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    WHAT TO MAKE OF THE GIANTS' OFFENSIVE LINE HEADING INTO 2012

    WHAT TO MAKE OF THE GIANTS' OFFENSIVE LINE HEADING INTO 2012

    "The New York
    Giants
    managed to wade through the 2011 regular season with a revolving door
    at most all positions along the offensive line before they finally settled in
    during the later part of the season.


    The team finished dead last in the NFL in rushing and were considered by ProFootballFocus.com to be the second worst
    offensive line in the NFL.




    In light of their underachievement, many think the offensive line is set to
    undergo a huge overhaul.





    New York
    Giants
    quarterback Eli
    Manning
    (R) jumps into the arms of guard David
    Diehl
    (66) after throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hakeem
    Nicks (88) during the second quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff against the
    Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
    UPI/Brian Kersey















    Not so fast.




    There were a number of factors that may have led to sub- par play along the
    offensive front which not everyone has taken into consideration.




    First off is the overall health of the unit.




    Left tackle William Beatty suffered a detached retina during a game against
    the Philadelphia Eagles which he also entered with a back injury. To that point,
    he was having a fine season protecting Manning's blind side.




    David
    Diehl
    isconsidered "done" by Walterfootball.com and his move to left
    guard was considered a disaster by ProFootballFocus. These two sources arbitrarily
    assign grades to players across the NFL which measure how well a player is performing, surely
    leaving off some very important factors (such as assignments, screen passes, and
    health).




    First off, Diehl was dealing with a broken hand for a large portion of the
    season.




    Secondly, he was constantly faced with new blood to his left and right in
    David Baas, William Beatty, and Kevin
    Boothe
    from game to game. Working with new and oft injured center David Baas
    left some hesitation between the two which may have added to the interior
    pressure that Eli
    Manning
    faced during the season.




    Diehl knows where he stands with the team and he understands the team
    oriented nature of football.





    “The game of football, the best critics are your teammates and your
    coaches. Those are the guys who know what’s going on during individual plays,
    that know what it takes to accomplish a job,” Diehl said.




    Football’s
    a game where it takes all 11 guys to do their job in order to complete
    something. Even though something may happen to somebody, it’s not always that
    person’s fault.




    “But the thing is we’re all accountable guys. It’s not like you say, ‘This
    guy did it.’ Everybody takes it like a man. You win as a team and you lose as a
    team.”




    On a number of plays where Diehlallowed a "pressure", it was a screen pass, a stunt that was mishandled assignment by a
    teammate that allowed someone to cross his face, or even a tripping by a
    teammate. The arbitrary "pressure" stat is next to meaningless the way it is
    being portrayed.




    The group of Rich Seubert, Shaun O' Hara, and David
    Diehl
    provided the team with an incredible level of continuity and unspoken
    communication that allowed a rather pedestrian group of guys to thrive as a
    unit.




    Center David Baas doesn't lack any of the physical tools needed to play
    center. Center is one of the most cerebral positions in all of sports, and
    having to learn the playbook in a months time while dealing with a serious neck
    injury and a host of new faces around him, Baas was in a lose lose
    situation.




    Chris
    Snee
    , typically one of the most rock steady players in the NFL, was dealing
    with injury over the course of the season. He left the Seattle game with a
    concussion and was also dealing with a number of other issues.




    In fact, according to a source familiar with the situation, Snee is debating
    offseason surgery.




    So far, 4 out of 4 linemen have played seriously injured.




    Right tackle Kareem
    McKenzie
    had age creep up on him quickly and was not his usual rock solid
    self this year. He also dealt with a toe injury this season.




    Consider 2011 a perfect storm of bad circumstances along the line. With no
    time to get to know one another, the line was left to deal with a rotating cast
    around them while all dealing with injuries throughout the season.




    While line is viewed as a priority for New York, it is likely that one between Diehl (who is one
    of the most cerebral offensive linemen in the league) and Beatty moves to right
    tackle next season while Kareem
    McKenzie
    moves on. With the other taking over at left tackle, Kevin
    Boothe
    and Mitch
    Petrus
    will fight for the left guard position.




    Adding depth is always important, but in terms of starters, the Giants will
    likely begin 2012 with 5 men already on their roster. With more time in the film
    room and hopefully less time in the ice bath, keeping the line together should
    prove to be an economic decision for Jerry Reese that will likely see payoff in
    2012."

    “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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    Re: WHAT TO MAKE OF THE GIANTS' OFFENSIVE LINE HEADING INTO 2012

    just not good,Snee is the only man standing!!!

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    Re: WHAT TO MAKE OF THE GIANTS' OFFENSIVE LINE HEADING INTO 2012

    [quote user="Voldamort"]just not good,Snee is the only man standing!!![/quote]

    Not really, but it can seem that way. Boothe and Beatty (assuming health) were solid and will hopefully be to the left side of Baas (assuming health). Snee is solid and Diehl may move over to RT. Now TE is a big gap at the moment but Reese will find a fix for that.
    “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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