previews Week 13 -
Next week - San Francisco
What are they saying about the
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Gamegirl was surprised
that the stadium was filled up.
"Yes, the way things have been going lately, I thought
that there would be more empty seats. It's kind of hard to
get too excited about a win over the Eagles at this point
in time, but there were plenty of cheers from the crowd once
things got going. We haven't seen things like Sparks getting
two interceptions in one game for quite awhile."
We told her that Mikefan had similar sentiments.
"Mikefan was lucky to catch the whole game at home on
TV. The game was so boring at times, I thought they might
have switched off to another game, or even a movie (she joked)
just to keep viewers.
Anyway, Kent Graham got his shot and made the most of it.
There weren't any miracle discoveries, but Jurevicius looked
good on that 59 yard reception, and that's something else
we haven't seen around here for awhile either.
I guess we'll see more of the younger guys as the weeks go
on now, and that will be interesting to watch.
Next week is a Monday night game against San Francisco.
It's going to be a tough game no matter who is in there playing."
"I like what
Fassel is doing. It's a good move to get some new blood in
These are guys who are dying to get on the field to show their
stuff. The game is exciting for them as compared to the regulars
who have to feel pretty beaten down from the past bunch of
Aside from the implied warning that a player could be replaced,
Fassel has a bit of the Huck Finn thing going. You see others
having a good time, and you want to get in on it too. Maybe
all the players (and the fans) will benefit from this."
We know that Kent Graham benefited.
"Yeah, that's right. He got a chance to lead the team.
His performance wasn't much different than Kanell's, but he
does have to shake some rust off and get comfortable with
the first unit. They also have to build up some trust in him.
He probably earned a shot at starting again, and it would
be another lesson for the players. Do well and you get more
How about Kanell?
Kanell needs a break. They're not about to dump him. Fassel
has worked closely with both of these quarterbacks and obviously
favors Kanell. Recently there has been so much pressure on
Kanell that he's not playing his game at all.
He's trying to force plays to happen and accomplish a number
of things the coaches want him to do on every play. He looks
very uncomfortable out there, and this break is going to pay
off for him in the long run.
It's also a chance for the coaches to get off Kanell and focus
elsewhere. Maybe some of what they want from him just won't
work for any quarterback.
Getting back to Kent Graham, it will be interesting to see
him work next week now that he has a game under him. He feels
that he's the answer for this Giants team, and it's what he's
There's going to be a lot written over this whole Kanell,
Graham, Cherry thing as it plays out, and we'll still be talking
about it in the off season."
We asked Mikefan for his thoughts on the upcoming game.
"Don't get any hopes up from last week. Enjoy the individual
plays and players.
I think that we're going to see some good things in the game,
but the Giants haven't built up any consistency all year,
and that's what you need against teams like San Francisco."