Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And Furthermore...

Here's a notes piece by Mike Eisen of Giants.com that offers a good statistical analysis of where the Giants are at the midpoint this year as opposed to other seasons. As these things often show, the overall stats aren't as gloomy as one would think after the last three games.




  1. Ernie, what Eisen purposely neglects to say is the stats are skewed because they beat up on a bunch of nobodies for the first five games. The last three they have played legitimate playoff teams and been blown out 2 out of the 3 games. If they didn't play the Oakland's, Tampa's and Chiefs of the world their stats would look much worse than they do. They weren't even competitive against an Eagle team that lost to Oakland. They looked awful getting beat at home by a Cardinal team that just got blown out by the Panthers at home. Eisen can try to spin it like a White House staff member if he wants but this season is going to get ugly....real ugly.

  2. giants 27-17 over the chargers.

  3. Ernie,
    we need answers.
    Does TC or Sheridan give any indication of how they are going to fix the secondary. What about Giunta, will you have access to him to ask?

    What about the LBs? are we going to see more of Sintim?

    Who will return punts and kicks?

  4. Stats mean little, especially in light of Sunday's game. A quick review of the head to head stats (we DOMINATED time of Possession!!) would lead one to believe that the Giants won, or at least made a game of it.

    But they didn't. We all know that. And one of the problems has been their ability to give up the big play, especially on third and long. W-L. That's all that counts. And the team that has the most W's and the least L's in December and January will come out on top. But if we play the way we have, no way we're that team.

  5. We have promoted both Coordinators from within, and that tendency is costing them in terms of innovative approaches and keeping the opposition guessing. There is very little in the Giants playbook that confuses defenses or offenses that I can see. Other successful teams throw things at the opposition that breaks rhythm, results in mismatches, and most importantly generate big plays. Gilbride has nothing left in his bag - we will not see anything different this weekend against the Chargers that is specifically designed to exploit the Chargers defensive weaknesses. Gilbride failed as a HC, failed as an OC, but did a descent job as a QB position coach... so what do we do? Promote him to OC. Unlike our DC, there's a reason why he's still with the Giants after that Super Bowl run, and he'll be in that OC job until he's released. The offense needs the likes of Sean Payton again, and Gilbride is no Sean Payton. The DC is a rookie who didn't make his bones building the best LB corps in the division, let alone the conference. So we promote him to DC, thinking some of Spags will have rubbed off on him just by virtue of being there. Sheridan is no Steve Spagnolo, period. Sure, the D's banged up, and will play better when Boley, Canty, and Ross take the field. But Sheridan has yet to show he's worthy of the DC job, and at some point all the excuses are no longer accepted. Sheridan needs to figure out that his Defense misses Strahan's leadership. AP knows the plays, but he's not an inspirational leader of Strahan's stature. Recall Strahan engaging the O-line on that last Super Bowl drive, inspiring them to be the World Champions they are. That's missing today, and it shows.

  6. Great post, Anonymous (just above). Ernie, out in the web community you see many complaints about both coordinators. I hate to say this, but i think this season already has the handwriting on the wall. I only hope that Coughlin and Reese realize the problems with the coordinators and replace them both next year. As it turns out, it was a major mistake promoting both of these coordinators. They say picking the wrong high draft pick (especially QB) can set a team back for years. I'm concerned that picking the wrong coordinators is having the same effect.