Preseason Begins: Focus on Football

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Back to School.  Back to Football.

The New York Football Giants begin their preseason vs the New York Jets on Thursday night.   Finally, we can focus on football.  Needless to say, this has been a tumultuous off season for the Giants.   As of the writing of this post,  WFAN’s Mike Francesa will not broadcast from Giants camp.   This is unprecedented.  Francesa, a staunch Giants supporter, appears to be marginalized by the Giants.  This is as a result of his sharp criticism of the team.  Francesa claims embattled Giants GM David Gettleman refused to do an interview with him.  Continue reading

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The Giants & Analytics

analyticsWritten by: Glenn Warciski and Paul Burke

The analytics community put the spotlight on the New York Football Giants in April 2018.  After selecting Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick,  Giants GM Dave Gettleman defended his decision about selecting Barkley,  “We all had such a conviction on this kid that at the end of the day … the only reason that pick wasn’t in at 9:58 was because we had to wait until the five-minute mark,” Gettleman said. “Otherwise it would have been in.”  Gettleman goes further by stating;  that he did not have any interest in trading out of the No. 2 pick, something he tried to make clear before the draft. “People call you and they want the second pick of the draft for a bag of donuts, a hot pretzel and a hot dog,” Gettleman explained during his press conference. “Leave me alone. I don’t have time to screw around.”  Acid breath was not finished.

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Giants 2019 Draft

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Round 1 • Pick 6 (6) • QB Daniel Jones
Round 1 • Pick 17 (17) • DT Dexter Lawrence
Round 1 • Pick 30 (30) • CB Deandre Baker
Round 3 • Pick 32 (95) • OLB Oshane Ximines
Round 4 • Pick 6 (108) • CB Julian Love
Round 5 • Pick 5 (143) • LB Ryan Connelly
Round 5 • Pick 33 (171) • WR Darius Slayton
Round 6 • Pick 7 (180) • CB Corey Ballentine
Round 7 • Pick 18 (232) • OT George Asafo-Adjei
Round 7 • Pick 31 (245) • DT Chris Slayton

I am not going to grade their draft because I think it is a senseless exercise.  What I found interesting, besides the Daniel Jones selection, is the stockpiling of defensive backs.  Baker, Love, and Ballentine will add much needed depth to a depleted secondary.  Why did they obtain defensive backs and only a situational pass rusher? Continue reading

Greatest Reach in Giants History-Daniel Jones is a Giant

Written by: Paul Burke

Before getting into the titanic stupidity let’s start with the gaudiness of what the NFL draft has become.  I know I am old but I do recall the draft being held at the NYC Sheraton Hotel in a large conference room and then Ballroom.  A bunch of tables name cards and phones that was it.  It has evolved into the most ridiculous spectacle scripted from the Oscar Awards.  Red carpet look at me dressed for prom night.  Suzy Kolber in her glitzy black formal dress.  All we are missing is Access Hollywood on NFL Network today commenting on the fashion from last night.  Seriously!  It’s nauseating!  But heck it is a business.  The NFL deliberately has the draft as late as possible after the conclusion of the season.  The nonsense of mock drafts and draft gurus to comment ad nauseam builds up the hype while getting plenty of NFL air- time for the addicted fan.  We all know the mock drafts fail to predict correctly 99% of the time but the fan base still eats it up. Continue reading

Daniel Jones-Nashville Nightmare

Written by: Glenn Warciski

Dave Gettleman- You cannot be Serious!

When the pick was announced, QB Daniel Jones from Duke, my first thought was You Cannot Be Serious.

I kept thinking of eminent tennis player John McEnroe at Wimbledon disputing a call which went against him. And I cannot get it out of my head. Gettleman. You Cannot be Serious! After another disappointing season, ( Giants finished 5-11) Giants GM Dave Gettleman claimed the defense was the culprit for the Giants shortcomings. So with the 2019 NFL Draft loaded with defensive players, conventional wisdom would be the Giants selecting a pass rusher to help the much maligned unit. No not this moronic team. Defying logic and reason, Gettleman pulls the trigger on a guy who is comparable to Jimmy Clausen per NFL Draft Consultant Matt Richner. Continue reading

Studs, Duds, and Buds

by Andy Furman

UltimateNYG.com

I hung up my blogging cleats in December 2018 after a 12 year run because of many factors. I love the Giants. But after warning of so many problems in the franchise for so many years (along with friend and previous blogger cohort Glenn Warciski), it just became too much of a ball and chain. It was bad enough watching games which were pure torture, but then regurgitating the misery in a recap too?! Enough was enough.

So you would be fair to ask, what am I doing blogging again? Well, call this a strobe light flashing. I love the draft. Hope springs eternal. Watching the draft with verified insight is much better than stumbling around making wild guesses about the future success of so many prospects. My analyst (Wonder) has been proven to be better than the GMs, so I like to get his views. Sharing them is not lot like recounting yet another loss to the Eagles. There is hope we can draft good players. Last year, as an example, Wonder eyed Will Hernandez well before the Draft, and specifically said this was one time the Giants masses would be correct to want this guy (at 2.34). When the pick came in and the Giants took this guy, it was Christmas in April. It is great to have that kind of clarity.

Wonder is also wrong. He missed on Flowers and Mahomes. But anyone who is any good will tell you they are not perfect. He loved a Strong Safety who no one heard of named Kam Chancellor, ranking him 55th overall when he was taken 133rd by Seattle. 5th round! Think about that when we talk about value. THE DRAFT IS ALL ABOUT VALUE. Anyone can select a good player in Round 1. It’s about getting more than 2 starters per year out of your draft. This year, with multiple Round 1 picks and 12 total selections coming, Gettleman needs hopefully 4 if not more to hit. We’ve got some guys here that provide an answer…. Continue reading

First Look At Giants First Round.

Written by: Glenn Warciski

The Giants have the 6th and 17th picks in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. What do they plan on doing? Will it be grabbing two guys to bolster the maligned defense? Will they obtain Hog Mollies to bolster the offensive line?

I asked MMQB’s https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/04/russell-wilson-seahawks-contract-negotiationAlbert Breer the following question:

From Glenn Warciski (@NYGunderground): A lot of talk about @giants going defense with one or both of their first round picks. What about offensive line? Do you know who they like? Need another tackle. Continue reading

Giants Spin!

Written by: Glenn Warciski

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During the owners meeting last week, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch elaborated on the teams decision making. Furthermore, embattled GM Dave Gettleman came out of the woodwork with an appearance on GMF on NFL Network. And even superstar RB Saquon Barkley chimed in about the firestorm of criticism the team has received from media, bloggers, and fans. Without question, the Giants are doing their best to control the narrative.

But is it working?

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