2002-01-05 / Sports

Ode To The A: Woe Is The New York Giants

By Elio Velez

Ode To The A:
Woe Is The New York Giants
By Elio Velez

Another Giants season goes down the drain after their heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, 24-21, last Sunday. Give me a Giants fan that could not predict the end when the vaunted D let Donovan McNabb drive down the field to tie the score at 21-21 late in the 4th.

Giants’ fans knew the game would be over when the team punted after a three and out series with one minute left. There would be no Kerry Collins miracle for the third straight week in pulling the game out for the Jints.

After David Akers field goal placed the Eagles in the lead, the Giants tortured the fans one more time. With seven seconds left, the Giants offense called the 76 Lambuth Special, which was a catch and lateral to Ron Dixon.

Dixon, who has been one of the most inconsistent Giants all year and benched for most of the game, almost saved the season with a 60- yard mad dash to the end zone. When he was pulled down at the Eagles 6 yard line, Dixon laid still on the floor, which just about explained the Giants dead playoff chances.

What are the Giants going to do now? If this season tells u anything, last year’s Super Bowl run hid many of the deficiencies, which showed up a plenty this year.

On offense, Kerry Collins was inconsistent, but a porous offensive line didn’t help him. The offensive line may need two or three new starters next year. RB Tiki Barber was the Giants offense. It was sad to watch him try to pull the Giants out of the mud by himself. Ron Dayne did not improve and his time is running short. The Wide Receiver corps did not get open and it remains to be seen if Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard will ever be stars.

The Defense was inconsistent as well and due to injuries to key players, the whole Giant D never played together this year. Is CB Jason Sehorn ever going to be healthy? His injuries made him look slow and his days at CB might be numbered. Will the Giants keep LB Jesse Armstead at the $4 million price range of? At 30 years old, his career is winding down, but Armstead remains the heart and soul of the defense. Free agent signee Kenny Holmes was a disappointment. Michael Strahan had the biggest year for the Giants with his team record of 21 1/2 sacks. He should be commended for showing hardwork and dedication when most of his teammates did not.

The special teams were laughable. They can’t cover a cold on kickoffs and punt returns. Ron Dixon epitomized the futility for muffing kicks and not showing his 2000 flashes of brilliance. The special teams better be revamped because fans won’t stand another year of this.

It is now up to Jim Fassel and Ernie Accorsi to get together and make some tough decisions. Will they draft a playmaker on offense or get some offensive line help? Will the Giants keep drafting young defensive players to replace their older and higher priced veterans? The Giants are 7-8 and most likely will be 7-9 if they lose to Green Bay.

There is a game against Green Bay this weekend, but does it really matter. How many fans will show up to see a meaningless game with a mediocre team? The NFL is all about mediocrity and they showcase it by stating that 20 teams every year could get to the Super Bowl. Problem for Giants fans is that mediocrity did not get them to the playoffs. There are reasons for that record. Decisions, ohhh decisions, must be made.

Time for the fans to watch the Jets make the playoffs. Hold it…. I may have spoken too soon. The Jets are pulling off their late season swoon again. Not many people (fans, media and maybe some Jets players?) believe they will win in Oakland against the Raiders. By this time next week, I might be ranting about the pathetic Jets season. Pray for the Jets, they need it. Until next time, Peace!

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