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  • Giants' Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty On David Diehl

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: ""You would love to say itís this one thing or one person or one aspect, but it doesnít work out that way," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "Believe me when I tell you this, itís all of us. We all have to do better."

    That was the case Sunday, as the entire offensive line had trouble keeping defensive tackle Geno Atkins and the rest of the defensive line off of Manning. Atkins didn't register a sack, but according to Pro Football Focus he hit Manning four times and added five hurries. The Bengals racked up four sacks as a team.

    Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said the game situation didn't make it easier against the Bengals' potent pass rush. Down 14-0 early, the Giants were forced to pass the ball more than they had planned and Bengals brought the pressure.

    Flaherty said Diehl, who sprained his MCL in the first quarter of the Giants' Week 2 win over the Buccaneers, was given his job back because "you don't really lose your job because of an injury." Diehl returned as the team's jumbo tight end for three games before he was given back the starting spot at right tackle against the Steelers. Locklear, because of Will Beatty's emergence at left tackle, was relegated to jumbo tight end duty.

    After the Steelers' win, Diehl took the blame for surrendering a sack to Lamarr Woodley on third-and-10 that resulted in a Manning fumble on what proved to be Giants' final drive.

    Flaherty admitted that Diehl, a 10-year veteran, is still transitioning to right tackle after spending the last seven seasons exclusively between left tackle and left guard. Diehl hadn't focused on right tackle since his second season in 2004 when he started all 16 games there. He started 16 games at right guard his rookie year.

    "I think the time he was injured set him back in terms of his techniques and fundamentals, and he needs to get continue to catch up with those," Flahety said.

    "I think the mental part of it is easier, knowing what to do within the framework of the offense is easy. The technique's not. It's not," Flaherty later added about switching positions on the offensive line. "Because you got a guy who's playing left defensive end everyday and he's going to pass rush. You're the right tackle. You have to do that everyday. Now, can you get your technique, your fundamentals down within certain amount of time? Yeah, you can. But the change is challenging."

    Flaherty said Locklear, a nine-year veteran signed over the offseason, handled the switch from left tackle -- where he played during training camp and started the first two games -- to right tackle "as good as any professional I've been around." But even Locklear squashed the notion that his play was as pristine as the numbers indicate.

    "When I was in there I bet you there were four or five times where's Eli gotten rid of the ball before I let him get hit," Locklear said. "There was twice in Dallas where I couldn't hear and they came almost free untouched, but he got rid of the ball. That's just the difference in games. And I said it before, I think we went three or four games without giving up a sack and I said eventually it's going to catch up where he's not getting rid of the ball or guys aren't getting open but it was going to happen." Read more...

  • GameTime
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    Originally posted by moosedrool View Post
    You have got to be kidding me. Diehl has given up 4 sacks and 11 pressures in 3 1/2 games.
    opps...wrong thread. Thought I clicked on the Cruz topic....

    As much as I respect DD and his tenure as a Giant he shoudl be no more than a back up.....

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  • SG88
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    Originally posted by joemorrisforprez View Post
    That would be far too easy....everything with this franchise needs to be handled at the last possible moment.....so don't expect any changes until the Giants playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.
    Maybe they're waiting for Eli to get knocked out with a concussion before they bench Diehl. SMDH

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  • Die-Hard
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    To break out an old cliche...

    A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link

    The difference with Diehl in at RT is like night and day, and it's not good. I can't stand the stubbornness of this organization sometimes. A blind man can see that changes have to be made immediately, but they wont make them, and all because of loyalty. An injury cant cost you your job? It sure would cost me mine if I couldn't do my job, and I'd also lose my job if someone else came in and did it better than me.

    Its something that I despise about this current regime. Loyalty doesn't pay the bills, and it doesn't win games.

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  • moosedrool
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    Flaherty says the change from LT to RT is challenging. So why not play Locklear who does not have that challenge? He's played RT most of his career.

    Usually the Giants second half collapses were due to numerous injuries. Blame this years collapse on Flaherty and Coughlin's stubborn behavior and stupidity.

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  • Eliscruzzz
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    Originally posted by JesseJames View Post
    I think you do lose your job because of injury especially if the guy who replaces you plays better than you were before the injury, loyalty doesn't trump whats best for the team...
    this

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  • JesseJames
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    I think you do lose your job because of injury especially if the guy who replaces you plays better than you were before the injury, loyalty doesn't trump whats best for the team...

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  • moosedrool
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    Originally posted by GameTime View Post
    he doesnt deserved to get benched.
    You have got to be kidding me. Diehl has given up 4 sacks and 11 pressures in 3 1/2 games.
    Last edited by moosedrool; 11-13-2012, 04:01 PM.

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  • joemorrisforprez
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    Originally posted by sharick88 View Post
    Why the **** do the continue to feed us this bull**** and give Diehl the benefit of the doubt. Diehl got abused by an undersized DE that no one outside of Bengals nation even knows about. How about they just keep it real and bench Diehl's sorry ***?
    That would be far too easy....everything with this franchise needs to be handled at the last possible moment.....so don't expect any changes until the Giants playoff hopes are hanging by a thread.

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  • GameTime
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    he doesnt deserved to get benched. He, like the rest of the O, has to step the **** up and start playing better

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  • BlueSanta
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    Originally posted by OX1 View Post
    or Belichick.......
    Oh I like that!

    610 posts since 2007, you need to up that if your gonna come up with lil gems like this 1.

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  • Cloud57
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    Benching him would hurt his feelings, and since he's a vet they don't want his feelings to get hurt.

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  • Eli2Shockey4aTD
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    The O-Line is a unit and if one part of that unit is attrocious it can bring down the whole line. With Locklear in the unit seemed more cohesive. With Diehl in they seem overmatched. Simple.

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  • SG88
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    Why the **** do the continue to feed us this bull**** and give Diehl the benefit of the doubt. Diehl got abused by an undersized DE that no one outside of Bengals nation even knows about. How about they just keep it real and bench Diehl's sorry ***?

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  • egyptian420
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    Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    "you don't really lose your job because of an injury."
    Just the way that sounds INFURIATES me. Going by this logic, Cruz should've went back to 3rd on the depth chart when Hixon returned since "you don't lose a job because of an injury" and Cruz was a replacement for Hixon.

    I don't care if we noticed who we had because of an injury to a starter, he was clearly better when he was starting, and then just for extra measures, we brought Deihl back just to make sure and it's become painfully obvious for those who are hard headed. Why they're still sticking with this ridiculous assessment is beyond me. I don't know if its an ego issue or if they actually think Deihl's individual performance is actually better than Locklear.

    Even if they have other reasons to start DD (can't even imagine one)...saying it this way just angers me as I'm sure it does many other fans as well.
    Last edited by egyptian420; 11-13-2012, 02:42 PM.

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