04-02-2012, 11:20 AM
GIANTS AND JETS, THE SAME DYNAMIC (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/giants-and-jets-the-same-dynamic/?ref=football)

"<a href="http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/23/jets-beating-giants-in-media-game/">From
the Fifth Down in 2009: </a><div id="entry-103033" class="post-103033 post type-post status-publish format-standard hentry category-uncategorized tag-giants tag-jets entry "><div class="entry-content">

Fifty years after the founding of the Jets put them in competition with the
Giants for New York area fans, the two teams are playing to type, with the
Giants as the establishment team and the Jets scrapping for attention and

The Jets will create/receive a lot of news media attention this fall,
probably more than the Giants will.</p>

As a group, the news media don’t favor one team over another, but they like
story lines, and the Jets have plenty.</p></blockquote>

Not much has changed in three years. Well, the Giants did win another Super
Bowl last season, but the Jets will still get more media attention this fall.
Story lines? The Jets have conflict, controversy and personalities. (And there’s
a guy named Tebow. … oh, never mind). One of the Giants’ personalities, Brandon
Jacobs, is gone. But<a href="http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2012/03/chris_snee_says_giants_only_wa.html">
as Giants guard Chris Snee put it Thursday, </a>“We only want headlines in
February.” Here’s a look at some Giants story lines this past week:</p>

<a href="http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/null/2012/03/5582698/requiem-brandon-jacobs-ex-giant-who-seemed-even-bigger-he-really-was">Greg
Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com</a> on what Jacobs once meant to Giants fans:</p>

Another illustration of the disposability of N.F.L. players and the short
memories of its fans and mythmakers: It wasn’t too long ago that Brandon Jacobs
was the popular embodiment of Giants Football. The team was a throwback to an
era of bruising, honest offenses, and so was he.
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More important than what he actually did was what the
symbolic significance he carried for a fan base that wanted to see him the way
they wanted to see their team.</p></blockquote>

<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_osi_umenyiora_giants_contract_rams_hakim_03 3012">Michael
Silver, Yahoo Sports, </a>on why the Giants should try to keep Osi Umenyiora
beyond this year:</p>

The Giants, who also have accomplished veteran Justin Tuck and emerging star
Jason Pierre-Paul at defensive end, probably believe it’s impractical -- if not
impossible – to keep all three standouts at market value. Yet I believe there’s
great value in trying to make it work, because sometimes a team’s obscenely
overloaded potency in one area is the driving force behind its

<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/13513/brown-suspended-four-games-by-nfl">Ohm
Youngmisuk, ESPN New York, o</a>n what losing running back Andre Brown to
suspension may mean for the Giants’ draft.</p>

<a href="http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_5319_New_York_Giants%3A_Coughlin%27s_statistica l_Wyld_Stallyns.html">Kerry
J. Byrne of the Cold, Hard Football Facts,</a> still shaking his head at how
statistically wrong it was that the Giants won the Super Bowl:</p>

The 2007 Giants were, quite literally, the worst regular-season team that’s
ever won a Super Bowl. And then the 2011 Giants replaced them as the worst
regular-season team to win a title by almost every measure.</p></blockquote>

<a href="http://www.ultimatenyg.com/2012-articles/march/giant-zen-in-the-2011-season.html">Andrew
Furman, the Ultimatenyg,</a> on why that doesn’t matter and on why the Giants
should be grateful to Aaron Ross<a href="http://www.ultimatenyg.com/2012-articles/march/aaron-ross-cashes-out.html">
but probably won’t miss him.</a> Also:<a href="http://www.ultimatenyg.com/2012-articles/march/mm-and-game-winning-drives.html">Mario
Manningham’s exit </a>andthe relatively modest price the 49ers paid to land
him: “Iwould not have had a problem with Reese paying that amount to keep Mario

Matt Waldman, the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, on Manningham’s flaws: (http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/)</p>

Wide receivers can correct route skills. It’s just a matter of work and
drilling on how to execute the correct kinds of breaks and effective techniques
to separate from press coverage. This is why a player like Mario Manningham is
so frustrating to me. He flashes terrific physical skills and good ball skills
as a pure receiver. However, his lapses with technique were frequent enough that
the Giants had no problem letting him go. I will not be surprised if Manningham
busts in San Francisco. I hope not, but I don’t believe in his past work ethic
because he repeatedly made the same mistakes you don’t see from other
top-starting receivers with his experience.</p></blockquote>

Extra point If nothing else, the Jets serve as an extra
source of motivation for the Giants, and <a href="http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/giants-and-jets-and-the-story-of-the-year/">nobody
inspires them like Rex Ryan.</a>"</p></div></div>