New York Giants news, 1/6 – The only way Bill Belichick could return to the Giants

New York Giants, Bill Belichick

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

In an alternative universe, the New York Giants would feature Bill Belichick as their head coach and boast the impressive track record the New England Patriots currently have. However, that’s not the reality we live in.

Our universe holds a different truth — the Giants have won nine games in two years and are preparing to hire their third head coach in three years. Disappointing doesn’t even begin to describe the state of the Giants’ franchise, and recent trends have indicated that fans are begging an existential spirit to bring the man in the hoodie back to his original home…East Rutherford.

After the latest Patriots defeat to the Tennesse Titans on Saturday, questions of Belichick’s longevity have arisen. While these ideas are almost undoubtedly ridiculous rumors, there’s always the chance that he desires a different challenge. The Giants would offer him an opportunity to return to the beginning of his career and spearhead a rebuild that requires genuine leadership.

The return of Belichick would require two essential things:

1.) Tom Brady would need to retire

Brady stated after the loss to the Titans that it’s unlikely he retires this offseason, making Bill’s choice of leaving the Pats that much more unlikely. If Tom decides to call it quits, joining the Giants becomes a tiny possibility. He reportedly had a soft spot for Daniel Jones in the latest NFL Draft, stating that he hopes Jones falls to the bottom of the first round where he could snag him as Brady’s eventual successor.

2.) Dave Gettleman would need to be fired

One unique thing about Belichick is that he’s both the general manager and head coach for New England. If any theoretical move were to take place, it would need to include Gettleman’s firing.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

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Anthony Rivardo – New York Giants: Comparing HC Candidates Mike McCarthy and Matt Rhule

New York Giants news, 10/10 – 3 keys to victory, injuries, Golden Tate, Jon Hilliman

New York Giants, Golden Tate

Good Morning, New York Giants Fans!

Defeating the New England Patriots will be an intimidating task for the New York Giants and their battered squad. They will be heading into Foxborough missing several vital starters — Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Wayne Gallman, and Ryan Connelly.

The injuries will force backup players into starting roles against the league’s top defense, which justifies a lack of optimism for the Giants going into week six. However, it will allow others to elevate their game and show they can compete at the professional level.

Here are three keys for the New York Giants against the Patriots:

1.) Jon Hilliman must have the game of his life

The trick to beating the Patriots is dominating possession, and the Giants are without their starting running back and immediate backup. Hilliman struggled mightily against the Minnesota Vikings last weekend, earning just 20-yards on nine carries. He must be more efficient this week, allowing the Giants to hold onto the ball and keep the defense off the field.

2.) Golden Tate must be a consistent target for Daniel Jones

Tate was practically non-existent against the Vikings, but that was expected given the fact that it was his first game back from suspension. He recorded 13-yards on three catches. In his second week back, rookie passer Daniel Jones needs him to step up and be a trustworthy option, especially without Barkley, Engram, and Shepard featured in the lineup.

Tate is a quality pass-catcher that can dominate, but his lack of chemistry with Jones will be a progressing factor.

3.) The pass rush must get to Tom Brady

As seen in the two Super Bowl wins over the Patriots, the key is getting to Brady and forcing him to rush. The Pats utilize an up-tempo offense with quick reads and short throws, which makes getting to Brady difficult. However, stopping their run game and dominating at the line of scrimmage is an absolute necessity if the Giants have any hopes of competing in this contest.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day:

Pat Ragazzo – 5 reasons Giants could upset Patriots in Week 6

Mark Schofield – Film room: How Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones handles pressure
John Schmeelk – Film Study: Keys for Giants on Thursday night
Oliver Thomas – Patriots vs. Giants Wednesday injury report: Phillip Dorsett out, six others questionable for New England

Alexander Wilson – How the New York Giants can compete against the New England Patriots

How the New York Giants can compete against the New England Patriots

New York Giants, Daniel Jones

Being threaded for 28 points against a struggling Minnesota Vikings offense doesn’t provide any optimism for the New York Giants heading into a tantalizing matchup against the New England Patriots.

Big Blue will travel to Foxborough to take on the perennially great Pats, led by Tom Brady and his everlasting arm, but their real strength is the defense. The New England offense has been prolific this season, putting up 30 more or points in four of their five contests. The Giants’ defense is facing Goliath, and gaining back linebacker Alec Ogletree, and Tae Davis would go a long way in helping them overcome this challenge.

Losing starting inside linebacker Ryan Connelly for the year due to a torn ACL in his right knee severely damaged the quality of the defense, and that deficiency was on full display last weekend against the Vikings. Beating the Patriots, let alone competing with them on Thursday night football will be difficult, but here are a few ways the Giants can keep it close.

How the New York Giants can stay in the game:

1.) Convert on third downs

Daniel Jones has been far better at converting on third downs than Eli Manning this season, but facing off against a top-5 defense in Minnesota last week showed him a level of adversity he hasn’t experienced before at the NFL level. The Pats are arguably better, but the return of Saquon Barkley is imminent and would provide a considerable boost to the Giants’ chances.

The Giants on third down have been stellar the past three weeks. A success rate of nearly 53% shows why starting Jones was the right thing to do, especially since Manning was converting on a dismal 21% of third downs through the first two weeks. This will be a point of emphasis heading into New England.

2.) Put pressure on Tom Brady

Brady is the best quarterback in the league at surveying the field and finding targets quickly. His lack of athleticism limits him to the pocket, but he rarely makes a wrong decision throwing the ball. The Giants defensive front must get to Brady and force him to make mistakes, but his quick release and receiving running backs make their offense extremely competent in all categories. Good coverage is a must, but beating a solid New England offensive line is where it all starts.

Outside linebacker Markus Golden has been the Giants’ best pass rusher this season with 4.5 sacks and 10 QB hits. He must have an impact in this tough matchup.

3.) Daniel Jones must stay calm and productive

The Giants put up a lousy 10 points against the Vikings, as numerous drops plagued the team throughout the game. Jones stood tall and delivered in the face of pressure on multiple occasions, but his receivers must do more to get open and hold on to passes. Sterling Shepard dropped a potential touchdown pass that would’ve brought the Giants within one score in the fourth quarter, but instead, it forced a field goal attempt that Aldrick Rosas knocked through.

Bill Belichick will undoubtedly put Jones under pressure and expose him to new looks and blitzes. It will be a tough day in Prime Time for the rookie, but the experience is essential, nonetheless.

 

New York Jets: Which AFC East QB Will Take Over When Brady is Done?

New York Jets, Sam Darnold

Over the past 20 years Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have ruled the AFC East only giving up the division title twice, but how long can he go? Entering the 2019 season at age 42, Tom Brady will most likely not be able to sustain his success for the next 2 years. This begs the question, which young AFC east QB will take over when Brady finally decides to hang up the cleats? We’ll be examining the three second-year QB’s from the Dolphins, New York Jets, and Bills to find out who will take over once the captain of the evil empire is gone.

Josh Allen

The signal-caller for the Buffalo Bills had a surprisingly good season manning an offense that had little to no talent. Allen had some help by having arguably the best defense in the league last year, but he still showed flashes of being a top QB in the league.

Allen put up 2,074 yards, 10 TD’s, 12 interceptions and a 52.8 percent completion percentage last season through the air. On the ground, Allen was a beast racking up 631 yards and 8 touchdowns. Allen’s ability as a dual-threat QB is frightening when you consider he has a 6’5, 240-pound frame and a cannon for an arm, sometimes launching balls over 70 yards downfield.

Allen showed a lot of progressions last year especially after coming back from an elbow injury he suffered Week 6 against the Texans. Allen became a more efficient QB after the injury throwing for an average of 207 yards, 1.33 TD’s and 1.17 interceptions from weeks 12-17 compared to 168 yards, .5 TD’s and 1.25 interceptions weeks 2-5. Josh Allen also played on a team with the ninth highest percentage of dropped passes at 8 percent according to PFF. Josh Allen has a lot of raw talent and can be the next QB up in the AFC East, but he must overcome his accuracy issues and make better decisions.

Josh Rosen

The 10th overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft had a very rough rookie season playing for the Cardinals finishing with the worst record in the league. Although the Cardinals finished with the worst record in the league Josh Rosen showed flashes of being a good starter.

Rosen finished the season with 2278 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and a 55.2 completion percentage according to pro football reference. Rosen came out of college as very fundamentally sound QB with great footwork and flawless mechanics.

Many people look at the Cardinals season last year and assume that Rosen was awful because of their record, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Rosen was surrounded by absolutely no talent and it doesn’t help that the Cardinals were tied for fifth in the league for sacks allowed (52).

Unfortunately for Rosen, he might not be able to become the next QB up in the AFC East because he’s once again on the least talented roster in the league in Miami. The Dolphins are in full rebuild mode and are not committed to Rosen being their franchise QB. Rosen may find himself getting traded around draft time next season again.

The Dolphins are rumored to be in love with star Alabama QB Tua Tagovailola, they will be able to get him as their a favorite to land a top 5 pick this year. For Rosen to replace Brady as the face of the AFC east he must take a massive leap in his second year and become the franchise QB the Dolphins have lacked since Dan Marino.

Sam Darnold

The New York Jets franchise QB had an up and down rookie year passing for 2,865 yards, 17 TD’s, 15 interceptions and a 57.7 completion percentage. Coming out of the draft last year Sam Darnold was seen as the QB with the best chance to succeed in NFL.

The first half of the season for Darnold was very bumpy, he showed that at times he could be great, and other times that he wasn’t ready to play in the NFL. Darnold suffered a foot injury against the Dolphins week 9. After missing 4 weeks because of the injury Darnold came back and finished the season with his best stretch of football.

Darnold had the highest grade over the final month of the season according to PFF, giving Jets fans hope for the future. Darnold’s best traits are his accuracy and his ability to extend plays, which is the reason why so many people were in love with him in college. If Darnold wants to be the next man up he needs to work on his decision making, Darnold was tied for the third-most interceptions in the league this year. Darnold has all the attributes you look for in a QB he just needs to be quicker when making decisions for him to avoid turnovers.

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Conclusion

After analyzing these QB’s I’ve concluded that Sam Darnold will most likely be the face of the AFC east when Tom Brady’s reign of dominance is over. Darnold has all the talent in the world and isn’t nearly as raw as Josh Allen is. Darnold spot on the roster for the next couple of years is secure unlike Rosen whose future with Miami after the season is murky. Darnold is the most likely to succeed out of all these QB’s and has a great supporting cast around him to help achieve that. I believe each one of these QB’s will take big strides into becoming better players this year but with all things considered Darnold is the favorite to take over.

Josh Allen 2019 Stats Prediction: 2,978 yards, 19 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Josh Rosen 2019 Stats Prediction:  2,567 yards, 16 TD’s and 14 interceptions

 

Sam Darnold 2019 Stats Prediction: 3,345 yards, 22 TD’s and 16 interceptions

New York Giants News, 7/9 – Nate Solder is the catalyst on offensive line

New York Giants, Nate Solder

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General manager Dave Gettleman did a fantastic job piecing together a solid foundation on the offensive line in just two offseasons. Jerry Reese’s incompetencies are now a thing of the past and the roster has been turned over entirely, but the line isn’t yet proven.

Last season, Gettleman brought in left tackle Nate Solder on a record deal, and he struggled with Big Blue. A few nagging injuries hurt his performance, but it wasn’t the only reason his grades were down. Eli Manning is an entirely different quarterback than Tom Brady, Solder’s former passer. Manning takes longer dropbacks than Brady, and Solder was used to pushing incoming pass-rusher behind Brady in anticipation that he would move up in the pocket.

Solder’s habit ended up being a negative thing for Manning, but he worked diligently to break the muscle memory and adapt his game.

As per PFF, Solder ranked as the ninth-best left tackle in the league with a 74.1 overall grade. Compared to the rest of his career, he performed above average, making his first year with the Giants a success, however, they need him to take his game to another level in 2019 as this could be Manning’s final season.

Nonetheless–

Your top news of the day!

William Moy (PFF) – Examining Nate Solder’s first season with the New York Giants

(Giants.com) – Cover 3: X-factor for 2019 season

John Fennelly (GMEN HQ) – Who will be the leaders on the Giants’ defense in 2019?

Alexander Wilson (Empire Sports Media) – New York Giants: Austin Droogsma a darkhorse entering 2019

Ed Valentine (Big Blue View) – Giants’ 90-man roster: Tight end Scott Simonson is coming off his best season

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