Thursday, January 26, 2012
Breakfast links: Of the Giants and TEs
By Dan Graziano
My name's Dan G, and I write the blog
I help you shake off that morning fog
I ain't lookin' to start no trouble
I'm just here to do the Breakfast Links shuffle!
New York Giants
Yeah, I don't know if you heard, but one of our division's teams is in the Super Bowl. It's kind of a big deal. The Giants are looking for a way to slow down mountainous New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Ohm Youngmisuk takes a look at whether the fact that they've faced Dustin Keller, Jason Witten, Tony Gonzalez, Jermichael Finley and Vernon Davis in their current five-game winning streak can help.
Wednesday was the 25-year anniversary of the Giants' first Super Bowl title, which coincidentally came one year after the song I just ripped off was written for a team from Chicago. Rich Cimini took a look back.
The Eagles haven't drafted a linebacker in the first round since 1979, which is almost seven years before that song I just ripped off was written. Sheil Kapadia has a chart that shows that drafting linebackers in the first round isn't as bad an idea as the Eagles make it seem, and looks at some options they may have in case they want to extend their streak to 33 consecutive years.
Jimmy Kempski's at the Senior Bowl keeping track of which players the Eagles talk to, and his impression is that most of them have been pass rushers. The Eagles don't seem to need pass rushers, but they do seem to be the kind of team that believes you can never have enough pass rushers. Hence, pass rushers.
Todd Archer writes of the injury recovery that likely helped Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware make it onto our Any Era Team. Obviously, Ware's play before and since, coupled with his relentlessly outstanding sack totals, helped. But the panel was looking for tough guys, and Todd's piece speaks to Ware's toughness.
It has not been a fun postseason to be a Cowboys fan, as The Landry Hat points out. I can't imagine Cowboys fans are rooting for the Giants in the Super Bowl, but I also can't imagine too many of them love the idea of rooting for the Patriots. I imagine it'd be easier if the Giants' opponent were some plucky underdog who'd never won before. Tough times, indeed.
Wisconsin's Russell Wilson is one of the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, where Mike Shanahan and the Redskins are one of the two coaching staffs. The Redskins need a quarterback, as you know. Mike Jones takes up the issue of whether Wilson is big enough to play in the NFL.
Meet the newest member of the Redskins' coaching staff: Former Giants wide receiver Ike Hilliard, who's the Redskins' new wide receivers coach. Ryan O'Halloran caught up with him in Mobile, Ala.