The "Plax Effect" Is Back, but Not in a Good Way

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IApril 29, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants kneels after catching a 13-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The "Plax Effect" can be described as the ability of a wide receiver to constantly draw double coverage from opposing defenses.

While playing for the Giants, Plaxico Burress created such a presence in the field with his great size (6'5") and incredibly deceptive speed that teams began to scheme separate gameplans just in an attempt to stop him.

Drawing consistent double-teams gives your offense a great advantage not only because other receivers will always be going against single coverage but also because it prevents defenses from stuffing the run with eight men in the box.

Of course, a team could always choose to not double a receiver like Burress, in which case the man will just use size and speed to present a great vertical target.

With Plax, the Giants' offense worked beautifully. Too bad Burress was stupid enough to shoot himself in the thigh with an unregistered gun, and you all know the result of his incident.

But moving on to today.

Plaxico is gone and the G-Men had a great draft, but all I can hear is that the team didn't do the right thing by not trading for a big-time wideout that would have the same effect Burress did.

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It's like a curse has hit all Giants fans.

As you all should know, there are only three or four guys (if that many) who possess the traits to draw attention from two defenders on every play, oand of course, they are not available for trade because their teams are not stupid enough to let them go.

Giants GM Jerry Reese obviously knows what's up, so he did what was best for the Big Blue.

He didn't trade for a guy who would demand a huge salary, even though that would probably help the team. He didn't see such unique set of skills that would justify a trade, so he went the traditional, safer, and cheaper way.

But if this is like any other curse, the thought that we need to trade for someone will stay stuck in the heads of each and every pundit out there.

The expression "Plax Effect" suddenly has a whole new meaning.


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