What's that offensive smell emanating from the Meadowlands? No, it's not the swamp. That smells good compared to the one I'm talking about. Oh yeah, it's the Giant coaching staff!
For years I have watched this team play; win; lose and even tie but I have never been as disappointed with the overall play as I am now. With the talent I see on the roster I should at the very least see close games that keep my interest or excitement past the 3 minute point of the first quarter!
Some of the things this team has done through the years have made no sense but still they do them. For example if a running back has a huge gain he will get the ball on the next play. Perhaps 70 years ago giving the ball to the same runner 2 times in a row fooled the opposition BUT IT HASN'T SINCE!
Trick plays are good when they are executed well but a straight forward running play up the middle when you're down by 23 points with 5 minutes left in the game will not fool the opponent. Well it may fool them because they think you're a professional team but it sure won't scare them! And you surely will not win.
And speaking of trick plays when was the last time we saw a half-back option pass?
When a team such as Arizona who plays the run as well as anyone stuffs the run an option pass - EVEN AN INCOMPLETE ONE - could stop 1 or 2 of the 11 men in on the tackle. Maybe the next runner will gain a few yards with a mere head and shoulder fake as he turns the corner.
And the wide receiver screen stinks - It worked in preseason and not once since. Why call it 2 or 3 times a game?
And can we PUH-Lease get a play called in time so Eli doesn't have to snap the ball just before a delay penalty? How about a no huddle offense once a game just for old time's sake?
Either coach Gilbride is going through a period of senility or he in fact lacks the imagination of a tree toad. Either way he needs a slap upside his head to wake him up.
I'm not even going to talk about the defense since they have their share of injuries but if the remaining healthy professionals don't MAN up then MANning will be getting plenty more time on offense with which to show off coach Gilbride's unimaginative play calling.
And Mr. Feagles - Hello? Is that you?
Finally there is coach Coughlin who can rest on the Gatorade soaking of Super Bowl XLII only so long before harsh reality sets in. Where is the urgency? Where is the adrenaline? Where is the leadership we saw in the 2007 - 2008 season?