By Dan Gabel
Coach Tom Coughlin is different from other head coaches in the sense that he likes to call the red zone the “green zone.” Well, considering what’s been happening over the last couple weeks and the 51% TD rate from last year in the red zone, I think it’s time to change the name to the “black zone.”
The G-Men are missing Plax. I don’t care if they’re 2-0; it’s obvious in their play. Sure, Mario Manningham and Steve Smith had huge games last week, but the Giants still look like a different team without Burress in there. There’s no undisputed No. 1 guy and that’s a big reason why they can’t score inside the 20.
Every team needs a go-to guy, and until the Giants have that you will not hear any Superbowl chatter from me. The big body that Plaxico brought each week is something truly missed. Rookie Ramses Barden, who’s 6’6, turned some heads in training camp, but he’s obviously not on the same page as Eli yet or else he’d be in the game.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride needs to start drawing up some plays for Kevin Boss, who so far has a mere 4 receptions for 75 yards. The Big Bossman has hands made of natural adhesives; get him the ball! Use some play action down there: Everyone knows Eli’s giving it to Jacobs, so why not play action to Boss? I don’t get it. Then again, I’m not a coach…just a Giants fan who wants the best out of my team.
I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining considering the Giants are undefeated. At the same time, don’t adjustments need to be made? You can’t play the same way every week, because this is the NFL, where teams are constantly adjusting. Unfortunately when it comes to the black zone offense, Kevin Gilbride is adjusting something else.