False starts. It’s a timely topic with the New York Giants coming to Qwest Field on Sunday to play the Seahawks.Another stark reality Ms Farnsworth laid on us today......"The Giants are 5-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons under coach Tom Coughlin. But after those previous 5-2 starts, they have finished a combined 18-27 in their final nine games."
No one who was there can forget the 11 false-start penalties against the Giants in their 2005 game at Qwest – including the Giants. They followed that with three more in their game at Qwest the next season. That’s 14 of the league-high 99 false-start penalties against visiting teams at Qwest in the past 5½ seasons (Mall of America Field in Minneapolis is second with 89).
“We’re 0-2 since I’ve been here out there,” Giants right guard Chris Snee told reporters who cover the team on Monday. “The last time, 13 penalties, something insane like that.”
Actually, it was 16 penalties for 114 yards in 2005, including the 11 false starts; and eight for 63 yards in 2006, including the three false starts.
“It’s loud, man,” Snee said. “It’s been a few years since I’ve been out there. I remember the first time I went out in ’05, I had never seen anything like it. That’s why it has the reputation it does. We’ll have to do our best to try to quiet it.”
You have to like opposing players talking about the Seahawks’ home stadium as if it’s a living entity. But on game day, it really does come to life – and can make life miserable for the visiting team.
This week, the Giants will be stepping into that challenge with Adam Koets stepping in for veteran center Shaun O’Hara, who is out with a sprained ligament in his right foot. But that’s not the only chance from those previous two games at Qwest. Gone is left tackle Luke Petitgout, who had five of the false-start penalties in ’05 and another one in ’06.
He has been replaced by David Diehl, who had three false starts in ’05 and another in ’06 while playing left guard. The right side of the line remains unchanged from ’05 and ’06, with Snee at guard and Kareem McKenzie at tackle. McKenzie had one false start in ’06.
Can we please get this game over with...?