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The Other Paper:
The once-vaunted New York Giants pass rush has recorded a less than sterling five sacks in six games and, if you thrown in a lack of intimidation — few pressures, hurries or hits on quarterbacks — it deserves just as much blame for the 0-and-6 start as the stunted running game, the battered O-line or an erratic quarterback. The numbers don't lie but, veteran defensive end Justin Tuck says you shouldn't point fingers at him or his defensive line. "I guarantee you if you get us in a game scenario in our favor we’ll be fine," Tuck said, via the New York Daily News. "But we haven’t had the opportunity to play downhill. If you look at the sack numbers from years past, normally we’re leading by two scores in a lot of those games. You get a team where you know they have to pass the ball, they’ve got to get five out, I don’t think an O-line in this league has a chance, regardless if it’s us or anybody else. There are other issues, too. … I don’t care what you bring, if the quarterback gets the ball out of his hands, you’re not going to get there. And I think that’s the game plan against us right now." Who is to blame for the mysterious decline of this once-fearsome pass rush? The Giants will enter Monday night’s game against the Vikings with an NFL-worst five sacks in six games. This is a team that won the Super Bowl two years ago behind a brutalizing defensive line that collected 48 sacks. Three of those players are still lining up against opponents. "If I was the only one having a bad year numbers wise, then you could easily say 'Justin doesn’t have it anymore,' " Tuck said. "But when Kiwi (Mathias Kiwanuka) is not having a good year, when JPP is not having a good year, when Cullen (Jenkins) is not having a good year, when whoever else is not having a good year, you might want to look into it a little deeper than the numbers." Throw in the off-season back surgery on Jason Pierre-Paul and the age of Kiwanuka and Tuck's explanations sound reasonable. But for such a drop-off in production — they sound like excuses as well.
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The (1-4) Minnesota Vikings will face the (0-6) New York Giants this Monday night at MetLife Stadium. The Giants are of course still looking for their first win. The Minnesota Viking will be looking to straighten out and get back to competing in the standings. Both teams have a lot of issues to work out before this game on Monday and it might be a game of who makes the least mistakes...
I understand what he is saying, but I don’t think it is the proper time to say it. Many will just see it as an excuse and a backhanded slap at the offense and Eli Manning.
Here is the quote via The Other Paper.
“I guarantee you if you get us in a game scenario in our favor we’ll be fine,” Tuck said, via the New York Daily News. “But we haven’t had the opportunity to...
With an 0-6 record, Tom Coughlin is considering a lot of things to improve the New York Giants.
Changing quarterbacks isn't one of them.
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The New York Giants have already ruled out running back David Wilson for Monday night’s game against the Vikings as he continues to nurse a neck injury. RB David Wilson (neck) has been officially declared out for Monday night’s game. #NYG — Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) October 17, 2013 Wilson isn’t expected to be ready for about 3-4 weeks. Need NFL Tickets? Loading...
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Giants coach Tom Coughlin isn’t considering benching erratic quarterback Eli Manning Monday night against the Vikings, despite a league-high 15 interceptions and a 0-6 record.
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Jason left practice...
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