By: Mike Connors
The 2009 season was really one to be forgotten because this was not a "NY GIANT" season; they played very soft, the defensive could not do the most basic task in tackling, and the the running back was useless for a big portion of the year. All of the ingredients to be a champ were absent. Although the Giant's season ended on a sour note this entire season was not worthless.
The first positive thing to take out this year was what Giant fans were worried about most...the wide recieving team had a great year. The core consisted of Steve Smith who eclipsed 100 receptions and had a Pro-Bowl season. Mario Manningham who had some issues catching and holding onto the ball in 2008 but, this year he put together 800 plus yards and a handful of touchdowns. The third was a highly touted rookie named Hakeem Nicks who had an up and down season. His numbers were 790 yards for 6 TDs but the numbers lie he had alot of drops. Overall the outlook on Hakeem Nicks is very bright and he will be a solid pass catcher for years to come.
The second positive thing the play of Kevin Boss. He had another solid year but, he did something this year that he hadn't in the past; he blocked and he blocked well. In addition to blocking he emerged as a viable option for Mr.Manning to pass to.
The third semi positive thing from 2009 is that the Giants had so many injuries that it could not possibly be as bad next year. Really...Safety Kenny Phillips, Tackle Jay Alford, RB Brandon Jacobs, RB Andre Brown, Tackle Chris Canty, CB Aaron Ross, Tackle Kareem McKenzie, LB Antonio Pierce, CB Corey Webster, and LB Gerris Wilkenson. Obviously every team has an immense amount injuries, but when it happens to an overrated team you find out quickly how much all hands on deck are needed.
Lastly, the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys were eliminated early on in the playoffs. When you are a Giant fan right now...you will take anything to be happy about.
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