Give O-line an 'F' on short-yardage plays

September, 11, 2011
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The Giants' offensive line failed to open holes on two crucial short-yardage plays in the second half on Sunday, one of the many reasons they fell short in their season-opener against Washington.

"Physically, we have to move them off the ball," guard Chris Snee said. "It's disappointing."

On a 4th and 1 from the Washington 31 with five minutes to play in the third, Ahmad Bradshaw ran over right tackle and was stopped for no-gain by London Fletcher and Josh Wilson.

The Giants faced a similar short-yardage situation early in the fourth quarter.

After a strip sack by Jason Pierre-Paul, they took over at the Redskins' 27, looking to tie the game.

But facing a 3rd and 1 from the Washington 18, the Giants' line again failed to open up a hole as ex-Giant Barry Cofield helped stop Bradshaw for a two-yard loss.

"That's something we've got to improve," center David Baas said.

Baas the newest member of a revamped Giants' line.

The team signed Bass from San Francisco to replace Shaun O'Hara, who was cut in the offseason. The Giants also released Rich Seubert and opted to insert second-year lineman Will Beatty at tackle.

"A lot of people are going to say this is a new group and this and that, but we're not going to make any excuses.... We have to play better," David Diehl said.

In addition to the short-yardage struggles, the line allowed rookie Ryan Kerrigan to break free to intercept a tipped Eli Manning pass in the third quarter. Kerrigan ran it into the end zone to give the Redskins a momentum-shifting 21-14 lead.

"That's a tough way to start the second half," Tom Coughlin said.

And a tough way for the offensive line to start the season.

"We have to get better, and we have to get better fast," Bass said.

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