NEW YORK – The New York Giants special teams have not been very good the past couple of years. This is not news for the true blue fan but it is still something we have to discuss here and now. The drop off from former punter Jeff Feagles, the greatest punter in NFL history, to anybody else is dramatic. The Giants seem to have fixed that problem by signing P Steve Weatherford who has been consistent all year. He doesn’t look like your typical punter because this guy is yoked. He works out and looks like he could take care of himself in a bar fight. The Giants brought back special teams standout LB Chase Blackburn to bolster the depleted linebacker corps. I love this guy and he has always been a fan favorite for playing hard and having a good motor.
Special Teams coach Tom Quinn has been getting a lot of heat. Injuries have effected his ability to scheme certain plays but that still doesn’t explain away some of the absolute atrocious play from this squad in 2011. They brought in assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo from the Patriots this year but I’m not sure how much it has helped. K Lawrence Tynes has been on a lot of Giants fans bad list for a while now. He seems to be having a good season so far, despite missing a few FG’s. I would love to see the G-Men bring in a 10 year kicker and be done with it. I do not want to think when it comes to the kicker and punter, I just want them to be consistent and to perform under pressure. It might be time to either draft or trade for a solid 10 year kicker in my opinion.
Yes, the injury bug has effected this group too. Losing WR Domenik Hixon for the year again really hurts the return game. The Giants have been using a merry go round of players at the returner position and have also addressed the issue in the NFL draft. I expect this group to get some more help after the season ends. Giants GM Jerry Reese will look to bolster this squad with explosive playmakers and consistent production. I really have to give Mr. Reese credit for putting together a solid team. Nobody could have predicted the epidemic of injuries the Giants have had to endure the past three years. Still, watching the growing pains of the rookies and second stringers live on TV doesn’t help. The Giants have also had a few bonehead plays where they allowed FG attempts to be blocked, this is unacceptable and thank goodness it doesn’t happen very often.
Did you know that the New York Giants played their first game ever in Connecticut? October 4, 1925 was the date of the first ever game for Big Blue and their opponent was All New Britain. The Giants shut out New Britain 26-0 and went on to finish the season with an 8-4 record. The very foundation of the New York Giants was born with winning.
What do you think about the Giants special teams performance so far in 2011?
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