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New York Giants Need to Ride 'Backs to Success in 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants in action against the Baltimore Ravens during their game on November 16, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Michael TramontozziContributor IMay 25, 2009

If you are good at something you should continue to do that. Someone isn't going to reach their optimal production level if they are doing something that doesn't suit their style.

In 2009, the New York Giants are built to do one thing—run the ball. Coming off a year in which they ran for over 2,000 yards as a team, the Giants are more built even more to be a dominant running team. 

Before Plaxico Burress left the team prior to the game against Washington in November, the Giants were 11-1 and running through teams each week. Then Burress left and suddenly the team was unable to run productively. Some of it has to deal with the coaching staff perhaps abandoning the run a little too quickly in games. 

But in Week 16 vs. Carolina, the team rushed for over 300 yards when they needed to remind people how good they were at running. However, in the playoff loss to the Eagles, it seemed as if the Giants were more apt to pass into the swirling January winds than run the ball. 

Now though, the Giants do not have Plaxico Burress, and head into the year with Domenik Hixon, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, and Steve Smith as their main receivers, which makes the pleas from fans even more louder: run the ball. 

When you have Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware, and rookie Andre Brown on your roster—not to mention a dominant offensive line with two pro bowlers on it—the name of the game should be to run the ball. And the Giants coaching staff should recognize that, and run a lot.

There is no better way to take pressure off your receivers than to play to the strength of your team. And if the Giants do that—and do it often—they should see a lot of success in 2009. 

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