Pat Flaherty didn’t have much time to get over the loss of Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert.
The Giants offensive line coach had to start working on his revamped offensive line. At the moment, the Giants offensive line projects to have Will Beatty at left tackle, David Diehl at left guard, David Baas at center, Chris Snee at right guard and Kareem McKenzie at right tackle.
Flaherty, though, said Beatty has to prove himself first.
“William Beatty has to earn this job,” Flaherty said. “He has not earned this job in the NFL, but in saying that, he has the proper attitude and that’s what it’s going to take to be a football player and somebody you can count on, but he still has to earn that job.”
Flaherty will start to see how his line looks in tonight’s practice now that players with new contracts can practice after the new CBA was ratified.
Baas, who the Giants signed from San Francisco, has been watching practices from the side and spending time with Eli Manning and the line in the meeting room.
“We have been unable to participate the last couple days so I just have to get my head into the books and transfer over what I know from other playbooks,” Baas said. “Get the calls down and just make sure that I can do as much as I can to prepare myself so that when I do get out there on the field, it is a smooth transition. Of course, it is going to be little things here and there that I am going to have to be able to correct but that takes a little bit of time and practicing it with the guys.”
The Giants also have to integrate Stacy Andrews into the mix. Andrews, whose brother Shawn Andrews was on the team last year, was signed this week and will play tackle according to Flaherty. The 6-7 lineman can play guard as well like his brother.
“He spoke highly of the Giants since day one and continuously,” Andrews said of Shawn, who was released after he and the Giants could not agree to a modified contract. “When he found out that I had the opportunity to come out here, he was very excited. As of right now, I am just getting the plays down and see where that takes me. I’m just trying to learn everything I can whether it’s right guard, left guard, right tackle or left tackle.”
After having the likes of O’Hara and Seubert to depend on for so many years, Flaherty will have to learn what he has with Beatty, Baas and others.
“They put every ounce of energy both physically and mentally into what they did in the meeting room and also on the football field,” Flaherty said of O’Hara and Seubert. “It really hurt them what they went through, it hurt everybody, but as we all well know —- we have to move on. We have to adapt our personality as an offensive line group each and every year. This year is no different from that standpoint.”