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Typical Giants

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There was a moment after the confetti had fallen after the New England Patriots had taken the slow death march off of the Lucas Oil Stadium turf after losing their second Super Bowl to the New York Giants when ESPN interviewed Justin Tuck sitting on the Giants bench.

Tuck was slouched over looking as if he couldn’t believe what just transpired. Not just the Super Bowl win, but just the Giants overall run. He was exhausted and confused. Exhausted after once again making Tom Brady’s supposed historic night a living hell, confused as to just how the in the hell the Giants were able to win a Super Bowl after the season that they just had.

You’ve probably read my last three articles pertaining to the Giants and they weren’t nice. I bashed GM Jerry Reese for not retooling the Giants properly after Steve Smith, Kevin Boss and Barry Cofield skipped town. I wanted Perry Fewell fired, I wanted our defense euthanized after the Saints debacle, after the Redskins loss in December I was done with this team. 7-7, losers of 5 of 6, this team had little hope of making the playoffs let alone winning a Super Bowl.

You know what I forgot about… It’s the New York Giants. No matter how bad they look, how poor they play, how much they make you want to hang yourself from the tallest redwood, they somehow find a way to figure it out.

This run was just typical Giants. Start off hot, lose a few well played games, go through a stretch where you look like a train wreck, put your backs against the wall, then go on a run where you look like the best team in football.

It’s maddening I tell you.

The same team that let Drew Brees run through them like a run away train is the same team that blew the doors off of the Atlanta Falcons and embarrassed them. The same defense that couldn’t stop Aaron Rodgers in week 13 beat him up and dominated him in the playoffs. The same team that lost four straight games to three division leaders and a .500 team beat every division leader and a dangerous 11 win team at home.

The team that looked like a discombobulated mess was the same team that even when Tom Brady was carving them up in the second and third quarters kept a cool head and finished it off in the fourth.

Last night’s Super Bowl win came with the normal heart attacks, sweaty palms and a few screams that come with watching the Giants play, but for the first time in my life of watching agame I was completely calm.

The front four wasn’t pressuring Brady, the offense wasn’t scoring touchdowns, Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw almost blew it with fumbles… But everything seemed perfectly fine.

Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve become used to this, or the fact that Eli Manning’s personality has affected not only the Giants team but the fans too. The same demeanor that Eli has been killed for since he entered the league is what won the Giants another ring.

Tuck spoke about it at length saying that even when the Pats offense was in a rhythm that he felt ok like nothing was wrong. Even when things were looking bleak everyone from the defense to the coaching staff to the offense was calm.

The offense which was known for its big play capability never forced the action. It was never forced into bad plays and took what the Pats D gave it even it was a field goal. Victor Cruz was a decoy all night as the Pats secondary doubled him at every chance, Nicks had ten catches mostly for first downs and nothing more (we’ll get Mario Manningham in a moment). It was all about patience and in a year after the Giants committed the most turnovers in the league, they wouldn’t budge an stayed patient.

For a defense that makes its living off of killing QB’s last night was a true test for the Giants especially it’s front four. Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyoira, Linval Joseph and others just couldn’t touch Brady. Give Bill Belichick credit for formulating a game plan to keep the Giants pass rush at bay. In the midst of Brady’s 16 straight completions there was rarely a white shirt in his face.

Fewell could’ve went back to the old Fewell and just started blitzing at will to get to Brady. Instead he let it all play out. He kept rushing the front four and keeping linebackers Michael Boley and Jacquan Williams in the middle of the field to protect against the run.

Eventually the pass rush did get to Brady as it forced his only interception of the game and his overthrow of Wes Welker which would’ve put the game away instead it forced a punt.

(side note: I know Cris Collinsworth said it was a bad throw, Skip Bayless and Rob Parker killed Brady for that throw… But Welker should’ve made that catch. When you get two hands on the ball you should be able to haul it in and he should’ve. For a guy that has 122 catches and is routinely called the best at his position those are the kinds of catches you have to make. Poor throw or not you are paid to catch balls like the one Brady threw.)

You saw the rest, Manning to Manningham made all of us believe that this game was the in the bag for the Giants (it’s not better than Manning to Tyree but it was just as amazing). Manningham makes two more huge catches, Ahmad Bradshaw scores a weird touchdown (honestly I’m with Coughlin on this one. He should’ve made a firm judgement on it but in the end six points is six points and field goals aren’t sure things). Then Tuck plants Brady in the ground for the second time leaving the Pats hopes up to a failed hail Mary.

Yep, typical Giants. It’s never easy.

At the end of the day it means different things for everyone in the organization.

It means Eli will finally get his props as being one of the game’s best QB’s and hopefully the NFL network will place in in it’s top 100 players this year.

It means that hate him or love him Tom Coughlin is one of the game’s best coaches by winning his second title. Rex Ryan may get all the buzz in the city but Coughlin is the top dog of New York. Sports Illustrated polled players before the season and Coughlin was voted as a coach no one wanted to play for. After his second ring is that really a wise assessment of him?

For Justin Tuck its vindication of sorts. He was criticized by for Giants Antonio Pierce & Michael about his toughness for not playing through a neck injury. Tuck had a bad season due to his ailment but in the end he was the engine that drove the Giants defense.

He was the only Giant to get to Brady and he did it three times, two for sacks, one for a safety. He came through when the Giants needed him most and with his second title he can take his place along side Lawrence Taylor & Strahan as the most important Giant defenders ever.

For Victor Cruz it means a new deal, for Brandon Jacobs it’s a ride off into the sunset as his days as a Giant might be done. For Manningham he will be forever apart of Giants and Super Bowl lore with his catch.

For the Giants in particular they are just plain old champions. After losing players to free agency and injury, having Plaxico rip the team and Coughlin after signing with the Jets. Losing 5 of 6 in sometimes pitiful fashion and having to run the table to make playoffs they pulled it off.

They are the kings of New York, kings of the NFC, and kings of the NFL.

Eli is elite, Coughlin is a legend, Fewell still has a job and I have a new championship T-Shirt.

When asked by the NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk why the Giants can’t play like they did last night all if the time Tuck just shook his head and said “I couldn’t tell you.”

Typical Giants.

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Revenge Of The Fallen

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I’m not Nostradamus, but something tells me that Tom Brady was watching the NFC Championship game very closely after the Patriots defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC title game.

The reason being there was one team that Brady wanted to win for a myriad of reasons…

That team was the New York Giants.

In any other year Brady or Bill Belichick for that matter wouldn’t care who they played if they were to reach the Super Bowl, however this is different.

This isn’t just another Super Bowl rematch. This isn’t like the Bills Seeking revenge against the Cowboys in the 90’s, the Bengals getting a second shot against the 49ers in the 80’s or the Cowboys getting a redux against the Steelers in the 70’s. This rematch is extremely personal.

In Super Bowl 42 the New England Patriots were 60 minutes from history. At 18-0 the Patriots were heavily favored to beat the Giants and join the Miami Dolphins as the only undefeated team’s in NFL history.

The Patriots overcame the heavy criticism of Spygate and steamrolled every team in their path on their way to what looked like another Super Bowl title.

However, history was derailed thanks to a prolific pass rush, David Tyree’s helmet and Eli Manning’s poise.

18-0 turned to 18-1 and the Patriots and their fans have had to deal with that blemish and the possibility of what could’ve been since then.

Everyone involved with the New England Patriots from owners, to players that are still around from that 18-1 team to the fans have been foaming at the mouth at the possibility of retribution in the Super Bowl. As they watched the NFC playoffs unfold and saw the Giants catch fire late in the season it seemed like they would get their chance at retribution if things all panne out.

Once Lawrence Tynes hit a game-winning field goal in overtime of to lift the Giants into the Super Bowl that possibility became reality.

Brady and Belichick get what they want, a chance at payback for the only blemish on their impeccable record. They can never go back and correct that error but winning a fourth Super Bowl would mean just as much as a perfect mark.

Brady could join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only QB’s with 4 Super Bowls, Belichick could match only Chuck Noll at 4. Once again they have a chance at history and once again that familiar foe stands in their way.

No David Tyree, no undefeated season on the line, no distractions and no excuses.

Patriot fans called Super Bowl 42 a fluke. Well here is the do over. Brady, Belichick and the New England Patriots get the Giants a second time. They wanted a shot at redemption and they got it.

Now the question is can they exact revenge on the New York Giants or will history repeat itself?


Tedy Bruschi’s Stupid Beef

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Ochocinco wasnt the only one impressed by Tom Brady.

Hey Tedy Bruschi… that was very big and bold of you to get on the radio and blast Chad Ochocinco for no apparent reason.

That was very classy of you to sound like a lunatic and talk about how Chad needs to get in his playbook and stop tweeting. Especially when your average tweet takes about 10 seconds to send out.

By the way, why are you so upset exactly?

Ochocinco said that he was in awe of Tom Bradys 517 yard massacre on the field Monday night against Miami. Since he is new in the offense and has only had the playbook for one month Ochocinco sat on the sidelines and watched most of the action only getting in on 18 plays and caught one ball.

Ochocinco is basically learning on the fly. In the process he’s working with the best quarterback that he’s ever worked with. In Cincinnati he wasn’t used to this type of precision and command of an offense (I mean his QB was Carson Palmer), you can’t blame the guy for showing Brady some love as well as his mates on offense.

In fact the tweet itself was harmless. Brady did put up “video game numbers” as he said and it was a hell of a sight. It was appreciation to one of the best players in the game.

So again I ask Bruschi… why you mad son?

What was the purpose of blasting Ochocinco and saying that he shouldn’t be in awe of Brady because he’s supposed to apart of it?

Who died and made you Pat Patriot?

To expect anyone to learn a new offense in one month is silly. According to all sources including Brady and Bill Belichick, Ochocinco is working hard everyday. Ochocinco is a well known hard worker who is fitting in well with the Patriots and is trying to find his groove.

He’s not on the field because Brady doesn’t have a rhythm with him like he does with Deion Branch and Wes Welker. He knows those guys like the back of his hand. Once Ocho gets it down then he’ll fit right into Brady’s rotation.

Bruschi needs to do a few things; one, realize that he isn’t a Patriot anymore and be professional, two, try being an analyst because you know that’s what you’re paid to do. I didn’t hear a thing on New England’s terrible pass D from you because you were too busy frothing at the mouth over a tweet. Why not try getting better at your job before criticizing others on theirs?

Lastly if you really are “the perfect patriot” then you should know that matters like a bad tweet (if this were one) are left up to Belichick himself. There are two spokesmen for the Patriots, Belichick and Brady, not you. You should know your place in the pecking order instead of popping off at the mouth.

Ochocinco will be apart of Brady’s Madden-like performances in the future and has the right to praise his teammates however he pleases.

As for Bruschi, do us all a favor…. try actually analyzing games and do the job that you are paid to do.

If we want opinions on Patriot players we’ll go to Belichick for answers, not you.

Got it?


The Jets Can Keep On Talking

The Jets talked all week. Sunday they proved it wasn't just all talk.

Talk is cheap… unless you can actually back it up. To say that The Jets backed it up would be selling them short. They put their collective foot in the New England Patriots… um… you know.

 

The Jets 28-21 win wasn’t just a statement game that may turn the tide in the AFC East over the next year; it may have knocked the swagger out of the Patriots for some time to come.

 

Say what you will about Rex Ryan, he’s loud, begs for attention and sometimes crosses the line with his tactics. However, he’s not the type of guy that bails out on a plan when it’s not working well.

 

After the 45-3 beat down in Foxboro two months ago Ryan could’ve, and should’ve, kept his yap shut and stopped throwing rocks at everyone’s throne. Yet here was Ryan talking about how “personal” it was between him and Peyton Manning and Bill Belichick. Encouraging Antonio Cromartie to draw the ire of Tom Brady by calling him an @$$#ole and saying “F*** Tom Brady”. He even continued his talk about how the Jets are still Super Bowl contenders. Meanwhile everyone from sports radio broadcasters to anchors called him crazy. Now what do we call him?

 

Ryan, dare I say it, outcoached “The Hoodie” and turned the tide in the rematch of the Monday Night Massacre.

 

The Jets were able to do the one main thing it takes to win a football game; they controlled the line of scrimmage. On offense the Jets ran the ball much better than the Pats and the offensive line kept Mark Sanchez off of his rear end all day long as the Pats couldn’t produce any pressure and Sanchez was able to step into his throws. On defense Shaun Ellis and company sacked Tom Brady five times and the Pats never got into any rhythm until late in the game when the Jets were in control. Ryan rarely called blitzes instead allowing his down linemen to get pressure on Brady and it worked perfectly.

 

Brady couldn’t make the proper adjustments and it showed, as he couldn’t get the ball downfield at all as Jets defenders blanketed his receivers. The Pats were given a taste of their own medicine as the Jets played a more physical brand of football and left the Patriots shaking their heads.

 

The MVP though was Sanchez. The much-maligned QB shook off a shaky performance against the Indianapolis Colts and looked like the highly touted kid from USC that was so hyped upon his NFL arrival.

 

Sanchez threw three scores including two beauties to Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. He sailed a few balls but for the most part he was on point and did the things that the Jets offense needed to win the game.  Rex Ryan deserves credit for that as well by simplifying the offense, which allowed Sanchez to make the proper plays.

Mark Sanchez is now 4-1 in the playoffs, all on the road.

 

As much as critics like to get on Sanchez for his spotty accuracy in key moments, the guy is 4-1 in the playoffs, all on the road and in tough places to play like Indy, New England and San Diego. That’s impressive no matter who you are and he deserves a lot of credit for guiding the Jets to those victories.

 

As for the Patriots the question is now what? The Pats were a juggernaut rolling into this week, bringing up memories of their near perfect season during that stretch. Yet they never resembled that team today as the Jets beat them at every angle and though they outgained them it wasn’t indicative of how the game was played.

 

Belichick’s defense needs to improve in two ways, pass coverage and pass rush. They couldn’t touch Sanchez because they don’t have the guys to get it done besides Vince Wilfork and he’s more of a run stopper. The secondary need more depth because besides Brandon Merriweather and Devin McCourtey there’s not much there as the Jets proved.

 

There’s also the fact that maybe no one truly is afraid of the Patriots. Think about the last two times the Pats got called out in the media. The first was Super Bowl 42 when Plaxico Burress guaranteed a victory and this past week when every Jet except Ken O’Brien called them out. What happened? They got beat up.

 

The luster from those three championships has all but faded. They’re no longer the front-runners in the NFL and it’s starting to show. When someone trash talks you all week then comes into your house and beats you down there is a problem. Maybe the Belichick way isn’t working anymore, maybe they need a new approach. Whatever it is they need to figure it out quick because they’re losing ground by the minute.

 

Maybe they should try the Rex Ryan way because it looks like it works. Will things be personal when the Jets go to Pittsburgh next week (maybe for Holmes.)? Will Darrelle Revis call out Ben Roethlisberger? If they do, we shouldn’t stress about it, that’s who the Jets are. The Jets talk win, lose or draw. After today in Foxboro we also know they can back it up in impressive fashion.

 

Wes Welker tried the passive-aggressive Ryan way this week with his foot comments. Maybe Welker can help remove the Jets foot from the Pats backend. Learn from Ryan Wes, if you’re going to talk, make sure we can hear you. Also make sure you can back it up, that’s the Rex Ryan way.

 


Belichick Takes Ryan To School

Welcome to coaching class 101. Today’s lesson is breaking down an opponent so badly that it makes you cringe the day after the game while you’re watching the tape of said game.

Coach Rex Ryan we’re talking to you buddy. Last night you and your J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS got hosed, beat down, kicked in the head and every other violent action that you can think of.

Tom Brady carved up the Jets like a thanksgiving turkey to the tune of his 33rd 300 yard game and four touchdowns, and he made it look easy in a 45-3.

Get your pen and pad out Rex.

It was an array of shovel passes, slants, go routes and running between the tackles. Danny Woodhead’s two short screens turned into two huge gains that set up touchdowns, Aaron Hernandez continues to be Tom Brady’s go to guy with another touchdown catch and a sick 35 yard catch and run, by the way he’s a rookie, Deion Branch is back to playing larger than life on the field, something he didn’t do in Seattle, and all the New York Jets did was stand around stupefied.

As much credit as we give you as a defensive mastermind Mr. Ryan you got nothing on Bill Belichick. Your defense is loaded with all-pro’s and guys that fit your mold and have been underachieving long before this game. They couldn’t slow down Peyton Hillis or Matt Schaub in games you should’ve lost. You’ve gotten little out of Antonio Cromartie this year as well as Jason Taylor and you seem overrated for the most part as a coach.

Meanwhile, Belichick and his defense that was largely lauded for being too young and not that good is getting better week after week. Rookie defensive back Devin McCourtey is a stud with 6 interceptions, Brandon Spikes, another rookie, is playing middle linebacker extremely well in Belichick’s system and Brandon Merriweather is becoming a very good cover safety. Belichick has fewer marquee parts offensively and defensively but is getting more out of his players as we saw last night as each side of the ball kept coming up with play after play while the Jets underachieved once again and this time it bit them in the rear as they were playing a team that knows how to finish.

For you Rex Ryan… this is what you deserve. You ran your mouth about Belichick and the Patriots which led to you writing a check that your rear couldn’t cash. Your boy Mark Sanchez is still a liability at the quarterback position as he looked terrible last night throwing horrendous interceptions. Your team looked unprepared in every facet of the game and you couldn’t do anything about it. You gave us a bunch of hype, you bloated the new rivalry in the AFC, you made your team seem larger than life and you got housed.

You failed your final exam and instead of a top seed in the AFC you may now be relegated to a wild card. Now go back to the film room look at what you did wrong and get back to winning the right way on the field. Enough talking, enough media hype, enough of your mouth, just play the game the right way because the guy that you kept pushing off the field pushed you around on the field and it wasn’t close. The patriots took you to school and served up a lesson for anyone watching, they are the best team in the league and looked like they’re headed for a date in Dallas in February. Take note for future tests Mr. Ryan.