The New Jersey Devils are searching for a new coach after Peter DeBoer was canned Friday morning.
So Odell Beckham, Jr made arguably the greatest catch in NFL history last night. I’m not even joking. I’m not sure if you saw the picture above circulating the internet or not or if you got to see it live like I did but good God that was insane. He was so incredibly interfered with to begin the play it’s hard to imagine that he actually was able to snag that ball and even score the TD. So I’ll toss it up to you folks…greatest catch in NFL history yes or no?
The New York Football Giants are 3-7 starring down their third consecutive year missing the playoffs. Eli Manning is coming off one of the worst performances of his year in which he threw an astonishing 5, yes 5! interceptions. The wheels have come off for the second straight year dropping 5 games in a row. So the question remains to be asked…now what? Who’s to blame for a second straight year of failure for the Big Blue Wrecking Crew? Is it Coughlin? Is it Jerry Reese? Is it Eli? Lot of questions remained unanswered but here’s my look into a troubling trend that is the NY Giants Football Team.
As a Giants fan I for the better part of the last decade have at least had the benefit of being able to look at the green team across the conference and think, well at least I’m not a Jets fan. Could that actually be the reverse now? Jets fans feeling sorry for Giants fans? The truth is, the organization is a far cry from the stability of 2007-2009 that saw the franchise win 2 Super Bowls much to the dismay of Patriot fans everywhere. So what has gone wrong? Has Eli regressed to a less than ELITE QB?
Tom Coughlin is possibly the most important coach in Giants history not named Bill Parcells. He’ll undoubtedly end up in the Giants Ring of Honor and likely the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That being said, is it time for him to go? It’s looking like the third straight season where the Giants will be watching the playoffs from the sideline. Is that hard-nosed, this is your job mentality starting to wear on Giants personnel?
For all that Jerry Reese has done to build two Super Bowl champion teams, you can argue the last 5 years have been pretty brutal from a draft room perspective. Countless misses, and a seemingly irrational desire to completely ignore the Giants offensive line and linebacking depth or lack there of have left the team a mess up front on both sides of the balls. It looks like he has a nice talent in Odell Beckham Jr. but being able to pick a quality player in the first 15 picks shouldn’t be that much to write home about. If you want my opinion, it’s unfortunately time for Reese to go. This team has been floundering around in mediocrity for far to long and I think you can point the finger squarely at the teams inability to address key issues on the offensive line, and linebacking core.
So what do the Giants do? Fire Reese? Fire Coughlin? Cut Eli? There are a lot of glaring holes on this team and a seemingly lack of talent on both sides of the ball. You can point the finger anywhere you’d like considering how bad they’ve been but who gets axed?
So it was another year mired in irrelevancy for the New York Yankees. Were it not for the now complete retirement of longtime captain Derek Jeter would the team have even been in the news? So you have a season where your starting rotation was borderline destitute and ravaged with injuries. The bright side? If Mashiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia can come back from injuries you have a legit front end to your starting rotation if you’re able to resign Brandon McCarthy. So while you have a glaring hole on the left side (and right side?) of your infield at least your rotation looks DECENT. So here’s some moves I would be looking to if I was Brian Cashman.
First and foremost, sign Max Scherzer and Jon Lester. I don’t care what the price is. You spent a bajillion dollars this past off season and it didn’t work. Guess what? That’s only strike one. With Lester AND Scherzer in the mix the Yankees have without question the most dominant rotation in baseball. Maybe ever. With a rotation like that you can make up for the fact that you have a 40 year old 3rd baseman who may or may not play more than 70 games. And a first baseman in Texiera who’s looking like a gigantic bus after having what I can only chalk up as one decent season in 2009. Once this beast of a rotation is locked up they can star looking to fixing their real needs, the infield.
Look, you’re not going to replace a Derek Jeter next season if ever so don’t even try. But we do have a need for at least a 2nd baseman, maybe a 3rd baseman, and definitely a short stop. First and foremost sign Jed Lowrie. Definitely one of those moneyball type players and someone who’s very serviceable in the field. At only 30 years old I think we can expect more than the .091 batting average we got from Stephen Drew.
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera. Risky signing as he’s a very streaky hot and cold type hitter but I think he’s got at least 2-3 good/highly productive years and in the Yankees lineup he’s not going to be asked to do anything crazy. Solid opportunity for a decent middle infield with Lowrie/Cabrera.
Third base: I think we should try very hard to resign Chase Headley. In the event that we can’t there’s a suspect Mark Reynolds and the elephant in the room Pablo Sandoval. It’s said Sandoval prefers the NL and would like to resign with the Giants but could you blame the Yankees for making a run at him? He’s a playoff BEAST and with him at 3rd you could comfortably substitute in ARoid and Texiera in and out of first base and the DH slot. So what are your thoughts as to what the Yanks will do in the next couple of weeks?
There are few sports personalities out there that compare to Katie Nolan. First off, she’s got a perfect potty mouth AKA she curses like a sailor and apparently drinks like one as well. Enjoy this video because you can literally watch her getting drunk as the short 3 minute clip proceeds.
Mike Cammalleri, he of the 45 points in 63 games last season has signed a 5 year $25 million dollar deal with the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils. While the Devils struggled to get production from the pivot position last year this move wreaks of desperation to me. Lou Lamoriello has made his name drafting and home growing talents like Scott Nidermayer, Scott Gomez, Zach Parise, and Adam Henrique. It has at times been a difficult task to add via free agency as the Ilya Kovalchuck signing can be pointed at as one of the bigger signing disappointments in franchise history.
If Cammalleri can be a solid producer for the better part of 5 years we can look back and suggest that this was a fair market signing for a close to a point per game player. But, being that Cammalleri will be 38 once this contract is complete, you may be like me struggling to see the move as justified. I have reservations of paying an at times injured player at the age of 32 and giving him 5 years and 5 million a year average. I won’t outright say this is a panic move, but for a Devils team starving for offense here’s hoping he can fill a need and continue to produce over the next 5 seasons.