Thursday, October 18, 2012
Giants' O-line dominant against 49ers
By Ian Begley
You ask Eli Manning why his offensive line is playing so well of late, and he doesn't really have an answer.
"I'm not sure," the quarterback said on Wednesday. "But I'm not complaining about it.
"They're playing great, pass protection's been good, receivers have been getting open. Things are going well. Everybody's doing there assignments well. ... It's been pretty smooth and hopefully we can keep it that way."
The offensive line kept Eli Manning clean against the 49ers' defense on Sunday.
Smooth might be an understatement. The Giants' offensive line was down right dominant against San Francisco.
Manning was hit just once and was not sacked in the Giants' 26-3 win.
Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw broke the 100-yard barrier against San Francisco, something that an opposing running back hadn't done in 23 games. Furthermore, the Giants scored a rushing touchdown, something San Fran hadn't allowed in 14 games.
But with Washington in town Sunday, the line knows they don't much time to celebrate, nor would they.
"You congratulate each other for good play. But it's not, 'Oh look what I did,'" Will Beatty said. "We're a team. As our coaches say, we're 11 as 1."
Offensive line may be one of the most unheralded positions in pro sports. But, right now, it may be the most important for the Giants.
"We don't even like (giving up) quarterback hits," tackle Sean Locklear said.
That's great. But can it continue?
David Diehl came back from an MCL injury last week, spending several plays at jumbo tight end. There has been chatter that he will return as a tackle at some point, taking either Beatty or Locklear's spot.
Locklear admitted that there was some concern the chemistry may be disrupted.
"Sure," he said. "We can't expect to be perfect."
They can't. But lately, it seems like they have been.