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Friday, December 19, 2008

Fred Robbins

Fred Robbins was in practice yesterday. Boy do we need him. Of all the players out there who are hurt (yes, even Ahmad), Robbins is the single most important one to get back healthy. The comments on his blog are actually quite informative, taken at face value. (Also, referenced on the right side is a new listing of players' blogs that were added last week.)

November 5, 2008: "Playing with two broken hands is a piece of work, man. I broke them a couple weeks ago against the 49ers, both times making tackles."

December 2, 2008: "I hurt the AC joint in my shoulder in the Arizona game... I’m not complaining. My hands are healed up and my shoulder is coming along."

December 9, 2008: "My hands are better and my shoulder feels OK, the last few games every season you have to gut it out with some soreness. It’s nothing I can’t play with and it’s getting better day by day. That’s why we want to get that bye week and have time to heal."

December 16, 2008: "I definitely want to play. That’s the thing, the players always want to be out there on the field, but I don’t want to go out there too early and have a chance to reinjure my shoulder. I want to make sure I’m around for the playoffs, take some time as far as the healing process. I started having problems with it after playing last week. What happens when you have an injury is that you talk to the team doctor, they ask for your opinion, the doc says his opinion and the coach makes the final decision. Coach Coughlin said he wanted to make sure I was around for the playoffs. Health is a big issue and you want to make sure you don’t reinjure yourself. I’m definitely starting to feel better but it’s too early to say for sure whether I’ll play against Carolina. The strength in my shoulder just isn’t there yet, I can’t protect myself on the field and that’s not a good thing. I’ll probably know by the end of the week. Friday I’ll go out there and do some work on the practice field and see how it feels."


Mitch said...

Lets hope Robbins will be healthy enough to play and play effectively.

The forecast for Sunday's game against the Panthers calls for temperatures in the 20s, a wind chill in the single digits, and perhaps that dreaded "wintry mix."

Let's hope Gilbride adjusts his game plan accordingly. We all know what the game plan should be...it is too bad he doesn't consult this blog.

Motown Blue said...

Gilbride comments in the Post today:

"I think we are going to try to solve those problems with a number of different approaches, philosophical changes, or adjustments, but I don't think it will be something that will stop us from being aggressive throwing the ball," Gilbride said. "I think we can do some things, but certainly all of us have to contribute and join in to make sure that doesn't take place again."

Let's see what his idea of adjustments and philisophical changes are....I am skeptical.


Hope the storm I am witnessing out my window hits tomorrow and not Sunday evening in the Meadowlands.

Mitch said...

Motown Blue...

I read those quotes also this morning. I hope he is just being secretive about the changes, otherwise I don't understand what all that "brown" he's talking about! If the O is again subpar this Sunday...then !@#$%^&* Killdrive! is all I have to say.

xtian said...

i would rather have robbins fully healthy for the playoffs. i'm glad his hands have just about healed.

David Lo Pan said...

Normally I don't care for Tom Rock, the Giants beat reporter for Newsday, but I like his article today. The way I read it, he basically says Gilbrown can't gameplan for bad weather, and Gilbrown's quotes in the article say nothing to the contrary.


Mitch said...

We are all so focused on Gilbrown. It scares us all.

Where oh where is Ron Erhardt when you need him?

Bob said...

No, where is Tom Coughlin, the ultimate leader on this team.
We need Tom to get proactive on a more creative short passing game.
Apparently Gillbrown is useless at present.

Cody said...


Crazed Giant fan said...

Fred Robbins will be key for this game not only for his excellent ability, but also for having him in the rotation. Is there any doubt that the d line wore out in Dallas. Everyone talks about the poor tackle of Michael Johnson that allowed Witten to get the first down, but prior to that, the Cowboys converted a 3rd and 3 by running for 9. Our D line just was getting tired.
Now, is Gilbride cryptically telling the fans that he has changed. I hope so. But lets face it, if he intends to change it up, why broadcast it? Let the Panthers find out on Sunday night.
My biggest concern is the wind. Manning has his most difficulties throwing in windy conditions. Cold doesn't affect him (see GB last year), rain not so much (see Wash this year), but wind, home MN game, home redskin game last year, and Philly game.

Andy F. said...

D line is the single most important unit for rotation on the entire team. If you make the team as a second string DL, you are PLAYING A LOT. So when they deactivate Robbins (like Crazed Giant implies) it is a double whammy. We have to win a championship NOW, in 2008. But at least the thought of having Osi and Robbins next year is good. Maybe Reese can figure out that he is better off with Kiwi remaining on DL and drafting a LB HIGH.

TampaGuy said...

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