Giants Aren’t An Elite Team In A League of Mediocrity

Published on: 4th October, 2010


New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins
Giants Aren't An Elite Team In A League of Mediocrity

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New York – Let’s not get all giggly and excited, Giants fans, about tonight’s 17-3 dismantling of the previously undefeated Chicago Bears. This was not exactly the Monsters of the Midway of Bears yore the Giants had beaten just as the Giants’ other win this year, against the soon-to-be-unemployed John Fox Carolina Panthers, are no longer the Panthers of recent history who had been such a craw in the Giants collective sides.

Big Blue is now 2-2 in a division of 2-2 teams, after the Eagles (2-2) today were taken down by Donovan McNabb and his equally mediocre Washington Redskins (2-2) while the Dallas Cowboys (1-2), the pre-season favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year, finally broke through with a win over their intra-state rival Houston Texans last week. As a matter of fact, after todays’ games, exactly 11 of the league’s 32 teams are sporting 2-2 records.

If that’s not a testament to parity permeating the league, nothing is. More than a third of the teams are sitting with .500 records. Yuck.

The NFL is now a league with a paucity of competent starting quarterbacks and as anyone knows, a team losing it’s starting signal-caller might as well kiss the season goodbye. Injuries are a part of the game but God forbid if a starting quarterback gets hurt. The backups are putrid and most of them couldn’t play competently even if they received all of the practice reps that the starters get.

Did anyone watch Todd Collins of the Bears last night? He came in for the concussed Jay Cutler, who had been treated like a ragdoll by the Giants pass rush. With the Bears down only a touchdown in the third quarter at 10-3, they had the ball on their own two yard line at third and 9. With Todd Collins behind center, instead of trying to make a play to either get a first down or, at the very least, give Bears punter Brad Maynard a little breathing room to kick the ball out of the end zone, Bears coach Lovey Smith didn’t trust his veteran, Collins, to even make the smallest of passes against the raging Giant defense. Instead, the call was for an off-tackle dive that gained exactly what it deserved to gain. Zero yards.

And Collins is a guy with more than ten years experience in the league carrying clipboards on the sidelines of NFL stadiums.

The NFL has now officially become a league of equality. There are no longer any super teams but there are going to be a lot of 9-7 teams at season’s end. I’m not sure if Roger Goodell, the league’s commissioner was shooting for mass mediocrity among the conferences and teams but frankly, he’s got it now.

Every game your favorite team is going to play this year will be that much more crucial to their staying in the race, such as they may be, for a playoff spot. As long as this is a league where few, if any teams will pull away to 10-2 starts, even the Kansas City Chiefs, down in the dumps for so many years, have a chance to make the playoffs. Sure, they are (shockingly) the only undefeated team left in the NFL but nobody, absolutely no one expects their little magic carpet ride to continue much longer.

Like the rest of the league, the Chiefs just aren’t that good.

So, before Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff break down the film of tonight’s game, which included four more lost fumbles by the Giants offense, they will surely look at each other and say, “we still stink but tonight, we stunk less than the Bears.”

If NFL owners are looking at the mess they’ve created on the field so far this year, imagine what the upcoming 18-game schedule is going to mean for the depth of NFL rosters and the quality of play.

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