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FMIA Week 1: Giants Go ‘Aggressive, Not Reckless’ In Upset, Steelers Survive Weird Day And More Takeaways

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A few days ago, at a Giants team meeting, coach Brian Daball showed the team an excerpt from the ESPN documentary The Captain about Derek Jeter. The paper has a 1998 outfield error play that prompted the Yankee pitcher David Wells throw up your hands in disgust. Jeter, then only 24 years old, walked up to the mound and said to Wells, “Hey, we don’t do that shit here.”

Daball knew what his team was. To be kind, his first edition of the Giants is not exactly a Super Bowl winner. He knew that there could be difficult days ahead, and maybe many. So he followed up with the video, telling the team, “We don’t do that shit here either.”

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So, now it was Sunday in Nashville, the break, and the Giants weren’t doing very well, and the outside world had already given up on the ’22 Jeans. “Oh my god, giants are bad,” he tweeted. Football talk managing editor Michael David Smith. “Dave Gettleman left behind such a bad lineup that I can’t remember any CEO leaving any team.” Smith was not alone. Tennessee led 13-0 at halftime, and fans watching Big Blue on TV from Asbury to Ansonia, from New Paltz to New London, clicked to find something, something to take their mind off the start yet one miserable year.

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Ninety minutes later they clicked back. Ninety minutes later, with the Giants trailing 20–13 with three minutes left and leading to a touchdown, Daboll asked the five defensemen individually, “?” Five by five, yes. His team is not a democracy, but, as Daball later said, “these are the guys who stake in the battle. I want to make sure they don’t mind going for it right now. They’re like, “Hell yeah.”

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“The only thing I told them was: “I have been called differently in my life. But I can guarantee you that you will never call me fear.”

So, just as the Giants were 22 yards from the end zone, Daball said into his headset to offensive coordinator and claimant Mike Kafka, “Get ready for a two-point game.”

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One of the reasons the NFL, at the dawn of the 103rd in the leaguerd the season, cornered the market in ratings, and just plain fun because of days like Sunday. Fourteen parties, and how many were chalk? Kansas City is choking on the Cardinals, one. Baltimore crushed the Jets, two. Washington survived the Jaguars, three. Chargers attack Vegas, four. The ones you could understand.

But who saw the Cowboys score three points against Tampa Bay, or the Falcons score 16 points and break away from the Saints, or the Steelers enter Cincinnati and force Joe Burrow in five or the Bears in the mire and mire of Soldier Field, beating the Niners by nine, or the Dolphins have no problem with the Patriots, or a kicker you never heard of scored what could have been 70-yard field goal. raise the browns above Baker Mayfieldor did the Colts tie with the Houstons, or did the Packers play like the Packers in 2008, losing to the Minnesota by 16 points, or are the Giants rivaling last year’s single-seeded AFC team, Tennessee?

In training camp, the Giants had very bad days in attack. defender Daniel Jones struggled like the supposed franchise back Saquon Barkley. Some of them, according to Daball, were deliberate. He explained why on the Giants team bus to the Nashville airport on Sunday night.

“I think you should teach your team how to deal with adversity,” Daboll said, his voice echoing through the hum of a bus on the road. “In the camp, we exposed the attack to terrible, terrible situations – I knew it would be a terrible day for an attack. This is fine. I want to see how Daniel, Sakkon and even the coaches react. I think I owe this to the team. So they all go through it, and they get better from it. Will we always win in a two-point play? No. But like I told them last week, I trust you guys. I want you guys to be aggressive out there. I want to be what I tell quarterbacks to be—aggressive, not reckless.”

So the Giants, with 66 seconds left, made it 20-19 at Jones’ yard. Chris Miaryk TD flip. The titans stand firmly in the middle of the defense, led by the indefatigable Geoffrey Simmons. But it made more sense for Daball to try to get two yards with a hot running back and a quarterback who played well except for a nightmarish interception… than to risk overtime. Remember his last game at Buffalo? The Bills lost the toss in overtime, Kansas City claimed the ball, and DaBall’s hot quarterback Josh Allen never touched the ball again.

You can try to make two yards with a back that has already gained 194 yards on the day, or you can throw your fortune in the wind of a coin toss in overtime.

Two yards.

“The play that Kafka called is the one we’ve been working on since the spring and there are many different ways to do it, but Mike called it a good version,” Daboll said. “I went for two, I think it was aggressive, not reckless.”

To go or not to go… The Next Gen Stats analytics came close to that, but Daball’s call was well received. The NGS says if they make two and succeed — with Tennessee still 66 seconds away on the clock — the Titans had a 46 percent chance of winning the game with a field goal. But if Daboll chose to forfeit the PAT, Tennessee would have a 61 percent chance of winning the game in regulation or overtime.

Also: NGS rated a 60 percent success rate for two-man with the ball in Barkley’s hands, slightly better than Jones’ pass. Interestingly, the spade pass was technically a Jones pass, although it was more of a spade pass that many quarterbacks use these days and is considered a pass.

The play had a big false flag, backed up Richie James high-speed traffic from left to right. Complete lure. Jones fired his shotgun and took a couple of steps to the right, while Barkley ran to the middle of the line, as if about to block. Suddenly, Jones surreptitiously shoveled a pass to Barkley, who grabbed him and dodged the linebacker. Dylan Cole (who briefly grabbed Barkley’s mask at the five-yard line) and ejected near the goal line between corner Roger McCreery as well as Christian Fulton. Barkley fought his way through traffic and burst over the goal line into the end zone, landing on his back. Giants, 21-20.

“Do or die,” said Barkley. “I really don’t know how it happened.

At halftime, Dabol gave his team what more and more coaches are telling their players in all sports these days: “Let’s not worry about the scoreboard. Let’s play the next piece. That’s it.” The Giants won the big game on Sunday, but you wouldn’t be reading this if the Tennessee kicker Randy Bullock missed his 47-yard field goal from the left flank. But think about the near future. For the next three weeks, the Giants will play at home with a rookie playing for the wing. Kaivon Thibodeau due to return soon due to sprained knee, in games they should be competitive: Carolina, Dallas (without Duck Prescott) and Chicago. Play the next piece. That’s all. With Barkley playing like Dave Gettleman’s dream back, you never know.

Weird P.I.T. day


I have no idea what to do with Steelers 23, Bengals 20. Other than that: reports of the Steelers’ demise may have been greatly exaggerated. I said this to new QB Mitchell Trubisky late Sunday night and he responded with a sneer. “What does it mean?” Trubitsky said. — I didn’t hear it.

That means the Steelers looked like they were in for a correction season after losing Ben Roethlisberger and general manager Kevin Colbert in the off-season and with a vastly improved (and healthier) AFC North. Pittsburgh then went to Cincinnati, flipped Joe Burrow five times, paraded the Bengals’ offensive line reconstruction, and won the battle over whose kicker could win the survival pool.

It might be too much of a cliché, but it was Mike Tomlin’s win. The Steelers scratched and scratched, overcame what could have been a serious injury to TJ Wattgot a breakout game from third year linebacker Alex Highsmithand convinced them how important a piece Minka Fitzpatrick is on their team. Fitzpatrick’s six picks on the sixth snap of the game and his amazing blocked PAT that forced overtime at the end of the fourth quarter… that’s how Tomlin’s coached teams play and the main reason he’s never had a losing season. for 15 years at the top of the Steelers.

“He kind of saw it all,” Trubisky said after his first Steeler win and Tomlin’s 163 points.rd. “I saw him after the game, he shook my hand warmly and said: “Good job. Good job.’ “

How many times this game had to end… Calculate:

1. Fitzpatrick locked PAT at the end of regulation, keeping it at 20-20.

2. Too high field goal in Cincinnati with 3:37 left in OT, resulting in Evan McPherson throwing a left 29-yarder while maintaining 20-20.

3. Chris Boswell clanged a 55-yard knuckleball from the left post with 2:27 left in the OT to keep the score 20-20.

4. Joe Burrow was dismissed from the field goal area to midfield with 1:34 left in the OT, keeping the score 20-20.

Then Trubisky made the two games he needed – two passes to the tight end. Pat Freiermuth, 26 and 10 yards to get the Steelers in position to give Boswell another chance. Boswell hit a 53-yarder right down the middle. Trubisky looked up and saw :00 on the scoreboard and he looked like Jim Valvano when he won the Final Four for North Carolina…


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