- Gamegirl Reviews
what did you think Gamegirl?
"You asked, so
I'll tell you. Jim Fassel is not motivating this team.
There's talent, but nothing comes of it. The gameplan is cautious
as though they play every game 'not to lose', and they way
they're playing, you'd almost be embarrassed if they somehow
made the playoffs.
There were way too many penalties in this game that stopped
drives, and that goes to coaching.
They get gun-shy and fold the moment things go bad, like after
Collins was intercepted in the 2nd quarter, for the rest of
the half they had him handing off most of the time as though
they didn't trust him anymore.
That was real good for his confidence. That's the way to spark
an offense. The game was already over at that point, and the
Cardinals and Giants players all knew it."
back on us Gamegirl.
"Very funny, but
that was not an easy game to watch. Once again, the defense
gives up only 14 points and we lose. Somehow it's almost like
it's their fault for not creating turnovers. Who is running
the offense anyway? Is it so hard to score a touchdown in
this game? What the heck is wrong?"
you think about the quarterback situation?
"I don't know
who they should start. I'm no lover of Kent Graham or Kerry
Collins. Collins had things moving at times but then it would
fall apart with penalties. They way they run things it might
not matter who the quarterback is. They're playing so bad
that I'm starting to watch the Jets now! Speaking of quarterbacks,
I had to chuckle when I saw Dave Brown come in. What's going
next week against Dallas?
"Well, I know
they lost to the Eagles today, but that was almost expected.
Look how we got their (the Eagles) confidence up when we played
them the week before. Any team that plays the Giants feels
real good about themselves afterwards. We play them all so
cautiously, it's as if we respect them more than any other
team in the league, as though they were the powerhouse of
The Giants are real ego boosters for other teams.
It all goes back to that playing not to lose concept. I really
don't know. The Giants have a lot of things to figure out
and it's a good thing it's a Monday night game coming up.
It gives them a little extra time to work on it."
hit us with what you've got.
may not drink anymore, but a lot of Giants fans are after
losing that game. Aside from being one of the most boring
games I've seen, it was disappointing in so many ways.
In my preview article, I said, "Kerry Collins is no rookie
to this game. He's started 49 games in the NFL, and led the
Panthers to the NFC Championship Game in 1996."
I don't know about those 49 games, but Kerry looked every
bit the rookie out there on the field. He didn't really seem
to have the awareness that Kent Graham has as to what's happening
A good quarterback develops that sense of timing and a feeling
that things are about to go wrong within the very next second.
They know when to bail from the pocket, and when to protect
Kerry doesn't seem to have that going for him right now.
Gamegirl was right when she talked about what appeared to
be a lack of trust in Collins gameplay after that 2nd quarter
interception. I noticed that too.
Before that, they had Collins mostly throwing on first downs.
After that, first downs were for handing off to Gary Brown.
Unfortunately for the Giants, Collins was moving the offense
better when he was passing on first downs.
In the second half of the game there were a lot of delay of
game penalties. All last week I heard about how this guy rushes
people out of the huddle and moves things along. How did those
If this all sounds rather harsh criticism based on just one
game appearance, remember, Collins did also fumble one away
against the Eagles last week, but let's forget all this and
chalk it up to rust from warming the bench too long.
What do you get with Kerry Collins when he's all that he is
supposed to be? His real numbers from when he was very much
an active player are 51 career touchdowns, and 65 career interceptions,
and he was known to be a bit careless, fumbling the ball in
I would say that the
receivers weren't getting free enough, and the play calling
was lousy. On the very first drive, Collins was facing a 3rd
and 7 and found what Kent Graham finds a lot, no one open.
He did what Kent Graham does a lot. He took off for it, but
7 yards was too much to ask and they had to punt.
On the next drive Gary Brown got nothing, Collins completed
a nice pass to Pete Mitchell for seven, and then on the 3rd
and 2 they did the play I hate the most. They pitched it back
to Charles Way.
Because of the pitchback, Way has to travel 8 yards just to
make the 2 and he got stopped. Unless the other team fears
you for doing lots of flea flickers, all you do with that
play on short yardage, is give the defense more time to move
up and stop you.
us before there was something that really got to you?
I was almost in shock when the Cards attempted that 53 yard
field goal with about 8 minutes left in the 2nd Quarter. I
thought there was some mistake, but it was just the total
lack of respect they had for our offense.
If they missed it, the Giants would have great field position,
and they did miss it! The Giants are down 7-0 and the Cardinals
gift them the best field position they've had all game!
How do the Giants handle this insult? Instead of cramming
it down the Cards throats, they call running plays, passing
only to make 3rd downs and when that doesn't work, Brad Daluiso
tries a 42 field goal which was no good, wide right.
They were great as
usual. Whenever they get burned they come right back. I was
really impressed when at the start of the second half, the
Cards return the opening kickoff 51 yards to the NY 46.
The defense stops them cold and they have to punt. Giving
up only 14 points in a game is certainly acceptable and they
did their job.
The Giants should
have challenged one play against the Cards where they recovered
the ball near the sidelines. It was too close to let go by,
and would have been worth the timeout loss if it wasn't overturned.
At the end of the first half, the Giants had a chance to use
some time outs and maybe pick up a field goal, but they let
the clock run out.
Near the end of the game the Giants went for some foolish
4 down and long plays and should have taken the field goal
instead to bring them within 8 points which is within one
score of striking distance.
They should start Graham against Dallas next Monday night.
Ike Hilliard 5-78, Amani Toomer 5-34, Pete Mitchell 4-30,
Tiki Barber 4-23, Charles Way 3-17, David Patten 1-10, Howard
Cross 1-9, Gary Brown 1-1
Gary Brown 18-67, Kerry Collins 4-23, Charles Way 5-10, Tiki
The Giants had 8
penalties for 52 yards.
24 of 38 passes for 202 yards and one INT.
Christian Peter came up big and blocked Chris Jacke's 34 yard
field goal try in the third quarter.
Tiki Barber had a good day returning kickoffs and receiving.
Defense - Tackles-Assists-Sacks
Jessie Armstead 8-4-1.5, Phillippi Sparks 9-0-0, Keith Hamilton
5-4-0.5, Jason Sehorn 6-0-0, Cedric Jones 5-0-1, Corey Widmer
5-0-0, Michael Strahan 2-3-1, Robert Harris 2-1-0.
They held the Cards to only 31 yards rushing, and 206 total
The Cards were only 2 of 13 on 3rd downs conversions.
For the Cards -
Dave Boston caught 8 passes for 101 yards, including a leaping
11 yard TD catch with 25 seconds to go in the first half.
Plummer completed 13 of 19 passes for 156 yards and a TD.
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