June 23, 2024

(Source: Raymond S.) I said a few weeks ago that I was concerned about Thibodeaux not showing up or being out of position on many defensive plays. Is he losing his focus? Is he exhausted? Is he in pain? (It seems like the Giants are always playing with injured players). I don’t see the necessary intensity for the role. Do you concur? After this email, I swear to stop picking on him.

Raymond, I’m going to hold you to your word! So let me ask you a question. Are you watching Thibodeaux or what’s going on around him when you see him? Is he creating opportunities for others to make plays, or is he absolutely invisible to the point of becoming a nonfactor?

Please let me know if that’s what you’re watching–I know Wink Martindale and the coaches are.

This is something I’d want to say about Thibs. I’d like to see him improve his ability to set the edge against the run. And I believe he will.

(Submitted by Len P.) I’m watching the Saints game right now. In the second half, I would have brought in Tyrod Taylor. DeVito seems to be struggling a little. My guess is that they’re testing DeVito to see whether he’ll be their backup quarterback next season. Taylor, I hear, will be a free agent at the end of the season. Devito would be the less expensive option. What are your opinions?

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Len, I’m not sure I understand your question. If you want to see if DeVito is a good actor,

That said, it’s clear that DeVito has been auditioning for a spot in next year’s quarterback room, and he’s proven that he deserves a shot. Is he currently a QB1? No. Can he, however, be a QB2? Why not, with a little more work?

(Submitted by Mike Z.) How much does Richie James mean to the Giants? Last year, whether the Giants needed a first down or just yardage, James appeared to be open. Richie came to mind as DJ’s go-to receiver. Do you think I’m insane?

Mike, A bigger question, in my opinion, is how much the Giants would benefit from having a real No. 1 receiver like Odell Beckham Jr. And please don’t tell me Richie James was a top receiver on the team.

From Don M.) 4. At the start of Schoen and Daboll’s tenure, fans and the media hailed them as the actual answer to restoring the Giants to competitiveness. Fast forward, and we have, in my opinion, a coach and general manager who have made additional mistakes that have set this club back years.

Daniel Jones, who had only 15 touchdown passes in 2022 but was handed a four-year, $160 million contract, was massively overpaid by Schoen. This season, Jones went 1-5 as a starter, with six interceptions and two touchdowns. If you don’t know if you have a quarterback after six years, you don’t. The offensive line was needed after the 2022 season, but the Giants passed it up.

My issue is, does Giant management realize how far the franchise has been pushed back by the GM/Coach choice, and what happened to John Mara? He generally appears during the bye week but has remained silent about the team’s direction.

Don, let’s re-set the brakes here for a moment. First, in all the years (30+) I’ve covered the club, John Mara has never spoken to the media during the bye week. The only time I recall him speaking to the media during the season was during the Eli Manning incident and consequences. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing to see here–John generally talks toward the conclusion.

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