There’s nothing worse than over-analyzing preseason football. We’ve seen teams go 0-4 in the preseason and win the Super Bowl and we’ve also seen teams go 4-0 in the preseason and go 0-16 in the regular season.
Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason equating preseason success to regular season success and vice versa. In the end, success comes down to whether or not your personnel is talented enough to win.
That’s my main issue with the New York Giants entering the 2015 season. It’s not that they got smacked in Saturday’s dress rehearsal against the New York Jets. It’s the fact that there are just so many glaring weakness that I can see all over the place with this team entering the season.
The Giants have regressed dramatically on the defensive side of the ball over the last couple of years. In order to spark the defense, the Giants brought back defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who led the defense to the Super Bowl in 2007.
Here’s the problem, Steve Spagnuolo’s group of players in 2015 doesn’t come close to matching the team he had many moons ago.
When the Giants D was at their best, they featured one of the most fierce pass rush units in all of football. It was the unit that had Tom Brady running for his life in one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Super Bowl.
Sadly for Giants fans out there, Strahan, Umineyora and Tuck aren’t walking through that door.
With this group of players, The Giants are asking Spagnuolo to turn chicken **** into chicken salad.
The pass rush of the 2015 Giants leaves a lot to be desired and throw in the fact that top pass rusher Jason Pierre Paul has yet to appear on the field due to the fireworks mishap, you wonder how this current group of Giants is going to disrupt the opposing quarterbacks.
On Saturday, they made Ryan Fitzpatrick, a pedestrian NFL quarterback, look like Joe Willy Namath.
I’m sure Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are licking their chops.
For Giants fans, what exactly can you like about this defense? There is no pass rush, they’re mediocre at linebacker, and they’re all beat up in the secondary.
I didn’t need preseason football to tell me the Giants were going to struggle defensively, but just looking at that defense over the course of the preseason has to make you cringe.
Now, I for one believe in the Giants offensively. I realize Eli Manning is coming off a career season and is playing for a contract.
As long as the Giants give Manning time to throw the football, he will be able to utilize one of the games brightest young stars in Odell Beckham, Jr.
Yes, the Giants have a chance to have a very dynamic offensive team, but there are still plenty of unanswered questions.
Can Victor Cruz stay healthy? Is the offensive line going to be able to gel?
Even a unit that seems to be a strength is not an absolute given going into Week 1 of the year.
More often than not, your eyes do not deceive you. The Giants have looked lousy in the preseason and on paper they do not appear to be more talented than the Cowboys or the Philadelphia Eagles.
Thankfully the games are not played on paper. The NFC is a top-heavy conference and if things break right for the Giants, a wild card spot would not be out of the question.
That being said, does this look a playoff team to you?
They better look a lot different than the group I’ve seen throughout the summer. With this group of players and from what I’ve seen, you better believe I’m concerned about the Giants. Coach Coughlin, you have less than two weeks. Clock’s ticking.
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