New York Giants

Is it Time for Giants Fans to Panic?

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 20:  Defensive end Osi Umenyiora #72 of the New York Giants sits on the turf during the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer ISeptember 1, 2009

With Plaxico Burress gone from the team and the Antonio Pierce situation cleared up, the Giants were supposed to have a smooth, stress-free summer. They’d work in their new receivers, tune up for the season, and beat Washington on September 13.

But injuries are piling up, their receivers can’t catch the ball, Osi Umenyiora stormed out of the team’s training facility yesterday (but did storm right back in) and their defense isn’t stopping anybody in the preseason.

Some fans out there seem to be panicking already. Just last night I had an argument with an obnoxious Giants fan (okay, it was me) who is ready to push the panic button.

“Steve Smith dropped a sure 91-yard touchdown pass on Saturday,” he wildly exclaimed. “Domenik Hixon had a pass slip right through his hands, which led to an interception. Ramses Barden was invisible. Hakeem Nicks has only done well against third-string defenses. The bad passing game will affect the great running game. I’m panicking!”

It’s only preseason, my friend. Were Nicks and Barden supposed to look like polished, seasoned veterans in the first three preseason games of their career?

Eli Manning has to get used to the speed of all his receivers. Everyone on this year’s team is faster than both Burress and Amani Toomer. The chemistry won’t happen overnight.

Smith’s not going to drop every pass thrown to him. He’s proven to be reliable. The receivers will be a work in progress all season.

Remember: It’s only preseason.

“But what about all the injuries? The depth is gone! I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna run for my life!”

Calm down, man, the players are already starting to come back. Chris Snee and Rich Seubert were back on the field against the Jets. Michael Boley and Antonio Pierce are back practicing again. Say it with me: It’s only preseason.

“Umenyiora left practice yesterday! He doesn’t like the new defensive coordinator! It’s a distraction! He’s a troublemaker! Aaahhh!”

Okay, now you’re just crazy. Osi already came back and apologized. He’ll get fined, and everyone will move on. It’s already over. And it’s only preseason.

“The D doesn’t look dominating! They’ve given up 61 points in three games! Why aren’t they in midseason form?!”

You’re obviously unstable. Repeat after me: It’s only preseason. It’s only preseason. It’s only preseason.

Is it time to panic? Of course not. We’ll have plenty of time for that right after the first game.

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