On occasion we post opinions from our celebrity fans. Today’s is from documentary filmmaker David McDonald:
Watching the Giants game last night left me with decidedly mixed feelings, based on seasons of the past. We’ve all seen seasons gone by when the Gmen started slowly and amped up after a few weeks. But we’ve all seen seasons where they start slowly and go nowhere. Which of the two do we have here?
I’m a D guy, having grown up with Lawrence Taylor, Jim Burt and Carl Banks. In recent years, the Giants have switched their focus to the defensive line, leaving the linebacking corps to free agents and cast-offs. So this team is pretty dependent on the D-line, and from where we’re at right now, I’m not feeling all that optimistic.
What’s happened to Justin Tuck? Has he simply run out of gas after several productive years? JPP was ineffective yet again last night. Is he simply under-practised, having missed the entire pre-season? Or has the back surgery really impacted him?
The theory last year was that the pass rush had struggled because the team was bad during run defending situations in early downs — thus the need to beef up in front. Which they did. But teams are still running on them, and as a result, no pass rush. But maybe the pass rush has nothing left in the tank?
My solution — and my guess about what the Giants are going to do — is that the G Men are going to have to add some young blood to the rotation. Damontre Moore, etc. I’m not even going to go into the offensive line situation — they simply got bullied. We’re still undersized on both sides of the line, still getting physically overpowered in the trenches. Is it a question of coaching, conditioning, or both? I guess we’ll all be crossing our fingers in the weeks to come…
David McDonald is a life-long Giants fan and the writer/director of the film “Woodstock Revisited,” which can be seen here: