Before the beginning of the season, I asked 7 questions. Let’s look at them one at a time.
Will Kiwanuka play well at LB?
NO. But we get a YES because the Giants have stopped the failed experiment.
Will Diehl play well at LT?
Will our shoddy secondary hold it together?
With the ascendency of Aaron Ross, the answer is yes. It is too early to pronounce the rookie as savior but not too early to think it is possible. So we answer this question as YES until we can play a competent team/QB that can really test these guys.
Will Manning be accurate?
I have been trying to figure this one out for almost 4 years. YES NO MAYBE, you tell me. The past few games we have gotten back on the Eli rollercoaster. Even this past week’s solid Monday performance was marred by telegraphed passes which were batted down, and two INTs. He is improved but we wait for four consecutive quarters of consistency.
Will our RBs handle the pass-catching out of the backfield?
Thus far, NO.
Will our (now) thin OL stay healthy?
Thus far, YES. There was an article in today’s NYPost lauding them. What scares me is what is behind these guys on the depth chart…. schtick dreck. If we had Seubert on the bench coming in I would feel a helluva lot better.
Will we find a kicker?
The tally: Counting the failed Kiwanuka experiment as a YES, we have 4 YES 2 NO 1 MAYBE. That we are 4-2 does speak to the congruency of the questions.
Manning is an enigma. I believe in Ross. I do believe that Ward and Jacobs (Bradshaw?) can improve and get more fluid out of the backfield on receptions. I do not believe in the kicker. That implies a final tally (barring items like injuries) of 5 YES 1 NO and 1 MAYBE.
You can see here that it points to the TWO issues which hold the Giants back from being a very good team… Manning’s inconsistency and our special teams adventures. (Tynes’ lack of distance/hang time was as much a culprit on the Leon Washington TD as anything else.)
ROSS MANNING SPECIALS. These are the variables left in determining the answer to our season. There is a very fine line here between mediocrity and greatness. Yes, this team can be formidible if a few things fall into place. And no, a little Manning inconsistency, specials nightmares and some injuries to our O-line and we go right back in the ash can. A few ifs and we are in excellent shape. Tiki Barber remarked today that we can be 12-4. Considering the garbage we play against, it is possible if the above items can fall into place.