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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Ralph Vacchiano is back

Ralph Vacchiano is back and he has given his training camp preview.

Just as interesting, if not more so, is Vacchiano's 5 issues:
1. "Top of the Heap"- the state of the WRs with Plax and Toomer gone.
2. "Money ball"- the state of the defense after the free agent $ignings of Canty, Bernard, Boley and Brown.
3. "Ahmad's touches"- Ward's touches last season were double Bradshaw's the past two.
4. "Rookie roles"
5. "End of the line"- make or break seasons for Sinorice Moss and Gerris Wilkinson.

The Ultimatenyg 5 issues:
1. LBer LBer LBer
2. Lack of depth at OL
3. Boss touches
4. Hixon on kickoffs
5. Lack of depth at S

Please note that we specifically did not mention WR. Two years ago we did not mention RB despite the fact that everyone and their mother was worried about the loss of Barber. We knew the Giants were loaded at RB. And that happened to be the August where Ryan Grant was traded to the Packers because of the quality overload (normally he gets cut). No, WR is not overloaded. But between Manningham and Moss having a good offseason, Tyree fighting for a roster spot, Nicks showing good hands, Hixon and Smith simply extending their play with more consistency, this will not be the bugaboo everyone worries about. #3, Kevin Boss getting the touches from Gilbride-- this is the issue to be concerned about. TE needs to make the PASSING game work. By getting Boss more involved in the passing game, the WRs will have less pressure, less Safeties and more opprtunities. Not to mention helping the crowded box running game.


Bob said...

I agree that lack of depth at S is an issue. If Phillips or Johnson is injured, we're in trouble.

I do not understand why we didn't keep Butler as a backup S.

Bob said...

Other Comments

LB,Lb, LB---the Giants had a chance
to trade up in the draft &
take Clay Matthews. yet held
off & took Nicks. We'll see
if that was the right

Depth at OL--There were a few good
guards available in the draft
when we picked Beckum.I think
we took Beckum to give Eli
more options.....probably
an overreaction to the Eagles
loss. I think we should have
picked a guard.

Boss-- the underutilization of Boss
is sheer incompetitence by

I think there is another major
issue. " Can Eli show up with a
consistently high level
performance to lead the team to
another championship."He can make
the receiver question go away if
he's consistently good. He's got
to step up & earn his big bucks
with a big season. He ended last
season ice cold.

buljos said...

The offense will be better, because the passing game will be quicker. If these young quick WRs who run crisp routes and have zero prima-donna personality defects can stay healthy, they'll put a lot of pressure on the coverage schemes... and The Beast will just love that. Eli commented as much, stating he has already observed he can't use the pace he did last season -- standard drop, go through reads -- because by the time he catches up to Moss he's already 65 yards down field. What are the implications of Eli picking up the pace? Gilbride has to appreciate that situation, and reflect that understanding in his new play scheme that's designed around the WRs he has, not the ones he had last season. Coughlin needs to step in and assert himself with Gilbride, because Coughlin has a lot more experience coaching and evaluating WRs than Gilbride will ever know.

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