Redskins Sabotage?

Written by: Peter Furman

Are the Redskins sabotaging their general manager, Scot McCloughan?

The fact is, McCloughan did have a serious drinking problem. He is the son of an outstanding defensive back for the Raiders and was a scout for the Al Davis boys for years. He was and is acknowledged as a top football mind but was out of the game until the then-hapless Redskins called. I have not heard these rumors or seen them anywhere before this as the Redskins have drafted and played significantly better with him as GM.

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Cruz done; McAdoo Stands Pat

Sadly but inevitably, the salsa-strutting Victor Cruz was let go by the Giants. My colleague Peter Furman’s succint take on Victor Cruz:  He was, and is, a star! Victor was, and is, a role model for our kids and the game!

Below is a video about the Giant revelation Victor Cruz.

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Super Bowl Thoughts

Written by: Peter Furman

Here we are just a few days before the Super Bowl after an NFL season we otherwise could easily forget. Yes, It’s the Falcons vs the Patriots. After all the smoke cleared, this is the best the NFL could provide. This game is interesting as the Falcons were the surprise team of the year. I live in Atlanta and watched this team evolve from a defenseless team, which either won on offense or not at all. The interesting part of the process is to observe which team(s) are “peaking” at the right time and how they got there after the season’s end.

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Good Times are here again, but it is up to Eli Manning.

Written by: Motown Blue

Many of us prior to the start of the season had more lofty expectations from the collective talent on the offensive side of the ball. The last 2 seasons Eli and the offense put up some decent to very good offensive numbers, including averaging in the mid to high 20s in points per game over the previous 2 seasons. This year is a woeful 19.4.

Every season there is turnover to the roster with some years being greater than others. The one constant has been the presence of Eli Manning. He is the engine that drives a significant part of the offense. We can discuss how Paul Perkins is utilized, formations, usage of certain packages of plays etc. but the one constant in every year since 2004 is Eli.

This season has not been one of his finest, yet it has not been one of his worst. As a matter of fact since 2007 it has been an average season for him statistically.

Average TD/INT ratio since 2007: 26.5/17.1

Average QB Rating since 2007: 86.02

Average Completion ratio since 2007: 60.93%

2016 TD/INT ratio: 26/16

2016 QB Rating: 86.2

2016 Completion ratio: 63%

We have seen how teams have utilized 2 high safeties to take away the deep ball and force the Giants to rely on short to intermediate. These numbers are pretty revealing as when he throws it over 21 yards he has amassed 13 of his 16 interceptions. But in addition to the coverage this can also be attributed to the shaky OL protection and poor decision making by Eli as a result.

The numbers that are most concerning are the number of interceptions he has thrown in the 4th quarter. He has thrown 9 of his 16 interceptions in the 4th quarter alone. That trend will not win many games in the playoffs.

Historically, December has been one of his worst months statistically. Since 2007 he has had a negative or even TD/INT ratio. In 6 of 10 seasons he has had a completion percentage below 60%. But a December stat that is eerily similar to 2 of the years they made into the playoffs is as follows:

2007 2011 2016

TD/INT ratio: 7/5 6/6 6/6

QB Rating: 71.2 76.5 76.1

Completion %: 50.6% 53.2% 62.7%

If the Giants are going anywhere in the playoffs it starts with the play of Eli. Many have specifically pointed out that they are not believers in the Giants specifically attributing this to their QB play. They are ignoring his career numbers. Let’s hope that we start seeing the January Eli of 2007 and 2011 season this coming Sunday.

Other note:

Pete in his recent post brought up a very good fact about the offense that you have to question. The Giants are using an offense that they are so good at stopping. Back in 2000 John Fox the DC and Sean Payton each week would meet over dinner. They would scout their opposing units and specifically address how they would game plan. We would love to see McAdoo and Spags do the same.

It is the Defense, Stupid!

Written by: Peter Furman

The Giants are in the playoffs!

Last Thursday, the Giants lost to the Eagles. I want to elaborate more about the Giants defense.

It’s Spags again and this is why! We mentioned that the short passing game
has replaced a solid run game for the past few years. The fact is no less
game changing than the Tampa Two defense was for a few years and other schemes on
offense and defense which have changed the way the game is played. There are
few great coaches and fewer great coordinators who have the genius to change
the game, the way it is played and even fewer who can move up to head coach
and succeed .Spags was a bust his first try as a head coach but as a
defensive coordinator with the Giants twice he has demonstrated that he is
at worst a very good D.C.  and at best one of the greats.

It was apparent that the Giants went for defense in free agency and mostly
in the draft. Even the best coordinator must have the horses to dominate.
The Giants got Spags some horses and he did the rest. The Giants went from
one of the 4 worst defenses in the N.F,L. to a Super Bowl contender based
solely on their defense and how Spags adapted the Giants defense to negate,
eliminate the short passing game better than anyone else. The Giants have an
excellent D.L. We think that at least two on the Giant defense (Harrison and Hankins) should have
been named  Pro Bowl players.These guys shut
down the opponents run game while a better than expected
performance by the linebackers aided and abetted the effort and were an
important part of why the Giants shut down most everyone.

As we mentioned the 5-10 yard pass is used by every team to move the ball.
The running game throughout the league has devolved into a tool rarely used
these days. I submit that Stafford mentioned by some as an M.V.P, candidate
has made his name on the 5-10 yard pass. Detroit has No running game as seen
against the Giants. So Spags is the ONLY D.C. who has built a defense to
shut down the short pass as witnessed by the tackling stats of the defensive backs
which are immense. Spags uses his defensive backs as much as he used the D.L. to win the
Super Bowl as they pressure, play the short pass like a blanket which is why
the Giants are playoff bound.

Let us point out the teams that beat the Giants like the
Steelers, Skins, and Packers did it with the long ball, the way to beat the Giants if
you have a q.b. who can throw it accurately and wide receivers who can get
open and catch the rock. The Eagles, their D.C. Schwartz out Gianted the
Giants as the Eagles came out used a version of Spags defense against Blue
which resulted in two quick scores and won them the game.

We are surprised that few have figured out what Spags is doing which with
a bad running game, a bad passing game, deep coverage issues and whose
strength is the defense against the short pass and the run is why the Giants
are 10-5 along with the mediocrity of today’s N.F.L. By the way, the Giants
have been using the same offense they are so good at stopping yet few have
used a similar defense to neutralize teams.

Spags is the Giants game changer and we are playoff bound

 

 

Eagles 24 NYG 19

Written by: Glenn Warciski and Peter Furman

No early Christmas gift.  With a loss to the Eagles, the Giants did NOT clinch a playoff berth.  In a sloppy and pathetic Thursday Night Football poopfest, the Giants offense still cannot put significant points on the board.  They could only score 19 points versus a struggling 5-8 Eagles team.  Thanks to the Giants offense, the Eagles get a win and the Giants find themselves still looking for answers.  When will this offense wake up?  Will they every score more than 28 points in a game?  Why did Ben McAdoo have a lackluster Eli Manning throw the ball 63 times?   As we have stated here, the Giants running game has been showing slow improvement.  Case in point last night, the Giants were able to gain 114 yards on the ground, however, they still lost the game.  After 15 games, this Giants offense is averaging 17.5 points per game.  So, what do we think is going on?

 

First, Eli Manning is having a horrendous season.  For a veteran quarterback to throw THREE interceptions, this is inexcusable.  One of his interceptions was a pick 6.  So before you can grab refreshment, the Giants were losing 14-0.  As a matter of fact, this is what happened when both teams met earlier this year.  Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw 2 interceptions on consecutive possessions and as a result the Giants took an early 14 to zero lead.  For the entire season with the exception of the Eagles game played at MetLife Stadium, the Giants have been slow starters.  Their defense and the punting of Brad Wing have kept them in ball games.  The only bright spot on the offense is OBJ.   At 10-5 are they a good team?  Well, we believe there are NO good teams in the NFL.  Quite frankly, each week it has become a war of attrition.   Unlike previous seasons, the NFL has become a cesspool of low quality football.  Speaking of the low quality, the Giants had a total of 88 plays and 470 yards of offense, one would believe they would have won this game easily.  This was far from the case.  What happened to the Giants on offense?  Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz took a page out of Steve Spagnuolo’s play book.  In today’s NFL, most pass attempts are short passes between five and 10 yards.  Schwartz did what Spagnuolo has been doing which is flooding the short zones.  If you take away, the short passing game, then you challenge an offense to take deep shots more often.   Because the Giants offensive line has difficulty pass protecting, Eli does not have the luxury of taking deep drops.  In this offense, Eli has to get rid of the ball quickly to avoid being crushed by opposing defenders.  This scheme McAdoo implemented two years ago has worked up until now.  Teams have figured out how to defend the Giants offense.  A major factor contributing to the Giants demise on offense is Ben McAdoo.  On the day of his hiring, Pete thought McAdoo was not ready to become a head coach.  Besides still being in charge of the offense, he has so many other responsibilities.  Pete thought McAdoo would be overwhelmed and the offense would suffer.  Indeed, Pete was correct.   We have to mention the Walkie-Talkie gate.  During the Dallas game, unbelievably, McAdoo began using Walkie-Talkie radio to communicate with Eli Manning.  As a result of his stupidity, the Giants and McAdoo were fined.  In addition, the Giants fourth round draft pick will be the last of the round.

The clock is ticking.  McAdoo has one more game left to figure out how to fix his broken offense.  As mentioned, the good part is the running game is improving.  We need McAdoo to get the ship going in the right direction.

 

Other Observations:

 

Giants Defense:  Although the Giants did NOT accumulate any sacks in this game.  They held the Eagles to 3 points in the second half.  Takeaway the two big plays: the 25 yard run by Sproles and the 40 yard TD to Agholor, the defense gave the offense a chance to win this game.  Keep in mind, Giants DB Janoris Jenkins did not play.  Despite having Jenkins out, the Giants allowed a long pass for a touchdown.  If there is a chink in the Giants defense’s armor, it is the secondary on deep throws.  You saw it on Thursday Night and during times this season.

 

Trevin Wade- This guy played an outstanding game.  He prevented two touchdowns and recovered Dwayne Harris’ fumble.  He was our Giants player of the game.  To point out our theory on the Giants weakness on deep passes:  on the Eagles last possession, with 1:42 left in the game, the Eagles had a 3rd and 5 on their 42 yard line.  The play was a deep pass to Jordan Matthews.  At the last moment, Wade swats the ball away.  This play reinforces our belief opposing teams know how to attack the Giants defense.  Throw deep.  Again, the defense gave the offense a chance to win this game.

 

Penalties.  We do not like to get on the officials.  However, there were some borderline calls which went against the Giants.  Giants DB Eli Apple slowing down so he does not tackle Eagles QB Carson Wentz as he was going to the ground.  But the official threw a flag for roughing.  Giants DE Olivier Vernon was called for roughing the passer when Wentz was out of the tackle box and threw the ball away with no receiver in sight.  Instead of an intentional grounding call, Vernon was the culprit.

 

Paul Perkins- He is emerging as the Giants feature back. 15 carries 68 yards. We hope McAdoo utilizes him more against the Redskins.  With Vereen out for the year, we would like Perkins to get more touches running and in the passing game.  He had one catch for 9 yards against the Eagles.

 

Brad Wing- He had another punt inside an opponent’s 20 yard line.  He has 20 punts inside an opponent’s 20 yard line.  He leads the NFL.  We believe Wing is All-Pro.

 

Playoffs- the Giants can make the playoffs today.  If one of these teams loses today: Green Bay, Tampa Bay, or Atlanta, the Giants make the tournament.  It will be the first time in the playoffs since 2011.  Let us hope we get a Christmas present today.