There's no way to sugarcoat it: the New York Giants' offensive line was not very good in 2011. And although they got a bit better for the stretch run, they're going to need to improve significantly in 2012 if the team has any realistic chance at repeating as Super Bowl champions. That improvement will need to start in the middle with center David Baas, a converted guard who was signed during free agency last offseason.
From the get-go, Baas struggled mightily and that was only compacted by numerous injuries that resulted in some shuffling along the offensive line. Looking back at the film, the eight-year veteran is far from pleased with what he sees, and fully intends to use his 2011 performance as motivation to drastically improve in 2012.
“Oh, I hate looking at film from last year. I did some good things, but you see some of that stuff and you’re like, ‘God!’ You know you can be so much better," Baas said. “It’s good. It motivates me because I know I’m so much better than that.”
Baas doesn't just want to be better, he wants to be the best. He wants to be the man Pat Flaherty and Matt Rhule point out in meetings and during film sessions. He wants to be a leader by example, and more importantly than anything else, he wants to dominate.
“I just want us to be a good unit that dominates,” Baas said. “And personally, I need to make sure I’m that guy on film where they say, ‘Watch Baas here. Watch how he does it.’ ”
Teammates have seen drastic changes so far this year, with guard Chris Snee saying "he was very physical, he practiced well the whole camp." Kevin Boothe also referred to him as a great player, and believes "everyone is going to see that this season."
“I put a lot on my shoulders, and there’s everybody [involved in blocking], but you see little things that could’ve sprung a big run,” Baas said. “I have to be accountable to everybody and, more so to the end of the season, I started to get that going. I just kind of self-motivated.”
Big Blue will certainly need that improvement … and not just from Baas, but the rest of the unit as well. They managed to survive with the last ranked run offense in the league a year ago, while also allowing a ton of pressure on quarterback Eli Manning from his blind side. That's not something that will fly two seasons in a row.
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