02-20-2012, 08:26 PM
GIANTS' SEASON: BIG GIANTS BOOM'S ANNUAL GRADES (PART1) (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/new_york_giants_season_big_giants_booms_annual_gra des_part_one/10021822)

"The New York Giants finished this season hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy as
the champions of the NFL. It wasn't always pretty. It wasn't always effective.
But the Giants made the most of their opportunities when they needed to.
<div>With the high of the Super Bowl championship last week beginning to settle
us all back into reality, the staff can finally take a realistic view of the
Giants and their performance over the entire season. This will be an in depth
look per position and will be divided into three parts. The first part handles
the offense. The second part tackles the defense and the third part goes into
special teams, coaching and intangibles. </div>
<div>Each category will have an overall grade awarded to it. Some may be
obvious, while others may surprise you. All will be forthright and objective.
With that said, let's begin with the Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and his
supporting cast.<div>
<div>QB- David Carr had an absolutely stellar seasonÖ</div>
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Just kidding, it was ALL Eli Manning.</div>
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Manning had hands down the best season of his career.
Put aside the stats for a minute, and look at the intangibles he brought to the
game. </div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">A quarterback is supposed to keep his composure in pressure
situations and be a leader in the huddle. Manning was that and more this
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<div class="MsoNormal">Itís almost like he wants his team to be behind in the
fourth quarter because he knows he will march down the field for the
game-winning score.</div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">We hear about guys like Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham
having great seasons or making clutch plays, but remember, itís Manning that
sets them up. Eli was the reason that those receivers made it big. </div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">Frankly, football fans and analysts can debate all they
want about where to rank Eli among Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. All
we care about is the second Super Bowl ring on Eliís hand.</div>
<div class="MsoNormal">All this Hall of Fame discussion already is way too
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<div class="MsoNormal">Manning still has another five-10 years at least of
performing at the highest level. Thereís a chance he can take home two more
Super Bowl rings and MVPís. Would he be a Hall of Famer then, Kurt Warner?</div>
<div class="MsoNormal">Either way, Giants fans, we know one thing: We have the
most clutch player in the league on our side.</div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">Grade: A+ (Written by Jim

RB/FB- Normally known as a rushing team, the Giants
relied heavily on their passing attack this season. The reasons for that are
two-fold: 1) Eli Manning was unstoppable through the air and utilized his
weapons well on the outside 2) The teamís running game was at times
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<div class="MsoNormal">Ahmad Bradshaw was on and off the field due to injuries. He
only rushed for over 100 yards onceóthe Week 6 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Still, his explosive capabilities when fully healthy are something the Giants
will look forward to next season. He can be an excellent check down option on
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<div class="MsoNormal">And of course thereís big bad Brandon Jacobs. Sometimes
this season, it seemed that Jacobs was all talk and no results. Granted, he
accepted his role as the teamís secondary back to Bradshaw, but still, when you
have that sort of frame, converting on third-and-one shouldnít even be a
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<div class="MsoNormal">Too many times this season, the Giants were forced to punt
since Jacobs couldnít pick up the one-yard needed for a first down. When he
tries to move laterally rather than run north and south, heís very
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<div class="MsoNormal">But Jacobs came up big in some big spots. He averaged 4.0
yards per carry in the Giantsí regular season win over the Patriots, and he
rushed for over 100 yards in the critical first win over the Cowboys. He showed
up in a big way against the Falcons in the playoffs with a 92-yard rushing
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<div class="MsoNormal">Based on contract issues and salary cap room, Jacobs may
have played his last game as a Giant. Weíll have to wait and see how this
situation unfolds.</div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">As for fullback, have can you not love Henry Hynoski? He's
the type of player that goes out there, gets dirty and banged up each week, and
doesn't seek any recognition. He caught a few passes in the Super Bowl and may
see his workload increase next season. He was a good find this year and a very
good run blocker.</div>
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<div class="MsoNormal">Overall, if the Giants can regain their rushing attack from
previous years, just imagine the dynamic offense they could have when Manning is
onówhich seems to be every game.</div><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Cambria; FONT-SIZE: 12pt">Grade: B- (written by
Jim Mancari)</span><div>

WR-The three headed monster of the New York Giants
performed exceptionally well this season. Last season the WR position was
riddled with injuries and a dwindling line of back ups. The Giants were pulling
guys in and it helped but didnít bring the success that they desperately

This season was a complete turn around with the trio of Hakeem
Nicks, Mario Manningham and the emergence of Victor Cruz. They became dependable
targets for Eli and always managed to come down with the ball when it

I honestly donít think that the Giants would have made it as
far as they did without these three players. Eliís game was at a high level and
itís because he was able to trust in his receivers and knew they would make the
big plays. It is a quarterbacks dream to have that.

It always seemed that
when one of the players had an off day that they others stepped up. Itís like
dealing with triplets. You know how they say that you can feel what the other is
feeling or thinking? Well I believe these three had the same kind of capability.
When Nicks had a quiet night and wasnít able to get things going it would be
Cruz who would come in and it would be the same if Cruz was off then Manningham
would pick it up.

What I particularly love about these guys is that none
of them crave the limelight. There was never a time when one of them had
jealously or stepped out and made an issue about each other. They are
professionals and acted as such.

I was extremely impressed with these
guys. They played their hearts out and played with great heart and did an
amazing job in helping the New York Giants win the Superbowl.

I was
extremely impressed with Mario Manningham in the postseason. He had been dealing
with injuries during the season but when it came down to it, when he was called
on he delivered. He is a guy that I would like to see back on the team but he is
a free agent so who knows what will happen.

Victor Cruz was a dream
asset. He put spark into the game and made plays that in all seriousness I donít
believed catapulted the team into the postseason. He broke Amaniís record for
receiving yards in his first real year of playing. There was a time when he
almost would have been released but he learned, listened and stayed humble.
Thatís a true Giant.

Nicks is going to continue to be the star that he
is. In my opinion his best game was against the Green Bay Packers. He is huge
part of the team and he stays humble as well. Everyone knows how good he is and
the skills that he has at the position is so good and he is a

There were other contributors on the WRís but of course
everyone knows these three stand out the most. Devin Thomas did a good job but
really stood out more on Special Teams and Ramses Barden played a little bit but
was able to help the team in certain situations.

Outside of Eli Manning
playing at an elite level and the defensive front four getting healthy at the
same time and showing dominance, the Wide Receiverís are the top performing
group out of the team.

My grade for the group is an A (written
by Alyssa "G-Men Girl" Franklin)

TE- The Giants started
the off-season with a huge question mark at this position. After the departure
of Kevin Boss, it seemed like the team had no in-house solution for filling the
void left behind. That assumption turned out to be wrong. It seemed they would
have to lean heavily on Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum. This tandem would prove
to be adequate, but neither one emerged as the starter. They signed undrafted
free agent Jake Ballard.

With the starting TE position up for grabs from
the beginning, Ballard took full advantage and won the job outright. He quickly
became a go-to guy for Eli Manning. In the very first game, he had a 41 yard
catch as part of his two catch, 59 yard debut. From games five through eight, he
got hot. He totaled 16 catches, 275 yards and one very important game-winning
TD against the New England Patriots.

Overall, he had 38 catches for 604
yards with four TD's. Pascoe added 12 catches for 136 yards and Travis Beckum
chimed in with five catches for 93 yards and one big 67 yard TD catch against
the Green Bay Packers.

In the playoffs, they all stepped up their game
even more. Beckum had seven catches total for 45 yards, Pascoe had five catches
for 39 yards with a TD and Ballard had five catches for 43 yards. When comparing
that to Kevin Boss, the weapon we all thought we would miss, there is no
comparison. Boss had 28 catches, 368 yards and 3 TD's for his new home in
Oakland. Ballard alone blows him away in all stats.

Furthermore, Boss had
35 catches for 531 yards and five TD's last season here. Again, Ballard alone
beats that, except for TD's. In the end, GM Jerry Reese knew what he was doing
by cutting ties with Boss and staying within the organization for the answers
they needed.

Grade: B+ (written by Frank Gray)</div>
<div>OL-The o-line was like a card deck. There was so much shuffling
around with players when guys like David Baas and Will Beatty were out with
injuries but they made it work.

David Diehl had to move and Kareem
McKenzie had to be shuffled it seemed to work better. The running game had a
spurt and was able to help the offense because there seemed to be a better flow
working with the front line.

They did a pretty good job with protecting
Eli but you can see where age is starting to take its toll.

The Giants
are going to have to do a good job in the draft and free agency to get some guys
to come in and be prepared to take some veterans places.

Kareem will
probably be a free agency casualty and end up somewhere else. Hopefully Will
Beatty and Stacy Andrews will be able to come back from IR and make a

For the most part, I thought that the o-line did a good job
with what they had. Like I said earlier, protection was good but it definitely
has to get better. Also the Giants can not afford to be dead last in the running
game. The running game is the bread and butter and what the Giants are known for
that the organization needs to get the o-line going and get some guys in there
that will help make it happen.

When you saw the o-line go up against the
one of the best defensive lines in the league with San Fran they had a hard time
holding them back. Again a game where you can see that maybe age is against

My grade for this position is a C+. I think that is fair.
Like I said it is time for new blood. The shuffling will not work for too much
longer and they need to work on a line that can block and protect. I am not
saying that they are bad but things have to get better." (written by Alyssa
"G-Men Girl" Franklin)


02-20-2012, 08:55 PM
good start with the grades c-for o-line is fair! ELI is A+,RB-C,WR-A,TE-C+

02-20-2012, 09:03 PM
I agree with and enjoy the comments about the WRs, but I refuse to acknowledge any grade below A+/maximum possible grade. We are not a 4-WR, 5-WR offense where another WR can be legitamently be brought in for grading. Eli did not have a flashy TE like Gronkowski, A. Hernandez, or J. Graham to pass to (Ballard was just fine). Eli did not have a consistent running game to lean on for the regular season (last ranked rushing offense).

Eli had these 3 amazing wide receivers as work-horses (yea i just put workhorses and wide receivers together) from start to end, put up career numbers and won the Super Bowl....

02-21-2012, 08:17 AM
I would have to agree with those grades.