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Friday, August 3, 2012
Offensive line looks for consistency in 2012

By Ryan Hayner

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said he would think his linemen are sick of the constant reminders and questions that the team ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing yards in 2011.

But he also said the criticism and questions were deserved. He said it starts with him, and, "I deserve it. We weren't very good."

"The one thing that we've been accustomed to, rightfully so as a New York Giant offensive line, is we take pride in running the football. And for the most part in the nine years I've been here ... we've had success running the football," Flaherty said.

"We've had great running backs to be able to display that. We've also had a good cohesion and work effort with the offensive line working together, so that's been something that has worked out very well for us."

The offensive line suffered in 2011 with injuries hampering David Baas, Chris Snee and David Diehl. Left tackle Will Beatty's season ended after 10 games due to an eye injury.

"It's nice when you're able to go out there every day and practice and not rotate guys in," Snee said. "It's very important for us to stay healthy and get time to work together. We never really had that for the full season last year. Guys would miss practice and miss games, and you can't have that, especially when you have a new group of guys."

Left guard Kevin Boothe, who became a starter last season, said consistency is key.

"I think that's where we ran in trouble last year, just not being able to stay on schedule and having breakdowns in certain areas at times," Boothe said. "It just seemed we could never been on the same page on a consistent basis.

"We became more consistent as the season went on, but we know teams are too good this year and every year to be one-dimensional on offense."