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Old 08-02-2012, 01:03 PM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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With the 2012 season upon us, I have to put the current state of the Giants in perspective, as a 35+ year observer of the Giants and the NFL at large.

In short: it's never been a better or more exciting time to be a fan of this team. From a historical perspective, Eli Manning is in the prime of his career, and is 15 TD passes and about 5500 yards shy of breaking Phil Simms team records. Tom Coughlin already has one more win than Bill Parcells. Technically, this group has matched the Bill Parcells era team, however, it's important to note that this will be the 8th year for both Coughlin and Manning. Simms played from 1979 to 1993 and Parcells coached 1983 to 1990. Therefore, Manning will break Simms records in far less time, barring injury, than Simms total of 15 seasons. Whether Giants fans want to admit it or not, Manning is the greatest QB to have played for the Giants, and he is now in the prime of his career.

The Parcells era Giants, particularly the 1985 and 1986 editions, had a decided edge on defense, however, the Giants current stable and depth of defensive linemen is as formidable as was the Parcells teams. Finally, I can't ever think of two WRs in Giants history that possess more dynamics than Nicks and Cruz. In fact, I can't think of two on the same team at this level since Boldin was in his prime, complimenting Fitzgerald with the Cardinals.

Should Eli Manning win one more SB (and he will have about a 4 year run, barring injury, as a top 3-5 QB) in his career, he will have earned the privilege of being compared to Brady or Aikman. One more SB definitely gets both Manning and Coughlin into the HOF.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Here or There
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I have long said that Simms may be the best QB in Giants history, but in light of Eli's past couple of seasons, it is hard to argue that Simms may still be better. Simms never did play with receivers as good as Nicks and Cruz--the Giants have really been hard pressed in their history to have ONE very good receiver (Ernest Gray, Chris Calloway, Amani Toomer, Homer Jones?) much less two...
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:40 PM
 
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After watching the Giants awful fail on that first and goal from inside the five, don't tell me this is a preview of the Giants running game this season...last season was bad enough--I dont want to see more of that...
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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What happened there? Missed coverage? Guy was wide open, no one covering him.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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On the Dallas TD? Romo's movement in the pocket allowed that guy to get open...
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: NJ
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What happened there? Missed coverage? Guy was wide open, no one covering him.
Any play that long and coverage is going to break down.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:14 PM
 
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^^ Yep.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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I get that part but watching Cowboys things usually don't go that well for them. Now the Giants, look like the Giants!
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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I usually just assume all bets are off when NFC East teams play each other...
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Romo is looking like a legit QB tonight, making some great throws/decisions, not sure what the deal is with the Giants, but maybe Eli can pull one out like he does.
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