Letters to the Editor: January 7, 2014

Jack M. writes..

1.Defense showed improvement as the season progressed. Needed-improved pass rush & more stunts like when J. Tuck got his four sacks
2.Obviously, the offensive line needs personnel, but stop switching players to unfamiliar positions that they never played before-this indicates a lack of depth and poor draft choices.
3.The afraid-to-play rookies again policy if they make one or two mistakes must stop. Blame this on Coughlin, who should retire and join Gilbride as a fan. Overall, the Giants have a poor record developing young players with few exceptions.
4.If Manning needs a position coach after 10 years in the NFL, then he should be traded and replaced with a younger, more mobile QB. Looks like Nassib was a mistake.
5.I was very high on David Wilson. How hard is it to learn blocking assignments? Unbelievable.
6.Giant running backs have been brittle since 2008. Keep Hillis who can block, catch passes, and run OK behind a decent line.
7.The Maras are loyal to their management choices to a fault. Time for a change from top to bottom.

1. I read in this very enlightening blog that if the young players don’t show much in practice between games, they warm the bench. Does Coughlin have his team go at it in full pads Tuesday through Friday. If he does, could this account for his players with minor injuries not healing right and running out of gas in the 4th Quarter? Are his non-starters supposed to practice at full speed between games and risk injury to themselves and the starters?

2. Should the Giants bring back M. Sullivan whose Tampa Bay offense was erratic? The Tampa offense system was similar to the Giants-a no-no in my opinion.

I’ll play along Jack. 

RESPONSES (where applicable) AND ANSWERS

2. David Diehl moved around and they managed. Kevin Boothe moved around and they managed. Sometimes an unexpected move of a player to another position can pay off dividends. But you don’t know unless your explore the possibility.

I do agree that if you have to switch guys around, that usually means your depth isn’t’ where you’d like it to be. don’t have enough depth.

3. I’ve said this a million times and quite honestly, I’m going to stop addressing this topic after this response. It’s not a question of being afraid to play rookies. You DO NOT put a rookie out there if he is not setup to succeed. And the way you can tell he’s set up to succeed is to gauge how he did in practice.

Did you not see what happened with the offensive line and putting guys out there with experience who weren’t equipped to handle the job? Can you imagine how bad it might have been if you put a rookie out there with lousy footwork, poor strength, etc.? Why is this so hard for people to understand?

Where you’re correct, though, is that if a player isn’t developing, that’s partially on the coaches (though there have been exceptions where the player might not work as hard as he probably needed to).

Given the limits imposed by the CBA, there’s only so many hours per day allocated for practice and in season, the priority to get the team ready for the next game.

4. EVERY NFL quarterback has a position coach – even Peyton Manning. Ask any quarterback and he’ll tell you he doesn’t know everything and that he can most benefit from having another perspective there to help him. 

5. Pass blocking isn’t as easy as stepping up and hitting someone. You have to know who to block on a specific play, what to do if the defense changes it up, angles, etc. If it were that easy, anyone could do it. 

It took Jacobs and Bradshaw almost a full year to learn it. What made anyone think that Wilson, who didn’t really do it in college, would get it right out of the chute?

7. Unless the Mara and Tisch families plan on selling the team, I don’t see this happening. 


1. Per the CBA, teams can practice in full pads ONCE per week for the majority of the season. Practices are run Wednesday-Friday; Saturday is a walk-through. If I remember correctly, practices are capped at two hours per day.

As I said before, in-season, the focus is on getting the team ready for the next game, so there isn’t as much time as you’d like to think for the coaches to specifically work on the field with individual players, though they do spend a part of the practice doing individual unit drills. On occasion, you might see a player stay after practice with a coach to work on something, but again, they have to keep within a time limit.

Coaches can work with players in the classroom, but watching it on tape and executing it are two very different things.

2. To be honest, I didn’t follow Tampa that closely, so I don’t feel qualified to answer this question without really looking at a season’s worth of film.

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