As we embark on the last pre season game of the year, it hit me that the PSL acronym has seemed to have changed. PSL as many Giants fans know stands for “Personal Seat License” where the fans had to shell out their hard earned bucks just to have the right to pay to see their favorite team play in the New Meadowlands Stadium. Now we can debate whether that is worth it, and as one of those fans that had to do so, I sometimes wonder if I made the right choice especially since through three games I feel PSL should stand for “Pre Season Losers”. The Giants have shown their fans nothing to feel good about going into the final pre season game of the year against the New England Patriots, Thursday night 7 PM at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Through three games, the Giants haven’t answered any of the questions needed to feel good that last years 8-8 season is behind them. Those questions were:
1. Can the running game get back to having two 1000 yard rushers? Answer: Doesn’t look like it as evidenced by three times against the Baltimore Ravens failing to gain 1 yard rushing in the first quarter. Brandon Jacobs hasn’t shown anything to help lessen that answer as well.
2. Can the offensive line get back to being the solidified healthy unit that opened up those holes for the running game and protected Eli’s blind side? Answer: Who knows, haven’t seen it yet. The offensive line has not been together at all as a unit this pre season and the few flashes of brilliance such as Eli almost losing his head in the Jets game or the answer to question 1 doesn’t help the argument.
3. Were the defensive problems last year due to a clueless defensive coordinator or was it the players? Answer: Too soon to tell as remember Steve Spagnuolo’s defense gave up 40+ points in his first two regular season games while the players got used to his new defensive schemes and he took the Giants to a Super Bowl win in 2007. Fewell’s crew has shown some good signs such as rushing the passer with Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora; however the inside of the line does not look like they can stop the run and it is starting to look like the Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty signings may have been busts. Rookies Jason Pierre Paul and Linval Joseph haven’t really added anything yet.
4. Is Coach Coughlin on the hot seat? Answer: I think he might be if they get off to a slow start and things don’t change soon. The Giants quit on Coughlin allowing three of the last four teams to post 40+ points against them (Remember the last ever home game at Giants Stadium? I do, it was a loss to the Carolina Panthers 41-9, the very team that the Giants open the season against). The game against the Ravens last week didn’t show me that Coughlin has the team’s heart and soul, rather the opposite.
So if the PSL changes it name once again to “Patriots See a Loss” and Tom Brady takes another beating from the Giants, it will not answer any of the questions needed to tell Giants fans that they are ok going into the season. The last pre season game of the year is known for not playing any starters too long, but this one might need to be different for the Giants especially their offensive line. Offensive lines are a weird bunch of guys who need to come together and be a unit, this one has always been a fun loving, prankster bunch who could finish each others sentences. This game has to help them play together so when the real games come around namely the Carolina Panthers on September 12th the questions can be answered with an emphatic yes the Giants are back.
About the Author
Written by Dennis Napoliello
Graduate of Providence College with a BS degree in Business Administration. While at Providence College, I co hosted the #1 radio program titled "The Sports Page". I make my living in the fitness industry as National Vice President of Sales at David Barton Gym located in New York City. On a personal note, I have been a long standing Giants fan as my family has held season tickets since the opening of Giants Stadium in 1976. I now own the tickets and enjoy going to the game with my three children (Peyton, Trevor and Camryn), wife (Michelle), Dad (Al) and brother in law (Chris). Other than college, I have lived my entire life in NJ and currently reside in Roxbury, NJ. My objective with this blog is to have fun writing, along with my two sons, about the team we love, and to be as objective as possible always trying to give you the fans point of view,