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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:08 am    Post subject:  With the New York Giants back to work today
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, here are a couple of quick thoughts about the second half of the season.Moving on from Eli Whether you still believe Eli Manning can play at a functional level or not, it is apparent that at some point soon the Giants have to begin the process of moving on. The San Francisco 49ers, the Giants’ opponent next week on Monday Night Football, provide an example of why. The 49ers, like the Giants, are a bad football team. They are 2-7 with no hope of making the playoffs. Yet, there seems to be optimism around the 49ers. Part of that might be because the long-term future with Jimmy Garappolo, currently out for the season, is brighter. Part because of what Nick Mullens did last Thursday in his NFL debut, leading a 34-2 rout of the Oakland Raiders. Pat might be because it’s obvious the 49ers seem to have a path and a plan for a better future.That, honestly, is the best argument for moving on from Manning. The air around the Giants is stale. The narratives are all negative. They are about the mistakes of the past. The mistakes of the present. We keep having the same conversations over and over.No one knows if rookie Kyle Lauletta is the long-term answer. He might be the next Nathan Peterman, the hapless Buffalo Bills second-year quarterback. He might, in a best-case scenario, be Case Keenum. He’s probably not the future. I wrote when the season began that if the 2018 Giants weren’t good, if they didn’t make the playoffs, they really couldn’t go forward with Manning beyond this year. That, sadly and obviously, is where things are.The Giants have to start pointing to the future. Getting Lauletta some snaps eventually is the beginning of that future. His presence in the lineup, whenever it happens, at least changes the conversation. It freshens the air. Right now, this going nowhere Giants organization needs that.A word about the Nate Solder signingBoth Dan and Chris were critical on Monday of the Giants’ free-agent signing of left tackle Nate Solder [Dan here | Chris here]. I have said this a number of times, but what choice did the Giants really have other than keeping Ereck Flowers at left tackle? I’m sure that would have gone over well with the fan base.Solder was an overpay at $62 million ($34.8 million guaranteed) for four years. That much was obvious the second the news Solder would be a Giant was reported. If you think the Giants don’t know they are overpaying for Solder, then you just don’t understand the business of free agency. When you have no real choice but to dip into the market and play in the deep end of the pool, you pay premium — often exorbitant — prices. That is what happened here.Odds are
, if Solder wasn’t playing left tackle for the Giants then Flowers still would be. The Giants needed to make sure that didn’t happen.The Giants’ other options in the free agent market? Donald Stephenson, Sam Young, Chris Clark, Greg Robinson. Want any of those guys? Didn’t think so.In the draft, maybe they could have taken Brian O’Neill, who went 62nd to the Vikings and is now starting, in Round 2. Is anyone complaining about Will Hernandez, though? In Round 3, they could have taken Orlando Brown to play right tackle, but would have had to pass on B.J. Hill. Again, who’s complaining?Dan offered the idea of trading for Trent Brown. In retrospect, nice idea. Other than the New England Patriots, though, I doubt many teams believed Brown could be a top-tier left tackle. Credit the Patriots for that one. It’s why they are what they are.I guess my point is this. I know what Solder is. I’ve said many times he’s probably a B or B+ player with an A+ contract. I just don’t know what else anyone wanted the Giants to do, aside from stick with the status quo.Get out and vote todayWe are not going to have a political discussion, but I need to remind you that if you haven’t voted today please get out and do that. No matter which side you’re on. Take part in the process.Podcast stuffPlease remember to check out our podcasts at Big Blue View Radio. You now have two shows, one hosted by yours truly and one co-hosted by Dan and Chris, to choose from.You can find and subscribe to Big Blue View Radio on the show’s home page. You can also find the shows on our Big Blue View Radio Hub Page.You can also find us on all your favorite podcast apps:Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Stitcher | RSSGiants 27, Texans 22: 7 things we learned in the Giants’ first victory The New York Giants came away with their first victory of the 2018 season on Sunday, beating the Houston Texans 27-22 in a game in which they were 6-point underdogs. It wasn’t a pretty win, by any means, and the Giants very nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they allowed the Texans back in the game in the second half.They say that you learn more from failure than from success, but we learned plenty from the Giants’ first win.The Giants have given up on Ereck Flowers Okay, that more or less implies that they ever had any faith in Flowers to begin with. If we’re being honest with ourselves — and we are — Flowers’ days with the Giants were numbered anyway. Unless he stepped in at right tackle, completely reworked his game from the ground up
, and somehow did in four months of playing right tackle what he hadn’t done in six years at left tackle for Miami and the Giants, he wasn’t going to be a Giant in 2019. To Flowers’ credit, he did make some improvement at right tackle between Week 1 and Week 2, but that apparently wasn’t enough. Saquon Barkley is #goodSaquon Barkley left the field in the first drive, only to come back and score a touchdown on a 15-yard run. He ended up with 17 carries for 82 yards.But even more than his big runs, Barkley’s physicality and balance through contact on his short runs was impressive. In between runs which went for chunk yardage, Barkley had runs where he was met at the line of scrimmage only to jump cut and spin out of an attempted tackle. Those plays might only have gone for a couple yards, but they might have been more impressive than the long runs. Of course, it should also be impressive that Barkley topped 100 total yards of total offense for the third straight week, racking up 117 yards and a touchdown.Kerry Wynn’s calendar read “August”Defensive lineman Kerry Wynn’s domination throughout training camp and preseason became legendary over the summer — to the point where Giants fans joked that the team took him off the field to give the other team a chance to evaluate their offense.After a pair of quiet weeks to open the season, Wynn turned the clock back to August against the Texans. The former UDFA out of Richmond was in on seemingly every play in the first half, and forced a fumble to derail a promising drive by the Texans and get the ball back to the offense in the second half. He also helped create Mario Edwards Jr’s sack as well as batting down a pass near the end of the game. The Giants’ entire defensive line played very well this game, with B.J. Hill getting the first sack of his NFL career, but Wynn is probably the defensive player of the game for the Giants.The Texans have a suspect offensive line, but Wynn stepped up in a big way as Olivier Vernon still tries to work his way back from the high ankle sprain he suffered in preseason.Eli Manning can still spin itThe offensive line wasn’t improved by replacing Flowers with Wheeler — the backup gave up three sacks to J.J. Watt, who entered the game without one in the first two games. Manning was sacked four times, but remained on target both in the pocket and on the move, consistently putting the ball in his receivers hands and giving them opportunities for yards after the catch. The Giants’ showed much more of a willingness to attack down the field than in last week’s horizontal game plan, and the result was plain to see. Manning has consistently thrived when given vertical options in his passing attack, and hopefully Shurmur and Shula will keep them in there.This was the Manning in whom Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur expressed their belief, and the Giants need him to stick around for a few months if they want to claw out of the hole they dug for themselves in the first two weeks of the season.Also of note, Eli completed an incredible 25-of-29 passes, for 297 yards and 2 touchdowns. That last number put Eli at seventh all time in passing touchdowns, tying former Giant Fran Tarkenton.The Giants still can’t defend running quarterbacksThe Giants spoke about the need to improve their defense of the read option in the week before Sunday’s game. It turned out that it wasn’t in Houston’s game-plan for the day, but the Giants were still gashed on the ground by DeShaun Watson. Four the third week in a row the Giants gave up more than 40 yards on the ground to the quarterback
, with Watson scrambling for 53 (36 counting the yards lost to sacks). This time it wasn’t deception which hurt the Giants, but rather breakdowns in lane discipline on rushes and failure to keep contain on the athletic Watson.While dealing with the New Orleans Saints’ offense in week 4 will come with a whole host of problems, at least having to worry about the 39 year old Brees racking up rushing yards is not among them.This team has talentMaybe it was looking like a JV squad against the division-rival Cowboys that finally woke the team up. Maybe the offense and defense are finally starting to find their groove in their new schemes and get used to all the new faces on the roster. Whatever it is, the Giants finally seemed to click on both offense and defense, and the results were impressive. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson are a force up front, while Janoris Jenkins has largely returned to form as a cover corner. B.J. Hill began to assert himself in the final quarter of the game, Lorenzo Carter showed off his athleticism and is coming ever closer to being an impact player. The Texans’ defense had no answers for Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley. When Evan Engram went down, Rhett Ellison picked up the slack and the offense kept rolling.The offensive line and defensive secondary are still problems which will need to be addressed ASAP. But against a talented Texans team which is far better than their 0-3 record suggest, the Giants showed that they can not only win games, but dominate them. There are still wrinkles to be ironed out on both sides of the ball, and the defense is still without Vernon and Apple, but the Giants have finally shown us something to feel good about.The BBV staff sucks at picking games Last week we were solidly in the Giants corner, only to see them run off the field by the Dallas Cowboys. This week not a one of us had any faith in the G-Men to mount any kind of an offense in the face of Houston’s defense, or slow down DeShaun Watson with Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple on the trainers’ tables. We were wrong. So terribly, wonderfully, wrong. The Texans still got plenty of pressure on Eli Manning, but he turned the clock back to 2011 and stood tall in the face of Houston’s pass rush and was surgical with the football. The defense stepped up, generating a pass rush and suffocating the Texans’ league-leading run game. The Giants gave up 59 total yards on the ground and just 23 yards to the Texans’ running backs. Nearly 100 yards fewer than Houston’s average coming in to the week.I gladly eat my crow today, and this is one time I am happy to be wrong.
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