You ask, we answer. The post is fielding questions from readers about the biggest pro-sports teams in New York and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: Monster
What if George Young chose Reggie White in the supplementary draft instead of Gary Zimmermann (1984)? – Mike Russo
What an interesting question. The first reaction thought, “Holy smoke! Imagine the same defense Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor?” It could be the biggest 1-2 punch in NFL history. Opposing quarterbacks would get sick on a weekly basis. Putting LT on one side and White on the other would be unfair. And adding Carl to the banks would have made it a horrible trio.
It was tough to tear down the Giants to pick Zimmerman, though the offensive fight from Oregon made seven Pro Bowls on their way to the Hall of Fame. The Giants traded Zimmerman to the Vikings for two second-round picks – the ones that turned into cornerback Mark Collins and another defensive back, Greg Laskar. Collins was the original cog of the 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl teams. You can’t blame the Giants for trading Jimmerman, as he signed with the USFL’s Los Angeles Express and did not enter the NFL until 1986.
Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold had a rookie season that wasn’t spectacular, but obviously Zone had a good year statistically and seemed to make less bad decisions than Darnold (so far). Are these two boys fairly equally skilled or do one seem to have a better offspring and a better chance of getting excited than the other? – John Lynch
Well, John, you took a question that would be debated year after year and create the future stage for these franchises. In the 2018 NFL Draft, the Giants were taken by the Jets as they approached Darnold, analyzing Darnold’s career trajectory to the point of death, until the Giants made a mistake. One year ahead of Darnold Zone and so there should be more to his development as well.
Judging by what Darnold did in college and his first two years with the Jets, and comparing Don to what Jones did, a few preliminary observations can be made as to disguising himself with the Giants. Darnold creates more “special” dramas where you wonder what he did. There will be more highlights with Darnold. Jose seems to be a steady decision maker and a bit athletic as far as using his legs. If Jones could get rid of his dirty things, he would probably have a lower turnover than Darnold, because Darnold would have to prove that he could avoid the killer barrier. As far as upwards, Darnold could have had more and Jones could be a safe, stable quarterback for the long haul.
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If the Giants offense is a good year, chances are (offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is in year 2)? – Bob Donnelly
This is an interesting one. When a guy with a big resume like Jason Garrett takes a low-level job, there’s always the chance that he won’t stay too long. If the Giants and Daniel Jones spend big years in the 2020 offense, Garrett could be the reason to return to the loop, even in search of head-coaching. He is quite respected and well-liked around the league and has won more games than he has lost to the Cowboys for a decade. So yes, there is the opportunity to unite with the Garrett giants.
(Joe) No one knows about the judge and his staff. After so many years of lagging behind, why would we give this team any benefit of the doubt? – Steve I.
“The eternal fountain of hope?” Ever heard this sentence? “Fans are free to give or take advantage of the suspicions of the teams they campaign for.” This is understandable if Giants fans are skeptical, especially since Joe Joge is 38 years old and has never been a head coach at any level. Although the trend in the NFL was to go with young coaches, and the history of the judges of special teams means he will not swallow one side of the ball – he will coach the team. The Giants have a young quarterback and advanced offensive line. Their defenses are lacking until they are young and otherwise proven. Take a look at this team with a glass-filled or glass-empty feeling. Either wrong, or right.
Since Eli Manning retired after the 2019 season, who is the most active player for the New York Giants? – Chris Feigler
The Giants are a young team, as only eight of the 90 players on the roster are 30 or older. The oldest players on the roster are Colt McCoy (34) and Alex Tanny (33), two backup quarterbacks will make the same team between them. Notably, there are no 30-year-old players to defend. Nat Ibarar (32) has been listed as a defender but he is really a special team player. Other players who have reached 30 are Arab Dion Lewis (30), WR Golden Tate (32), LT Net Solder (32), G Kevin Zitler (30) and tall snapper Casey Crater (30).