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  • NY Giants: Can David Wilson & Andre Brown Reproduce "Thunder and Lightning"?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/york-gi...181400064.html

    Excerpt: "COMMENTARY |

    David Wilson and Andre Brown will compete in training camp to be the New York Giants' lead running back this season, but does it really matter who wins the starting job? Most likely, Wilson and Brown will share carries, like Big Blue running back combos before them.

    I don't see it working any other way.

    Wilson and Brown have 146 pro carries between them, so they're both unproven despite solid campaigns last year. Furthermore, the two of them have complementary running styles. Brown, who rushed for a team-high eight touchdowns in 2012, is built to run between the tackles. The burly back is ideal for short-yardage situations and getting the ball on the goal line. Wilson, on the other hand, is a dynamic, open-field runner who averaged five yards per carry last season.


    Thunder and Lightning


    A two-headed rushing attack has worked for the Giants in the past. Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs shared the rushing load and ran for a combined 2,058 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2010. Two years earlier, Jacobs and Derrick Ward rushed for 1,089 and 1,025 yards, respectively. But Wilson and Brown are reminiscent of the thunder-and-lightning tandem of Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. Barber and Dayne rushed for a combined 1,776 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2000, as the G-Men went 12-4 and won NFC East.


    At this early stage of Wilson's career, it may not be fair to compare him Barber, who is the team's all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards, but there are similarities in size and style between the two players. In fact, Barber praised Wilson last week, calling him "as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had." Again, Wilson still has a lot to prove (read my three keys to his season), but there's no reason he can't rush for at least 1,000 yards as the first option out of the backfield.


    As far as Brown goes, saying he's the next Dayne could be perceived as an insult. Dayne's rookie season with the Giants in 2000 was his best in New York, but his numbers declined in each of the next three seasons. For one season (2000), however, the former first-round pick delivered, as he rumbled for 770 yards and five touchdowns. Brown, who ran for 385 yards in 10 games last season, is capable of duplicating those numbers with another 8-10 touchdowns to boot. " Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    If the line improves, and Andre Brown doesn't get injured, they can be the new Thunder and Lightning.
    Mood: WOOF!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rudyy View Post
      If the line improves, and Andre Brown doesn't get injured, they can be the new Thunder and Lightning.
      Although, the line was not the problem regarding our poor running game last year.

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      • #4
        a simple answer to the question is yes, if the line can just manage to be average then yes I believe these two backs are talented enough to have great seasons

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
          Although, the line was not the problem regarding our poor running game last year.
          It was a part of the problem, yes. They improved from 2011, but still inconsistent.
          Mood: WOOF!

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          • #6
            sooo stoked to see this offense. so explosive. dont care who starts alto my preference would be Wilson. AB2 has a great style all his own tho as well. Gonna be so awesome watching defenses **** a brick trying to figure out a way to stop our defense.

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            • #7
              they can be thunder and lightening again and id like to see that; however the o-line is as much a factor as Wilson and/or Brown.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Rudyy View Post
                It was a part of the problem, yes. They improved from 2011, but still inconsistent.
                It was a much smaller part then most folks realize. People forget Bradshaw's woes. When Brown stepped in, we beasted. And DW, in his twenty-something carries was electric every time he got the ball and churned out big yards regardless who he was running behind. As long as the line doesn't get any worse, we'll have a much more potent, and effective rushing attack this year.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
                  It was a much smaller part then most folks realize. People forget Bradshaw's woes. When Brown stepped in, we beasted. And DW, in his twenty-something carries was electric every time he got the ball and churned out big yards regardless who he was running behind. As long as the line doesn't get any worse, we'll have a much more potent, and effective rushing attack this year.
                  Small part or not, they still need to improve.
                  Mood: WOOF!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rudyy View Post
                    Small part or not, they still need to improve.
                    The whole team does. From the underachievement that was last year. Thats what the offseason is for.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
                      The whole team indeed. From the underachievement that was last year.
                      Yes. But this is about our running game, and the way the offensive line plays will affect how our run game plays.
                      Mood: WOOF!

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                      • #12
                        The point of getting good RB's is so you can have a good running game. We have those guys. Our line wasn't that bad in run blocking like everyone likes to think. When Brown went down, it suffered badly.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rusty192 View Post
                          The point of getting good RB's is so you can have a good running game. We have those guys. Our line wasn't that bad in run blocking like everyone likes to think. When Brown went down, it suffered badly.
                          They weren't terrible, but they can still play better.
                          Mood: WOOF!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rudyy View Post
                            They weren't terrible, but they can still play better.
                            LOLOLOL

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rudyy View Post
                              They weren't terrible, but they can still play better.
                              Sure they can, but we can still have the 'thunder & lighting' duo this year with the talent of Wilson and a rejuvenated Brown.

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