I gotta tell ya….I didn’t see this coming.
I don’t think even the most pessimistic Giants fan could have predicted 0-6, yet here we are.
I purposely did not write about the Thursday night game against the Bears. I was becoming convinced that my friend of over 20 years was right when he would text me, “keep writing jinx…0-5.”
Due to the terribleness of a man named Chris Esserman, I actually believed that “I” may be the reason for this cluster-fuck of a season.
Finally, I get a dream opportunity to write about my beloved Giants and the minute I do, they forget how to win a single game. Make David Wilson my “keeper” in fantasy football and completely ruin his season. I was actually thinking I was in fact Jimmy “the Jinx”.
So I didn’t write a single word leading up to the Bears game. Holding out hope that we find a way to salvage this season, it did not work.
I realized something this week; no matter how superstitious we are, we can’t fix this mess. The troubling part is I don’t know at this point who or what can.
With that being said, I’m watching the game Thursday and at halftime on the NFL Network it is reported that the Giants will give Coach Coughlin the chance to decide his own fate at the end of the season. My jaw dropped.
Now let me say this, ten years ago coach Coughlin was the perfect man to take over for Jim Fassel. The last great hire of the legend Wellington Mara. He was the man Wellington Mara wanted to turn this team around. Coughlin was about discipline, attention to detail, structure and accountability. All things the Giants needed desperately at the time. That time has passed.
I love our coach, and the memories he has helped to provide for the last decade should not be minimized or forgotten anytime soon. He is a Hall Of Famer without a doubt.
But giving Tom Coughlin the power to decide his own fate at seasons end is, for lack of a better term, “going full retard.”
Does Coughlin seem like the type of man that will just walk away??
He will coach this team for another 4-5 five years if ownership lets him and his health permits him to continue. And there are no reports of health being a factor at all. The 67 year old 2 time Super Bowl Champion is probably healthier than most people I know in their 20’s or 30’s.
So I ask you, If not now, when?
Let us assume that this team continues to shit the bed for the next 10 games.
Lets say for argument sake they finish 3-13 or 4-12.
In my eyes this would be the perfect time to move on. It is time for a BIG BLUE makeover, and doing that with the old ball coach manning the sidelines just doesn’t make sense…
The Giants will have to make a plethora of very tough decisions this off season, but a lot of them start with Coughlin.
If the Giants decide to get younger and cleanse themselves of over paid players that are past their primes like, Tuck, Snee, Webster, Jenkins, Diehl, Ross, Kiwi and others, that would mean that the Giants have officially turned the page on the last decade of Giants football and would be starting a new.
Do you really want to rebuild with a 68 year old head coach?
If the Giants were competitive this season and made a run in the play-offs, it would be easier to sign on for one more year with this nucleus and take another shot at it in 2014 with Coughlin at the helm. Considering how bad we look this year though, I am terrified to see what bringing back the same group of players might end up looking like.
I will be diving into this topic much deeper in my next article “In Reese We Trust?”. (Notice the question mark) Keep an eye out for it early next week…
ONE MORE DEEP THOUGHT —
HEY ELI BASHERS….SHHHHHHHH…..SHOW A LITTLE FRIGIN RESPECT!!!
IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE CALLING FOR THE GIANTS TO DRAFT A QUARTERBACK NEXT YEAR, OR TRADE ELI, OR JUST GET RID OF HIM OUTRIGHT — YOU SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO WATCH OR TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL EVER AGAIN.
PLEASE BE QUIET… YOU ARE YAPPING WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT YOU SPEAK OF.
15 INTERCEPTIONS—LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK –
MINUS 2 — 2 OF THOSE PICKS ARE OFF TERRIBLE BAD LUCK BOUNCES (DALLAS-OFF SCOTTS ARM – DENVER-OFF DUDES FOOT)
MINUS 6 – GO BACK AND WATCH THE FILM. 6 OF THE 15 INTERCEPTIONS ARE DUE TO WR’S (NICKS 1 TIME AND RANDLE 5 TIMES) RUNNING THE WRONG ROUTE.
MINUS 1 – CRUZ GET THE BALL PUT IN HIS HANDS AND THE BALL IS RIPPED AWAY FROM HIM. HOW IS THAT MANNINGS FAULT?
MINUS 1 –NICKS STOPS RUNINNG ON A SLANT ROUTE AND THE CORNERBACK PICKS IT OFF…
CAN YOU SUBTRACT FOOTBALL AFICIONADO’S???
THAT LEAVES 5 INTERCEPTIONS THAT ARE MANNINGS FAULT…INCLUDING THE ONE AT THE END OF THE BEARS GAME.
THOSE OF US WHO KNOW FOOTBALL ARE WITH YOU ELI – WE SEE YOU TRYING TO CARRY A BAD TEAM ON YOUR SHOULDERS AND MAKE A PLAY WHEN THERE ARE NONE TO BE MADE…
WE SEE YOU HAVING TO STEP UP IN THE POCKET BEFORE YOU CAN EVEN PLANT YOUR BACK FOOT…
AND WE KNOW YOU ARE WAY TO CLASSY OF A PLAYER TO EVER THROW YOUR TEAM MATES UNDER THE BUS WITH THE MEDIA, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO SHOULDER THE BLAME YOURSELF.
KEEP SLINGING IT ELI –US REAL GIANTS FANS ARE WITH YOU.
FANTASY PLAYERS I LIKE – WEEK 6 –
QB – Brandon Weeden – The Lions have allowed 613 yards on throws over 15 yards or more this season. If there is one thing Weeden does well is throw the ball downfield. Weeden is a sneaky play this week and can pay huge dividends.
RB — Knowshon Moreno — Playing against the Jags means you fit Moreno in your line up where ever you can.
RB – Darren Sproles – Don’t be fooled and scared off by Pierre Thomas having his best game in years last week. Sproles is still the best back the Saints have and I see him catching at least 8 balls against the Pats this Sunday. Loving me some Sproles this week.
WR – Josh Gordon – see Brandon Weeden.
WR – Pierre Garcon – He has a field day Sunday night in Dallas – another shoot out in Big D.
TE – Garrett Graham – No team in the league has targeted the TE position more than the Texans and with Owen “loves his mama” Daniels out, expect Garrett to get a lot of opportunities moving forward.
PICKS OF THE WEEK –
Season record against the spread – 12-10-2
+7 OVER THE BENGALS – BUFFALO IS 9 AND 2 AGAISNT THE SPREAD IN THEIR LAST 11 GAMES VS. THE BENGALS…AND 6 AND 0 OVERALL IN THEIR LAST 6 HOME GAMES AGAINST CINCY. ALSO – BILLS ARE 6-2 AGAINST THE SPREAD AS A HOME UNDERDOG –
SAINTS +2.5 OVER THE PATRIOTS – READY FOR THIS STAT? – SAINTS ARE 8-1-1 IN LAST TEN GAMES AGAINST THE SPREAD BEFORE THEIR BYE WEEK … AND THE PATRIOTS ARE 1 AND 7 AGAINST THE SPREAD VERSUS THE SAINTS GOING BACK TO 1983.
BROWNS +3 OVER THE LIONS – MORE HISTORY HERE — LIONS ARE A CRAZY 3-12-1 IN THEIR LAST 16 GAMES ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE SPREAD. CLEVELAND IS 4-1 AGAISNT THE SPREAD AS A HOME UNDERDOG – THEY HAVE WON THE GAME OUTRIGHT THE LAST 5 TIMES.
UPSET OF THE WEEK –
RAIDERS +9 OVER THE CHIEFS – RAIDERS ARE 6-1 OVERALL AND 7-0 AGAINST THE SPREAD IN THEIR LAST 7 TRIPS TO KANSAS CITY – RAIDERS ARE ALSO 8 AND 3 BOTH STRAIGHT UP AND AGAINST THE SPREAD IN THEIR LAST 11 OVERALL AGAINST THE CHIEFS…ALSO THE LAST 15 TIMES THESE 2 TEAMS HAVE PLAYED—THE UNDER IS 13-2-1 –LOOKS LIKE A CLOSE LOW SCORING GAME IN KANSAS CITY…
GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY THE GAMES THIS WEEKEND —