Thursday, September 26, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Whistling in the dark
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: I and my ESPN colleagues who were on hand Wednesday were all surprised by how upbeat things were around the Giants. I think this represents strong leadership from the coach and quarterback positions, and that remains a strength of the Giants even as they struggle significantly with on-field issues. One of the main reasons I think the on-field issues continue to trump the off-field strengths of the Giants is that an offensive line that gave up seven sacks Sunday found itself practicing without two of its starters Wednesday. While it might be that the Giants need to make some changes on the line, being forced to make them due to injury is not their preference. I do think David Diehl can help if he's able to recover from his thumb injury and play Sunday. Diehl has shown in the past an ability to step forward and outperform expectations during times of Giants crisis.
Behind enemy lines: As our NFL Nation reporters debated the chances of the league's 3-0 teams to reach the Super Bowl, Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher pointed out that Kansas City's success has rested largely on the fact that the Chiefs have yet to turn the ball over. And it's obviously likely that, at some point this season, they will. Certainly, part of the Giants' mission this week is to break that streak.
Around the division: The division-leading Cowboys are forcing more turnovers than they did last season (which isn't tough, since they were one of the worst teams in the league in that department) and also committing fewer. The big difference for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is that the offensive line is giving him more time in the pocket.
Around the league: If the Giants lose to the Chiefs on Sunday and fall to 0-4, we're going to be getting a lot of questions about the NFL draft around these here parts. Todd McShay's latest Big Board offers some suggestions. And while it's hard to imagine the Giants being in position to get pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney, some of the tackles up near the top sound enticing right about now, don't they?