I owe a big thanks to Sheryl Crow New York Giants Womens T-Shirt , who gave me the idea for this column.Crow, for those not into the music scene is a multi-Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter whose hits include”All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” and “My Favorite Mistake.” It’s actually one of her lesser known tunes, “A Change Would Do You Good,” that happened to pop up on my iTunes playlist just before I sat down to write this column that got me thinking about the last several months and how the philosophies have changed in East Rutherford for the good.Dave Gettleman brings old school backWhen the Giants hired Dave Gettleman as their general manager, the common sentiment on my Twitter timeline was that the Giants had screwed up again, that they hired someone with ties to the organization who would probably continue in the thinking of the previous regime and further doom a team that was already lying in the sewer following a 3-13 season.Well, those naysayers were half right. Gettleman did come in with a roster building philosophy that he no doubt learned during his front-office tenure with the Giants under former general manager Ernie Accorsi. But so far, that philosophy has rejuvenated the team and its fan base.The philosophy quite simply is to build a roster from the inside out. Gettleman spoke about three core principles — running the ball, stopping the run and rushing the passer — that somehow faded into the background under the previous management regime, who built the roster from the outside in and who seemingly aspired to turn this northeast football team into the second coming of the Greatest Show on Turf.Sorry, but it was never going to come to fruition. The very foundation of the Giants success over the years has been in their ability to pound the rock and achieve balance between the run game and the passing game, a concept that slipped away when the prior regime continued to focus on adding receivers and tight ends yet seemingly took short cuts when it came to getting running backs and offensive linemen.Enter Gettleman. The first thing he, along with head coach Pat Shurmur, did, was decide after film study that long-time veteran quarterback Eli Manning still has a few years left in his aging right arm. At the same time, Gettleman and Shurmur no doubt looked at Manning’s stats from the past and realized that it is not in the team’s best interest to ask a quarterback who’s pushing 40 to average more than 600 pass attempts per season.While the team in general is not yet a finished product, it’s probably safe to say that their biggest areas of weakness last year — the running game, the run blocking, the pass defense and the pass rush — are all on a path toward becoming strengths if everyone stays healthy.Pat Shurmur is different 鈥?and that’s goodPat Shurmur is one of the most boring head coaches to walk the Giants sidelines in years.In case you’re wondering, that’s a compliment and a good thing. There have been no confrontations with the media and no airing of dirty laundry. Shurmur has politely declined to engage in minutiae detail like when Odell Beckham Jr. will get on the field or conversations he has with his players when they hit speed bumps along the way.He’s also somehow managed to refrain from blasting players who screw up in practice into the next county because he believes that as a teacher, screaming and yelling would be counterproductive to achieving the desired result.Perhaps the biggest change Shurmur New York Giants Hats , who thus far has proven himself to be a strong communicator and relationship builder with his players, is that he isn’t afraid to take a different perspective on things that go against the grain.Take for example his philosophy regarding the upcoming third preseason game, a game that’s typically viewed around the league as the final dress rehearsal prior to the regular season.“That goes in that category for me of halftime adjustments,” he said. “I think what’s important is about this game is whoever is in the game is in there to put good football on tape and help us win the game. As I’ve mentioned all along, we are going to do our very best to find out who our initial 53 guys are.”He’s right if you think about it because realistically speaking, how many teams can say that they have all their players in place by the third preseason game to have a true “final dress rehearsal”? Certainly not the Giants, who are still trying to resolve questions such as the identity of their starting free safety, and their depth at cornerback, receiver and offensive tackle, just to name a few.“I think people say that because typically in the fourth preseason game, a lot of your starters don’t play. I think it’s better said that this might be, for some guys, the last real good opportunity to get game experience before the first game. I think that’s the way I like to look at it,” Shurmur said. That’s not a bad way to look at things if you’re rooted in the real world and know that your roster has room to improve. So what does it all mean?When the dust settles, all that will matter is what the Giants season-ending record looks like. Certainly, some skeptics will point to the “changes” the previous regime put in place that got the franchise back on track in 2016 only to see if flop a year later. The difference is that the foundation of the 2017 season was built mostly on sand rather than concrete. The 2017 team believed its press clippings and, in retrospect, maybe took the praise they received from national analysts a little too close to heart.On the flip side, Shurmur has come in and tried to counter any lingering concerns that the Giants are still very much the same 3-13 team from a year ago. He has done that by guiding the team to gradually take a small bite out of the pie each day to savor it rather than to gulp it all down in one sitting and get fat off it. No one knows at this point how successful the Giants will be in 2018, but one thing is for certain: Gettleman and Shurmur have done everything possible to make sure this team has the best possible chance of achieving success.Giants 27, Texans 22: Snap counts and stats from the Giants’ first victory The New York Giants finally came away with their first win of the 2018 season. The team, both offense and defense, looked different from the versions we saw of them in the first two weeks of the season. The offense New York Giants Womens Hoodie , with a reshuffled offensive line, came out and played more aggressively than we saw in the first two weeks of the season. The results were immediate, as the team marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their opening possession, and went on to score on each of their possessions in the first half. The defense, on the other hand, played in a manner we wouldn’t have expected from James Bettcher. Instead of the 3-4 defense many expect from him, they predominantly played out of a four-man front while calling more zone coverages than we had seen from a team built for man coverage. As is our tradition, let’s take a closer look at who played, how much, and some of the in-depth stats from the game and see what we can learn about the Giants’ first win of the Pat Shurmur era.Offense The Giants dominated the time of possession battle over the run-first Texans, holding the ball for 35 minutes, 30 seconds to the Texans’ 24 minutes 30 seconds. Never trailing after their first possession, the Giants were able to switch to a more methodical brand of offense in the second half, contributing to their advantage in time of possession, though they ran fewer plays than the Texans with 62 offensive snaps. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard each played 59 of the 62 snaps, and provided most of the team’s offensive production through the air. Beckham caught 9 of 10 targets for 109 yards. As we have come to expect from Beckham, the superstar wide receiver did most of his damage with the ball in his hands, catching only one pass more than 10 yards down the field, and all but two passes traveled more than 7 yards in the air. The Giants also did a great job of moving Beckham around the offensive formation, catching passes from the left and right receiver positions, as well as both slot positions. Meanwhile, Shepard caught six of seven for 80 yards and a touchdown. The Giants moved Shepard around the formation as well, though they kept him in the sots. Shepard primarily did his damage over the middle of the field Womens Customized New York Giants Jerseys , though his two deeper crossing routes were notable. As has been noted many times before, Eli Manning was exceptionally efficient and precise with the football. He completed an impressive 25 of 29 passes, averaging better than 10 yards per reception. He spread the ball around well, hitting receivers all over the field, though most of his passes were within of 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. Manning did most of his damage in the middle of the field, though he was also effective passing to the right in the short and intermediate distances. Saquon Barkley didn’t play as large a share of the snaps as in previous games, notching 44 of 62 (71 percent). That might have been part of the game plan after he caught 14 passes for an ineffective 80 yards against the Cowboys, but he also suffered a bruised knee on the Giants’ first drive, and which likely also had an effect. Barkley ran to all sides of the offense, though most of his runs went between the tackles, to the left (7 attempts, 26 yards, 1 td) Barkley was also the Giants’ third leading receiver, catching five passes for 35 yards. Unlike the week two game, Barkley caught passes as a wide receiver as well as a running back, a tactic which helped to open up the defense for the rest of the offense, as well as converting a crucial first down on the Giants’ final drive.Finally, tight end Rhett Ellison had perhaps his biggest game as a Giant. Ellison only caught three passes for 39 yards, but he scored a crucial touchdown and played 54 of 62 snaps. That was undoubtedly influenced by the injury to Evan Engram, who suffered a sprained MCL after just 13 plays. However, the two-tight end set seemed to be a part of the Giants’ game plan from the beginning. Ellison played an important role both as a chip blocker on J.J. Watt as well as (attempting) to block him one on one when the line slid protection the other way. Ellison doesn’t have anything like Engram’s athleticism, but hopefully he will be able to build on Sunday’s performance. Scott Simonson was the second tight end after Engram left the game, getting 16 snaps. Wide receiver Cody Latimer was only targeted twice www.giantscheapshops.com , but he was on the field for 40 snaps. Perhaps his role in the offense will grow as time goes on.DefenseThe Giants’ starting secondary of Janoris Jenkins, B.W. Webb, Landon Collins, and Curtis Riley played all 68 snaps, as did linebacker Alec Ogletree. Perhaps as compensation to the loss of Eli Apple, or in an attempt to contain DeShaun Watson on the ground, the Giants’ played an uncharacteristic amount of zone coverage while the Texans were forced to play catch-up and throw the ball. As a result, Watson threw for 385 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with DeAndre Hopkins getting 6 receptions for 86 yards (14.3 yards per catch) and Will Fuller getting 101 yards on 5 catches. But while Houston was able to find success through the air, Watson was under duress for most of the game. For the first time this season, each of the Giants’ top pass rushers all averaged closer than league average on their rushes. The Giants played a surprising amount of 4-2-5 nickel packages against Houston. Surprising, because Houston came in to the game averaging an NFL-best 157.5 yards on the ground. It would make sense that any defense would want as strong a defense against the run as possible and play their base defense. The Giants, however, opted to play a smaller, faster defense — but it was still incredibly effective at stopping the run. They held the Texans to a mere 59 yards on the ground, just 25 of which came from running backs. Kareem Martin and Kerry Wynn lead the way, with Martin getting 51 of 68 snaps, largely as a defensive end, while Wynn had 44 snaps. As we have already talked about extensively, Wynnn had himself a game, notching 5 tackles, a pass defensed, and a forced fumble in an effort that would have been seen dominant if J.J. Watt hadn’t also played in the game. Damon Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson rounded out the Giants’ most common defensive front New York Giants T-Shirt , playing roughly half of the snaps, at 35 and 31 snaps, respectively. The two have proven to simply be a force in the middle of the Giants’ defense and are a big reason why teams simply can’t run up the middle on New York. Their short-area athleticism, play strength, and excellent understanding of leverage are trouble for any offensive line. First year Giants Lorenzo Carter, Mario Edwards Jr. (first year with the team, if not in the league), and B.J. Hill played 21, 24, and 14 snaps, respectively. Each player had an impact, however, and each came away with a sack. Impressively, Hill’s sack didn’t come as a defensive tackle, but as a 4-3 defensive end, as he utterly overpowered the Texans’ left tackle. He very nearly had a second sack on the very next play, but Deshaun Watson just escaped and heaved the ball downfield, which was intercepted by Alec Ogletree.It wasn’t perfect, but the Giants finally played complementary football and breathed some life into their season. Just in time, as they play the New Orleans Saints next week.
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