It would have taken an act of God to reverse the outcome of SB 35.
With the gift of Captain Hindsight, what I would have changed:
-->Don't trade for Eli in 2004. Offer a trade down to a QB needy team for the Rivers pick (Pittsburgh in this example, the QB they wanted was Rivers but they settled on Ben), getting their 2005 first rounder in the process.
-->Roll with Kurt Warner the entire year and keep him after the season.
-->Draft Aaron Rodgers in 2005 with the first rounder that we have now that it wasn't traded to SD.
-->Draft Roddy White or Heath Miller (depending on where the pick was that we got from Pittsburgh was).
-->Warner (still on the team) wins SB XLII, avenging his own loss to Tom Brady, and retires after that season alongside Strahan after acquiring his second ring. Strahan wins the MVP.
-->Rodgers takes over as starting QB in 2008, and is able to defeat the Eagles in the divisional round despite the loss of Plaxico (Remember, we have an extra receiving weapon and don't necessarily have to make Hixon shoulder the entire load), and defeats the Rivers-led Steelers in the Super Bowl.
-->Side note: Eli wins a SB with the Chargers in 2009, defeating the Jets, Steelers, and his older brother on his way to facing the Saints, where he wins because he's not a choker in big games like his brother.
-->Rodgers doesn't let Philly take over the end of the game in 2010. Matt Dodge is never put into the situation he was in. We also crush the Matt Flynn-led Packers the following week, leading to 12-4 and the #2 seed. Crush the Seahawks, beat the Falcons, and then pummel the Rivers-led Steelers again.
-->2011, Rodgers doesn't have all the gaudy comeback stats that Eli has, but he still is able to win the division at 9-7, They beat the Falcons, the 11-5 Detroit Lions, and the 49ers on the way to the Super Bowl against Brady, and *****-slap his *** in a rout.
-->Rodgers now has 3 rings with the Giants, having beaten Rivers (twice) and Brady for them, cementing his status as a legend. The Giants now have 7 Lombardis as a team, good for the most championships in the Super Bowl Era. Football overtakes Baseball as THE sport in the New York area, and the Giants replace the Yankees as the team that fans around the country get butthurt about.
I can dream. I like Eli, don't get me wrong, but imagining the greatest QB playing today in blue is just beyond phenominal.
getting destroyed by Baltimore in the superbowl...5-0 looks so much better.
#1A Letting Vince Lombardi go to the Packers.
#1B Letting Tom Landry go to the Cowboys (Texans)
#2 Letting Bill Belichick go to Cleveland.
#3 Letting Tom Coughlin go to Boston College
(#2 and #3 are part of the Ray Handley Error, probably the dumbest decision George Young ever made).
Last edited by joemorrisforprez; 04-28-2014 at 06:24 PM.
“The Giants have suffered so many injuries for so many seasons that they are now difficult to both evaluate and predict.”
- Football Outsiders Almanac
It was a horrible showing against that Ravens team in the SB, but we knew ahead of time that defense was one of the best ever.