Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Big Blue Morning: 'Sulking day'
By Dan Graziano
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants:
The news of the day: Justin Tuck called Monday "a day to sulk," and the Giants were not very upbeat in the locker room after their morning meetings. There seems to be some agreement that they need better performance on both lines, offensive and defensive, if things are to improve. And while they're not blaming Eli Manning and his seven interceptions for their two losses, Manning isn't absolving himself of responsibility. He says he needs to play smarter.
Behind enemy lines: Sunday's Giants opponents, the Carolina Panthers, could be missing 75 percent of their starting secondary for the game. Starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Sunday's game, and strong safety Quintin Mikell, cornerback Josh Thomas and backup cornerback Josh Norman all are in question for Sunday due to various injuries. I know the Giants say they want to run the ball more, but throwing against the Panthers on Sunday could be a lot of fun if Manning can get some protection.
Around the division: Lots of talk in Washington about what's wrong with the Redskins, what's wrong with Robert Griffin III, why he and the offense don't look like they did last year. I still say it was a mistake, by almost everyone in the world, to assume the start to the season would be seamless after Griffin missed offseason practices and the entire preseason schedule following reconstructive knee surgery. Obviously, it's hard to imagine the first two games going any worse than they have for the Redskins. But a lot of that has been about defense. As for the offense, I think it's fair to assume it will look more exciting and complex as the season goes along than they're able to make it look now with a rusty quarterback
Around the league: Lots of suspension and discipline news Monday, from Dashon Goldson to Brandon Meriweather to Ndamukong Suh, whose appeal hearing for his $100,000 fine is today. I will be on "NFL Insiders" today (and Thursday!) from 3-4 p.m. ET on ESPN if you'd like to see and hear me discuss these and other league-wide issues on your television. Thanks in advance for tuning in.