New York Giants

Second Preseason Game Turns into a Giant Disaster for Big Blue

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants watches his team play against the Carolina Panthers during a preseason NFL game on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Matt BertramCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2009

The New York Giants had little time to prepare for tonight's preseason week two matchup against the Chicago Bears, but their dismal 17-3 loss has filled Giants nation with concern.

It seemed as though the G-Men couldn't do anything right in all three phases of the game: offense, defense, and special teams.  Most alarming however, was the amount of yardage Big Blue's defense surrendered to Jay Cutler and the Bears.  Missed tackles, multiple blown coverages, and overall lethargy was commonplace for the Giants defense tonight.

It was only the second week of preseason, and the team actually had just one day of preparation for the game being that they played last Monday night and still have not yet broken training camp.  I know that the Giants are a much better team than what they showed out on the field tonight though.

What frustrated me throughout the game's entirety, was the lack of passing plays.  There are so many young, unproven wide receivers that the coaching staff needs to judge in the preseason. 

For whatever reason, the plan was to get the running back corps plenty of action.  Brandon Jacobs looked excellent and was one of the few bright spots for the Giants offense.

The Giants had difficulty throwing the ball with the first team offense, but that wasn't even the worst of it.  Starting offensive tackles David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie were frequently being beat on the edge.  Of course, that's a major problem considering that the Giants offense is mostly predicated on the of the success of the O-line.

The entire running back corps consisting of Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Danny Ware played very well overall.  I just wish that they weren't the primary focus in the passing game, essentially robbing opportunities from the young guys who are in desperate need of proving themselves to the coaching staff.

Hakeem Nicks had a nice reception that will help boost his confidence, but he still needs to prove that he isn't the second-coming of Sinorice Moss, or in other words, all hype.

I'm going to give second-year quarterback Andre Woodson a pass in this game even despite his lackluster performance.  His poor passes could largely be attributed to the fact that he simply had no time in the pocket to throw the ball.

He was running for his life the whole game and the offensive line certainly didn't do him any favors.  When he had time however, he looked decent enough, even though his numbers won't show it.

Kicker Lawrence Tynes, the sole owner of the Giants three points tonight, fared a little better than last week.  He barely made a 43 yard field goal, had solid kickoffs, and made a nice tackle to save a touchdown on a kickoff return.  Can you tell I've lowered my expectations for Tynes?

Overall, the Giants looked uninspired.  Quarterback Eli Manning couldn't get anything done for the offense and he appeared to be out of sync with his receivers once again.  Defensive tackle Jay Alford had to leave the game after sustaining a sprain in his knee and starting strong-side linebacker Danny Clark, left with a head injury.  Linebackers Chase Blackburn and Jonathon Goff both had big games defensively.

The bottom line is that the Giants need to work out the kinks and right the ship before they face off against the New York Jets next Saturday.  I have faith that they will do so but if they don't, widespread worry will overtake Giants fans, and with good reason. 

The Giants organization has been a model franchise for decades. Now the team needs to prove it can be the same on the field, this season.

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