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    NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    "Most New York
    Giants fans remember wide receiver and return specialist, DeSean Jackson in a
    painful way. Let it go. It was two seasons ago. It happened so change could
    come…


    As the New York
    Jets let punter Steve
    Weatherford
    hit free agency after two seasons, the Giants front office
    signed him to a one-year deal and brought him into 2011’s training camp to
    compete with Matt Dodge.




    Next big difference-maker to be brought on board was former player in the AFC
    East (and three-time Super Bowl Champion), Larry
    Izzo
    . Izzo was named Special Teams Assistant to Tom Quinn.
    He still had the mindset of a player and the knowledge on that level to reach
    his peers from a new coaching level.




    Besides having a punter that could put the ball inside the 20 again, the
    Giants had faster guys that were able to focus on the “controlled chaos” that
    special teams embodies while learning to also create opportunities. Special
    Teams isn’t only about return. Big Blue began attacking the ball and
    capitalizing on huge turnovers on this, the third side of the rock. Rookies,
    especially, would take swipes at the football if the tackle couldn’t be made while others were
    fully aware at all times in case the need to pounce on that fumble arose. This
    proved to be game-changing at times. Getting the ball back in the red zone for
    the Giants’ high-powered offense put the team in positions to assume leads and
    also put the team in the Super Bowl this year.




    Return men: Devin
    Thomas
    , Will Blackmon, D.J. Ware, Da’Rel Scott, Jerrel Jernigan and Aaron
    Ross had a few good returns, but never anything explosive. Thomas had come the
    closest with a 73-yard kick returned against the Chicago Bears in the
    pre-season. Their best return man, Domenik
    Hixon
    , went down against the Seahawks with another torn ACL. Holding onto
    the football
    seemed to be the major issue. Anyone for calling in Bill Parcells to teach them
    a la the Dave Meggett and Curtis Martin School of
    “Yell-At-Me-Until-I-Learn-How-To: plant, catch, then run it out”?




    Part of Head Coach Tom
    Coughlin
    ’s philosophy is that there’s always room for improvement. So where
    is the progress/upgrade needed? Perhaps it’s just more training/another year
    with this new “organized chaos” system that should be on deck? Should the Giants
    draft an explosive returner? Could part of the answer be as simple as finding a
    ST gunner that’s been lacking for the better part of several years? Pick your
    poison. This side of the ball is special once again."


    “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: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    I thought our ST' where much improved. We just need a spark on our punt returns.

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    Re: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    Punting was much improved, kicking was much improved (thanks to the rule
    change), coverage was much improved (thanks to the punting). But,
    there is no way anyone could call our return team "special". I would
    call it below average. Our longest kick return was 40 yards and longest
    punt return was 18 (ranked 31st). We could definitely use a game
    changing return man on this roster.

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    Re: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    [quote user="lamas"]Punting was much improved, kicking was much improved (thanks to the rule
    change), coverage was much improved (thanks to the punting). But,
    there is no way anyone could call our return team "special". I would
    call it below average. Our longest kick return was 40 yards and longest
    punt return was 18 (ranked 31st). We could definitely use a game
    changing return man on this roster.[/quote]

    With Hixon being signed, we will hopefully have a return game again.
    “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: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lamas"]Punting was much improved, kicking was much improved (thanks to the rule
    change), coverage was much improved (thanks to the punting). But,
    there is no way anyone could call our return team "special". I would
    call it below average. Our longest kick return was 40 yards and longest
    punt return was 18 (ranked 31st). We could definitely use a game
    changing return man on this roster.[/quote]

    With Hixon being signed, we will hopefully have a return game again.
    [/quote]

    I would love nothing more than to see Hixon back returning the ball with the same ability as years past. I'm just worried that the twice (in two years) repaired ACL will hold him back or become injured again.

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    Re: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    [quote user="lamas"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lamas"]Punting was much improved, kicking was much improved (thanks to the rule
    change), coverage was much improved (thanks to the punting). But,
    there is no way anyone could call our return team "special". I would
    call it below average. Our longest kick return was 40 yards and longest
    punt return was 18 (ranked 31st). We could definitely use a game
    changing return man on this roster.[/quote]

    With Hixon being signed, we will hopefully have a return game again.
    [/quote]

    I would love nothing more than to see Hixon back returning the ball with the same ability as years past. I'm just worried that the twice (in two years) repaired ACL will hold him back or become injured again.
    [/quote]

    Keep the faith! Let's hope he's the same Hixon we all want to be on the field.
    “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: NEW YORK GIANTS' SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL AGAIN

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lamas"][quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="lamas"]Punting was much improved, kicking was much improved (thanks to the rule
    change), coverage was much improved (thanks to the punting).* But,
    there is no way anyone could call our return team "special".* I would
    call it below average.* Our longest kick return was 40 yards and longest
    punt return was 18 (ranked 31st).* We could definitely use a game
    changing return man on this roster.[/quote]

    With Hixon being signed, we will hopefully have a return game again.
    [/quote]

    I would love nothing more than to see Hixon back returning the ball with the same ability as years past.* I'm just worried that the twice (in two years) repaired ACL will hold him back or become injured again.
    [/quote]

    Keep the faith!* Let's hope he's the same Hixon we all want to be on the field.
    [/quote]

    I like Hixon but, two ACL surgeries in two years makes me think that the Giants need a Sproles/Meggett type player as a priority in the draft. A third down back who can return punts would be good for STs and for the offense.

    Maybe burning the boats isn't the greatest idea just yet.

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