NYG 27 GB 22

ECSTATIC! Pinch me. The Giants beat the heavily favored Packers.

There are so many amazing things that happened in this game that I can’t wait to discuss; I am practically at a loss for where to start. But we can try by looking at the setup of this game before anyone took the field.

The Giants were 9-10 point underdogs. The moneyline for this game reflected a 22% chance of the Giants winning the game. I frankly did not give the Giants a chance of winning, and even said so on Twitter when I predicted earlier in the week that they’d be 4-4 after the next 4 games. That was not a knock on the Giants, who were overachievers, but merely a lack of respect for Tannehill, Mayfield, Rush and Fields compared to playing the likes of Aaron Rodgers.

And then Leonard Williams, who was questionable all week, was declared inactive for the game. How much more can one injury-riddled team take? At that point, I was just hoping the Giants would be competitive enough to just build on something in a rebuilding year.

Here is the 13 minute set of highlights to the game. We are going to note a lot of plays in the discussion below marked with a bold timestamp which is referenced to the video.

The Giants got out of the blocks slowly. Rodgers drove the Packers, but a well timed and well schemed blitz (0:27) with S Dane Belton forced a FG.

Note how Jones and Barkley had trouble early with swing/screen passes.

0:46.

1:08.

2:51.

Regular readers to this blog know that one of my pet peeves is the inability of this team to execute a simple screen pass. Here, we see it end 3 consecutive possessions. Thankfully by the 3rd possession, the Giants started working Slayton into the game with play action. People like Dan Schneier and myself have been yelling from the mountaintops to get play action/Slayton going. When you do not send Toney, Golladay and Robinson to London, for heaven’s sake why are you not throwing the ball to the only WR option who can stretch the field and take pressure off of Barkley’s box? In the third possession when the Offense got things going, it was a play action fake to Barkley at 2:21 that found Jones hitting Slayton for 26 yards. Oxygen. From this play forward, the Giants Offense began finding rhythm.

What is important with this playcall is what has been important all season long- ADJUSTMENTS. It took Kafka 2 possessions to figure out that Barkley Barkley Barkley was not going to work. Typically it would take Giants Offensive Coordinators at least a half a season to tweak the playcalling. Gilbride (as only one example.. Shula and Garrett were worse) would finally figure out he needed to use a TE/screen pass after getting clobbered behind a bad Offensive Line for many games, then have more balance with a single win, only to revert thereafter and then shocking (not) back to losses. This coaching staff shortens the cycle of adjustments from games to possessions. And we are seeing this every single game this season, which gives us much more confidence in the sustainability of this success.

Play action continued to get the job done (2:39), moving the sticks, and getting the Giants on the board, trailing 10-3.

Martindale’s defense has been bend-don’t-break all season. Defenders know their assignments. They make the tackles. They are tough in the red zone. It’s my read that if/when personnel is upgraded, they’ll “bend” even less. That’s why I keep referring to this year as a rebuild. The on-the-job training of rookies and not-ready-for-prime time players is making this team better each week. Essentially, good coaches like Martindale are accelerating this process.

I want to take pause from the game at 4:23 to note the TD from Mercedes Lewis. An interesting factoid came up that this NY Giants blogger is not going to let go unmentioned. You see, Mercedes Lewis is a 38 year old Tight End who played for 12 years in Jacksonville before (likely finishing) the last 5 in GB. A former Round 1 pick out of UCLA, it nearly blew my mind (but really should not have) that Lewis is THE ONLY ROUND 1 PICK THAT AARON RODGERS HAS THROWN A TD PASS TO IN HIS ENTIRE CAREER. That’s right, stars like Jordy Nelson (2008), Greg Jennings (2006), and Devante Adams (2014) are all Round 2 steak, no sizzle. It took Rodgers finally getting hooked up with an over-the-hill lunch pail Tight End (one 2nd team All Pro in 17 seasons) to give him any Round 1 TD connection! Just another reminder that it is QB, Protect QB, and Rush the QB. Love those Round 2 Wide Receivers. Amani Toomer, Sterling Shepard, Steve Smith, Joe Jurevicius. Round 1? No thanks.

The Giants find themselves down 17-3 with not much time left in the first half. It is 3rd & 9 and the team needs a play. With 2:44 left in H1, you have to remember that if the drive ends here, we get 3 points and there is plenty of time for Rodgers to go all the way down the field and score 7. Instead, go to 5:21 and watch Darius Slayton at the bottom of your screen get 3 crucial yards after the catch to move the sticks. Ginormous. Huge.

The Defense may not look pretty in the first half, but please notice that the Packers did not get sloppy YAC. The Giants defenders were sure tacklers (see McKinney at 6:00, the last defender, and Love three plays later at 6:17 to stop the player from going out of bounds and keep the clock moving). Blocking and tackling won’t make headlines, but it made the Packers work more for what they got. This is one of the building blocks in the rebuild and a reason why the Giants find themselves competitive in EVERY game they have played this season.

There were more than a couple of plays (3 at least) where I found error in the way the clock was winding down at the end of the first AND second half. Yes, yes. We know that the clock on the NFL Network is not the official’s clock. Yet there were precious seconds not elapsed. Look at the game clock get pushed back literally 4 seconds at ~5:55. Of course a timeout may have been called, but I saw this a few times, and at the end of the game it cost the Giants a few more seconds, all of which were critical.

All right. The score is 17-3 and then 20-10 at the half. How many of you honestly thought we were winning this game? I still did not. We saw small things, building blocks, but not enough to believe a win was coming. Any fan was happy with competitiveness. The gravy would arrive in the second half.

Slayton 6:39. Slayton again 6:52. Jones getting protection. Jones QB draw. Jones 3rd down QB draw again is stopped. I hope Neal (7:12) gets coached up on holding his block longer. A 20-13 FG was collected in the first possession of the 2nd half.

Get a load of Sexy Dexy! 8:18 That is one sack dance I can watch all day. That ends the drive.

We finally get to the pivotal moment in the entire game. I doubt that others will pin this play down as the biggest of the game, but it was for me. The Giants have the ball. They trail 20-13. The field position is super ugly at the 9 yard line. Barkley on first down goes down for a 1 yard loss and is removed from the game with an injury. 2nd and 11 from the 8 yd line. 8:26 PLAY ACTION TO BREIDA WITH A FLARE PASS TO BREIDA IN THE RIGHT FLAT. YAC. FIRST DOWN. If the Giants fail on this down, be it with a bad playcall or with poor execution, it is 3rd and long, Rodgers likely gets the ball back near midfield with an easy time to make it 23-13 or more. Instead, Breida gets them out of the hole, and the Giants drive 91 yards to tie the game. 2nd and 11 from the 8. Big.

On this drive, we see plenty of (1) Play action (2) Jones uses his legs to move the sticks (3) Jones roll out and pass on the run and (4) Stepping up in the pocket just enough to avoid pressure. I would prefer he take one additional step (consistently a half second earlier), but he certainly got it done.

Luck. Right now Giants fans are warmly ensconced in their win, with 10:11‘s theatrics purged from their memory. The bungee jumping of this Special Teams muff is not something I want to relive either. Just a reminder you have to be good and lucky to win games.

Speaking about theater, the Barkley show resumed (at 10:29) when the star RB (“super bullish” in 2022) returned from injury and rumbled for 40 yards on a crossing pattern. YAC YAC YAC. He capped the drive with a TD (10:44) out of the wildcat for the Giants to take their first lead of the game.

At this point, the Giants have just scored 17 points unanswered, trailing at the half 20-10, now up 27-20.

Bend. Don’t break. The Giants red zone defense did it again with 2 deflections on 3rd and 4th down 11:48 and 11:58. Martindale dialed up blitzes from the Left Side with Love and McKinney. Raanan reported that it was McKinney who got the ball batted for an incompletion to end the drive.

The punter committing a Safety was exactly what was required. The Giants killed some clock, and got 30 yards of field position for 2 inconsequential points. Essentially the Giants D shut down Rodgers & the Pack in the second half, and scored on every possession until the final one where they took a knee.

This win says so many things. Let’s bullet them:

  • Competitive
  • Resilient
  • Coaching advantage
  • Prepared
  • Jones (Week 3-5) playing better than any time in his career
  • Schoen’s inherited weak roster (via horrible cap) not limiting the team
  • rookies like Bellinger, Belton, Thibodeaux, Davidson, Neal, Fox (and even Ezeudu before injury) seeing meaningful minutes
  • Injuries to players like Ojulari, Toney, Williams (and Adoree Jackson in H2) have not stopped this team from winning
  • backups like Breida and McCloud came in today and made a difference
  • Jaylon Smith is helping the LBer corps in a big way
  • 21 players on Defense made at least 1 tackle, that is sick
  • No turnovers, Jones is protecting the ball
  • Offensive line was very good, not great, but certainly good enough to let Jones work (4 hits, 1 sack against a vg defense)
  • Still plenty of room for improvement in the screen game, but I have supreme confidence in this coaching staff to accomplish nearly anything right now, given time
  • Slayton 6 receptions for 79 yards and if Jones puts the ball in stride for him late near the end of Q1 on the 3rd possession, Slayton goes to the house
  • Slayton takes pressure off of Barkley, and Barkley off of Slayton
  • Scheme-wise, it is kind of scary how much more potential there is if this team gets players back AND in future years when they are not cap strangled anymore

If Jones stays healthy and continues his progression, he will be part of this team’s future. I cannot say enough good things about Daboll and his staff. It is only 5 games, and the NFL has seen its fair share of one and done head coaches who failed to live up to impressive debuts. Yet Daboll seems not only in command, he knows exactly what he is doing all the time. We said the organization needed to go outside. We got Schoen and Daboll from outside, and these guys are turning everything around faster than anyone (yes, even the most optimistic!) could have believed. I am still calling this season a rebuild. But don’t tell the players and the coaches that.

Quotes from Peter Drucker

The NY Giants are in complete disarray. Consider:

  1. Failed Architecture
  2. Poor Personnel Decisions
  3. Poor Drafting
  4. Poor Coaching
  5. Injuries
  6. Excessive Loyalty
  7. Nepotism
  8. Overconfidence Bias of Ownership
  9. A Metaphor

We have discussed many of these items ad nauseum, so part of this will be reviewed/linked to past discussions and other parts will be expanded upon.

  1. Failed Architecture. We have dedicated full blog posts to how to build a franchise. QB, Protect QB, Rush the QB. Read it and (Giants fans) weep. I will throw in one more little nugget from a completely different angle… professional bettors. Which positions move the point spread for the people betting the games? QB, obviously. And that is consistent with what everyone knows. The difference? Go to minute 14. “All you running back fans, that means zero in NFL betting… The bettors really key on Offensive Line problems… Offensive line play has a direct correlation to offensive production. It just shows you how strong that the wiseguys believe in Offensive Line play. It is a huge thing and essentially goes unnoticed. The media and the public just like the star names. They don’t care about Linemen, and that is what the true gamblers care about.”
    What has this NY Giants blog been preaching for literally 12 seasons? Drafting Offensive Line to replace Diehl, Seubert, O’Hara, Snee and McKenzie. And it still has not been done. Money talks. It is GMs making Offensive Tackles the second highest salaries of any position. It is professional bettors watching Offensive Line. This should tell you all you need to do know about what drives success, and conversely what has been driving the Giants failure the past decade.
  2. Poor Personnel Decisions. Apologies for a quick regurgitation here of some of the lowlights….
    Nate Solder, Leonard Williams (cost), Omameh, Stewart, Martin, win now in 2018, no offseason OL depth coming into 2021 preseason and then reactively scrambling, All-in on 2021 w massive cap hangover coming, Baker (study) risks, separating from Zeitler/Tomlinson. And we did not even touch on Reese.
  3. Poor Drafting. Our previous post documented with Twitter timestamps a comparison of the Giants selections vs the UltimateNYG blog selections. While these were the Round 1 high profile names, we hit on 9 of 11. The Giants hit on 4 of 11.
  4. Poor Coaching. We need to show you 2 plays. The first play is from Week 11 vs the Bucs. FUGLY.The second play is from Week 16 vs the Eagles. Loss of 4 yards. FUGLY.You can make up all the excuses you want. Instead of competitive football, this is an embarrassment. If it is one player, like DeAndre Baker not learning his assignments, you can blame it on Gettleman for ignoring the (league-wide) knowledge of his risks coming out of college. In this case, it is bad coaching, because at least 2 out of 3 players on offense are running the wrong route, and all 3 route runners are making bad blocks/assignments. While there was more dysfunction with McAdoo (players disrespected him) and Shurmur (not a Head Coach), Judge just seems to be in way over his head and players are checking out. See #8 below for the cluelessness of ownership with regard to the Head Coach.

    One more little side nugget for evidence of season-long coaching failure… the Giants have been outscored 76-0 in the last 2 minutes of the first half. You can forget about injuries, amplify poor clock management, factor out meaningless garbage-time points, and that is what you are left with when the chips are down in crunch time.
  5. Injuries. This website author was the premier NY Giants blog for correctly arguing that the malady of injuries from 2013-2015, three successive years of dead last injuries, was not just bad luck. To once again finish in dead last in injuries in 2021 is a symptom of continued dysfunction of the coaching/medical staff. Gettleman bragged how Ronnie Barnes (more on him next) cleared the signing of offseason Free Agency signings with injuries/risk. Also, Glenn Warciski of New York Giants Underground pointed out that Kadarius Toney had an injury history in college. So when we see a pileup in ManGamesLost, it is not a complete coincidence. Note also the comparison between the Titans, Ravens and Giants, in terms of wins versus mangameslost. Vrabel deserves to be Coach of the Year for this alone.
  6. Excessive Loyalty. Mara does not like it when he goes through Head Coaches & GMs like a race car goes through tires. The Maras love Ronnie Barnes. Barnes is at their beck & call seemingly 24/7/365. Antonio Pierce joked about how much juice Barnes had. Juice… as in, power. It goes way past tenure. Barnes reports directly to ownership. This means the only one who can touch (fire) Barnes is essentially John Mara himself. If I am the GM and Barnes gives me the green light to draft Toney and sign Golladay, and both players miss a lot of football, at what point is there accountability from the medical side? How can there be any accountability? Barnes has been through 4 GMs. When does this loyalty end and responsibility to performance begin. No, Barnes is not the Strength & Conditioning coach. But when you are dead last in injuries 4 times in the past 9 years, that is 2 S&C coaches, 2 GMs, and 1 SVP of Medical Services. During these 9 years, the Giants have had 1 winning season. Where is the accountability for the product?
  7. Nepotism. Chris Mara and Tim McDonnell are 2 of the 3 highest ranking members of the Player Personnel department. They are also Maras. There are 23 people in this department. I am sure some are good, but more are not delivering. They could get rid of most of them and hire our Draft Analyst. When you are 22-58 and you have rot without accountability, how can it be any worse? Frankly, given how we documented the outperformance we were able to deliver, in our Round 1 selections vs this franchise, it starts at the top with Chris Mara, whose ascendency to the top post of SVP of Player Personnel took place… when?…. in 2011, right when this Franchise (between Reese AND Gettleman) started tanking big time in the Draft. Connect those dots.
  8. Overconfidence Bias of Ownership. We have seen the latest genius of ownership with the proclamation that Judge is coming back, no matter who the GM is. Given just 2 plays we selected in #4 above, wouldn’t you logically want a Professional General Manager (ie one who does not do this for hobby?!) to make that determination? This is putting the cart in front of the horse. Frankly, we have stated this before but it needs to be emphasized— ownership has only proven one thing over the past 10 years— it is not doing anything to help this franchise and is actually outright harming it on a regular basis with its input. It needs to get out of the way and let an OUTSIDER make ALL of the decisions.
  9. A Metaphor. The eight items above are serious notes. The erosion of trust from the fanbase, the loss of any semblance of home field advantage, and the prostituting of PSLs have completely bankrupted goodwill. When the Giants decided to give PSL owners a free medium Pepsi, the derision from the fanbase went to a whole new level. If you thought it could not get any worse, it did…. PSL owners found out that the promotion was only good for the owner himself, not for the other seats s/he licensed. I was reminded of the line in the movie, Trading Places, where the rich commodity barons give the servant a $5 Xmas bonus. “I can go to the movies. By myself.” There are simply no words left for this organization. We will leave fans with some words on what they are searching for.

Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.

The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.

If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.

What gets measured gets managed.

Leadership is defined by results not attributes.

Most leaders don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.

Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people, because they determine the performance capacity of the organization.

Peter Drucker

Help

We need somebody
(Help) not just anybody
(Help) you know we need a GM, help

So much younger than today
(We never need) We Super Bowl’d four along the way
(Now) but now these days are gone (these days are gone)
Jints fans not so self assured
(And now we find) now we find Change is on our minds
To open up the doors

Help us if you can, we’re beaten down
And Jints fans know that Mara’s just a clown
Help us get our team back from lost to found
Won’t you please, please GM me

In oh so many ways
(Our owner’s) our owner’s brain seems to vanish in the haze
(But) but every game and then (game after game)
We feel so insecure
(We know that we) We know that we just need a new GM
From outside, Mara’s never done it before

Help Jints fans if you can, we’re beaten down
And we do appreciate an OLine being ’round
Help us get a yard on the ground
Won’t you please, please GM me

When George was Young, Jints much better than today
We never needed anybody’s help in any way
(Now) but now those days are gone (those days are gone)
We’re not so reassured
(And now we find) now we find Mara’s changed his mind
And closed up the doors

Help Jints fans if you can, we’re beaten down
And we do appreciate the Bears’ pick in 1 Round
Help us get the team from lost to found
Won’t you please, please GM me, Outsider’s key, set us free, ooh

Who the **** is Creed Humphrey?!

If you were watching the Thursday Night Football game between the Chiefs and Chargers, you would know. More importantly, if you were a regular reader of this NY Giants blog, you would have known about C Creed Humphrey on April 21, 2021, a full 8 days prior to the start of the draft and 9 days before Humphrey was selected. We’ll return to Mr. Humphrey a little later, but first some timestamps.

As a reminder, when it comes to the Draft, most do not have the courage or track record to highlight what they said when they said it. In terms of being accountable for what we say, that is why we blog (and tweet). There is a record, timestamps. Twitter is microblogging, and since they timestamp each tweet precisely, it is a great way of not only maintaining a record of what you said BUT WHEN YOU SAID IT.

The record begins in 2011. Twitter was a relatively new medium at the time and that was when we used it the first time live during the NFL Draft. In fact, we were at the Draft in NYC reporting for GMC along with John Fennelly.

2011: LT Anthony Castonzo. 10 Year Franchise Left Tackle. 144 starts, taken 3 picks later at 1.22 by the Colts. Note how my tone will change this decade from one of “surprise” that the Giants wouldn’t do the obvious thing in 2011 by replenishing an aging OL, to one in later years where we are reduced to imploring.

2012: LT Cordy Glenn. Solid 8 year Left Tackle. Taken by the Bills 9 picks later. Ever hear of that LB (sic!) Lavonte David? Konz busted. Can’t be perfect. But make no mistake, we WANTed Cordy Glenn because of the atrophy at OL.

2013: LB Alec Ogletree. Justin Pugh was not our choice because, remember, the Giants reached for him as a Tackle/Guard and we thought he was ok as a Guard. You can see the reactive desperation of Reese here. Fwiw, our prediction of a 10 yr Guard was incredibly accurate. Pugh is in his 9th season with Arizona and 110 starts. Ogletree was a very good LB for the Rams in the first half of his career before eroding. His 106 starts and 9 years in the NFL are nonetheless an affirmation that he delivered.

2014: LT Taylor Lewan*. He gets an asterisk because he went 1 pick ahead. Who would you rather have, Taylor Lewan or Odell Beckham? The crazy thing is that, as good as Beckham was, did he truly help this organization? The Giants hit the (generational) Lotto with a Round 1 WR and he still did not turn this franchise around. Btw, we were wrong about Donald and Martin (being so good), but note that we were willing to trade up 1 spot for Lewan. And for the Giants, Lewan would have been the best LONG TERM team-building answer. 3 time Probowler, 95 starts.

2015: LT Ereck Flowers. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. But if we cherry picked all of our good stuff and omitted the bad, how reliable or credible would that record be? Wonder’s eval was incorrect (although he believes he was not coached up properly, with some of that perhaps vindicated in Flowers becoming a serviceable Guard in Washington). We take our lumps here though, we got it wrong.

2016: LT Laremy Tunsil. So many mistakes by Reese and this organization. Jerry Reese chose Eli Apple instead. And he lost his job because of this massive ginormous travesty. Tunsil? Franchise Left Tackle. He went to the Pro Bowl twice AFTER being traded to the Houston Texans for massive trade booty. Note we take Tunsil even after Flowers was taken in 2015. WE DO NOT CARE. OFFENSIVE LINE. OR SENTENCE YOURSELF TO A DECADE OF SH**.

2017: LB Reuben Foster. Domestic violence charge. Torn ACL after promising rookie season. BUST. FYI, we liked the talent of Engram but hated the “toys” over “boys” selection because Engram was not a blocking TE.

The Reuben Foster pick is a classic example of why you have to account for all of what you say, when you say it. This is an honest verification of every draft, how it unfolds. If someone is sharing only their hits without showing you their misses, it is meaningless cherry-picking. How do you think Bernie Madoff was so perfect year after year, decade after decade? Because he wasn’t. The misses validate the track record. We have verified our drafting track record before. How many draft analysts show you their hits AND misses?  

2018: NOT RUNNING BACK. Apologies for any excess arrogance, but this might be one of the greatest tweets of all time. Barkley is still at Penn State. We have zero clue exactly where the Giants will be drafting in November of 2017 for the April 2018 Draft. AND DAVE GETTLEMAN IS NOT EVEN THE GIANTS GM FOR ANOTHER MONTH. The Easter Bunny is a better selection at 1.02 overall than a RB, and I do not care that we would have taken Darnold or Traded Down. Slam dunk perfect draft tweet 5 months before the draft.

2019: EDGE Josh Allen. There was no Offensive Lineman to pick at 1.06, so we saw the player and the need at EDGE. What did the Giants do? They overdrafted Daniel Jones. See the previous post for nailing that one too. Two and a half years later, Mark Schlereth gave the same reasoning we gave on Draft night for why the Jones pick was flawed. Back to Allen, JAC took Allen 1 pick later at 1.07. 2019 All Rookie Team, 2019 Pro Bowl, hurt in 2020, 2021 AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 9. He is on a garbage team in a garbage market, but he is a Football Player.

2020: Trade down slightly and take Wirfs, Becton, Thomas, or Wills. I am happy the Giants got a very good player in Andrew Thomas. Our first choice was to trade down a little bit and take any of the four terrific Tackles to maximize the value. That Wirfs was taken at 1.13 should be a reminder of how you win Super Bowls. Incredible value. Oh Btw, not for nothing, but Ezra Cleveland was taken at 2.58 by Minnesota and has been a Starter every game this season at Guard. Staple.

2021: Round 1 Trade Down. Gettleman nailed this. And so did we. UltimateNYG Draft Analyst Wonder nailed this so badly, asking to trade down with Chicago at 1.20 weeks ahead of the Draft.

2021: C Creed Humphrey in Round 2. So we finally get to the reason why we posted, Center Creed Humphrey. We won’t waste anymore space with our opinion of NOT taking Wide Receiver (Toney or anyone else) in Round 1. LT Darrisaw would have been where we would have gone. But let’s move on to Round 2. The Giants had the 10th pick (2.42, Twitter typo), and traded down 8 spots to 2.50. Jenkins (taken 2.39) was now gone. The order above was still applicable…

Okay, okay, they took EDGE Ojulari, and we were very very happy. Our #2 preference. But look who was the #1 preference. Center Creed Humphrey. He ended up being taken at 2.63 by the KC Chiefs, 13 picks later, and in his rookie season he is already a star. Imagine what he would have done to the Offensive Line, with Thomas coming into his own at Left Tackle and Creed Humphrey DOMINATING (yes, DOMINATING) at Center?! Why do you think we were so high on Humphrey, willing to take him as a backup, not great value, at the tail end of Round 1?

Humphrey has given up 1 sack his entire rookie season, playing nearly every play for the Chiefs, 979 snaps. Forget just going to the Pro Bowl. He is on track to be ALL-PRO as a rookie. That is right, Center Creed Humphrey is one of the best Centers in all of Football as a rookie. Pro Football Focus has him as the #1 Center in the entire NFL. He grades out a full 6 points ahead of Jason Kelce of PHI and Corey Linsley of LAC, who are in second and third overall. Humphrey is an absolute mauler in the Run Game, and his Pass Blocking is excellent. What do you think this guy is going to look like when the game slows down even further for him? Ridiculous. Center is one of the most important positions in the game. NFL GMs are still under-rating what a Guard and Center can do for your team. He is a big part of KC’s resurgence in the second half of the season. And according to Joe Buck, Humphrey is already the Leader of the KC Offensive Line. That’s right, the line that protects Patrick Mahomes.

What is the message here? That we are always right? NO! We are not always right. In the last 11 drafts we have gotten it right most of the time, with 9 correct and only 2 misses. The message is that you prioritize OL and the players are there. If you are ill watching QB Justin Herbert while Gettleman overdrafted Jones, you need to get even more ill watching Creed Humphrey as a fixture of the Chiefs for the next 10 years. It is not a pipe dream to get these kinds of players. It is a pipe dream when you have lousy GMs who think that Offensive Line was not there in the 2021 draft, despite their efforts to “try” to add. That’s who Creed Humphrey is. The guy who wrestled in High School and was dominant at Oklahoma. The guy who is dominating as a rookie in the NFL. The guy that Gettleman (… Chris Mara?) said wasn’t there for the Giants and who we said was. It is time for the next Giants GM to seriously prioritize OL or else we are in for another 10 years of wandering in the desert.