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Hey Dan,Enjoy the blog. What has been your verdict on the play of the Giants safeties so far? I am particularly singling out Kenny Phillips who was drafted in the First Rd. to be an impact player and I don't see him doing much this year.Thanks.
I actually think Phillips grades out as one of the best safeties in the entire NFL this year, according to Pro Football Focus and other such services. He's played very well in run support, I think. One of the few bright spots in the Giants' run defense.
Let's face it. Desean won't be back in 2012. Any chance the Eagles will slap the franchise tag on him and trade him to a WR-needy NFC East rival (i.e. the Skins)?
A chance, certainly, but if he doesn't finish really hot at this point, that franchise number might not be one that helps his trade value.
Will Romo come through for us down the stretch?
He did in 2009, right? I think he'll throw a few more interceptions that make you really mad, but on balance will play great.
The Eagles will never win a super bowl with Reid/Vick. Reid needs to go after this season and the Eagles need to entertain trade offers for Vick. I'd take even less than what the Bengals got for Palmer at this point
Sure. All of that sounds very reasonable. Especially the part about being able to see into the future and knowing for sure that those guys will "never" win.
Where was the Giants vaunted pass rush on Sunday?? Did SF do anything that could provide a blueprint for the future?
My guess is that the game plan called for them to hang back a little bit to combat the run. Maybe they should have adjusted that once Gore got hurt. I think you need to go with your strengths, and the Giants' strength on defense is the pass rush.
is andy reid more on the hot seat then his rival down interstate 95 shanahan?
I don't think either guy is going anywhere. Especially Shanahan, who's in the second year of a five-year contract.
Does Demarco Murray have a realistic shot at rookie of the year? 1300 total yards and 9 tds get it done?
Cam Newton's got a pretty good lead, I would think.
we need to start praising tony fiametta more. ever since hes been more involved in the cowboys offense, the run game has been much better. its not all demarco murray. get martellus bennett off the field and fiametta on it. your thoughts?
This is a worthwhile point.
Redskins fan here. I'm having bumper stickers made that say " I don't like Rex. I don't like Beck." If Luck, Jones and Barkley are off the board, who would be our best bet at QB in the first RD (and yes, I think there's a good chance we draft in the top 5.)
You think all three of those guys go in the top four??
What is wrong with Marty B? great blocker, but terrible receiver.
I think you've got it.
Any word on lingering Justin Tuck injuries? He seemed to play unaffected.
It sounds as though Tuck is over all of his early-season injuries. I'd have to check to be sure, but I don't think they even listed him on any of their injury reports last week.
Do you think the Eagles are a better team than Dallas, or was that just a bad scheme on Rob Ryans part?
I think the Sean Lee injury hurt, and the Eagles were obviously fresh and fired up coming off the bye. The Eagles can look like an excellent team as long as what they're doing on offense is working and they're not turning the ball over. What they can't do is take a punch.
as a cowboy fan, i'm a little scared of the giants at this point. they always linger and find a way to win or come very close to winning ANY game no matter who they play. that is, until a really bad team comes to metlife stadium. what a weird team, what do you make of them dan
I think the Giants are an OK team that has found ways to win. You are correct that they fight hard and are always in games, and that makes them dangerous. A 6-3 record is better than you'd expect from a team that's only scored 7 more points than it has allowed, but their defensive and their quarterback have risen up in key spots and delivered close wins. No reason to think that can't keep happening.
Is Howard Mudd going to coach the defense next year?
Aha, I see what you did there...
Any word on Vick's status for the next game? The Giants pass rush will have a bulls eye on his ribs.
Seriously, even before he got hurt last week, I was thinking this would be the week Vick was at greatest risk for a significant injury. The Giants like to knock quarterbacks out of games.
Is this a new an improved Jason Garrett O?
I think the emergence of DeMarco Murray has opened a lot of things up for the offense.
What was your overall opinion of Victor Cruz this week? Mixed bag, no?
Safe to say down year for the beast? Looks like only division winner will get in and have to face the Bears, Falcons, or Lions which would be a tough game for anyone to match up.
Definitely a down year. The Eagles missed a chance to be one of the league's top teams. I don't think the Giants rise to that level. Could the Cowboys? Maybe, but the giant egg they laid that night in Philly really makes you doubt it.
Hey Dan, not to get everyones hopes down, but is this a TRAP game for Dallas this week against a Division foe?
Yeah, no doubt. They beat the Redskins 18-16 at home without scoring a touchdown. I guarantee the players aren't overlooking the Redskins, but think about this: The Cowboys play four days later, too, against the Dolphins. So I'm sure at least part of this week's game-planning and practices will be focused on the Dolphins as well to overcome the short week. So your point is extremely legitimate.
Do you think that Mike would ever consider bringing in more help for the offense, ie replacing his son, for a team that scored 20 points in the past 3 weeks combined?
For the 6 billionth time: Mike Shanahan is not going to fire his son.
Be honest. Since I got inserted into the lineup, this OL has been quite a bit better, especially at run-blocking!
I cannot tell a lie.
Do you think Reid will sit Michael Vick this week? He really should, don't you think?
It's easy for you and me to say that, but I know Vick had his mind set on playing all 16 games this year if he can. I think it's going to be about pain tolerance, and we won't know until much later in the week whether he'll be able to go.
If Vick sits, do you think Vince Young can beat the Giants?
Well, you know, predictions are a funny thing, coming out on Fridays and all.
cowboys ready to hang with the packers yet?
LOL. Why don't you try catching the Giants first and then worry about Aaron Rodgers.
I thought Perry Riley addressed a strong need for the Redskins at Middle Linebacker on Sunday. Next year, with Jarvis Jenkins back I see us with a formidable front 7. Do you think we need to address cornerback in the draft? I can't stand watching Meangelo play any more of his terrible "coverage".
Cornerback would be the area of the defense to address, though they like what Josh Wilson has done. I think you're going to see a heavy focus on offense for the Redskins in the next offseason.
Do you think Andy Reid deserves to be fired for the many blatantly poor decisions he has made this year?
I do not. I think the body of work that predates this season should allow him to survive it. That is my personal and professional opinion.
What does Prince Amukamara add to the Giants D? Reminds me of when Steve Smith was injured all of 07 and stepped in and contributed
Yeah, I think the biggest impact is just added depth at a position where they've been thin. He'll allow Rolle to go back to playing safety full-time instead of nickel corner. But be careful about your expectations for him. The team obviously doesn't think he's ready yet.
Do you normally separate your personal and professional opinions?
WR's are dropping like flies in DC. Do the skins look at FA's (TO...ugh) or wait it out until Santana gets back in a couple of weeks?
Reports out of DC today indicate that they have re-signed Stallworth.
Dan - who do you PREDICT will be playing QB for the skins next year?
A rare Tuesday prediction: Matt Barkley.
Why are the Giants so reticent to play Amukamara? What stops them from putting him in for a few snaps here and there since he's been travelling with the team?
He's a rookie. He broke his foot in his second training camp practice. There are still, I believe, screws in his foot. There are a million possible reasons he wouldn't be ready by this point. Health is one, but isn't it possible he just hasn't progressed enough in learning the defense or adjusting to the speed of the NFL game? He's a rookie. They all progress at different paces.
Is it time for the Giants to make more of a commitment to DJ Ware (and less to Brandon Jacobs)...Ware looked more effective against the 49ers...seems the day of the big back are in the past...speed is the main thing teams seems to be looking for
I actually thought Jacobs ran fairly well against the Niners. If you look at the week-to-week numbers, running backs get nothing against San Francisco. And I also believe the problem with the Giants' run game has been and will continue to be the line, not the backs.
Earlier in the year I made the comment that I didn't think D-Jax was in Eagles' long term plans, seems apparent now, but Im starting to be concerned with Maclin's regression of sorts. He's dropping passes and doesn't look as polished as I remember. Your thoughts?
Well, obviously he's hurt now. But before that... not sure. He didn't have much of a preseason either, remember, because of his health issues?
who can stop the packers right now? Would San Fran have a shot at home, against aaron rodgers? Patriots or Saints pose a threat to them? Steelers even?
I'm actually really looking forward to seeing the Giants take their shot at the Meadowlands in three weeks. Packers are also in Detroit on Thanksgiving.
Is Mike Shanahan on the hot seat in DC? He vouched for both Beck and Grossman vehemently with nothing to show for it.
It's all talk. Everybody knew the QB answer wasn't on this year's roster. I don't know why Shanahan said what he said about "staking my reputation" on those guys except that a coach can't really come out and say, "We don't think we have what it takes to win this year." Shanahan was hired to build something sustainable for the long-term. He will get time to do it.
I'm tired of the same questions about Reid and Shanahan's job securities every week. They're not going anywhere.
I present this submission from Jason (STL) and decline to add my own comment.
Is there any talk about Bradshaw having surgery now so he'll be ready for the playoffs?
To this point, the Giants have repeatedly said Bradshaw will not have surgery. Which isn't to say that can't change.
Any update on Michael Boley's injury, any word if hes in or out against philly?
Really no reason to expect any injury updates until tomorrow, since teams are off today.
any chance you see dan snyder broker a deal for Luck? as a giants fan i would hate to see that
I'm sure they'd try. Snyder wanted to move up two years ago and get Sam Bradford, but Shanahan decided to stay put and take the offensive tackle at 4.
Is the fix in Philly to allow the corners to play press man to man, and let the rest of the D, do it's thing? Why on earth was Jaiquan Jarrett left singled up on Fitzgerald mulitple times?
I don't know, Gary. Yes, I think they should play the corners in press man to man coverage. But they won't. And I don't know why.
You're assembling a football team to compete next year and have to start Eli, Romo, or Vick. Who are you taking?
You're just trying to get me in trouble.
Do you think Demarco will break the 1,000 rushing mark considering the opponents the Cowboys have left?
Yes. I think he can easily get 400 yards in the Cowboys' final seven games. I feel extremely good about that particular Tuesday prediction.
this is the week me and the rest of the RB's get loose. I'm thinking a 100 yard game from in the 1st half, then the young guys get their shots in the 2nd. thoughts?
All I know is, if you beat the Eagles on that pass play down the sideline again, I may finally join the chorus calling for firings in Philly.
If the Skins draft Barkley and some offensive linemen, do you think they can compete for a playoff spot next year?
Sure. It's the NFL. Look at the 49ers.
Not a lot has been said about Jacquian Williams, who has started in place of Goff. He's still a little raw but has played well for the Giants. What are your thoughts on him as the Giants starting MLB of the future?
Well, I think they think Goff is that, assuming he comes back healthy. He's not old.
who will QB the bEAST blog next season?
I certainly plan to be here.
will the giants get too cocky and lay an egg against philly? and can you pick them so we can be sure that'll happen?
The Giants are the kind of team that can win any game they play or lose any game they play and it wouldn't be a surprise.
Who are your favorite non-NFL teams? You're a baseball guy, right?
I covered Major League Baseball for 14 years for newspapers in Florida and New Jersey. But as is the case now that I cover the NFL, I did not have "favorite" teams, since I don't think you can really do a good job covering the sport if you care who wins the games. The only team I root for is the Georgetown Hoya basketball team.
Deep QB class versus shallow WR class. Can you see Shanny going Blackmon/Jeffery, then RGIII/Moore and possibly picking up Orton in FA as the bridge? Or is a 1st round QB a must at this point.
I don't think he'd force it in the first round. It all comes down to his opinion on the quarterbacks. If there's a guy he likes in the first round and the guy represents good value at the pick -- or if he care trade up to get the guy he really wants, sure. But if the guy he thinks is their QB of the future is going to be a second-rounder like Andy Dalton was this year, then I could see him waiting and picking a WR in the first.
Do you think, in retrospect, that it was a big mistake of the Giants to not make a reasonable trade offer for Osi Umenyora? Coulda maybe got a linebacker....
No, I think the Giants played that one correctly, and I think they're happy with the way it's worked out.
The only team I root for is the Georgetown Hoya basketball team.---------------All ish, you know you just gave your haters ammo to say you're a closet Skins fan, right?
If they want. But Georgetown is where I went to school, so that's really all there is to that one.
Dan me love you blog from Poland, will beast win playoff game?
Hey, one of my novels was published in Poland! Did you read it? And at this point, to answer your question, I kind of doubt it.
Dan, who do you think has the best shot at beating the Pack to prevent a 16-0 season? Looking at the schedule, I'm seeing 2 teams that have a shot: the Giants at home, and the Bears if they can figure out a way to get Forte loose.
Both good calls. Pack also have to play the Lions twice, and those aren't easy games.
What do you think of the Gmen being ranked 6th in this weeks power rankings?
They are ranked 7th, and I think everyone knows by now what I think about it.
My brother goes to Georgetown! Good times, I'm applying there for school next year
Good luck. Great place.
what are your 2 novels called?
The one that was published in Poland was called "The Ultimatum," but I don't know how that translates into Polish. I have like five copies of the Polish version, but I can't read it.
as my man the Blunt Rolle said, the schedule should be afraid of the Giants! after Sunday's performance, you think he's right?
I don't think Sunday gave anybody any good reason to change whatever opinion they had of the Giants before Sunday.
I wish they'd stop releasing these rankings in the middle of the chat, don't people know you blog on that? Anyways, how many more productive years do you see Fletcher having? He's a very valuable leader on that D and wouldn't want to have to address that position too.
I agree. Such disrespect to our chat. Fletcher is a machine. The kind of guy you think could play forever. I bet he outlasts expectations, and I'm sure he's in their 2012 plans.
Cowboys ranked 12th!!!!
Yeah, tied for 11th with the Bengals but lost the tiebreaker due to overall record.
Do you answer any questions that aren't already answered on the blog? Or is this just a re-hash.
Is that your question?
Dan, you are ignoring my Robinson question. is he good or are teams just ignoring him>
I think Laurent Robinson is a talented guy who has picked up the Dallas offense very quickly and is flourishing as a result. I'm sure he benefits from the attention Bryant and Witten get from defenses, but he's cashing it in.
cowherd says cowboys in nfc championship what say you?
If the Cowboys have a playoff game the week before the NFC Championship Game, I will predict the result of that game on the Friday before it is played.
What do you think of Hankerson so far?
Would have liked to see how he developed if given the chance to finish out the season. Good size, good speed, seemed to have fixed his drop problems. A shame they don't get to take a longer look.
Why haven't the Redskins put Torrain at QB yet and just mimic the Denver offense? I'm sure he doesn't throw the ball any worse than Timmy. Thoughts?
They don't think Torain blocks well enough in pass protection.
Dan, I'm not happy with your run around answers. I may have to get back in my car and head towards Jersey...Can D Scott have an impact for the Giants in the run game? he's a younger faster version of Bradshaw and Giants would like to see him get some PT.
It's just not the Giants' way to throw a rookie in there like that. He'll continue to play behind the veterans and learn and get better, and if he develops into a starter and an opportunity arises they'll start him. And I'm sorry if you don't like my "runaround answers," but I've been as straightforward as I can be on this: The Giants' run game problems this year are the line's fault, not the backs' fault.
Dan, I can't think of anyone other than Ryan Kerrigan who could win DROY. Am I missing someone? Maybe Patricj Peterson but his impact has been largely on punt returns. The fact that he is a member of the last ranked (or close too) secondary has to count against him right?
You know I like Kerrigan, and picked him for the award preseason. But reports out of Denver indicate that Von Miller is the front runner.
How many wins for the Skins this year?
Until their 10th loss, I have no reason to change my preseason prediction.
Dan, Are Giants fan so insecure that they need you to validate their team?
If you can figure out my Giants fans for me, you drink free for a week.
Where do you post your Friday predictions? The NFC East blog?
Yeah. That's where I post everything.
have you changed your eagles preseason prediction?
Well, yeah. They're going to have a tough time getting to 12-4.
Agree that the line is behind the Giants running woes. Will they have to re-tool it in the offseason?
I don't know. Some of the issues could be fixed by just playing the same guys together for a long time. But I do sometimes wonder if Diehl might need to be replaced. And I'm not 100 percent on Beatty yet.
Can Philly win out??
I mean, they almost never win. Now they're going to win 7 in a row? They stink. It's over. Move on.
If you had McCoy and Murray in FFL and could only start one this week, which would you start?
I'd never bench McCoy.
Dan, Not sure if you saw it, but in the early first quarter DRC got burned for a completion, the played spectator and watched the reciever get tackled by someone else. He pulled this same move last week. If you ask me, these guys are soft. Has there been any talk of jettisoning some players not playing up to snuff?
They're obviously soft, as I've written for the past couple of weeks. But I don't think they've made any 2012 roster decisions yet.
Dan,please stop predicting Washington to win these games,maybe that's all we need to snap this losing streak. Running out of ideas. Going to FedEx Sunday to watch the game?
Done and done.
Do you think the division will come down to the two NY/DAL games?
do the redskins win another game this season?
Yes. Though I beg you not to ask me which one.
were you alive the last time the redskins were relevant?
I'm older than you think, unfortunately.
Whose fault was it on Manning's second interception?
Mine, from everything I've been reading here today.
At what record do the Giants win the NFCE?
I think they'll need at least 10 wins now that the Cowboys seem to be on track.
Were you alive the last time the Eagles won a championship??
No, I am not that old.
P.S. I was talking about roster moves THIS year, like benching or cutting some people...
Oh. Sorry. I don't know. I think they're really at sea there in Philly. They never imagined it going this badly, and I think as long as they have mathematical hope, they're going to stick with what they've got and hope they get on a roll. They really do have a lot of good players. They just haven't played very well.
Will Pujols remain a Cardinal? Will Reyes remain a Met?
Yes and no.
How happy were you when the Jets won their championship?
Not that old either, but getting closer.
Can the Giants beat the Saints or Pack?
The Giants CAN beat any team in the league.
Dan, Giants fans keep hearing you push the Boys for the bEast title, I disagree since they play twice in December. I can see the 1st match-up being similar to this week's match-up with Eagles; a chance to bury a division foe. thoughts?
I've made no such prediction. I believe it will come down to those two games. All I've said is that, between now and the first of those two games, Dallas has a soft schedule and New York a tough one. Doesn't mean Dallas goes 3-0 and NY goes 0-3, but the schedule favors the Cowboys in the meantime.
Can the Giants lose to the Saints or the Pack?
We need Tebow. He's a winner.
You want Tebow to take over the NFC East blog? I wonder if he'd do it.
Who's the best DB in Dallas? Scandrick seemed to fill in nicely for Jenkins this weekend. Newman of course had the two interceptions.
Newman is playing the best.
Were you impressed with the 49ers on Sunday taking the Giants best shot I believe and still winning?
Tebow could start at LB for the Eagles
Stephane gets the last word today, and I hope the venting made you feel better. Until next week, everyone. See ya.