Eisen's Mailbag: CBA, TE's, and playoffs

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Senior Writer/Editor Michael Eisen answers your fan questions as the preseason approaches

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It might be me, but it seems like there are more injuries across the NFL this preseason. If you agree, is it possibly because of the limitations agreed to with the new CBA?

 Dear Robert,

Frankly, it seems I get a letter every year asking if there are more injuries than in other years. No, I don’t think so. It seems to me this is a normal year in that respect. I have no idea if the practice time limitations spelled out in the new CBA will impact the number of player injuries. But since you’ve given me this opportunity to get on a soapbox, I think it could result in a decline in the quality of play. Several coaches I’ve talked to share that view. Players, particularly young players, don’t get the practice time they used to. It has to affect the on-field product at some point.

Who is the leading candidate to be the starting tight end?


Dear Ralph,

I don’t know that there is one. Nor do I think it particularly matters. In some games, the Giants will use one tight end more than the others. In others, they will use two more extensively. Some games, you might rarely see a tight end. I think the personnel will be deployed at that position based on the opposition and situation.

You've been with Giants for 14 seasons and you see and hear a lot of what's going on in practices and with personnel, particularly when not jaded by the media. My question is how would you rate the personnel, including new coaches and their new schemes, on this 2014 version of the Giants vs. past either playoff and/or Super Bowl teams? In other words, do you truly believe they have what it takes to make the playoffs this year and do some damage?


Dear Brian,

Actually, this is my 29th season around the team and my 15th as a member of the organization. And yes, I certainly think this team has the talent, coaching, leadership and front office support to be a playoff team. I have all the faith in the world in Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning. The Giants’ rushing attack should be much-improved, which will trickle down to the entire offense. A strong linebacker corps will bolster the defense. The return game should be much stronger. I can’t predict the team’s health or good/bad fortune, but this is a talented team.

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