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RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 02:20 PM
http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21739/five-giant-issues-nicks-injuries

Excerpt: "There were plenty of things that went wrong in the New York Giants (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/nyg/new-york-giants)' title defense in 2012.

This week we are taking a look at five issues that kept the Giants from making it back to the playoffs one season after winning it all. We’ve already looked at the pass rush (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21648/five-giant-issues-the-pass-rush), Corey Webster’s struggles (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21669/five-giant-issues-corey-webster) and the Giants’ missing intangibles (http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/21687/five-giants-reasons-missing-intangibles). Today we explore the impact of Hakeem Nicks (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12586/hakeem-nicks)' injuries.

The numbers: Nicks finished third on the Giants with 53 receptions, notching 692 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first time in three seasons that Nicks did not have at least 76 receptions, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns in a season.

The reasons: Nicks’ season got off to a painful start when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the team’s second OTA in late May.

He had surgery and was brought along slowly during training camp. But he missed valuable offseason and training camp reps with Eli Manning (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/5526/eli-manning).

Nicks didn’t look like himself from the start as he played with pain in his foot and acknowledged it would take awhile for him to regain his old form.

In Week 2, Nicks exploded for 10 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown, but landed hard on his knee late in the fourth quarter. The Giants opted to rest Nicks with a Thursday night game at Carolina. But despite the week off, Nicks’ knee experienced swelling before the Giants’ Week 4 game at Philadelphia.

Nicks ended up sitting out three straight games –- he said he was initially told he may have needed up to eight weeks of rest -- before returning to action.

Nicks attempted to play through the pain but wasn’t able to practice most of the time, and Manning admitted that negatively affected the offense’s timing.

On top of that, a hobbled Nicks wasn’t able to explode and release the way he normally can." Read more...

Rudyy
01-10-2013, 02:23 PM
But it was Eli's 100 million dollar responsibility to heal Hakeem's knee and foot, and raise the level of play from Hakeem.

Buddy333
01-10-2013, 02:39 PM
But it was Eli's 100 million dollar responsibility to heal Hakeem's knee and foot, and raise the level of play from Hakeem.Who said that? Should a $100 million QB blame a WR for his poor play?

Rudyy
01-10-2013, 02:42 PM
Who said that? Should a $100 million QB blame a WR for his poor play?It was sarcasm. And no, he shouldnt be blamed but Hakeem is the reason why our offenses production plummeted, as well as Eli.

RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 02:43 PM
It was sarcasm. And no, he shouldnt be blamed but Hakeem is the reason why our offenses production plummeted, as well as Eli.

And the Oline, and the running game

Buddy333
01-10-2013, 02:46 PM
Yeah but the running game and OL where worse the year before.

Rudyy
01-10-2013, 02:47 PM
Yeah but the running game and OL where worse the year before.Both of them were inconsistent despite better numbers this year though.

RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 02:48 PM
Yeah but the running game and OL where worse the year before.

Perhaps, but its' not the effort of one or two players or coaches that sank the 2012 season. One of us gets to look forward to the 2013 season. :rolleyes:

Rudyy
01-10-2013, 02:49 PM
Perhaps, but its' not the effort of one or two players or coaches that sank the 2012 season. One of us gets to look forward to the 2013 season. :rolleyes:Ha

Buddy333
01-10-2013, 02:49 PM
They lost as a team for sure, but every once in a while one player can make the difference in a game.

RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 02:51 PM
They lost as a team for sure, but every once in a while one player can make the difference in a game.

In a game, maybe, but not the season

Buddy333
01-10-2013, 02:51 PM
In a game, maybe, but not the seasonThey where one game from making the playoffs right?

RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 02:55 PM
They where one game from making the playoffs right?

Yes, that's true. But winning one more game would not have fixed the problems we all saw week in and week out with few exceptions. It's those problems that resulted in our sitting out the playoffs and I, personally, believe it was better for us to not make the playoffs again at 9 - 7 for fear we would have been lulled into a false sense of security that that was always going to be enough.

Buddy333
01-10-2013, 03:06 PM
Yes, that's true. But winning one more game would not have fixed the problems we all saw week in and week out with few exceptions. It's those problems that resulted in our sitting out the playoffs and I, personally, believe it was better for us to not make the playoffs again at 9 - 7 for fear we would have been lulled into a false sense of security that that was always going to be enough.Agree, they where not a playoff team. This was not the 2011 team.

AntB
01-10-2013, 06:23 PM
He gets injured because he's a fighter and we need those kind on the team. The botton line is we were not the same without him so we keep him and try to get or groom more like him because when you play that physical anyone will get banged up. Cruz is good for what he is but we also need receivers who can win the hysical battle.

RoanokeFan
01-10-2013, 07:47 PM
He gets injured because he's a fighter and we need those kind on the team. The botton line is we were not the same without him so we keep him and try to get or groom more like him because when you play that physical anyone will get banged up. Cruz is good for what he is but we also need receivers who can win the hysical battle.

Nicks and Cruz are better playes when they are both on the field and healthy

nhpgiantsfan
01-10-2013, 08:06 PM
It's easy to say its a team game and all that good stuff. But I am fairly confident that if Nicks was 100% this year, we def would be in the playoffs right now. The offenses struggles in my opinion can directly be attributed to Nicks' injury. I am not saying we would be a SB contender but def an extra game or two in the regular season.