1. the giants issues our plain old fashioned football issues. its the same issues of how and why we beat both GB and SF in the playoffs as pretty significant underdogs. Sometimes things just don't go your way in football.
2. I think the one silver lining from this season, if unsuccessful, will be that you can't always get it done at the last minute, in the last few games, in the 4th quarter. You play that game too much and you'll come out losers more often than winners.
I been saying for a while that Eli Manning carries this team. And I dont know what Reese is going to do, after the Eli Manning Era. Like the original poster said, Eli Manning helps the running game and pass rush as well. Eli Manning can make receivers like Barden look good. I think the lack of talent around Eli is starting to catch up with Reese and the Giants. Nicks is limping around, Bennett is invisible out there, and our running game is so trash we are praying for them not to fumble it. This team cant run the ball against 6 or 7 in the box. You cant tell me that Reese surrounded Eli with adequate talent, Eli cant even step up in the pocket because of Baas and Boothe.. What is Reese doing to this team? Wheres are 3rd receiver, tight end, running backs, offensive line. Reese is working with a tight cap and instead of making a good solution to the problem, he puts a band-aid over it by restructing contracts and getting himself into the same dilemma the next year. Way to go Reese! This man should go back to scouting and lets bring in a GM that has a clue.
The team kind of reminds me of the Bills of the 90's where guys were hanging around too long because of their success in getting to Super Bowls. They got there but didn't win it. Marv Levy had a loyalty to alot of the players and kept them together as long as he could...Gardner, Thomas, Reed, Smith...all of them started to decline and teams were countering them.
Its definitely not the time to start changing things. We need to get younger and develop are new players, but this team as it is now is leading he division and its not the time to hit the panic button. Eli is good and when he is on, he is on. But he really did throw away two-or-three games this year. he constantly avoids short open passes in the flat to make risky down field passes and audibles out of third and 1. As much as eli is reposible for our wins he is also responsible for our failures. Look at the redskins game,that game was over if giants go on a 6 minute clock killing drive the game is over, but when Eli trys to be Brady it goes bad fast, the giants letthe skins take the lead and they were lucky they got let off the hook. If the giants would just run the ball (like in the steelers game. even if it is not effective they probably would waist enough time to win. but they dont, so they dont.
A byproduct of their success.... Hmmmmmm. Here's the deal: This team has a few issues that it didn't address in the off season. No. 1 is the O line.. Without changing this quality the O will continue to struggle. . No. 2 is Eli is not making up for the p[oorproduction of the rest of the team( includes the coaches). No. 3 Our defense no longer has a title, a definition. We are no longer a Dline killer defense. We have become like every other team in the league: 1 good DED with othert players, nothing special to add to the mix. Nothing like Strahan, Osi and Tuck, etal. Those 3 are a good start!
Now, I'm not saying the team has been expecting Eli to win the games singlehandedly, but sometimes it appears from my perspective, that they are not doing everything they can to win these games and maybe think that Eli will work his magic like he has done so many times before. The guy is probably exhausted.