their blitzes, we will see some Cover 1, Cover 2 and Cover 3 schemes in the secondary. Arrington is gone, but Washington has two new impact players on defense who will give them great versatility. DE Andre Carter (San Francisco) can line up on the edge in the 4-3 defense and can move to OLB in the 3-4 front. In both schemes he can be a terrific pass rusher. Strong safety Adam Archuleta is a great hitter and will form one of the best safety duos in the NFL with FS Sean Taylor. Because of Archuleta's toughness, look for him to play close to the line of scrimmage, which leaves Taylor to cover the middle of the field in either a "man free" or Cover 3 scheme. Taylor has the range to get it done. This will be a one-gap, penetrating defense with a lot of interchangeable parts. The Redskins have the most experienced coaching staff in the NFL. In addition to being good strategists, they are also excellent teachers. They retained 18 starters from a year ago and two of their new starters -- Archuleta and TE Christian Fauria -- are actually upgrades. The schedule is favorable, with most of the tough nonconference games at home, and remember that these Redskins posted a 5-1 record in the division in 2005. If Brunell stays healthy, Washington is a Super Bowl contender. Philadelphia Eagles Entering the 2006 season, the Eagles almost seem like a forgotten team. With the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins all dramatically upgrading their talent level and also grabbing most of the preseason headlines, has the window of opportunity closed for the Eagles? Was the devastating 2005 season the beginning of a long slide, or will they put last year behind them and return to their customary role as a Super Bowl contender? The reality is that success or failure will fall on the shoulders of QB Donovan McNabb. Although injuries certainly played a key factor, the Eagles finished in the bottom third of the NFL in several categories, including on defense, which has always been a huge strength in Philadelphia. They had to endure the Owens fiasco and the roster turnover was dramatic. By the end of the season, only 11 of the 22 starters from the Super Bowl run two years ago were still in the starting lineup. That's too much change for any organization. This is an offense that threw the ball 620 times in 2005 and only ran 365 times. The Eagles have committed to running the ball more in 2006, but who will carry it? Brian Westbrook is a talented guy, but he is not a workhorse back who is going to give them 25 carries a game. The Eagles also face questions at receiver. With WR Reggie Brown, TE L.J. Smith and Westbrook as the best three options, the Eagles lack a go-to guy. The Eagles do have a big and tough offensive line, and they need to pass protect well, because McNabb will likely become more of a pocket passer in 2006. Defensively, injuries and a lack of depth really tied coordinator Jim Johnson's hands. He is a creative play caller who loves to blitz on nearly every down, but with injuries in the secondary he couldn't put his corners on an island and play man-to-man schemes behind the blitzes. As a result, the Eagles were forced to play a lot of simple zones and lost their element of surprise. The defensive line has good depth and the potential to use a deep rotation, which Johnson loves. The addition of DE Darren Howard and rookie first-round draft pick Brodrick Bunkley, who should be effective in the Eagles' one-gap attack, will be key. This defensive line needs more big plays from DE Jevon Kearse. MLB Jeremiah Trotter is terrific, but does not have a lot of help at OLB. The secondary can be dominant again if the players stay healthy and play more consistently in man-to-man situations. This division is solid and all four teams will likely take turns beating each other. However, if the Eagles are in the hunt late in the season, they will be forced to survive a brutal schedule that has them playing three consecutive division games on the road in December: at Washington, New York and
  13. Here is an objective writeup of the draft, specifically the New York Giants. I thought it was pretty accurate: http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/review/te...yorkgiants.html
  14. Today I talked to the guy who caddied for Strahan. He said Strahan told him he would definitely be retiring in 2 seasons.
  15. haha, this is exactly why i think he's the most overrated player. yes, hes a fantastic special teams performer but he's nowhere near the deciding factor in our games.
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