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Why I Love Football

So many other sports going on right now.  But here I am in the offseason wishing September would get here faster.  So here's food-for-thought on a slow weekend from a football-deprived fan.  

Football has more teamwork and coordination than any other sport I can think of.  It's not unusual to have all 22 players involved in a play, both pre-snap and after-snap.  I don't think any other sport comes close.

Other sports have impressive athletes performing incredible moves of agility, power, and speed.  Same as football.  But most actions in baseball basically involve 3 people: pitcher, batter, catcher.  In soccer and basketball there's teamwork for sure.  But a lot of those games involve one-on-one matchups, taken one at a time.  Football has all of these matchups going on at the same time.  I like watching tennis as the French Open is on.  But (with the exception of doubles, which gets little publicity) tennis is all one-on-one.  There's lots of strategy and athleticism, but no teamwork to speak of.  Golf, same thing, with even less strategic interaction than tennis.  I think hockey is dynamic like football...I guess I'd like it better if I had ever learned to skate.  :)

I think the teamwork angle makes the coaching and planning roles in football more important.  And I think that just makes it more interesting and exciting to watch.

For me, the opposite of football are the individual events at the Olympics.  Impressive stuff no doubt...but just plain boring compared to football.

What Kind of Coach is Ben McAdoo?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the movie, “The Breakfast Club.”  “You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal.  Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”  I believe that is what vexes people when it comes to coach Ben McAdoo.  He doesn’t fit the most convenient definition.

It would be comforting to many if Ben McAdoo fit one of the usual definitions for a head coach.   The brilliant Xs and Os coaches like Bill Belichick, the player-friendly coach like Buddy Ryan, the Disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin or a great motivator like Bill Parcells.  When you try to apply one of these usual categories to Ben McAdoo, they don’t seem to fit any more than the suit he wore for his initial press conference.

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How Drafting DT Dalvin Tomlison in Round Two Was a No-Brainer

It’s funny how the Giants draft, in the mind of many well-informed fans and pundits, hinged on the second round pick of 3 tech defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlison, who was picked to replace the departed Johnathan Hankins.  The reason many fans and pundits feel that way is they felt the biggest need for the Giants was a starting caliber offensive lineman, preferably a tackle, to bolster what was a less than ideal offensive line last season.  So when the Giants drafted Tomlison at pick 55, that meant they passed on the last two offensive tackle prospects with year one starter potential in Dion Dawkins and Taylor Moton.  Beyond those two picks what remained was projects and maybe a possible starting guard prospect. 

The reasoned approach by these fans and pundits was that they could draft a starting offensive lineman in round 2 and then come back and draft the defensive tackle in round 3 or maybe even later.  There would have been considerable praise had the Giants drafted OT/OG Dion Dawkins in round 2 and came back in round 3 and drafted Hankins replacement.  Shaun O’Hara, who infamously railed against this year’s Giants draft, certainly would have been a happier camper.  Dawkins could have added some potential competition to Ereck Flowers and as a fall back offer a nice upgrade to John Jerry who’s pass blocking was adequate but who was a liability in his run blocking, which is pretty important for the right guard position.

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I've asked him so will let you know. He's active on Twitter, funny and responds. For some reason he also followed me 
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Wheeler can not be any worse than flowers at Lt and quite possibly will be better.JR & MAC seem to be unable to read the tea leaves or flowers because the kid can't play LT period!
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Quote from: Bob In PA on Today at 02:13:20 AMCO: When you said "we" did you mean the Giants or the whole NFL?  BobYes
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Inside Football News

If you’re going to play in the NFL and especially... The post Eli Manning is Fine with Ben McAdoo’s Criticism appeared first on Inside Football.
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The New York Giants have added tight end Evan Engram... The post Giants Injury Report: Evan Engram Added to the List appeared first on Inside Football.
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Following two lackluster losses to start the 2017 season—and to... The post Changes New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo Should Consider appeared first on Inside Football.
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Star-Ledger Giants

Two bitter NFC East rivals meet Sunday with a Giants team aiming to salvage its season and the Eagles looking to grab a stranglehold on the division after beating Washington in Week 1 but stumbling against the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs on the road.
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Odell bailed out the Giants last season when they were facing disaster.
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The Giants need Ereck Flowers and Brandon Marshall to step up Sunday against the Eagles.
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Big Blue View

How to watch tonight’s game The Los Angeles Rams and San Fransisco 49ers kick off Week 3 of the 2017 NFL season on Thursday Night Football. The Rams will be heading to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara to take on the 49ers at 8:25 p.m. EST. The Rams come into tonights game with a 1-1 record, after falling to the Washington Redskins in Week 2, 27-20. Second-year quarterback Jared Goff has looked good so far for L.A., posting a 103.1 quarterback rating this season. He has also completed 66 percent of his passes for 525 yards and two...
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Sullivan echoes McAdoo, says it’s about the rhythm Two games into a new season of high expectations, the New York Giants are 0-2 and the offense — in a continuation of last season’s theme — has been nothing short of an unmitigated disaster with just 13 points thus far. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said Thursday there has been no complaining. Rather, there is just a desire to get the offense right. “There hasn’t been any type of finger-pointing at each other or at us coaches. We spend a lot of time, some of these players I’ve been with for three...
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