Good Afternoon to my diehard Giant Brethren. I have decided to pen my 53 years of bleeding blue, and my analysis of the upcoming draft and season. I respect all differing opinions, that are from the spirit of we all want another Ring, and you think you have a better plan.
Iím not well known here, but a day does not go by, that I am not reading BBI. So please cut me some slack. I am in my early 60ís, and my 6 year old Prostate Cancer, has now spread to my bones, and Liver. If you disagree, just donít accuse me of tĒhat Cancer must have spread to your BrainĒ.
I grew up idolizing Frank Gifford and Del Shofner. and could name the whole team from Greg Larson to Spider Lockhart. I lived through the Giants with the #1 Pick in 1965, picking Tucker Fredrickson, and the Bears following with Gale Sayers. Through two winning season from 64-78, and zero playoff appearances. Phil came in 79 and LT changed our world in 81. I moved to Orlando in 83, Tampaís TV territory, and had to drive to the closest bar with a 30 foot dish, 12 or so weeks a year to keep my record intact of not missing a game. I know Iím bringing back memories to some of the older fans here. Thank God for the NFL ticket. Of recent, my South American born wife will miss our ďNorma JeanĒ it was too short, but time, Victor, who taught me how to jump off my couch into a 3 second Salsa.
I would like to thank some of the many people here who provide us with well thought out and researched analysis but I did that once years ago and some assholes accused me of being a ghost writer for someone elseís post. Hell with it, never mind, I know Iíll miss some, but thanks to those I agree and disagree with, Eric, Gidefor, Adamg, Klaatu, Torrag, Marvic, Big Blue 56, Milton, Defenderdawg, and Big Rick in FL. And others I apologize for my omission. I will thank Syí56, & Colin, Dave ďwelcome backĒ Te, by for quoting them. I know we all look forward to their April posts.
I look at our roster and have pretty much decided what I believe we need to address the most to get another ring. This is what I hear and believe. However, not the most pressing.
We canít Nascar without another quality rusher. AGREED!
ďWe need another Corner, in case something happens to DRC, Jenkins, & Apple.Ē AGREED!
Itís hard to say when you lose a playoff game in Green Bay 38-13 that you almost won. But what early event cost us staying close? Flip a coin. Early drops by the boat guys, or DRC going down in the first qtr. Either way I get the argument for a CB in a rich draft, but like Colin, we have too many glaring needs to go early on a 4th CB.
THIS TO ME IS PROBLEM #1
Rushing Offense 29th
Rushing TDís - 6, LAST, Ö.. Longest run, 25 yards - LAST
We canít make a 3rd & 1.
We canít run out the clock.
Eli canít play action, because nobody respects our running game.
This morning Dave Te pretty much took away my last feelings of hope we would draft Cook, if he was there. Many here feel there is not a 1st rd OL, worthy of pick 23.
I am not done building my dream list, but I miss having a RB that can take it to the house. On the same subject I could argue our top 6 OLís are Richburg & 5 guys that should be playing Guard.
This above has to be addressed.
Our Defense was 2nd to 10th depending on what stats you look at. The Defense lost Hankins. The offense replaced Newhouse with Fluker, and added, Ellison and Marshall.
Thatís not enough.
I just witnessed Eliís worse season in years. I saw him improve in one area. And that was throwing the ball at the feet of the RB, who missed his block, didnít get separation from a LB, or was the check down, because the OL looked like it was betting on the opposition, and he had to prevent 2nd & 7, from becoming 3rd & 13. Eliís greatest strength is between the ears. Thatís useless with no time to decipher the D.
I definitely donít want to address WR or QB early. We have to upgrade this Offensive Line and RB.
I like Perkins. He showed me the vision, quick instincts / feet, to do that little jump cut into a crease to the left or right, when the whole wasnít there. That was promising. Unlike Jennings, who just ran straight into Jerryís or Ritchburgís ass for a 2 yard loss, because that was the play called. I donít necessarily want a bruiser. If he mirrors Perkins skill set, preferably, with more top end speed, Iíll take it. For example I look at Matt Ryan, and Atlanta. 6 - 10 to NFC Champ. Yeah, the D improved. But Mack at center, solidified that line, and whether it was Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman, the play selection was not tipped off by the personnel. And Julio (ala OBJ), had his greatest season.
IĒm giving JR a pass in the 1st two rounds. For all his failures to hit late he has not struck out often here, and I donít think heíll reach. My hope is the way the draft unfolds Jerry goes RB in one, and OL in two, in either order. Itís all about BPA and Tiers, of course.
1st rd. Best of Bolles, Ramcyk, Cam Robinson, Lamp - As we all know Reeseís terrible track record picking an offensive linemen, after the first 2 rounds. I could see him saying at 23, ďnow or neverĒ.
2nd rd. Hunt, Perrine, or Foreman, Best RB
3rd, 4th 5th Rd. - Defensive experts please take-over for me here, and have at it. Edge Rusher, Hankins replacement, 4th corner, coverage LB, Dorian Thompson competition I think Goodson at minimum replaces Shepard for early downs in the middle.
6th Rd. - My Sentimental Pick. Playing the Cancer Card here for my Cancer little brother, James Conner. I graduated from Pitt iní76, one year before Tony Dorsett. Watched him live for 3 years. Then suffered through the agony of a Star on his helmet, and him beating us for 10 years. Then LeSean McCoy breaks Tonyís records, and goes to the Eagles. If I get my all purpose back early, Iíll double up at RB, with a bruiser, who can catch, and may be the best Pass Pro back in the draft. I donít think youíll beat me up with this value in the 6th. And say goodbye to Darkwa or Vereen.
7th Rd. Predetermined before the draft
Jerryís torn between, we only need a few more pieces to win one more ring with Eli, and, OMG, I only have Geno Smith, if Eli falls off a cliff.
Days before the draft: Uncle Jim Kelly, Calls Archie. Archie brokers a deal with Reese. Dad calls Eli.
ďSon, I just got off the phone with Reese. I got him to agree to not take Trubitsky, Watson, or Mahonnes, and to get you more help. Although you might still be ducking under 300 lbers trying to take your head off. The bad news is, Ďremember that smart ass, Chad Kelly, who broke a couple of our Ole Miss recordsí? Part of the deal is you have to make room in your basement for him to live, and you have 3 years to teach him how to grow up.Ē
End of of the story. Eli, wins 2 more rings in the next 3 years. Takes a public speaking class from Strahan, and replaces Aikman on Fox. Chad marries one of Tom Coughlinís granddaughters, matures, and keeps us relevant past my life expectancy.