Because of the talent this team has(healthy & unhealthy) this team can be a 11 & 5 team. Will they be? Probably not.
Yesterday the Giants looked real bad and completely out of sync. This is a team that needed rookie camp, mini camp, training camp and most of all some key players added to the roster. All you real smart people keep reminding me that the Giants had no money. Don't blame poor Jerry Reese. You keep telling yourself that.
Rant: If you want a better defensive results. Draft players that you need. Stop drafting the best athlete available. That philophy only gets you so far. Ross, Grant, Rolle, Kiwi have all played out of position over the last few seasons.
Rave: Bright Spot. Kenny Phillips made some nice plays yesterday and we got to see that big hitting ability we drafted him for.
Rant: The offensive play calling is predictable. Gilbride "Killdrive" holds this team back. Listen to Eli's post game interview about the interception. He clearly states that we, "The Offense" were doing a good job of cutting that guy, "Kerrigan". Well...Gilbride ran that screen so many times Kerrigan realized the play as soon as McKenzie attempted to cut him AGAIN! These are pro football players. They will figure things out.
Rave: Tight End Play. I don't know if Jake Ballard belongs on this team, but I sure like his effort. He weighs 285 pounds and run like it. he won't fool many DB's. He was a blocker in college and he was brought in to be a blocker for Big Blue. He made some nice catches yesterday, Great job Jake Ballard.
Rant: No $ for Free Agents. Barrett Rudd(Titans) had 14 tackles yesterday and would have looked great in Giant Blue. I like Greg Jones and I think he deserves a shot but at 6' foot tall he was pushed around the field on many occassions and took a terrible angle on the HighTower TD run. 4 tackles won't get it done.
Rave: Showing Progress. JPP is looking like a player after only 1 season. He started off slow against the Redskins; however, his stamina and true ability are right there to explode. When Tuck and Osi are healthy I would expect even more from JPP. This experience for the young player is very valuable.
Rant: Who's catching the rock? I know it's early and adjustments will be made but seriously...this team has no inside threat. The slot receiver and tight end position are a mess. If the Giant receivers had trouble against Reed Doughty, DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson...what are they going to do vs. Nnamdi, Asante and Rogers Cromartie? Steve Smith is a huge loss regardless if he was not ready for opening day. The Eagles have forward thinking and saw a huge value.
Rave: #88 and #44. If the line continues to be man handled it will be tough for Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw; however, they are gamers and will continue to give you those bright spots when Eli isn't eating the grass at MetLife stadium. Nicks and Bradshaw have grown into special players but they can't do it themselves. Nicks did a great job of hauling in that pass that was behind him...in stride that is a touchdown.
Bottom line...Tom Coughlin does not have alot to work with.