The Rock, Obama, and the New York Giants Offensive Line
Have you ever noticed that Barack Obama and former WWF superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sound alike?
While Obama is wrestling with his many naysayers, trying to bring a health care reform bill that will ultimately benefit more than less, the Giants Offensive Line looks ready to put Brandon Jacobs on smash, threatening many defender's health with straight-handoff-up-the-gut-no-chaser football.
"Can you smell what the (insert 'Giants' instead of 'Rock') are cooking," is the call that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and his run-first mentality seem to be serving hot to all comers this year.
The first pre-season game saw Brandon Jacobs left, Brandon Jacobs right, and a whole lot of Carolina Panthers getting their bells rung.
In week 2, the Bears did a good job overall against the still-evolving passing game, however, Jacobs opened up the game running well, putting All-Pro Brian Urlacher on his back with a run that will have NFL defenders sitting up and taking notice.
Jacobs should be extremely happy. He has an offensive line that many in the NFL says is currently the best unit in football. Now in their fourth year together, the line, led by center Sean O'Hara and super-tough guards Chris Snee and Rich Suebert, get tougher as the game wears on and the ball gets handed off.
Tackles Kareem McKinzie and David Diehl are solid, though there are whispers that both players are vulnerable when they drop back into pass protect mode.
All this talk of slippage, however, can be neutralized if Jacobs steps into his role and begins to rumble through defenses on a regular basis and if the line remains injury-free.
Beyond the starting five, there is inexperienced talent, and the Giants' season could well get derailed if their line is plagued by injuries.
New York led the league in rushing yards last year, and with Jacobs ready to prove that he can last a whole season as the featured back, the Giants offensive line must be pleased with the emphasis on the run seen in pre-season so far.
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