By Andy Pritikin
I’m heading to MetLife Stadium tomorrow with my son to watch the Giants take on hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. While I will be rooting on Big Blue with all my might, like most die-hard fans, in the back of my mind I will be thinking about next September, and it makes me smile. Here’s why:
1. The Giants fans have suffered through the worst pre-season that I’ve ever seen as a Giants fan. The offense didn’t start clicking until the 2nd game of the season, and with our offensive line woes, it took a couple more games until our running and passing attacks were both in order. With new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense, after a DECADE of Kevin Gilbride, we had to expect bumps in the road. For God’s sake, look at what’s happening across the river with the Knicks and the Triangle Offense!
2. Andre’ Williams and Rashad Jennings. You’ve got to like what you see with these young men. Athleticism, exclusiveness, youth, and speed. A great compliment to the Giants offense, Manning and his arsenal of receivers.
3. I was terrified after Beason went down for the season, but the young linebackers stepped it up, and had many moments that made me think that the future is bright. Heck, even Herzlich emerged to contribute!
4. Odell Freaking Beckham Jr. Screw the Pro-bowl, this guy is the best receiver in the NFL, and nobody is arguing it. Bring back Victor Cruz, get Reuben Randall to do something after the catch, keep Preston Parker around, and the Giants have a formidable group that rivals the Falcons, Broncos, and any big time receiving corps.
Yes, the Giants need to bolster the O-Line, and I don’t know what happened to the Defense a few games this season but they have lots of good parts. If Coughlin stays or goes, I don’t think it would make much difference. It’s not about the X’s and 0’s- it’s about execution, and we need the personnel in all areas that can follow the plans that the coaches set forth.
In the meantime, let’s beat those damn cheese steak heads tomorrow. I live in South Jersey with editor Craig Santucci, and what a great X-mas present it would be to stick it to our co-workers next week…