We've got Gary!
I arrived in Indy yesterday. The weather's been terrific. I think it's going to be a great week.
Today is the perfect day: I've been watching film all day long.
Who's health is more important when attacking NYG's 3 safety nickel defense? Gronk or Vollmer?
Oh, no question it's Gronkowski. Will he have the ability to make the cuts and the big plays that he has. Solder has done a nice job of filling in for Volmer. Although if Volmer does play it gives them some versatility in red zone packages. But Gronkowski is critical to this offense.
what kind of film have you been watching?
We've got about 70 different telestration packages on both teams. By the time you've watched that much film, you get a real feel for both teams, strengths and weaknesses.
Gary, which of the Super Bowl teams is the healthier one (less injuries) now?
I think both teams are relatively healthy. The Giants probably have less concerns. I think the only real injury story in this game right now is Gronkowski. That's the only thing that anybody's really talking about. For the most part, both teams are ready to go.
Does a dome favor either team? Offense? Defense?
I don't necessarily think so because both of these teams throw the ball well now. They both have multi-receiver packages. They will benefit from the fast track. Neither team is great at running the ball. So weather is not a factor. It will be great to watch, because both of these creative offenses should be at top speed.
You mention people only mentioning the Gronkowski injury, does that mean Nicks' shoulder is good to go?
Nobody's really talking about it. I think there's a feeling that he will play. I haven't really studied it today. But I think Gronkowski's injury is so big because he's been walking around in a boot and he's been so hot.
Gary, is the pats defense that bad or are they getting a bad rap?
I think their pass rush has really improved. That's on the positive side. Wilfork is almost unstoppable. The edge rush is good. Where they get in trouble is on the back end where their secondary struggles to cover. I will say this, they do tend to make big plays that covers up their deficiencies.
Can Baas keep Wilfork from collapsing the pocket?
Right now, nobody is doing it. He is the combination of power, leverage and his motor is non-stop. He has absolutely collapsed the inside. The Giants are physical. This interior defensive line is underrated. I think they can get some pressure and that's the kind that Eli hates. That's a big part of this game.
If rob gronkowski doesn't play can the patriots win?
I think it becomes much tougher because now they don't have their versatility. Not only is he a productive player, but he helps free up other guys to make plays. I think it's a big deal in terms of personnel groupings and how teams think in terms of matching up. It's the most unique offense in the NFL.
most intriguing matchup?
I think it's the Giants 3 WR package v. the Patriots sub packages in their secondary. New York is really effective now in spreading the field. The Patriots have really struggled in terms of matching up in man to man. They'll have to play a lot of combo coverages, with probably 3 CBs and then Cover 2 safeties behind them. I think they're doing it with mirrors right now. That will be a huge test.
will the Giants attack Edelman hard from the start?
Bolden looked like he really went after Edelman last week. But the Patriots are smart. They'll try to hide him. Move him around.
Most glaring Giants weakness from your watching film?
I think they've really improved in all areas. I did not like their secondary early in the season, but I really like the way they're playing in the last couple of weeks. I would probably say their lack of consistent running game is the biggest weakness. I see glimpses of good RB play, but I don't see it consistently enough. I'm surprised because that's not what we're used to seeing.
Who do you think will win Super Bowl XLVI?
The more I watch film, I think the Giants are a more complete team and I think they win this game. They're well matched and I'm not sure the secondary can hold up against how hot Eli is right now.
The week is going to get crazier as time goes on. I really think this has the chance to be a great Super Bowl.