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Podcast, Ep. 152: The Hokies’ cornerback conundrum, plus a sports czar draft

by Yolando B. Adams

A little past due nowadays; however, we were still given a podcast inside the books after a few recording issues.

Aaron McFarling and I touch base again to discuss the attrition news within the Hokies’ secondary. We talk approximately the impact of the Adonis Alexander/Jeremey Webb news, who might be subsequent up, how a lot changes the ceiling of the Hokies’ protection and greater.

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We solution some listener questions, consisting of who might be on our All-Kicked-Off-The-Team Team from VT’s beyond. Then we do a 5-round draft on the quit, picking matters we would change if we were named to the sports car’s all-effective position.

It has never been more difficult for a Super Bowl champion to copy. Roster turnover due to unfastened enterprise, accidents, and complacency are predominant barriers to successful title protection. The Giants have some key components to wonder enthusiasts once more with any other championship. Here’s why:

1) Eli Manning is one of the very best quarterbacks in the NFL and is in his high.

The Giants’ signal-caller proved remaining season that his first Super Bowl name turned into no fluke. Manning is at his pleasant with the game on the line in opposition to difficult combatants. His throw to Mario Manningham late inside the 4th area against New England within the Super Bowl became unique. The bypass had to be perfect, and Manning introduced. All of the teams that repeated as Super Bowl champions had a huge-time quarterback. Green Bay (Bart Starr), Miami (Bob Griese), Pittsburgh (Terry Bradshaw), San Francisco (Joe Montana), Dallas (Troy Aikman), Denver (John Elway), and New England (Tom Brady) repeated. Their quarterbacks had been tremendous in large video games with ice water in their veins. Eli Manning is a lock for the Hall of Fame if the Giants repeat. Eli is as cool as they come when the strain is on, and his priority is to win greater championships.

2) New York’s defense could very well be even better than they had been the overdue remaining season.

A supremely gifted and deep front four spearheads the Giants’ protection. The Giants get after the quarterback with a wave of professional pass rushers, which should not change this season. Justin Tuck battled accidents for the maximum of a closing season and, at 29, continues to be in his prime. Tuck ought to enter this year in higher condition due to an everyday off-season without a lockout. Osi Umenyiora is satisfied and stimulated as the Giants restructured the final year of his contract. And the Giant’s first-rate protecting player, Jason Pierre-Paul, is getting into his 3rd year and has not even peaked yet. Pierre-Paul has emerged as a dominant shielding end that opposing groups ought to alter their blockading scheme for. The conundrum that offenses face is that the Giants can field 3 skilled skip rushers at the protective line, and it’s far tough to concentrate on one player.

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The Giants are loaded upfront on the shielding line, but the secondary may also be vastly progressed. Terrell Thomas returns from a torn ACL at cornerback to pair with the unsung Corey Webster. 2011 1st spherical draft choose, Prince Amukamara, had his rookie season ruined via a broken foot sustained in training camp. Amukamara is sooner or later healthy and is eager to make his mark in the NFL. The former Nebraska superstar has the skills to develop into a physical playmaker at cornerback.

Finally, an average group of linebackers obtained a potential spark. The former pinnacle ten selected in the 2008 NFL Draft changed into available because of damage records. Keith Rivers become traded for (a fifth spherical pick out became surrendered to Cincinnati), and he adds pace and the capability to higher cowl tight ends and running backs. Rivers missed a final season because of a wrist surgical procedure. His legs have in no way been the difficulty, and Big Blue may also have snared a talented linebacker for an overdue-spherical draft desire.

Three) The Giants’ strolling recreation has nearly nowhere else to go but up.

New York changed into last in the NFL final season in rushing yards (1,427) and yards per strive (three.5). The wind and cold at Giants Stadium can nevertheless be challenging in November, December, and January. An improved jogging game might be a large help to the offense and the protection. Jerry Reese and his team of workers made running recreation a priority inside the off-season. Brandon Jacobs became not resigned, and the crew drafted David Wilson in the 1st round.

The former Virginia Tech megastar walking lower back is explosive and continuously runs tough. His young legs ought to provide the Giants with an element that they have got now not had on account that Tiki Barber. Wilson does now not should be amazing. However, New York needs him to have a few effective video games. The tough and aggressive Ahmad Bradshaw returns as nicely, but accidents are usually a concern with him. New York’s signing of Martellus Bennett at the tight stop was met with little fanfare. Bennett in no way did stay up to his athletic capability in Dallas. However, he is a huge and strong blocker who will assist the Giants run the ball better.

Four) The Giants are nevertheless a hungry team and are not basking in the glow of every other

New York has what many top groups experience. Their high-quality gamers are self-influenced difficult employees. Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle, and Chris Snee all lead through the instance. Tom Coughlin and his workforce are wonderful instructors who run a decent delivery. In addition, there are some of the key gamers who are seeking out agreement extensions. Osi Umenyiora, Victor Cruz, and Kenny Phillips have a financial incentive to be playmakers.

It remains to be seen if the soccer gods smile down on the 2012 New York Giants. The timing and wide variety of injuries to key gamers is always a factor in a crew’s season. And some years, the ball just appears to bop your manner. However, if the Giants have some desirable fortune, then their probabilities of repeating are better than many suspects.

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