For a Team as Good as the New York Giants, Only the Bad News Makes Headlines

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 26, 2009

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: The offensive line of the New York Giants waits to take on the defensive line of the Chicago Bears during a pre-season game on August 22, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

For teams as talented as the Giants, the only news that can make headlines is bad news.

It is only natural for the media to try to expose the negatives of something publicly deemed as positive. In the Giants’ case, every injury, every dropped pass, every little failure has been exemplified and magnified to the 10th power.

Blogs, talking heads, pundits and beat reporters are all looking for an angle. It’s a very competitive business.

We realize that we cannot shut our eyes to the fact that the Giants’ corps of young receivers has not distinguished themselves. We are also under no illusions that injuries have not, and will not hurt this team.

That being said, the Giants are still a powerhouse in the NFC. They were 12-4 in 2008 and this year’s roster is definitely deeper.

Their offensive line is still one of the best. Their running attack, tops in the league in 2008, may be better than ever.

They have Eli Manning, who despite his detractors, IS a franchise quarterback. They also have Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Antonio Pierce, Chris Snee, Shaun O'Hara, and Jeff Feagles. All Pro Bowlers.

They have young bucks coming up through the ranks who show enormous promise: Kenny Phillips, Mathias Kiwanuka, Mario Manningham, Clint Sintim, and Bryan Kehl.

They have Kevin Boss.

So, they have a few injuries, big deal. Didn’t they win the Super Bowl without Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey?

Don’t read too much into the negatives, Giant fans. The positives are too great to ignore.