Not everyone can handle rollercoasters and extreme rides. Some thrive on the thrills. The reactions to the journey of New York Football Giants’ annual/seasonal rides aren’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.
Those that have been following this team for longer than the tenure of the collection of the four Lombardi trophies know that this current team is still the one of the best and most exciting that has been built. It’s just…different.
It’s been written before that the NFL is ever-changing: personnel, uniforms, equipment, speed, and schemes. To expect what the team was about even a handful of years ago isn’t realistic all of the time.
While the Giants’ defense is still predicated on the pass rush, it isn’t only about that (or stats). Sacks and quarterback hits are awesome to the rabid defensive-minded fan; it’s fantasy to expect them every game/ facing every league quarterback, as it is to expect to blitz every one too.
The Giants’ offense has been built (properly) around QB Eli Manning. While this side of the ball has always been centered on the ground and pound, #10 has brought a new “air” to Big Blue not really dominant since the Jim Fassel/Sean Payton/Kerry Collins era. We all know how that ended. Things are more cerebral now as well as much more complicated.
Speaking of Payton, Sunday’s New Orleans Saints will be without him, but his system is still in place in New Orleans and his time with blue is still with him in experience handed down to his players.
"I understand the importance of taking care of the football," Saints QB Drew Brees said. "Certainly the last two weeks there have been an inordinate amount of turnovers. That's something that can't happen and something I have to fix. We're playing the defending world champs in their house, and the last three don't mean anything unless we win this one. The Giants have played in these types of games – playoff games before the playoffs. That's kind of the situation we're in."
The New York Giants aren’t the only ones with their “backs up against a wall.” They’re playing at home against a team that needs a win.
If anyone remembers what Brees and his weapons are capable of, it’s defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell. Last year’s ultimately ugly debacle in the Superdome preempted Fewell’s serious rant towards his defensive players. He’s still frustrated.
“Obviously, we want to close out and be able to finish games. The opponents executed better than we have,” Fewell said. “My frustration is our execution. I think we’ve been in position to make plays to get off the field and do that. And we could not do that.”
Players are taking their own spin on it and backfield vocalist S Antrel Rolle is taking his usual, extroverted December soapbox position.
“I think we just need to get back to being a little nasty, having a nasty attitude,” Rolle said. “Like I said, don’t do anything that’s out of the line of football, but have a little nasty attitude, get a little bit more dog in us, and go out there and play the game. Play the game physical, play the game tough, play the game hard, and we’ll give hugs and kisses after the game. But while that game is going on, we respect no one. And that’s how the game of football needs to be played.”
That attitude ‘Trel is calling for needs to come out on all three sides of the ball. Play elementary football. Play loose. Play flawless on the lines of scrimmage. Play smart. Play Coughlin ball.
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