Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Manning Bowl week
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: The news of Tuesday was the signing of former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who's being brought in to help the team with its pass protection and to help the development of starting running back David Wilson, who had a rough first game in several areas. Now, should fumbling continue to be an issue for Wilson, Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott and maybe another street free agent could enter the picture in terms of getting more carries. But I think the Giants have a very specific and unexciting (but important) role in mind for Jacobs. And besides, this is an offense that had three 100-yard receivers Sunday night. Aren't we spending too much time focusing on the run game? It's Manning Bowl Week! Gonna go over to Giants practice today, see if anybody's asking Eli Manning about what it's going to be like to play against his brother Sunday. Think they will? I think they will.
Behind enemy lines: Tight end Brandon Myers wasn't a big part of the passing game plan Sunday night against the Cowboys -- at least not once the Giants got behind. But Jeff Legwold points out that the Broncos were especially vulnerable to tight ends last season. Surely, if Jeff knows this, the Giants' coaching staff does as well, and it's possible you'll see more of Myers as a receiver Sunday due to the matchup. Of course, it's also possible the Giants are keeping the tight ends in more as they struggle with pass protection due to the offensive-line issues and the aforementioned problems the backs have had with it.
Around the division: Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he felt his offense was too slow Monday night, which everybody thinks is funny, right, because that's different from what everybody else thinks? But Kelly makes some good points about which pace-related aspects of the game his team needs to improve and also discusses why things slowed down in the second half. Always interesting to listen to Kelly, a man with at least one reason and explanation for every little detail of his plan.
Around the league: The NFL fined Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh $100,000 for his low block on Vikings center John Sullivan, which is a stunning amount. But as we discussed here yesterday, the league believes in escalating discipline for repeat offenders as a deterrent. Not working in Suh's case. I think what's most interesting about this story is that the NFL Players Association is getting involved, and not just as defenders of Suh against the discipline but to offer support and guidance if he needs it to help him deal with the obvious issues that keep resulting in these punishments. Whether it's an anger-management problem or something else, Suh needs to get under control. He's a brilliant player who should be a high-rated superstar in this league. But this is what he's going to end up being known for -- being the guy who set records for fines because he couldn't control himself on the field.